I'm a little bit country...

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 29, 2012 06:30pm | Post a Comment
By Kaitlin

Growing up, I was never allowed to fiddle with the radio in the car. I listened to whatever my folks were listening to and that was that. I knew kids who would get in the car and change the music, turn it up, and I was a little jealous. In retrospect, I realize that I received a huge musical education in those car trips that I wouldn’t trade for a pile of gold. Seriously!

In my dad’s car was where I first heard the Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Bob Wills, Jimmie Rodgers, and so on and so on. In honor of Women’s History Month, I’d like to share some of my memories about hearing these legendary, moving, and talented women.Loretta Lynn

I believe I first heard of Loretta Lynn when watching Coal Miner’s Daughter, the film based upon her life starring Sissy Spacek. She grew up dirt poor and skyrocketed to fame with an amazing voice and moving storytelling in her songs. She was a strong woman and sang about issues that real, working women dealt and still deal with such as cheating men, being a single mother, birth control, and divorce, among other themes.

It’s difficult to convey in words how much she means to me. I’m a sap, so when I hear something that moves me I get the lump in my throat and tears well up in my eyes, and this lady moves me still to this day. She is strong, sassy, feisty, and is still making wonderful music with the same themes. In 2004, she released “Van Leer Rose,” produced by Jack White. In this track, which the two co-wrote, you can hear a little bit of a different sound, but her voice is still as beautiful as ever.

Also of note, Loretta’s younger sister is singer Crystal Gayle.

Patsy Cline
Now, one can’t talk about Loretta without also talking about herfriend and mentor, Patsy Cline.

Patsy’s story sadly ended abruptly when she was killed in a airplane crash on  March 5, 1963 outside Camden, Tennessee, but she had an amazing voice, smooth and smoky.

I read that Patsy got sick as a kid and credits this with how her voice sounded as an adult. She was known to be a very good friend, going to great lengths to make sure those who she cared about were well taken care of.

"Walking After Midnight," which she initially didn't want to record, ended up being one of her signature hits:

And before either of these ladies was Mother Maybelle Carter of the famous Carter Family. She played harpsichord, guitar, and sang, and recorded on some of my favorite songs of all time.

Also from the famous Carter Family, was June Carter Cash, wife to Johnny Cash. I don’t know how many times I’ve listened to them sing “Jackson” in my life! They say behind every great man is a great woman, and she proves that without a doubt! She’s another strong willed woman with a mind of her own and a voice to speak it! All of these powerful women served as great role models to this young lady.

Here are a few more ladies who mean a great deal to me, whose music and song touched my soul at a young age and who have stuck with me, even helped me through tough times and happy times.
Dolly Parton, Mary Ford, Dusty Springfield, Tammy Wynette, and Kitty Wells.

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