One last country rarity before we hit the dusty trail to the Kenton Club tonight for Touch Your Woman 4, my annual celebration of the ladies of classic country. I haven't been able to find anything out about Sharon Smith, probably because the name is so common. I can tell you she released at least 3 singles. I can also tell you she is one of 3 Smiths you'll hear tonight, the others being Connie and Sammi.
This record is representative of the early 1970s feminist country era and encapsulates everything this night is about: shedding societal gender expectations and just being free to be yourself. Yes, it's largely about class issues, but there's also a feminist aspect to it.
Freedom to be oneself is certainly something I appreciate having grown up in an era where nearly everything I wanted to do in life (and everything I wanted to wear) were things little girls were NOT encouraged to do. Things have vastly improved in many ways, but they've also regressed in so many other ways. Until we see a lasting change in the advancement of women's rights, as long as we still have to work twice as hard to receive any recognition, until we're no longer accused of being "bitches" for advocating for ourselves, as long as the men in power try to control our bodies, as long as we're still judged for our sexuality, as long as the media defines what is and isn't beautiful about us, as long as our achievements and contributions are undervalued, as long as our voices are ignored, I will continue to have these celebrations of our accomplishments and our creative expressions about the glory and the frustrations of being a woman in an unjust world.
I hope you will come celebrate with me.
DJ Action Slacks
I'm excited to highlight some of my favorite records in a variety of genres (soul, R&B, classic country, rockabilly, oldies, garage rock, etc). These won't all necessarily be "dance" records per se. They will all be records that I believe deserve a special listen. I simply love good music, rare or not. Hopefully you will spend some time here and love music right along with me! Lets give this a shot!