Country music originated in the South, more specifically in Tennessee, of the United States in the early 20th century and was rooted from folk music and blues. The genre is special because of its keen focus on storytelling.
The genre is often associated with pickup trucks, cowboy hats, and beer and is usually accompanied by string instruments such as banjo, fiddle, and acoustic guitar.
Some of the best country music festivals are found in the USA and include the likes of Tumbleweed in Kansas, Seven Peaks in Buena Vista, CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tree Town Music Festival in Forest City, Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach, Windy City Smokeout in Chicago, Watershed Festival in Quincy, Old Settler's Music Festival in Tilmon, Texas, Stagecoach Festival in Indio, Country Thunder Flordia in Kissammee, and Country Fan Fest in Salt Lake City. Check out this Top Ten Country Music Festivals list for more.
Some modern country artists consist of Lee Ann Womack, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, and Chris Stapleton. Many of these artists can be seen playing at a number of country music festivals, including the ones listed above.
In the South of the USA, country music is still prevalent and thriving, though there are artists outside of that area who are adding a pop twist to the genre, such as Kacey Musgraves.
Boots and Hearts Music Festival, is Canada's largest country music festival, held annually in Oro-Medonte, Ontario. It has featured performances from big names such as Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, and many others.
In the UK you can check out C2C Country to Country - London, which takes place over two days at the O2 arena, and features the best artists in country music. There is also the Black Deer Festival, an independent Americana and Country music festival based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
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