The Woman of Country Music, A Reader

Country music is often regarded as masculine, aggressive, and old-fashioned – a genre that belongs more to hard-drinking, hard-living men than anyone else. But female artist have always been important to the success of country music; their contributions range from safe and traditional, such as Tammy Wynett’s “Stand By Your Man,” to cutting edge and controversial, such as the Dixie Chicks’ “Goodbye Earl” --- a song that endorses the murder of an abusive spouse.

In The Woman of Country Music, editors Charles K. Wolfe and James E. Akenson present the best current scholarship and writing on female country musicians.

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