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Hillbilly Maidens, Okies, and Cowgirls – Women's Country Music, 1930-1960 - Illinois Scholarship Online
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Hillbilly Maidens, Okies, and Cowgirls: Women's Country Music, 1930-1960

Stephanie Vander Wel


Well before the success of Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, female artists were integral to the commercial expansion and aural reception of country music. Women in early country music took on and redefined the theatrical and musical roles of the hillbilly maiden, the unruly Okie, the singing cowgirl, and the honky-tonk angel in live performance, on radio, in film, and in the recording studio. This book accounts for the vibrant presence of female country artists through an interdisciplinary focus on performance and vocal expression in relation to the cultural currents of the 1930s and 1950s. Acro ... More

Keywords: country music, vocality, gender, female country artists, singing cowgirl, Okie, hillbilly maiden, honky-tonk, dance hall, working-class women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043086
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephanie Vander Wel, author
University at Buffalo, SUNY

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