Lonesome Cowgirls and Honky Tonk Angels: The Women of Barn Dance Radio

Lonesome Cowgirls and Honky Tonk Angels: The Women of Barn Dance Radio

by Kristine M. McCusker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252033167

ISBN-13: 9780252033162

Pub. Date: 04/02/2008

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Popular between the two world wars, American barn dance radio evoked comforting images of a nostalgic and stable past for listeners beset by economic problems at home and worried about totalitarian governments abroad. Sentimental images such as the mountain mother and the chaste everybody's-little-sister "girl singer" helped to sell a new consumer culture

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Popular between the two world wars, American barn dance radio evoked comforting images of a nostalgic and stable past for listeners beset by economic problems at home and worried about totalitarian governments abroad. Sentimental images such as the mountain mother and the chaste everybody's-little-sister "girl singer" helped to sell a new consumer culture and move commercial country music from regional fare to national treasure. Kristine M. McCusker examines the gendered politics of these images through the lives and careers of six women performers: Linda Parker, the Girls of the Golden West (Milly and Dolly Good), Lily May Ledford, Minnie Pearl, and Rose Lee Maphis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252033162
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
04/02/2008
Series:
Music in American Life Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Women, the Barn Dance Radio Genre, and the Roots of the Country and Western Music Industry     1
"Family Songs of Surpassing Sweetness": Vaudeville, Appalachia, Technology, and the Emergence of Barn Dance Radio     7
"Bury Me beneath the Willow": Jeanne Muenich, Linda Parker, and the Appearance of Southern Female Characters on Barn Dance Stages     28
"Hey, Hey, Hey, the Hayloft Gang Is Here": Lulu Belle Wiseman and the Emergence of the Professional Radio Barn Dance     50
"Will There Be Any Yodelers in Heaven?": The Girls of the Golden West and Selling the Stage     68
Banjo Pickin' Girl: Lily May Ledford, the Roosevelts, and Constructing National Identity     82
"Howdee! I'm Jes So Proud T'Be Here": Sarah Colley Cannon (Better Known as Minnie Pearl), World War II, and the Grand Ole Opry     103
"Oh Carry Me Back to the Mountains": Rose Lee Maphis and Laboring on the Air     124
Coda: Barn Dance Radio's New Friend, Loretta Lynn     147
Notes     153
Bibliography     175
Index     183

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