- Neotraditional country
Neotraditional country Stylistic origins Country music Cultural origins USA 1980s Typical instruments Guitar – Steel guitar – Dobro – Harmonica – Bass – Fiddle – drums – Mandolin – Banjo Derivative forms New country
Neotraditional country, also known as "new traditional" country, is a country music style that emphasizes the instrumental background and a 'traditional' country vocal style. Neotraditional country artists often dress in the fashions of the country music scene of the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s. Some neotraditional artists are sometimes associated with the alternative country movement.
Neotraditional country was born as a reaction to the perceived blandness of mainstream country music. New (or "neo-") traditionalism looked to the elders of country music like Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams and Kitty Wells for inspiration, and was a precursor to the more general categorization known as New country.
In the mid-1980s Ricky Skaggs, a picking prodigy who took his inspiration from Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley (Skaggs was a Clinch Mountain Boy as a teen), began making music that he believed brought country back to its roots.
Another Neotraditional Country artist was one of Skaggs' friend and former band-mate, Keith Whitley. After his success with "Don't Close Your Eyes", Whitley was said to be a promising new artist; however, in 1989, he died of an alcohol overdose at the age of 34. Despite his death, Whitley's sound remained influential among country artists. At that same time, artists like Gail Davies, whose hits included re-makes of songs by Ray Price, Webb Pierce, Carl Smith, The Louvin Brothers and Johnny & Jack, set the tone in the late '70s and early '80s. Following that Randy Travis, George Strait and The Judds used vintage musical stylings, covers of classic country material, and carefully crafted vocal delivery to help bring New Traditionalism to the vanguard of country music for a time. Neotraditional country music became very popular during the 1980s and the 1990s, but with the coming of the new century, pop-rock-oriented musicians took over the charts.
In 2000, George Strait and Alan Jackson recorded a song titled "Murder on Music Row" which spoke directly to the rift between neotraditionalists and new country artists. Among the lyrics are brazen barbs at the Nashville establishment such as "Someone killed tradition and for that someone should hang."
Neotraditionalism vs. alternative country
Though the terms are erroneously considered synonymous, Alternative country is not the same as Neotraditional country. Alternative country artists reject mainstream country music completely and generally have a more rough-and-tumble sound. On the other hand, many Neotraditional Country artists are considered "mainstream" musicians (George Strait, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis...) that merely adhere to a more "traditional" country music sound.
Furthermore, many Alternative country artists are even heavily influenced by Alternative rock, something that is usually rejected by neotraditionalist country music, which is rather influenced by folk and bluegrass music. Alternative country artists usually have more of a rock and roll sensibility (if not in sound, at least in their musical approach), and frequently collaborate with artists and producers in other genres.
Examples of Neotraditional country artists
- Rhett Akins
- Clint Black
- Garth Brooks (early work)
- Tracy Byrd
- Carlene Carter
- Rosanne Cash
- Mark Chesnutt
- Rodney Crowell
- Steve Earle
- Vince Gill
- Alan Jackson
- Jamey Johnson
- k.d. lang (early work)
- Tracy Lawrence
- Lyle Lovett
- Kathy Mattea
- The Mavericks
- Ricky Skaggs
- George Strait
- Reba McEntire
- Patty Loveless
- Marty Stuart
- Aaron Tippin
- Randy Travis
- Keith Whitley
- Hank Williams III
- Dwight Yoakam
- Chris Young
- Easton Corbin
Country music genres Country music portal
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
neotraditional country — noun A subgenre of country music popularized starting in the early to mid 1980s, emphasizing traditional country sounds rather than popular music sounds. Produced in direct response to the growing influence of country pop music … Wiktionary
Country music — Stylistic origins Appalachian folk music, maritime folk music, blues, bluegrass, gospel, anglo celtic music, old time music Cultural origins Early 20th century Atlantic Canada and the Southern United States Typical instruments … Wikipedia
Country pop — Stylistic origins Country and western (especially countrypolitan), pop music, soft rock Cultural origins 1960s Nashville Typical instruments Vocals Guitar Bass Drums pedal steel guitar or … Wikipedia
Country folk — Stylistic origins Country gospel, Southern gospel, folk music, progressive folk, bluegrass Cultural origins Late 1960s Typical instruments Guitar (acoustic or electric), piano, other instruments used sometimes … Wikipedia
Neotraditional — may refer to: Neotraditional country, a style of country music New Urbanism, an urban design movement See also Traditionalism New Tradition This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title … Wikipedia
Country-rock — Origines stylistiques Country Rock n roll Origines culturelles Années 1960 aux … Wikipédia en Français
Country Rock — Origines stylistiques Country Rock n roll Origines culturelles Années 1960 aux … Wikipédia en Français
Country rap — Stylistic origins Country music Hip hop music Cultural origins 1980s West Coastern, Southwestern, Midwestern, Southern United States Typical instruments Vocals Guitar Bass … Wikipedia
Country — Musique country Pour les articles homonymes, voir Country (homonymie). Country Origines stylistiques Gospel … Wikipédia en Français
Country (musique) — Musique country Pour les articles homonymes, voir Country (homonymie). Country Origines stylistiques Gospel … Wikipédia en Français