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CC Development of Country Music Essay


After viewing the Ken Burns Country Music Documentary Excerpts from this week’s Course Content and working with your group members, create a 5-7 minute presentation. You will be focusing on the “Mule Skinner Blues” videos which feature four different performances of that song.

Content Questions

Your speaking portion should respond to one or more of the questions below:

  1. How are each of the four performances of “Mule Skinner Blues” similar and how are they different? Describe these similarities in terms of the musical elements. Specifically how does the melody and timbre change or stay the same in each version?
  2. How does each performance represent a sort of milestone in the development of country music?
  3. What historical events, trends or movements influenced any or all of the versions of the song?
  4. How did each version influence the development of Rock and Roll?
  5. Did you enjoy one version more or less than the others? Why?

I will be taking (( QUESTIONS 2 and 3 ))

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