Pressing On: The Roni Stoneman Story

Pressing On: The Roni Stoneman Story

by Roni Stoneman, Ellen Wright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252031911

ISBN-13: 9780252031915

Pub. Date: 04/12/2007

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

The tragicomic life story of one of America's best-known country entertainers, told with warmth and honesty

This book recounts the fascinating life of Roni Stoneman, the youngest daughter of the pioneering country music family, and a girl who, in spite of poverty and abusive husbands, eventually became "The First Lady of Banjo," a fixture on the

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The tragicomic life story of one of America's best-known country entertainers, told with warmth and honesty

This book recounts the fascinating life of Roni Stoneman, the youngest daughter of the pioneering country music family, and a girl who, in spite of poverty and abusive husbands, eventually became "The First Lady of Banjo," a fixture on the Nashville scene, and, as Hee Haw's Ironing Board Lady, a comedienne beloved by millions of Americans nationwide.

Drawn from over seventy-five hours of recorded interviews, Pressing On reveals that Roni is also a master storyteller. In her own words and with characteristic spunk and candor, she describes her "pooristic" ("way beyond 'poverty-stricken'") Appalachian childhood, and how she learned from her brother Scott to play the challenging and innovative three-finger banjo picking style developed by Earl Scruggs. She also warmly recounts Hee Haw-era adventures with Minnie Pearl, Roy Clark, and Buck Owens; her encounters as a musician with country greats including Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, June Carter, and Patsy Cline; as well as her personal struggles with shiftless and violent husbands, her relationships with her children, and her musical life after Hee Haw.

A volume in the series Music in American Life

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252031915
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
04/12/2007
Series:
Music in American Life Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Preface     xiii
Family     1
A Classy Person: Aunt Jack     13
My Childhood     15
Music     25
Learning the Banjo     34
Education     44
Sex Education     47
First Love     51
My Brothers and Sisters     53
The Performing Stonemans     61
First Marriage     65
The Stoneman Family Band Comes Together     78
Opry     81
My First Love Affair: Glen Roquevort/Tony Lake     84
Out West     90
Nashville     96
George     113
Scotty     123
Hee Haw     128
George after Hee Haw     151
The Kids     153
The Real Thing     160
My Bronze Uterus     170
On the Road     172
Husbands 3,4, and 5     194
Losing Hee Haw     216
My Religion     225
Now     232
Afterword     237
Index     241

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