Country And Western: One Label, Two Kinds Of Music

Aug 12, 2016



There’s an old joke from the movie The Blues Brothers:  “What kind of music do you usually have here?” asks Elwood. “Oh, we got both kinds,” answers the bartender. “We got Country and Western!”


As it turns out, there is a difference between Country and Western. Musicologist Ariel Downing is giving a lecture and live performance on cowboy music on August 25 at the Brinton Museum in Big Horn. As Downing explained to Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer, the ‘country’ side of the term has its roots with southern Appalachian hillbillies.