Progressive country

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Progressive country
Stylistic origins Country music
Cultural origins 1970s Austin, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee
Typical instruments Guitar, steel guitar, Dobro, harmonica, bass, fiddle, drums, mandolin, banjo
Derivative forms Outlaw country, alternative country

Progressive country is a subgenre of country music developed in the early 1970s.[1] In the late 1960s and early 1970s, mainstream country music was dominated by the slick Nashville sound and the rock-influenced Bakersfield sound of artists like Merle Haggard.[2] A new generation of country artists emerged, influenced by contemporary rock music, singer-songwriters such as Bob Dylan, and the liberal politics of the 1960s counterculture.[1][2]

Progressive country was a songwriter-based movement and many key artists had previously seen success writing for other artists in Nashville; writing for themselves, they were more concerned with expanding country music than creating hits.[2] Foremost among these artists was Willie Nelson, who returned to Texas after deciding to focus on performing his own songs. Nelson soon attained a wide following and inspired other artists in Texas and Nashville.[3]

By the mid-1970s, progressive country artists entered the mainstream, usually in the form of cover versions by other artists.[2] Progressive country also provided the basis for outlaw country, a harder-edged, more rock-oriented variant that achieved wide success in the late 1970s, as well as cowpunk and alternative country artists in the 1980s through today.

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  1. ^ a b Cosmic Cowboys and New Hicks: The Countercultural Sounds of Austin's Progressive Country Music Scene, Stimeling, Travis David.
  2. ^ a b c d American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MP3, Starr, Larry and Waterman, Christopher.
  3. ^ http://stillisstillmoving.com/willienelson/progressive-country-music-its-creative-energy-seemed-to-be-centered-around-willie-nelson-down-in-austin/