WOMAN WALK THE LINE: NEW BOOK ABOUT THE WOMEN OF COUNTRY
I'm excited to share this new book of Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives by veteran music critic, Holly Gleason, with you all.
In this collection of personal essays, a diverse group of women music writers pay tribute to the female country artists who have inspired them, including Taylor Swift on Brenda Lee, Ronni Lundy on Hazel Dickens, Rosanne Cash on June Carter Cash, and Grace Potter on Linda Ronstadt. Other musicians highlighted include Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, and Tanya Tucker.
Full-tilt, hardcore, down-home, and groundbreaking, the women of country music speak volumes with every song. From Maybelle Carter to Dolly Parton, k.d. lang to Taylor Swift—these artists provided pivot points, truths, and doses of courage for women writers at every stage of their lives. Whether it's Rosanne Cash eulogizing June Carter Cash or a seventeen-year-old Taylor Swift considering the golden glimmer of another precocious superstar, Brenda Lee, it's the humanity beneath the music that resonates.
Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives
Here are deeply personal essays from award-winning writers on femme fatales, feminists, groundbreakers, and truth tellers. Acclaimed historian Holly George Warren captures the spark of the rockabilly sensation Wanda Jackson; Entertainment Weekly's Madison Vain considers Loretta Lynn's girl-power anthem "The Pill"; and rocker Grace Potter embraces Linda Ronstadt's unabashed visual and musical influence. Patty Griffin acts like a balm on a post-9/11 survivor on the run; Emmylou Harris offers a gateway through paralyzing grief; and Lucinda Williams proves that greatness is where you find it.
Part history, part confessional, and part celebration of country, Americana, and bluegrass and the women who make them, Woman Walk the Line is a very personal collection of essays from some of America's most intriguing women writers. It speaks to the ways in which artists mark our lives at different ages and in various states of grace and imperfection—and ultimately how music transforms not just the person making it, but also the listener.