Lonesome Cowgirls and Honky Tonk Angels

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

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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 \u0022girl singer\u0022 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.show more

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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 152.4 x 241.3 x 25.4mm | 453.59g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • First.
  • 0252033167
  • 9780252033162

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McCusker's work sheds a welcome light on a musical movement still in living memory for some but forgotten or never known by others."--Library Journal "McCusker captures the essence of her subject in this discussion of the careers of a handful of female country music radio stars. . . . McCusker delves deep into the changing creations and perceptions of female country performers. . . . Highly recommended."--Choiceshow more

About Kristine M. McCusker

Kristine M. McCusker is an associate professor of history at Middle Tennessee State University. She is coeditor of A Boy Named Sue: Gender and Country Music.show more