Country Rock - is a music genre combining rock and country. Country music has always been a part of rock and roll since Elvis Presley performed at the Grand Ole Opry in 1955. He performed a rhythmic mix of country and rhythm and blues, nowadays it is called rockabilly - this is an early form rock and roll with a strong country influence. Country rock was especially popular in the late 1960s in California, where it was adopted and performed by Hearts and Flowers, Poco and Riders of the Purple Sage. Some folk rock artists switched to country rock following the example of The Byrds, including Beau Brummels and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In the wake of country rock success, many performers have revived, such as the Everly Brothers with their best album “Roots” (1968), Rick Nelson, who became the frontman of the Stone Canyon Band, Mike Nesmith, formed the First National Band after leaving Monkees and Neil Young, who alternately came and went from country rock throughout his career. One of the few successful bands that have transitioned from country to country rock is The Dillards.
The genre reached its greatest commercial success in the 1970s when Doobie Brothers introduced elements of R&B music, Emmylou Harris became the “queen of country rock”, and Linda Ronstadt created a very successful pop-oriented form of country rock. Eagles, originally played for Linda Ronstadt, formed from members of the Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco and Stone Canyon Band, has become one of the most successful rock bands of all time.
Country rock played a role in the development of satellite rock, despite the fact that the main influence on which was from the blues rock, and also paved the way for an alternative country. The popularity of country rock fell by the end of the 1970s, however, some well-known artists, such as Neil Young, continued their activities within the genre. Country rock, as a phenomenon, has survived in Texas, where it is performed by The Flatlanders, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, Jimmy Dale Gilmore. Country rock album “Raising Sand” by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss became one of the most commercially successful albums of 2007.