Wednesday, October 17

Honky Tonk Women: The Changing Role of Women

June Carter
"Honky-tonks: places for music, dancing, drinking, and, sometimes, rowdy behavior which originated in white dance halls of the southwest. They offered a place for hard-working people to unwind at the end of a long, hard day on the job. The music that developed in these dance halls served as country music’s backbone for more than half a century. And the honky tonk dance halls spawned an incredible group of singers, among them Floyd Tillman, Ernest Tubb, Al Dexter, Hank Thompson, Hank Williams, Ray Price, Kitty Wells, Webb Pierce, and Carl Smith. ... Women were remarkably important in the evolution of honky tonk music. Patsy Montana, Rose Maddox, and Texas Ruby, among others, helped establish both the honky tonk sound and a new country music sound in which women took the lead and sang laments."
Honky Tonk Women: The Changing Role of Women (Video)
Women in Country Music
Mixtape | Queens of the honky tonk (Video)
TNR: The Horrific Racism of Kitty Wells’ Cyrano
Guardian - Honky-tonk women: the female artists who made it big in country music
Female Performers in Country Music
Project MUSE: Lonesome Cowgirls and Honky-Tonk Angles: The Women of Barn Dance Radio (review), amazon
YouTube: Patsy Montana - I want to be a cowboy's sweetheart (1937), Maddox Brothers And Rose - Honky Tonkin (1949), Kitty Wells - A Woman Half My Age, Wanda Jackson - Hard Headed Woman, Jean Shepard - The Root Of All Evil, Bonnie Owens - Philadelphia Lawyer, Tanya Tucker-Delta Dawn,
Lucinda Williams - Drunken Angel

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