A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music

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University Press of Kentucky, 8 окт. 2012 г. - Всего страниц: 272

In industry circles, musicians from Kentucky are known to possess an enviable pedigree -- a lineage as prized as the bloodline of any bluegrass-raised Thoroughbred. With native sons and daughters like Naomi and Wynonna Judd, Loretta Lynn, the Everly Brothers, Joan Osborne, and Merle Travis, it's no wonder that the state is most often associated with folk, country, and bluegrass music.

But Kentucky's contribution to American music is much broader: It's the rich and resonant cello of Ben Sollee, the velvet crooning of jazz great Helen Humes, and the famed vibraphone of Lionel Hampton. It's exemplified by hip-hop artists like the Nappy Roots and indie folk rockers like the Watson Twins. It goes beyond the hallowed mandolin of Bill Monroe and banjo of the Osborne Brothers to encompass the genres of blues, jazz, rock, gospel, and hip-hop.

A Few Honest Words explores how Kentucky's landscape, culture, and traditions have influenced notable contemporary musicians. Featuring intimate interviews with household names (Naomi Judd, Joan Osborne, and Dwight Yoakam), emerging artists, and local musicians, author Jason Howard's rich and detailed profiles reveal the importance of the state and the Appalachian region to the creation and performance of music in America.

 

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Introduction
1
Ancestral Memory
20
Sword and Snow
40
Trailer Poet
62
Mountain Edge
74
Freedom Doxology
91
Brooklyn Meets Appalachia
104
A Hillbilly in Hollywood
118
From the Wings
167
These Prisoning Hills
179
The Ghost of Jim James past
192
Far West
205
Southern Manners
218
Acknowledgments
235
Bibliography
239
Index
243

The Pursuit of Nappyness
132
Headwaters
144

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Jason Howard is coauthor of Something's Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Nation, Sojourners, Paste, the Louisville Review, Equal Justice Magazine, and on NPR.

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