Thursday, April 28, 2011

We're A Little Bit Country With Style Files At Yamaha Online Services!

It's hard to listen to Country Music without hearing its rich history in folk and Old Time Music, and impossible to ignore the vast influence on modern Blues, Rock, and Pop. During the Great Depression, many Americans turned to the radio for entertainment, listening to shows like the Grand Ole Opry.

Country Music was performed at "Barn Dance" shows throughout the United States in the 30's and 40's, which eventually spread to Hollywood, where Cowboy Songs sung by the likes of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and Hank Williams Sr were popularized.

But Country Music has evolved so much over the years, branching out to included Boogie, Bluegrass, Honky Tonk, and Gospel styles in the 50's and 60's, and later to include Rockabilly, Rock, Soul, and "Outlaw Country".
At Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection, we have Style Files for Country Music, no matter which sub-genre is your favorite. Listen to some of our favorites below, and head on down that dusty trail...

Pushbike Shuffle
A good old fashioned country shuffle style with some great variations. Start sparse, and build it up slowly until the whole crowd is hootin' and hollerin'. Featured voices include a clean 70's guitar, harmonica, and accordian!

Old Country Pop
This style has a real swing with a clasic pentatonic bass line. Great for old country and outlaw tunes, with pedal steel, crisp lead guitar, and classic Yamaha piano voices for melody.

70s Country Pop
The 1970's saw a change in country music's sound from earthy Nashville to a more pop influenced image. Featuring a mix of acoustic, electric and pedal steel guitars, this Style creates the perfect backing for playing country hits of the 70's.

Easy Country Swing
Another good style for country swing! A slower tempo style with a big string section, honky tonk guitar, and piano voices! Perfect for late 60's early 70's big production country ballads.

Country Bayou
A real "pickers" Style featuring the classic I, IV, V progression that is perfect for old HanK Williams tunes. The trumpets in this style bring to mind the rebel country genre with a Tex Mex flair. Think Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Kitty Wells, and you're ready to play some 50's Country music! Featured voices include SA2 Harmonica and a Vintage Telecaster style guitar with just the right amount of reverb.

Mary Lou Country
This one features some great honky tonk guitar riffs and a rockin' 2 step beat built right into the backing band! Take the lead with accordian or nylon string guitar voices!

Cowboy Party
Cowboy Party is an offbeat style for this list. Inspired by the 90's dance hit "Cotten Eyed Joe", this style is super upbeat with 4 distinct synth voices.

Country Fox
Featuring a bouncy, upbeat groove, this style has amazing steel and nylon string guitar voices. Another great one for the "picker" at heart!

Country Blues
Here's a straight ahead country rocker, with versatility and punch! A perfect style for late 70's country blues rock, or more modern country pop. Featuring steel guitar, fiddle, and both clean and "dirty" lead guitar voices!

Country Line
This style has a real groove to it! Have a barn dance in your living room, and call out your favorite line dance! This one has a great organ voice, saxophone, and a dirty lead guitar!

Happy Trails!