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The third generation (1950s–1960s) started at the end of with "mountaineer" string band music known as , which emerged when , along with and were introduced by at the Grand Ole Opry. remained a popular component of country music. Another type of stripped-down and raw music with a variety of moods and a basic ensemble of guitar, bass, or steel guitar (and later) drums became popular, especially among poor whites in Texas and . It became known as , and had its roots in Western swing and the music of Mexico and the border states. By the early 1950s a blend of Western swing, country boogie, and honky tonk was played by most country bands. Rockabilly was most popular with country fans in the 1950s, and 1956 could be called the year of in country music. Beginning in the mid-1950s, and reaching its peak during the early 1960s, the turned country music into a multimillion-dollar industry centered in . The late 1960s in American music produced a unique blend as a result of traditionalist backlash within separate genres. In the aftermath of the , many desired a return to the "old values" of rock n' roll. At the same time there was a lack of enthusiasm in the country sector for Nashville-produced music. What resulted was a crossbred genre known as .

Fourth generation (1970s–1980s) music included with roots in the , and with roots in the , folk music and . Between 1972 and 1975 singer/guitarist released a series of hugely successful songs blending country and folk-rock musical styles. During the early 1980s country artists continued to see their records perform well on the pop charts. In 1980 a style of "neocountry disco music" was popularized. During the mid-1980s a group of new artists began to emerge who rejected the more polished country-pop sound that had been prominent on radio and the charts in favor of more traditional "back-to-basics" production.


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I love country music as well. I believe that country music, beside Christian music, is really the only genre that confesses sin and calls out to God for help to do the right thing or be a better person. It is a sincere music that speaks to the working person and lower class. The newer country music is sometimes repetitive and some artists sound too similar to others. But there are still messages of failure then hope for change or forgiveness. Either from a person or God Himself. I like that about country music. Especially older country music.