Topics for Discussion 2:
â€¢ Explain the cultural/immigrant makeup of Appalachia and how that related to the development of â€œhillbillyâ€ music. How was hillbilly music first popularized? What stylistic elements did singing cowboys incorporate into their music, and how did they shift early country towards â€œwesternâ€ music?
â€¢ Explain the honky-tonk style of country music: What mades its sound unique, and what made the content of its song lyrics socially relevant?
â€¢ In what context was the term â€œrhythm and bluesâ€ first used? In what ways was jump blues connected to earlier swing era jazz? How was electric blues to delta blues, and how did it influence rock styles that emerged in later decades?
-You only need to pick one.