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Live music in United States of America

The music of The United States of America is as varied and diverse as you would expect from a Country with such a multicultural society. The USA has provided the world with so much great music it is hard to know where to start. 

The history of music in The USA can be traced back to the music created by Native Americans. The arrival of the Europeans with their different instruments and musical style added a new dimension. The trade in African slaves brought a group of people to the country who used music to covertly pray to their Gods, as their religion was banned by their new owners. With the ensuing arrivals of immigrants from all over the known world bringing with them their own musical traditions, the birth of this great nation had all the ingredients for a musical feast. The fusion of styles, cultures and beliefs resulted in the formation of Gospel music, Folk, Blues and Country this laid the foundations for what we know today as popular modern music. Several different genres have flourished all over The USA many of these genres are closely associated with certain areas of the country; Seattle with Grunge, Chicago with Blues, Louisiana with jazz and Cajun and Nashville with Country music.


Blues music in the early days was a raw form of music that proved to ultimately to be a major influence in the rock, Soul, R & B and pop. Although a major part of the American music scene it wasn’t until the 60’s that a major Blues revival took place, with the help of the "British Invasion". Many artists in England discovered the American blues artists, this new and exciting sound to them was the catalyst for a huge attack on the music charts and generated some good money for the Blues artists from The USA.

Major artists, Robert Johnson, David ‘Honey Boy’ Edwards, Bessie Smith, Little Walter, Muddy Water, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Sonny Boy Williamson, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, BB King, JJ Cale, Robert Cray, Freddie King, Albert Collins and Joe Bonamassa.


Incredibly popular in the 40’s & 50’s with the Nashville sound been the most popular form. This style evolved from a traditional to a more poppy sound, this came about with a change in instrumentation and improved production methods.  By the 60’s further evolution of the country scene with the addition of the Bakersfield sound which mixed more western elements. As the 70’s approached the ‘Outlaw Country’ style grew in popularity. New Country stars were appearing on the scene through out the 80’s and 90’s . Now in the 2000’s Country music stars are still amongst the biggest selling and highest paid artistes in the USA music business.

Major artists in the genre; Hank williams, Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Dwight Yoakam, Billy Ray Cyrus and Garth Brooks.


Folk music has its roots in the traditional music of America, as with most genres of music the development and general evolution divides the genre into sub-genres, Folk is no different.

The 60’s was time when Folk music was at its height of popularity in The USA. Folk used the art of story telling in a song or protest songs, as the political awareness of the population was on the rise as was the opposition to the Vietnam war, this formed the basis of the genre. Often solo artists, this was the start of the singer songwriter age. This all changed when many artists added electric instruments to their backing band, the result split the community as the purists saw this as a betrayal of firm held beliefs. The Folk Rock movement that developed found success but struggled to form a lasting popularity with many of the most successful artists adapting to the music climate and transforming into different genres, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon being prime examples. 

Major artist in the Folk world; Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, Tom Paxton, Janis Ian and Suzanne Vega.

Hip Hop

America can proudly boast that they gave birth to the Hip Hop culture. Often thought to be a new genre but the origins can be traced back to the call and response structure of African-American religious ceremonies. The influences of many different genres were used to create the culture and music scene that we know today. In the heyday of the mid 90’s Hip Hop music was inventive, the methods of recording and performing and the use of sampling gave the genre a freshness that was rarely seen in other genres.

The sub genre of Gangsta Rap created bad press and disapproval from some quarters of society, the subject matter of the songs and the feuds and violence that often followed different artists in the genre.

Major artists in Hip Hop; MC Hammer, Melle Mel, Afrika Bambaataa, Run DMC, LL Cool J, Ice T, DMX, Jay Z, P Diddy, Tupac, Ice Cube and Notorious B.I.G


With its roots firmly in the New Orleans area Jazz the mixing of ragtime, blues and borrowing from other styles gave Jazz its distinctive sound. As Jazz grew in popularity the arrival of the big band era Jazz genre gave us Swing. The jazz scene today is still thriving with hundreds of Jazz clubs across the Country.

Major Jazz artists, Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.


The Rock music genre has under more changes and development than most genres. With several sub-genres under the umbrella of Rock. Rock has its origins in the fusion of Country, Blues and R&B. One of the major changes, again due in part to the ‘British Invasion’, bands were now beginning to write their own material rather than rely on the manufactured pre formed songs that been the norm in the 50’s. By the time the 70’s arrived the rock music stars began to take the music out of the clubs and into Arenas, many icons were created.

The short explosion of the Punk movement in the mid to late 70’s came about as the generations youth rebelled against the Disco and arena rock stars of the day. The movement was short lived as the popularity thrust upon the bands was the very thing they were fighting against, many of the punk bands had become part of the establishment. Punk gave way to the Alternative rock scene in the 80’s, a new wave of bands continuing the Rock ethos, the evolution of this music scene gave us Grunge, Emo and Indie.

Heavy Metal in The USA in the early 80’s had a heavy bias towards Glam bands such as; Kiss, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Bon Jovi and Motley Crue being the most well known. As with other genres Heavy metal was also divided into sub genres, the USA was responsible for Thrash Metal and Death Metal spawning copy cats all around the world.

Major Rock Artists; Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Lynard Skynard, The Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie, The Eagles, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, R.E.M, Metallica, Linkin Park, Green Day, The Foo Fighters and The Kings of Leon. The list is merely a snapshot of great American Rock music artists.

Soul and R&B

Soul Music, a joyful mix of Rhythm & Blues and Gospel music, began around the 50’s. In 1960 Motown Records was founded in Detroit and quickly became very successful, The Motown recordings released by African-Americans had a strong pop influence all designed to make them more acceptable to a white audience. This plan proved to be very successful making many of the artists on the roster household names all over the world. Around the same time in Memphis, Stax records was formed another successful stable who turned out several hit records using a house band to back many different artists, the formula copied by other studios proved to be very popular.

Towards the end of the 70’s as with other genres a division into sub genres expanded the sound, contemporary R&B influenced with Funk created a whole new sound creating many superstars in the process.

Major artists in Soul and R&B; Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Al Green, Smokey Robinson, Sly & The Family Stone, The Four Tops, Wilson Pickett, The Temptations, Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, Martha & the Vandellas, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Issac Hayes, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Kool & the Gang, The Commodores, Patti Labelle, Tina Turner, Randy Crawford, Luther Vandross,  Michael Jackson, Prince, Mariah Carey, Lauren Hill, Alicia Keys and Beyonce. 

The USA music community is alive and well covering all music genres, symphony orchestra, pop groups, jazz bands, rock bands and of course indie bands. Musicians wanted in The USA. You can find hundreds of USA musicians and bands looking for collaborators at Musical Exchanges - right here, right now. The USA is home to several recording studios encouraging many of the cities available musicians to make a good living as session musicians.

Forming bands is something that happens in every town, in every country around the world, musicians joining together, networking and working towards putting a new project before the public, USA is no different and there has been no better time to form a band than now and help increase the size of the music community in your area.

Live music venues in United States of America

Playing live in front of an audience is what we all love to do, in The USA there are no shortage of venues. The USA has several venues which are considered to be amongst the best in the world. Its not all about the huge gigs most towns in every State across the country have live music venues. Halls, Clubs and Bars, these come in all shapes and sizes and these are the places where live music can be heard most nights of the week all across The USA.

The USA is home to hundreds of music festivals some huge and some smaller, these festivals take place through out the year covering many different styles and genres. A few of the notable festivals across The USA; The Chicago Blues festival, the worlds largest free Blues festival, Lollapalooza, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Central Park Summerstage, Newport Folk and Jazz Festival and Rocklahoma.

Many venues in The USA have become world famous for one reason or another, not always to do with the music played there, here is a list of some of the more well known venues, in no particular order; The Fillmore in San Francisco, Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, The Troubador in Hollywood, Red Rocks in Colorado, Fox Theatre in Boulder, Madison Square Gardens in New York City, Radio City Music hall in New York City, 9;30 Club in Washington DC, House of Blues in Las Vegas, The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, Waikiki Shell in Honolulu, Hollywood Bowl in California and Verizon Wireless Music Center in Indiana. The list doesn’t even scratch the surface to document the great live music venues in The USA. All these venues and all the other venues provide a live music platform for not only the local talent to be found in The USA but also the visiting recording and touring artists from around the world.

The local USA music scene is well supported and promoted in various online websites promoting valuable music services to the industry and helping to inform the public of upcoming gigs.

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