Harlow Country Music
Alternate Thursdays 8pm – 11pm
Bob or Pam
We Meet at:
Harlow, CM19 4RT
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An Introduction To Harlow Country Music Centre
Harlow Country Music Centre (then called the Broken Spur) was founded over 40 years ago, amongst a group of friends, who began playing music just for their own pleasure, within Harlow Essex.
After using several venues, where people paid to see live country bands, the move to the now legendary Victoria Hall in 1976 was the beginning of the real success story.
Every Tuesday the venue played host to all the top British acts, and several American tour bands until it’s closure in 1993.
In October 1993 we reopened at our new venue The Link, meeting on alternate Thursdays, with continued success.
We strive to maintain the posistion of one of the leading country music clubs in England, we do this by offering the very best country music to our listeners.
Admission To The Harlow CMC Is: £6.00 we are sorry but unfortunately no children are allowed at the Harlow CMC unless prior arrangements have been made with us
s prior arrangements have been made with us
Origins of Country Music
Immigrants to the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North America brought the music and instruments of Europe along with them for nearly 300 years. Country music was “introduced to the world as a Southern phenomenon.” The first generation emerged in the early 1920s, with Atlanta’s music sceneplaying a major role in launching country’s earliest recording artists. Okeh Records began issuing hillbilly music records by Fiddlin’ John Carson as early as 1923, followed by Columbia Records (series 15000D “Old Familiar Tunes”) (Samantha Bumgarner) in 1924, and RCA Victor Records in 1927 (the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers). Many “hillbilly” musicians, such as Cliff Carlisle, recorded blues songs throughout the 1920s.
During the second generation (1930s–1940s), radio became a popular source of entertainment, and “barn dance” shows featuring country music were started all over the South, as far north as Chicago, and as far west as California. The most important was the Grand Ole Opry, aired starting in 1925 by WSM inNashville and continuing to the present day. During the 1930s and 1940s, cowboy songs, or Western music, which had been recorded since the 1920s, were popularized by films made in Hollywood. Bob Wills was another country musician from the Lower Great Plains who had become very popular as the leader of a “hot string band,” and who also appeared in Hollywood westerns. His mix of country and jazz, which started out as dance hall music, would become known as Western swing. Wills was one of the first country musicians known to have added an electric guitar to his band, in 1938. Country musicians began recording boogie in 1939, shortly after it had been played at Carnegie Hall, when Johnny Barfield recorded “Boogie Woogie”.
The third generation (1950s-1960s) started at the end of World War II with “mountaineer” string band music known as bluegrass, which emerged when Bill Monroe, along with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs were introduced by Roy Acuff at the Grand Ole Opry. Gospel music remained a popular component of country music. Another type of stripped-down and raw music with a variety of moods and a basic ensemble of guitar, bass, dobro or steel guitar (and later) drums became popular, especially among poor whites in Texas and Oklahoma. It became known as honky tonk, and had its roots in Western swing and theranchera music of Mexico and the border states. By the early 1950s a blend of Western swing, country boogie, and honky tonk was played by most country bands. Rockabilly was most popular with country fans in the 1950s, and 1956 could be called the year of rockabilly in country music. Beginning in the mid-1950s, and reaching its peak during the early 1960s, the Nashville Sound turned country music into a multimillion-dollar industry centered in Nashville, Tennessee. The late 1960s in American music produced a unique blend as a result of traditionalist backlash within separate genres. In the aftermath of the British Invasion, many desired a return to the “old values” of rock n’ roll. At the same time there was a lack of enthusiasm in the country sector for Nashville-produced music. What resulted was a crossbred genre known as country rock.
Fourth generation (1970s–1980s) music included outlaw country and country pop or soft pop, with roots in the countrypolitan sound, folk music, and soft rock. Between 1972 and 1975 singer/guitarist John Denver released a series of hugely successful songs blending country and folk-rock musical styles. During the early 1980s country artists continued to see their records perform well on the pop charts. In 1980 a style of “neocountry disco music” was popularized. During the mid-1980s a group of new artists began to emerge who rejected the more polished country-pop sound that had been prominent on radio and the charts in favor of more traditional “back-to-basics” production.
During the fifth generation (1990s), country music became a worldwide phenomenon thanks to Garth Brooks. The Dixie Chicks became one of the most popular country bands in the 1990s and early 2000s.
The sixth generation (2000s–present) is exemplified by country singer Carrie Underwood. The influence of rock music in country has become more overt during the late 2000s and early 2010s. Attempts to combine punk and country were pioneered by Jason and the Scorchers, and in the 1980s Southern Californian cowpunk scene with bands like the Long Ryders. Hip-hop also made its mark on country music with the emergence of country rap.[ Most of the best-selling country songs of this era however were in the country pop genre, such as those by Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, and Taylor Swift.