Terms in this set (40)
Institution of higher learning, research, or honorary membership.
Most-well known and accomplished African American performer of his era who did much to push back racial barriers during his career.
Regarded as the "Empress of Blues," the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s, known for her outspoken attitude and cutting-edge lyricism.
First musician celebrated for playing jazz—distinctive blend of blues and ragtime.
Style of urban blues music performed by black women backed by small jazz combos—among the first black singers recorded, and the first to record the blues.
Undisputed "King of Zydeco," Created modern zydeco sound by blending the Cajun 2-steps with New Orleans R&B, Texas blues, and jazz.
Catch-all term that represents acoustic guitar-driven rural blues, performed by individual itinerant black men.
Seminal figure in the revival of traditional Cajun music, and an impassioned ambassador for Cajun culture, introducing the Cajun sound to countless new fans.
A trio that found unlikely stardom by combining Texas swing, upbeat bluegrass, and pop harmonies; only later to be mired in controversy due to comments made by Natalie Maines in lead up to Iraq War.
Among the most important and accomplished American composers of the 20th century. His music largely defies categorization and is quintessentially "American."
Accordion master and the foremost living ambassador of Tejano music. Introduced traditional conjunto sound to mainstream pop
Vernacular music originating with ordinary people of a given culture. Music is usually acoustic, transmitted orally, and with no known composer.
Religious movement incorporated into Pan-Native American belief systems. Prophet Wovoka experiences a mystical revelation that leads him to urge Indians to reform their lives and participate in the ritual to rid their lands of whites.
Father of contemporary country music whose honest, emotional lyric & high lonesome voice typified the honky tonk sound.
1920's Black artistic movement that began as a literary movement which sought to redefine the urban black community by emphasizing cultural awareness and pride.
Early style of country music (old-time music) emphasizing string band instrumentation—describes the traditional music of the people of Appalachia.
Honky Tonk Music
Country style characterized as raw and emotionally charged, embodying the spirit of drinking, dancing, love and enjoying the present. Term derives from the places (honky tonks) where the music took root.
The most versatile, progressive & influential early country artist, popularizing the "ramblin man" image, blue yodel, and steel guitar.
Invented and popularized the steel guitar was invented by Kekuku, on Oahu Island using a metal bolt and experimented sliding it on strings of guitar.
Musical tradition of Eastern Europe Jews in the U.S.A. Played by musicians called klezmorim, and consisting largely of dance tunes and instrumental display.
Jazz trumpeter, singer, entertainer and largely regarded as the father of modern jazz.
A popular singer and guitarist of the southern United States, and a pioneer of Tejano music.
First distinctly American entertainment form featuring white performers in blackface makeup doing parodies of African American culture.
Selective blending of musical traditions derived from Africa and Europe
Traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon
Songs that served to encourage feelings of honor for the country's forefathers and national unity. Include hymns, military themes, national songs, and music from stage and screen.
A gathering of Native peoples. A specific type of event where both Native and non-Native American people meet to dance, sing, socialize, and honor American Indian culture.
Term applied to any musical composition in which the piece is designed according to some preconceived narrative, or is designed to evoke a specific idea and atmosphere.
Most celebrated blues figure—remarkable combination of singing, songwriting, & guitar skills, coupled with myth of selling soul to devil.
An umbrella term used to refer to a broad range of folk musical genres, which include blues, gospel, bluegrass traditional country, Cajun, zydeco, Tejano, and Native American pow wow.
Known as the "Queen of Tejano," Selena arguably became the single most important figure in the growth of Tejano and Latino music cross culturally and internationally
Fingerpicked playing style, named because the strings are "slacked" or loosened to create an open (un-fingered) chord - open tuning.
Christian songs created by African slaves in America, blending African melodic concepts with European hymn melodies
Regarded as the first important composer of American popular song; known for writing Parlor and Plantations Songs, and for developing the musical hook
Name given to various forms of folk and popular music originating among the Mexican-American populations of Central and Southern Texas
"This Land is Your Land"
Woody Guthrie's most famous song—written in response to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" which Guthrie considered unrealistic
The "Father of Minstrelsy" Created popular song-&-dance routine called Jump Jim Crow
Father of contemporary folk music best known for writing songs about working-class issues—documented Great Depression and Dust Bowl
Also known as Jack Wilson, was a Northern Paiute religious leader who founded the Ghost Dance movement
Creole dance music of southwest Louisiana blending Cajun music with R&B and soul. Main instrument is accordion, but adds electric bass, horns, and keyboards