Most Influential Country & Folk ArtistsFolk is a genre of music of stories and ballads passed down by mouth through generations and generations. Country music was, arguably, started from a branch off of folk music during the turn of the century. To me, the two genres are, along with gospel and blues, the most heartfelt and human of any music types.
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He also made at least one country album of his own songs, worked with Johnny Cash, and influenced many in the genre including the expansion of songwriting themes and subjects - Billyv
He brought folk to the masses' attention and pushed genre boundaries. - PetSounds
Jimmie Rodgers was probably the first big country singer, and definitely the first big American yodeler. Although only living to 35, his short time on the planet helped inspire youngsters such as Hank Williams Sr. to build on the foundations of what we know as country music. - higgsboson2142