...The mixture of country and rock and roll used by Garth Brooks helped to propel him to the top of the country charts and return the idiom to popular music. Brooks was born in Oklahoma in 1962; his mother had been a recorded singer and she...
Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII: Genres: North America
The Continuum International, 2012
...During the mid-1980s, the confluence of a commercial and artistic slump in Nashville and the emergence of a number of talented, young traditional artists resulted in one of country music’s periodic aesthetic peaks. ‘New Country’ (or ‘New...
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