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Country Music and the Rise of “Ezra K. Hillbilly” in Interwar America

Anthony Harkins

in Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195189506
eISBN:
9780199788835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189506.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter examines the role of “hillbilly” in commercially recorded rural white music, by the early 1930s commonly (although often disparagingly) labeled “hillbilly music”. The hillbilly image in ... More


Early Commercial Era

Ryan André Brasseaux

in Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American Made Music

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195343069
eISBN:
9780199866977
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343069.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines the dawn of Cajun recording. The Cajun community’s relationship to recording technology, the evolving nature of America’s recording industry, and Cajun music’s relationship to ... More


Cosmic Cowboys and New Hicks: The Countercultural Sounds of Austin's Progressive Country Music Scene

Travis D. Stimeling

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199747474
eISBN:
9780199896981
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747474.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This book explores the roles that music, as a sounding phenomenon with culturally specific meanings, played in mediating the experiences of a community of musicians, entrepreneurs, journalists, and ... More


A New Mental World

Ryan André Brasseaux

in Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American Made Music

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195343069
eISBN:
9780199866977
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343069.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American

Records and radio built an industry around imagination. Media technologies created an auditory world where sound, language, and music expanded listeners’ mental worlds. The Cajun imaginary represents ... More


Conclusion

Tracey E. W. Laird

in Louisiana Hayride: Radio and Roots of Music along the Red River

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167511
eISBN:
9780199850099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167511.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Due to the fact that the Louisiana Hayride brought to the national spotlight both Hank Williams and Elvis Presley, they took a risk in claiming the annals of country music and rock-and-roll during ... More


Country Music Crossroads

Tracey E. W. Laird

in Louisiana Hayride: Radio and Roots of Music along the Red River

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167511
eISBN:
9780199850099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167511.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Louisiana Hayride was a big success in the music industry of the South. After it started, country music could reach a larger audience. World War II had a huge part in catalyzing ... More


Ballads for the Crabgrass Frontier: Suburbanization, Whiteness, and the Unmaking of Okie Musical Ethnicity

Peter La Chapelle

in Proud to Be an Okie: Cultural Politics, Country Music, and Migration to Southern California

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248885
eISBN:
9780520940000
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248885.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter argues that pressure to fit in was an important impetus for the rightward turn in country music. Consumers, sponsors, and musical producers strived in the mid- to late 1950s to ... More


Introduction: Making Country Music “Progressive”

Travis D. Stimeling

in Cosmic Cowboys and New Hicks: The Countercultural Sounds of Austin's Progressive Country Music Scene

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199747474
eISBN:
9780199896981
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747474.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

The introduction outlines the main topics, points of discussion and arguments of this book. At the beginning of the 1970s, “progressive country music” seemed to be a contradiction in terms, the ... More


Duets with Modernity: Dolly Parton and Country

Eric Weisbard

in Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226896168
eISBN:
9780226194370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226194370.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

Diane Pecknold’s history of country music as a business, especially its trade organization the Country Music Association, showed that Nashville’s creation of a selling sound all its own had to be ... More


New England Country and Western Music and The Myth of Southern Authenticity

Clifford R. Murphy (ed.)

in Yankee Twang: Country and Western Music in New England

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038679
eISBN:
9780252096617
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038679.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter illustrates how the story of New England country and western music is ultimately about how working-class New Englanders living in the multiethnic age chose to understand themselves as ... More


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