Background: When Rock 'n' Roll bands of the late '60s began incorporating country music styles, Nashville, Honky-Tonk, Bluegrass, which emphasize harmony singing, two-beat bass playing, and looping rhythms , along with greater use of acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar, dobro, banjo, and mandolin, 'Country Rock' was born. Criteria: This list of Country Rock songs highlights the best examples of songs that exemplify Country Rock. Some songs are album cuts and were never released as singles, but were influential and inspiring in the evolution of Country Rock. Edited By: Lew.
24) The Jayhawks – Two Angels
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Rick Nelson – 'Bright Lights and Country Music' (1966)
Not that other contemporary bands hadn't already gone down to twang city; the debut albums by Buffalo Springfield and Moby Grape certainly pointed in that general direction. No one, though, had made such an overt move as the Byrds did when Gram came on board. That's when the ground shifted in the world of California country-rock. Typically, it was Dylan, with ' John Wesley Harding '. On the album's last cut, " I'll Be Your Baby Tonight ," backed by Pete Drake's pedal steel, Dylan croons about a mockingbird, about a big fat moon shining like a spoon. It was a shocking thing; was he kidding around?
Think: country music for Nirvana fans. With their model looks and impeccable backstory, the Followill clan seemed too good to be true — until this third single confirmed there was substance behind the style. Bloodshot-eyed and malevolent, driven by a nagging shuffle beat and a frankly indecipherable vocal, this is country rock in skinny jeans, thrillingly rebooted for the post-millennium. Before he set out on what became a prolific solo career, Ryan Adams was the frontman with alt. Lead guitarist Phil Wandscher brings the twang, and a pedal steel sighs softly as Adams sings of sleepless nights and ribbons of the heart.