Many people might be surprised to find out that country music, long thought to be a purely American construct, is actually the product of the interaction of several different cultures. Early settlers from Scotland, England, and Ireland brought their fiddles and a love for homegrown music with them when they emigrated to the New World. It was this fusion of styles, coupled with African American influences that created what we know as country today. Many of these new Americans settled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and this is where the story of country music begins. As the genre grew it also took in the blues under its umbrella of influence. The style of country music changed significantly throughout the years but it still holds true to the basic tenets of old-time country music. Appalachian string bands of the early 20th century primarily consisted of the fiddle, guitar, and banjo, and these instruments, along with the homegrown appearance of country music, continue to be utilized today. Here at KB Music, we have many teachers well versed in all genres of music including country music. Contact us today for music lessons anywhere in Long Island or NYC!