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As country music grew in popularity in the mid twentieth century, it gave birth to some of music's greatest legends. Country music was the voice of the working class. Until the 1980's, the genre was generally referred to as Country & Western. Folk and rockabilly elements were prominent. Country lyrics were dominated by heartache and sorrow and were confessional and often told a story.

Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry became the nucleus of the genre. In the sixties, the format took a turn away from the traditional western and cowboy ballad sound and became more mainstream and the sound was dubbed countrypolitan. In the seventies, country continued to change, gaining more crossover appeal. By the 80's, many hard core country fans would say that the music had become too polished and diluted with pop elements. That led to the emergence of Alt Country. Online internet radio service RadioIO offers their channel called Classic Country, hosted by Eddie George. This station offers the best in Classic Country from the late forties through the early eighties.

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