Today one of the my favorite lady pioneers of country music turns 81. Jean Shepard was one of the original female country singers who specialized in songs with a strong feminist message. Starting with 1954's "Two Whoops and a Holler" Ms. Shepard delivered record after empowering record about female independence and self-worth. She laid down the law in songs like "Sad Singin' And Slow Ridin'" and let the world know that she wasn't interested in being anybody's second fiddle.
She actually started her career in the male-dominated country music scene, as a bass player in an all-female country band. So it's no surprise that once she headed down the road as a singer, she would choose to deliver such a powerful feminist message.
My selection of the day however, is not one of her feminist songs, but rather an incredibly unique record from 1964. It's rare for me to say this, but I think this is my favorite country record right now. It's the story of a banjo-playing country girl falling in love with a bongo beatnik from "New York State" and the merging of their musical styles. It's the living end! Like, crazy man! Dig it
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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!