Monday, March 9, 2009

Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad: Country Queens & Rockabilly Babies Ladies Febuary 9, 2009

I was thinking a lot about the idea of girldom and how it relates to the identity of being "country." Perhaps it is because I am writing my thesis about blues tourism in the Mississippi Delta, and am currently exploring Raymond Williams's The Country and the City, in any case, the word country is a complex and rich cultural category that indexes a wide range of meanings. This show was my was of thinking about gender and country-ness in terms of music. What does it mean for grrrls to be country? How is country-ness constructed? Who is allowed to be country? and how does this category manifest in musical form? I am concerned with the way that grrrls interact with this country identity. The link below is to the show I did on country ladies. Of course, this remains a reflection of my own tastes in female country music ladies, and by no means, aims to present an exhausted list of all the country queens. I always welcome new suggestions and directions!

This is New Radio Country Grrrls

Track Listing:
Kitty Wells- It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
Anita Carter- John Handy Was a Desperate Little Man
Maggie Dee and the Ramblers- Waitress
Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn- Silver Threads and Golden Needles
Dottie West- I Don't Wanna Play House
Skeeter Davis- Half a Mind
Patsy Cline- Walkin' After Midnight
Lucinda Williams- Can't Let Go
Molly Bee- Bayou Joe
Benda Lee- Walkin' to New Orleans
Mother Maybelle Carter- Foggy Mountain Top
Crystal Gale- Clock on the Wall
Arlene Harden- Lovin Man
Lynn Anderson- Rose Garden
Tammy Wynette- Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad
Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard- TB Blues
Lucinda Williams- Make Me Down a Pallet on Your Floor
Anita Veal & Bob Hooks Band- Daddy Let Me Go
Skeeter Davis- Hillbilly Song
Johnny Cash & June Carter- Jackson
Brenda Lee- Let's Jump the Broomstick
Jerry Lee Lewis & Linda Gail- We Live in Two Different Worlds
Janis Martin- Will You Willyum
Bobbie Gentry- Sweet Peony
Loretta Lynn- Woman Enough
Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard- Long Black Veil
Annie Bird- Wandering Boy
Patsy Cline- Have you Ever Been
Goldie Hill- Live From Tomorrow
Lucinda Williams- Drop Down Daddy
Emmylou Harris- Blue Kentucky Girl
Aunt Molly Jackson- I Love Coal Miners, I Do
Bobbie Gentry- Ode to Billie Joe
Linda Ronstadt- That'll Be the Day
Dolly Parton- You Ole Handy Man
Carolyn Hester- The Rivers of Texas
Brenda Lee- Dynamite



  2. Where is the voice of the bee hive? Get the hell out of the sand box! This is awesome kid! Look forward to seeing you

    Much love
    The Mask