Country Music Humorists and Comedians

Country Music Humorists and Comedians

by Loyal Jones
     
 

This volume is an encyclopedia of country music performers who have used comedy as a central component of their presentation. Loyal Jones offers a conversational and informative biographical sketch of each performer, often including a sample of the musician's humor, a recording history, and amusing anecdotal tidbits. In an entertaining style, Jones covers

Overview

This volume is an encyclopedia of country music performers who have used comedy as a central component of their presentation. Loyal Jones offers a conversational and informative biographical sketch of each performer, often including a sample of the musician's humor, a recording history, and amusing anecdotal tidbits. In an entertaining style, Jones covers performers throughout the twentieth century, from such early stars of vaudeville and radio barn dances as the Skillet Lickers and the Weaver Brothers and Elviry, to regulars on Hee Haw and the Grand Old Opry, continuing to current comedians such as the Austin Lounge Lizards, Ray Stevens, and Jeff Foxworthy.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“If Cratis Williams is the father of Appalachian Studies and Helen Lewis its mother, than I reckon Loyal Jones would have to be considered the midwife of it all. . . . This book reflects not only his disarming sense of humor, but also his meticulous attention to voluminous details, his considerable scholarship, and his substantial wisdom.”—Appalachian Heritage

"Southern humor, rural comedy and its practitioners are brilliantly showcased."—The Nashville Musician

 
"A treasure trove of information. . . . Will make a wonderful reference book for years to come."—Bluegrass Unlimited

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252033698
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
10/08/2008
Series:
Music in American Life
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Loyal Jones is the author of nine books and dozens of articles on Appalachian culture, including Laughter in Appalachia: A Festival of Southern Mountain Humor. For twenty-three years he was director of the Appalachian Center at Berea College.

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