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Music of Kentucky

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Music of the United States
History (Timeline and Samples)
Before 1940: Synthesis of Sources
1940s and 50s: Invention of Popular Music
1960s and 70s: Creation of a Counterculture
1980s to the present: Diversification of Styles
Ethnicities
African American
Native American music (Inuit music>Inuit and Hawaiian)
Latin (Tejano and Puerto Rican)
Other immigrants (Jewish, European, South and East Asian, modern African, Middle-Eastern and Cajun and Creole)
Local music
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Music of Kentucky is heavily centered around Appalachian folk music; that genre of music—and its associated descendents, especially bluegrass music in the 1940s—has largely developed in Eastern Kentucky. Bill Monroe, the most influential inventer of bluegrass, was from Kentucky.

Musicians from Kentucky include Steven Curtis Chapman, J.D. Crowe, Lionel Hampton, Jackie Dee Shannon, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dwight Yoakam, Ricky Skaggs, The Judds, John Conlee, Rosemary Clooney, and Slint.

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