Country Music Essays

1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry"Diane Pecknold's collection is profoundly important in implication and a long-awaited intervention in the country-music literature." — Aaron A.Fox, author of Real Country: Music and Language in Working-Class Culture Diane Pecknold is Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Louisville.

Cohen, Journal of American Studies"Hidden in the Mix comprises a diverse, sophisticated, and probing collection of essays that works to expose...

borders, illuminate the transgressions that riddle them, and further untangle their fluid relationships in the American cultural landscape." — John W.

Those with a fondness for both the 90’s as well as 90s country music might be interested in learning more about the significance that era would have on the country music industry.

First in order to understand the historical context of country music in the 1990’s, one must first look a bit earlier in history.

All in all, this is certainly a worthwhile text on the shelf of music historians engaged in modern American music." — Kenneth H.

Marcus, Journal of African American History "Hidden in the Mix is a comprehensive and worthy addition to the canon of popular music history. By looking at both historical traditions (the banjo, early blues-hillbilly music) and contemporary cultural phenomena (hick-hop and country pop), as well as African American artists past and present (Bill Livers, Ray Charles, Cowboy Troy), the book greatly expands our knowledge of this intriguing subject." — Holly George-Warren, author of Public Cowboy No.The non-music specialist as well as the music history insider should find much to appreciate.” — Steven Garabedian, The Journal of Southern History“Hidden in the Mix is a worthwhile book that will appeal to the student of history, culture, music, and the South’s role in shaping American identity.” — Barbara A.Baker, The Alabama Review“[S]imply the best collection of academic essays about popular music I have read in years. When it comes to proving the centrality of American music to the study of American history, Hidden in the Mix has few recent equals.” — Harvey G.She is the author of The Selling Sound: The Rise of the Country Music Industry, also published by Duke University Press, and editor (with Kristine M.Mc Cusker) of A Boy Named Sue: Gender and Country Music. Country Music and Racial Formation / Diane Pecknold 1Part One. Black Hillbillies: African American Musicians on Old-Time Records, 1924–1932 / Patrick Huber 192.If Only They Could Read between the Lines: Alice Randall and the Integration of Country Music / Barbara Ching 26311. You're My Soul Song: How Southern Soul Changed Country Music / Charles L. Making Country Modern: The Legacy of Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music / Diane Pecknold 823.Contested Origins: Arnold Schultz and the Music of Western Kentucky / Erika Brady 1004. Why African Americans Put the Banjo Down / Tony Thomas 1436.Country music's debt to African American music has long been recognized. Carter produced much of the Carter Family's repertoire; the street musician Tee Tot Payne taught a young Hank Williams Sr.; the guitar playing of Arnold Schultz influenced western Kentuckians, including Bill Monroe and Ike Everly.Black musicians have helped to shape the styles of many of the most important performers in the country canon. Yet attention to how these and other African Americans enriched the music played by whites has obscured the achievements of black country-music performers and the enjoyment of black listeners.


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