The Nashville Sound
67 artists, 1322 songs
The Nashville sound developed in the 1950s when Chet Atkins, a studio guitarist who produced records for RCA, replaced hillbilly instruments like the banjo and fiddle with piano, string sections and harmonized background vocals by groups like the Jordanaires and Anita Kerr Singers to give country music more pop appeal. Atkins's productions helped country artists like Jim Reeves, Eddy Arnold and Don Gibson reach bigger audiences than ever before. Producer Owen Bradley, who worked with Atkins in Nashville, further popularized the Nashville sound during the early 1960s on recordings by female country artists like Patsy Cline and Brenda Lee. Urban audiences appreciated the more sophisticated sounds coming out of Nashville and their support pushed many country artists to the top of the pop charts.