The Hayloft Gang

The Hayloft Gang : The Story of the National Barn Dance

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The National Barn Dance was the nation's most popular country music radio show during the 1930s and 1940s, essentially defining country and western entertainment until it was supplanted by the Grand Ole Opry and rock 'n' roll in the 1950s. Broadcast for more than three decades from Chicago on WLS's powerful 50,000-watt signal, the show reached listeners throughout the Midwest, the East Coast, and large regions of the South, delivering popular entertainment to rural and urban areas and celebrating the folk traditions that were fading in an increasingly urbanized America. Drawing on the colorful commentary of performers and former listeners, these essays analyze the National Barn Dance and its audience, trace the history of barn dance radio, explore the paradox of country music in a major urban center, investigate notions of authenticity in the presentation of country music and entertainment, and delve into other provocative issues raised by the barn dance phenomenon. Contributors are Chad Berry, Michael T. Bertrand, Lisa Krissoff Boehm, Don Cusic, Wayne W. Daniel, Loyal Jones, Kristine M. McCusker, Stephen Parry, Susan Smulyan, Paul L. Tyler, and Michael Ann Williams.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 178 x 256 x 22mm | 680.39g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Parental Adviso.
  • 0252033531
  • 9780252033537

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Well written and informative."--Dirty Linen "An interesting but complicated book. . . . I highly recommend it."-- Appalachian Heritageshow more

About Chad Berry

Chad Berry is Goode Professor of Appalachian Studies, associate professor of history, and director of the Appalachian Center at Berea College. He is the author of Southern Migrants, Northern Exiles.show more

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