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McGill University
Music-Arts Faculty
MUAR 392
Melvin Backstrom

MUAR 392 Notes May 3 rd Main Song Varieties  1939: Billboard introduces “hillbilly” charts  “Traditional” folk songs and spirituals  1945: Billboard changes name to  Hymns: Religious song praising God; “American folk” distinguished from psalms or anthems in not taken from verses in Bible  1949: Changes name again to  Ballads from the British isles: not in the “country and western” because of problematic political associations of sense of “love song” as is often understood today; rather a narrative “folk” at the time poem set to music Why country music gained popularity in  Blues: (Although strongly associated 1940s with African-Americans, first reference to “the blues” in OED is in 1741 letter by English actor and playwright David  Simpler melodies and harmonies  Shifting demographics: movement from Garrick country to city and from urban to suburban communities Differences between Country Blues and Hillbilly blues  Tin Pan Alley writers start writing country tunes  Compare “Matchbox Blues” by Blind What is the Gran Ole Opry? Lemon Jefferson (Country Blues) and Larry Hensley (Hillbilly blues)  Weekly live radio show on WSM out of Important Early Artists Nashville, begun in 1925 and still going today  Jimmie Rodgers  At first called a “barn dance”  Gene Autry (the “Singing Cowboy”)  Dedicated to country music and its  The Carter Family history  See youtube clip Role of Ethnographers What is a cover version?  Watch excerpt from Songcatcher film  What are some of the issues that this  Defintion: A song either written by or strongly associated with a singer that is brings up? recorded by someone else. Later Hillbilly Genres (1930s) o Example  Tennessee Waltz  Western swing: fiddle-led dance band  Original: Pee with swing big band elements using Wee King drums, horns, pianos, electric guitars (1948) and increasingly lap and pedal steel  Cover: Patti guitars Page (1950)  Honky-tonk: “Grittier” music named after  What are the venues, honky-tonks, where it was often differences? played  Listen to Bob Wills, “Steel Guitar Rag” What is a crossover? (1936) o What is the form of this song?  Definition: A song that is intended for one musical genre market, but is Genre Developments successful in another. o Example  1930s, Hillbilly singers “go  “Walkin‟ the Floor Over commercial” – perhaps 1 example You” (1941) by Ernest Tubb Chapter 14: Hank Williams (1923-1953)  First important blues electric  Who is he? lead guitarist o Key figure in popularizing of  Using extended, country music more complex o Many of his songs “crossed harmonies/chor over” to pop charts ds (containing  What is his advice on songwriting? See more notes), page 78 of reader e.g. ninth o Keep song simple and chords appealing  Showmanship o Importance of good taste, avoid o Chapter 11: Johnny Otis (b. offending anyone 1921) o Avoid double meanings  Bandleader, record producer, DJ Authenticity  R&B amalgamation of  Strongly tied to notions of personal jazz and blues  White, but identified sincerity (see pg. 77 of reader) with black culture o “When a hillbilly sings a crazy song, he feels crazy.”  Has hit in 1958 with “Willie and the Hand o “For what he is singing i
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