Melody will take us on a journey from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina to Hinesville, Georgia to meet our next singer, Anders. Use SG13–15 to meet Anders and prepare your students to learn about country music.
Country music originated in the southern United States in the 1920s. It has its roots in blues and the folk music of southern Appalachia. The advent of commercial radio in the 1920s meant that the music many people played and sang on their own for entertainment could be broadcast across the nation. The first country music records were released in the early 1920s as “hillbilly” records. Recording sessions in Bristol, Tennessee in 1927 made artists such as Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family famous across the south and the nation. Country music has always been a popular genre of music, thanks in part to radio broadcasts such as the Grand Ole Opry, which began in 1925 and is still being broadcast today.
Depending on the song, a country music audience can expect to sing along, or even dance with the song, if it is upbeat. Musical Explorers can practice for the concerts by listening to Anders during the verses and singing along to the chorus of each song.