10 Classic Country Rock Songs That Came From Nashville

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Country music is a genre that emerged from the 1920s in the southern United States, in which folk music from immigrant European countries such as Ireland was combined with other musical forms of African-American origin such as blues, bluegrass, and gospel. In other words, country music is a fusion of different rhythms, so among its variations that stand out most are classic country, modern Nashville, outlaw country, honky-tonk, cowpunk, among others.

“Nashville Cats” – The Lovin’ Spoonful

For Hums of the Lovin’ Spoonful, the group intended to make songs in a variety of forms. “Nashville Cats” was a country tribute to the band of session performers known as the Nashville Cats who recorded with artists from Neil Young to Leonard Cohen and Simon & Garfunkel. 

“To Beat the Devil” – Kris Kristofferson

Walking into one given bar in Nashville, it is expected to learn a very skilled bartender belt out “Me and Bobby McGee.” However, a Nashville tune, it doesn’t get more real than Kristofferson’s “To Beat the Devil.”

“Down on Music Row” – Dolly Parton

The tunes sound on the thought that banging down the doors on Music Row will get you a record contract. Although Dolly Parton is an East Tennessee gal, Dolly is a Nashville figure, performing on the Grand Ole Opry platform at the age of 10.

“Visit Me in Music City” – Bobby Bare Jr.

The Nashvillian own Bobby Bare Jr. and the music legacy, his father is country legend Bobby Bare Sr. and his acquaintances growing up were Tammy Wynette and George Jones. The tune is a path to the music of Nashville.

“Nashville” – David Mead

A very Nashville love song was written by David Mead. Many tunes have been recorded concerning breakups, makeups, and second opportunities with the country theme of all paths leading back to Nashville. 

“Guitar Town” – Steve Earle

Poetry to growth on the road, the tune also toils as evidence to Nashville being where many musicians prefer to lay down their hearts.

“Nashville Bum” – Waylon Jennings

This track was a part of the soundtrack for the flick Nashville Rebel, starring Jennings as a stubborn traveler who visits Nashville to play the Opry stage. 

“He Stopped Loving Her Today” – George Jones

A Grammy Award-winning, number-one hit for George Jones and helped gain his career back when it was at its weakest period.

“Rhinestone Cowboy” – Glen Campbell

“Rhinestone Cowboy” composed by Larry Weiss portraying a country singer’s conflict to make it huge. Campbell was one of many country artists who got their rhinestone outfits from Nashville’s own Manuel.

“Nashville Blues” – The Everly Brothers

The brothers became a duo and moved to Nashville. This was The Everly Brothers’ debut album’s single after signing with Warner Bros. Records in a million-dollar agreement, the first in Nashville history.