It sets the tone for a series of enjoyable tracks that nearly verge on sounding bland at some points, but nevertheless provide a strong and encompassing first impression of Young’s sound.Optimistic songs like “Close Enough” and “Olivia Mae” shine with an earnest feel.Born into a sharecropping family in a tiny town in southwestern Arkansas, Campbell was the seventh of 12 children.Picking up guitar at an early age, he left home at age 14 to pursue music, eventually landing in Los Angeles, where he fathered his first child at age 17.She says her debut EP on Stoney Creek Records feels like it was years in the making, but after hitting her stride as an artist – and a woman – the end result was Worth the Wait.Comprised of six heart-on-her-sleeve tracks and produced by Sugarland co-founder Kristian Bush, Ell’s Worth the Wait EP is the modern-country calling card she’s been working toward her whole life – from her childhood in Calgary, Alberta; through her time opening shows for blues legend Buddy Guy; and even with attention-grabbing singles “Trippin’ On Us” and “By the Way.” “I’m so proud of it,” Ell beams about the project.The crossover acts, in particular Taylor Swift, are often among the most divisive in the fanbase.Country legend Glen Campbell, whose crossover hits “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Rhinestone Cowboy” forged a lasting bridge between country and pop music, died Tuesday. In 2011, Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and mounted a well-publicized farewell tour. His daughter, Ashley Campbell, also shared a heartfelt message online.
Modern mainstream country has progressed through a "Nashville sound" in the 1970s, which layered the string sections on heavily, and a 1980s pop-heavy "Urban Cowboy" sound inspired by the film , followed by a more traditional wave in the 1990s inspired by honky-tonk music.
(John Denver and Kenny Rogers both owe much of their careers to Campbell’s example.) He sold more than 45 million records in his career and topped the country singles chart 12 times.
Crossover came naturally to the tall, solidly built Campbell, who enjoyed a pre-stardom career as a prolific session musician for rock, pop and country acts alike.
Country music as a genre of its own originated in the 1920s in the United States, primarily played on string instruments, most notably the guitar, fiddle and banjo.
It has its roots in the folk ballads of the Appalachian Mountains, which in turn descended from the various folk traditions of the British Isles.