Heartland rock

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Heartland rock is a genre of rock music characterized by a straightforward, often roots musical style, a concern with middle class and/or blue-collar American life, and a conviction that rock music has a social or communal purpose beyond just entertainment.wikipedia
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John Mellencamp

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The genre is exemplified by singer-songwriters Tom Petty, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp. The 1980s saw the continued success of famous artists, John Fogerty, Steve Miller Band and the arrival of new artists including John Mellencamp (initially recording as Johnny Cougar) (who has been described as defining the genre in the 1980s), Michael Stanley, George Thorogood, John Cafferty, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, The Tractors(Oklahoma), Kentucky Headhunters, Joe Grushecky & the Iron City Houserockers, and more gentle singer/songwriters such as Bruce Hornsby.
He is known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock, which emphasizes traditional instrumentation.

Bob Seger

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The genre is exemplified by singer-songwriters Tom Petty, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp. Many major heartland rock artists began their careers in the 1960s, as with Bob Seger, or the 1970s, as with Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
A roots rocker with a classic raspy, powerful voice, Seger wrote and recorded songs that deal with love, women, and blue-collar themes and is an example of a heartland rock artist.

Country music

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Heartland rock is also associated with a number of country music artists including Steve Earle and Joe Ely, along with less widely known acts such as the Iron City Houserockers. In terms of style it often uses straightforward rock and roll, sometimes with elements of Americana and country.
Subsequent to the initial blending of the two polar opposite genres, other offspring soon resulted, including Southern rock, heartland rock and in more recent years, alternative country.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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Many major heartland rock artists began their careers in the 1960s, as with Bob Seger, or the 1970s, as with Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
The band's music has been characterized as both Southern rock and heartland rock, cited alongside artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, and John Mellencamp as progenitors of that genre that arose in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Michael Stanley

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The 1980s saw the continued success of famous artists, John Fogerty, Steve Miller Band and the arrival of new artists including John Mellencamp (initially recording as Johnny Cougar) (who has been described as defining the genre in the 1980s), Michael Stanley, George Thorogood, John Cafferty, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, The Tractors(Oklahoma), Kentucky Headhunters, Joe Grushecky & the Iron City Houserockers, and more gentle singer/songwriters such as Bruce Hornsby.
Both as a solo artist and with the Michael Stanley Band (MSB), his brand of heartland rock was popular in Cleveland, Ohio, and around the American Midwest in the 1970s and 1980s.

Rock music

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Heartland rock is a genre of rock music characterized by a straightforward, often roots musical style, a concern with middle class and/or blue-collar American life, and a conviction that rock music has a social or communal purpose beyond just entertainment.

The River (Bruce Springsteen album)

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In 1978, Springsteen returned with Darkness on the Edge of Town, which reached the top ten in the US and then the number one album The River (1980), which continued the themes of economic and personal dissolution, produced a series of hit singles, and has been seen as "getting the heartland rock bandwagon rolling", together with the stripped-down sound and darker themes of his next album Nebraska (1982).
According to Jon Pareles of The New York Times, The River was the beginning of 1980s heartland rock.

Bruce Springsteen

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The genre is exemplified by singer-songwriters Tom Petty, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp. Many major heartland rock artists began their careers in the 1960s, as with Bob Seger, or the 1970s, as with Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Steve Earle

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Heartland rock is also associated with a number of country music artists including Steve Earle and Joe Ely, along with less widely known acts such as the Iron City Houserockers.

Iron City Houserockers

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Heartland rock is also associated with a number of country music artists including Steve Earle and Joe Ely, along with less widely known acts such as the Iron City Houserockers.

Joe Ely

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Heartland rock is also associated with a number of country music artists including Steve Earle and Joe Ely, along with less widely known acts such as the Iron City Houserockers.

Rock and roll

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In terms of style it often uses straightforward rock and roll, sometimes with elements of Americana and country. After a series of critically highly regarded, but modestly selling albums with the E Street Band, he achieved his breakthrough in 1975 with Born to Run, which presented stories of loss, betrayal, defeat and escape in the context of his native New Jersey shoreline, with songs influenced by 50s rock and roll, Bob Dylan and Phil Spector's Wall of Sound.

Midwestern United States

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The genre is associated with rural and blue-collar values, particularly those of working-class regions of the Midwest and the Rust Belt.
In the 1970s and 1980s, native Midwestern musicians such as John Mellencamp and Bob Seger found great success with a style of rock music that came to be known as heartland rock, which were characterized by lyrical themes that focused on and appealed to the Midwestern working class.

Darkness on the Edge of Town

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In 1978, Springsteen returned with Darkness on the Edge of Town, which reached the top ten in the US and then the number one album The River (1980), which continued the themes of economic and personal dissolution, produced a series of hit singles, and has been seen as "getting the heartland rock bandwagon rolling", together with the stripped-down sound and darker themes of his next album Nebraska (1982).
According to Trevor J. Levin and Edward M. Litwin of The Harvard Crimson, Darkness on the Edge of Town "perfected the heartland rock genre" that Born to Run had created—"a genre meant to embrace working class American life through its depiction of such a life as joyless and cursed."

Folk rock

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The genre was most strongly influenced by American country, folk and folk rock acts such as Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Van Morrison, as well as the basic rock of 1960s garage and the Rolling Stones.

Born in the U.S.A.

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The genre reached its commercial, artistic and influential peak with Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. in 1984, which topped the charts worldwide and spawned a series of Top Ten singles.
With Born in the U.S.A., Springsteen helped popularize American heartland rock in the mainstream, which allowed for greater success for recording artists such as John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, and Bob Seger.

E Street Band

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After a series of critically highly regarded, but modestly selling albums with the E Street Band, he achieved his breakthrough in 1975 with Born to Run, which presented stories of loss, betrayal, defeat and escape in the context of his native New Jersey shoreline, with songs influenced by 50s rock and roll, Bob Dylan and Phil Spector's Wall of Sound.

Born to Run

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After a series of critically highly regarded, but modestly selling albums with the E Street Band, he achieved his breakthrough in 1975 with Born to Run, which presented stories of loss, betrayal, defeat and escape in the context of his native New Jersey shoreline, with songs influenced by 50s rock and roll, Bob Dylan and Phil Spector's Wall of Sound.

The Killers

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American indie rock bands the Killers and the War on Drugs have been associated with the genre.
In July 2006, the lead single "When You Were Young" was premiered and it became a hit, gaining another two Grammy Award nominations and mostly positive reviews with many bringing attention to the influence of Heartland rock on the song.

Jersey Shore sound

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Jersey Shore music shares two thematic elements with the genres of heartland rock and roots rock: A focus on the daily lives of people (in this case, those living in the stereotypically industrial society of Northern and Central Jersey) and a sense of being the underdog (a theme in the genre from The Four Seasons' "Rag Doll", "Walk Like a Man", and "Big Man in Town" and through Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town).

Joe Grushecky

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The 1980s saw the continued success of famous artists, John Fogerty, Steve Miller Band and the arrival of new artists including John Mellencamp (initially recording as Johnny Cougar) (who has been described as defining the genre in the 1980s), Michael Stanley, George Thorogood, John Cafferty, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, The Tractors(Oklahoma), Kentucky Headhunters, Joe Grushecky & the Iron City Houserockers, and more gentle singer/songwriters such as Bruce Hornsby.

John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band

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The 1980s saw the continued success of famous artists, John Fogerty, Steve Miller Band and the arrival of new artists including John Mellencamp (initially recording as Johnny Cougar) (who has been described as defining the genre in the 1980s), Michael Stanley, George Thorogood, John Cafferty, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, The Tractors(Oklahoma), Kentucky Headhunters, Joe Grushecky & the Iron City Houserockers, and more gentle singer/songwriters such as Bruce Hornsby.

John Hiatt

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The 1980s saw the continued success of famous artists, John Fogerty, Steve Miller Band and the arrival of new artists including John Mellencamp (initially recording as Johnny Cougar) (who has been described as defining the genre in the 1980s), Michael Stanley, George Thorogood, John Cafferty, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, The Tractors(Oklahoma), Kentucky Headhunters, Joe Grushecky & the Iron City Houserockers, and more gentle singer/songwriters such as Bruce Hornsby.

Kid Rock

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Heartland rock can be heard as an influence on artists as diverse as Billy Joel and Kid Rock.
Rock n Roll Jesus and Born Free were described as heartland rock.

Lucinda Williams

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The 1980s saw the continued success of famous artists, John Fogerty, Steve Miller Band and the arrival of new artists including John Mellencamp (initially recording as Johnny Cougar) (who has been described as defining the genre in the 1980s), Michael Stanley, George Thorogood, John Cafferty, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, The Tractors(Oklahoma), Kentucky Headhunters, Joe Grushecky & the Iron City Houserockers, and more gentle singer/songwriters such as Bruce Hornsby.