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"Oh we got both kinds. We got Country and Western." But what's actually the difference?

Country music is originally from the American South, it has origins in rural folk music, and originally centered around the lifestyle of farmers, miners and other blue-collar, rural Americans, usually ...
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Why is it that Garth Brooks's music isn't available to stream?

Garth Brooks has always been critical of the revenue model for artists provided by digital channels and streaming services in particular. Also he disliked the emphasis on songs as the selling unit, as ...
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Who is Johanna in this Joan Baez song - The Winds of the Old Days

Bob Dylan wrote a song called "Visions of Johanna" in 1965. Joan Baez was at the concert the first time he performed the song publicly and believed the lyrics referred to her. Presumably she is ...
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What's the difference between Bluegrass and Country?

Bluegrass is a sub-genre of Country Music with characteristics that differentiate it from mainstream Country: The instrumentation is purely 'string band' based: Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle and ...
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Source of accordion melody from "Vienna"

As far as I can tell, this isn't intended as a quote of a specific piece of music but rather to evoke the street musicians of Vienna. That particular accordion style actually originates as the "Bal ...
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What does Johnny Cash refer to when he says he has a “mackinaw?”

Basically it is a raincoat. Mackinaw cloth is a heavy dense water-repellent woolen cloth, similar to Melton cloth. It was used to make a short coat of the same name, sometimes with a doubled ...
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Who brought the Bluegrass influence into the Grateful Dead?

Jerry Garcia started off as a banjo player, and one part of the roots of the Dead were in a jug band called Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions. So I would guess that Garcia knew his bluegrass pretty ...
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Country music compilation with the song "Country roads"?

You can try Take Me Home Country Roads compilation CD album released in 2005, with John Denver's song opening featuring Johnny Cash, and others... Also Country's Greatest Hits LP was released in 1985 ...
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Who is Johanna in this Joan Baez song - The Winds of the Old Days

a plaintive remenisence about Joan's love for Bob Dylan about what they experienced together in the 60's. Obviously a human with great heart and soul. She depicts the poignant feelings that come ...
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Looking for music video featuring a UFO and a guy playing on the guitar with UFO-nauts

This is almost certainly Achy Breaky 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72WhEqeS6AQ The original "Achy Breaky Heart" was a goofy country novelty song with an associated line dance that unexpectedly ...
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The inspiration behind the song: What Have They Done To My Song, Ma

Singer-songwriter Melanie Safka was a 70s folksinger with a quirky, offbeat sensibility. She was most famous for her gospel-influenced Woodstock tribute "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" and her ...
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Why is it that Garth Brooks's music isn't available to stream?

@Jose David's answer (above) is great and was timely, but here is an update: Garth Brooks has released some of his music (Double Live 25th Anniversary Edition) to stream on Amazon Music.
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Country music about cascading of love and help

Maybe Clay Walker, "The Chain of Love"
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Sponge Cake in "True Blue" by John Williamson

"Sponge cake" could well be an allusion to small, significant commodities that which can be mass produced and discarded like a Lamingtons. The words "sponge cake", here could have a similar meaning to ...
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Is there a slight difference in the this Remix Version of Alan Jackson's Chattahoocee?

The original version of the song comes from the album A Lot About Livin' (And A Little 'Bout Love) (1992), and lasts 2:27. The remixed song from the German single is ...
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What are the differences between the original versions and updated versions of *Guys Do It All The Time* & *Ten Thousand Angels* by Mindy McCready?

To my ear, it sounds like both songs on I'm Still Here were re-recorded using the same arrangements from Ten Thousand Angels. However, it's possible that, short of a complete re-recording, the backing ...
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Upbeat country pop, currently popular among teens (2019), punchy guitar ending

The most inescapable country pop song of the moment is Old Town Road by Lil Nas X, with Billy Ray Cyrus. It was a recent #1 hit, with a male singer and a pop vibe --and people love to sing along with ...
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Origin of Clementine in "Oh My Darling, Clementine"

It appears to be a remake of several folk songs with the same theme, thus origin of the name is unclear. A theme of a drowning maiden is quite common in folk songs From Songfacts.com "Oh My ...
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Identify female vocal country/rock song when search for lyrics yielded no exact matches - "you say I won't forget you"?

The mystery song was Prayer in C by Lilly Wood & The Prick - Robin Schulz re-mix. I see now that I mis-heard half of the words, making it much harder to identify!
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I'm hooked on Ry Cooder's 'Paris, Texas' soundtrack. Where can I look for more like that?

According to Wikipedia, the entire soundtrack was inspired by gospel blues pioneer Blind Willie Johnson's Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground, which was one of only 27 songs launched into space ...
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Who brought the Bluegrass influence into the Grateful Dead?

It was through hanging out with David Crosby and CS&N. Workingman's Dead isn't bluegrass, it's 'wooden music' based on songs with three and four part harmonies.
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