This site explores the evolution of traditional rural music into the commercial genre of Country & Western in the context of the Depression. It is intended to offer a look at the creation of a marketable product, the diverging trends that sprang from similar origins, and the music's appeal in a time of hardship.


Hillbillies on the Radio | Country & Western | A National Culture?

The Carter Family | Bill Monroe | Roy Acuff | John Lomax | Woody Guthrie



For further information on the development of country music Richard Peterson's Creating Country Music is an invaluable resource.

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This site created by John Molinaro, 5. 10. 98