Pressing On

Pressing On : The Roni Stoneman Story

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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 \u0022The First Lady of Banjo,\u0022 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 \u0022pooristic\u0022 (\u0022way beyond 'poverty-stricken'\u0022) 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 Lifeshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 25.4mm | 589.68g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252031911
  • 9780252031915

Review quote

"This is a unique book: the authentic story, in her own voice, of a woman who was once one of America's most widely known entertainers. There will never be another Roni Stoneman, and there will never be another book like this one." --Elinor Langer, author of Josephine Herbst "Pressing On is an Appalachian Angela's Ashes told from a female perspective. It tells the story of Roni Stoneman's private and public life with remarkable and appealing candor. It is a book full of unfolding revelations, told with a sense of humor, and without an ounce of self-pity. Her story is entertaining at times, heartbreaking at others, but always compelling." --Sandy L. Ballard, editor of Appalachian Journal "We already knew Roni as a first-rate banjo player and comic. This book reveals her as a sharp, observant, thinking woman, and a captivating storyteller." --Murphy Henry, banjo player, and columnist for Banjo Newsletter and Bluegrass Unlimitedshow more