Country & Western Music: History & Artists


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Early Country Music was a combination of which musical genres?

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1. Which of the following musicians was known for his music which combined Western Swing with Polka?

2. Jimmie Rodgers popularized what innovations into Country Music?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How did early country music develop? Who are some popular artists in country music history and what are they known for? These are among the topics you should be familiar with when answering the questions found on this quiz/worksheet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will use this assessment tool to test your knowledge of:

  • What musical genres combined to create early country music
  • Which musician was known for his style that combined Western Swing with Polka
  • What Jimmie Rodgers is best known for
  • Facts about the Bakersfield Sound
  • The themes of Hank Williams' songs

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson regarding the various styles of music that merged to form the sound of American country music
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Bakersfield Sound
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams

Additional Learning

The lesson titled Country & Western Music: History & Artists provides more details about this topic. Using this lesson will help you develop a deeper understanding of:

  • Where country music first developed and what artists were most well known in this genre
  • The history of country music through the Great Depression and the development of Western Swing and Honky-Tonk
  • The growth of country music in Nashville and artists who were popular there at the time
  • The birth of Rockabilly and artists who made it popular
  • Artists and styles to emerge from Bakersfield, California during the 1960s