The genre of country music, in its early stages, was originated during the times of the roaring twenties mostly in the southern part of the country, when great performers like Louis Armstrong and Paul Whiteman were rising to fame. The roots of country music stem from folk as well as blues music and it is interesting to know (and hear) that all kinds of ballads and harmonies were part of the early genre, played by different instruments such as banjos, acoustic guitars and the harmonicas. Just like any natural evolvement of music, the country genre has also had its fair share of developments throughout the years, especially in terms of melodies and tunes. In fact, the term ‘country music’ as we know it today, wasn’t coined until later in the late forties when it replaced the original and the less respectful term, ‘hillbilly music’.
Since country music has gone through so many stages and forms, it’s understandable how it would not only appeal to those from the south, but also would be loved and listened to by people from all over the country, and even around the world. It has become a mainstream genre, alongside other popular sets like pop and R&B. Moreover, some of the biggest names in the music industry are actually country singers. You might not even realize that there are so many famous singers that are actually part of that now mainstream genre.
With their powerful voices, incredible bands and a passion for music that is out of this world, these country music stars have not only made people appreciate the genre even more due to their irresistible charm and vocals, but also have built quite an amazing life for themselves. Some of these country music singers’ net worth is so astounding, that it makes you wonder what is the secret behind that beloved genre? From Shania Twain to Kenny Rogers and Taylor Swift, these are the most astonishing numbers in the the country world.