A mixture of traditional Country Music with Rock n' Roll, combining elements of Bluegrass, Folk, Blues and Pop. Pioneers of the sound including pedal steel guitar and lead guiar line-up included The International Submarine Band, Gram Parsons and The Everly Brothers. These then influenced The Byrds, Dillard and Clark, Poco and The Flying Burrito Brothers.

A more Rock less Country second wave was led by The Eagles, America, Brewer and Shipley, Emmylou began. True country rockers like The Remmingtons, The Desert Rose Band, The Cowboy Junkies, Jason and The Scorchers, Restless Heart and Electric Range show from their apltly selected names where their influences lie. Contemporary country rock-influenced bands include REM, Teenage Fanclub and The Lemonheads.