13 - Honky Tonk - ◦ places blame on married men ◦ 1...

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13 – Honky Tonk sometimes called “hard country” harder-edged music (electric instruments, amplification) harder-edged lyrical themes instability, upheaval, urban migration unpredictability of relationships Hank Thompson “The Wild Side of Life” (1952) Texan singer, guitarist, performer music adapted from earlier country hit 3 months at #1 on country charts Kitty Wells “It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” Answer song (released later in 1952) plain, no-nonsense vocal approach Proto-feminitst message
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Unformatted text preview: ◦ places blame on married men ◦ 1 st #1 song by country female singer ◦ lyrics penned by male songwriter Hank Williams (1923-1953) extremely popular honky tonk performer influential songwriter draws on hillbilly music, blues tradition working-class themes of honky tonk life ◦ tales of urban mirgants ◦ loss, dislocation, temptations “Move it On Over” (1949) ◦ comic narrative with bluesy feel ▪ relationship problems ▪ man sent o the doghouse ◦ call-and-response ◦ heavy black beat (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 ) ◦ example of Country-Western influence on rock 'n' roll...
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2012 for the course MUSICOL 123 taught by Professor Garret during the Fall '11 term at University of Michigan.

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