INTERNATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC DAY
International Country Music Day on September 17th encourages us to break out the banjo, the fiddle, and the steel guitar. Crank up some tunes by Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, George Strait, and Tim McGraw.
Country music began right here in America. In the early 1900s, country music roots sprouted in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Victor Records produced the first country record with singer Eck Robertson. However, Jimmie Rodgers, earned the name of the “Father of Country Music.” In 1927, his song, “Blue Yodel #1” sold more than one million copies. Sadly, his death in 1933 cut his career short. In the 1930s and 1940s, cowboy movies featuring Roy Rogers and Gene Autry fanned the flames of country music.
By the 50s and 60s, Nashville earned the country music capital of the world crown. The genre spread to the West Coast, where country music combined with rock and roll to create rockabilly.
Through the years, fans fell in love with the heart-felt lyrics pouring out of country music songs. Not all country songs are about heartbreak and heartache, though. Some of the best country songs sing about sexy tractors, watermelon crawls, unanswered prayers, boot-scootin’ boogies, friends in low places, islands in the stream, and rhinestone cowboys. It’s no wonder that so many people love country music!
This genre of music truly loves its country. What other kinds of music create songs like, “God Bless the U.S.A,” “Some Gave All,” “Ragged Old Flag,” and “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?”
No matter who you are, you are bound to find a country song that makes you cry, laugh, love your country, remember the good ‘ol days, and make you want to dance.
HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalCountryMusicDay
One of the best ways to observe International Country Music Day is to tune in to your local country music station. Go to the bar and get in on some line dancing action. Watch a country music movie like “Pure Country,” “Walk the Line,” “The Thing Called Love,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” or “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
If you’ve never listened to country music before, you might be surprised that there is hardly any twang in modern-day country music. Try some Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, or Carrie Underwood. Go to a country music concert or country music festival. No matter what you do, you’re bound to have a rootin’ tootin’ good time! Don’t forget your cowboy hat and be sure to share #CountryMusicDay on social media!
INTERNATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC DAY HISTORY
International Country Music Day was established in 2003. The day was created to bring country music artists and fans together to celebrate country music all over the world. September 17th also commemorates the birthday of Hank Williams, one of the most influential artists in country music.