Country music as we know it today grew out of blues and folk music. In country music’s earliest form, southern musicians both white and black, created music for the working class that told stories. Some of the instruments they played included the fiddle, banjo and harmonica. Traditional folk music had English and Celtic roots, and was often accompanied by a fiddle.
Blues had elements of African music and was accompanied by the harmonica and the banjo. The banjo is an instrument developed by enslaved Africans based on the banjar, an African instrument with strings stretched across a drum. Although there are not many black country artists today, African Americans had an influence on the development of this popular musical style.