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    Country Soul SistersWomen In Country Music 1952 - 78Soul Jazz Records

    Country Soul Sisters charts the rise of female singers in country music from 1952 to 1978.

    As well as country legends Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker and Tammy Wynette, Country Soul Sisters also features artists such as Bobbie Gentry, Nancy Sinatra - who also made country music but existed outside the traditional Nashville framework. Also highlighted are country soul music protagonists such as Jeannie C Riley, Diana Trask and Barbara Mandrell.

    Far from the traditional conservative image of country music this album features songs whose lyrics deal with female empowerment and subjects that include child prostitution, abortion, death and angels, workplace sexual exploitation, small town bigotry and more.

    It was not until Kitty Wells’ groundbreaking 1952 hit It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels that women were first taken seriously as country artists. Wells’ song was written in reply to a popular country hit (Hank Thompson’s The Wild Side of Life) whose lyrics expressed the dominant view that the only women who frequented bars were those of loose moral fibre. Wells’ musical reply - that in fact it was married men who acted as if they were single that caused good women to take the wrong path – revolutionised the position of women in country music.

    Forget outlaw country or alt. country, male dominance of country music meant that female country singers were the original outsiders – simply by nature of being themselves. What is so equally fascinating is how these artists managed to negotiate a space for themselves that was acceptable to the general male conservative hierarchies whilst at the same time remaining true to themselves as both artists and women for their largely female public.

    The album comes with extensive sleevenotes charting the rise of female artists in country music from early stars such as Patsy Cline and Kitty Wells up to the astute-minded superstar figures who came to dominate the industry in the late-1960s and 1970s – figures such as Dolly Parton, whose businesses and enterprises include the theme park Dollywood, a film production company as well as the philanthropic ‘Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library’ which has now distributed over 40 million free books to young children in USA, Canada and the UK.

    As well as the extensive sleevenotes, the accompanying large 68 page outsize book also includes artists interviews as well as stunning archive photography from the Getty picture archive.

    There is also a very limited edition heavyweight double gatefold vinyl edition (complete with full sleeve-notes) and super-loud pressing.

    Reviews:

    'This superbly presented collection of songs by female pioneers in country music from 1958 to 1978 is a celebration of feminism.' The Times

    Features:

    Read Guardian newspaper feature here.

    • Dolly Parton – Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind
    • Lynn Anderson – Fancy
    • Jeannie C. Riley – I've Done A Lot Of Living Since Then
    • Bobbie Gentry – Reunion
    • Tammy Wynette – Tonight My Baby's Coming Home
    • Jean Shepard – A Satisfied Mind
    • Nancy Sinatra – Get While The Gettin's Good
    • Tanya Tucker – California Cotton Fields
    • Sammi Smith – Saunders Ferry Lane
    • Connie Smith – If It Ain't Love
    • Jean Shepard – Two Whoops And A Holler
    • Billie Jo Spears – Mr. Walker, It's All Over
    • Patsy Cline – Ain't No Wheels On This Ship
    • Barbara Fairchild – Color My World
    • Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty – You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly
    • Jeannie C. Riley – Harper Valley PTA
    • Jody Miller – A Woman Left Lonely
    • Kitty Wells – Delta Dawn
    • Diana Trask – Show Me
    • Norma Jean – He's All I've Got
    • Bobbie Gentry – Ode To Billie Joe
    • Bonnie Guitar – Tender Words
    • Barbara Mandrell – Husband Stealer
    • Diana Trask – I'll Never Do You Wrong
    • Kitty Wells – It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
    • 1. Dolly Parton – Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind
    • 2. Lynn Anderson – Fancy
    • 3. Jeannie C. Riley – I've Done A Lot Of Living Since Then
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    Country Soul Sisters Volume 2Women In Country Music 1956-79Soul Jazz Records

    Country Soul Sisters is a second guide to the great female country singers who helped define a musical genre as artists such as Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette attained staggering commercial success in the previously male-dominated musical world of country music.

    As well as extensive sleeve-notes the accompanying large outsize booklet also includes stunning photography from the Getty picture archive.  The album features a stunning line-up of classic female country artists – Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Bobbie Gentry, Kitty Wells, Wanda Jackson and many more.

    Female country artists fought hard for equal rights for women in their songs, their careers and their personal lives. Whilst groundbreaking artists such as Kitty Wells and Patsy Cline paved the way for female empowerment in the 1950s, it was in the 1960s that artists such as Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Jeannie C Riley and Tammy Wynette first achieved great commercial success – a moment in time coinciding with the rise of both the women’s liberation and the civil rights movements.

    At the same time these female artists also in many cases broke down musical barriers and consequently this album showcases some of country music’s many colours. From the Nashville Sound of Patsy Cline and the Appalachian roots and authenticity of Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn through to the country soul of Diana Trask and Jody Miller, the rockabilly stylings of Wanda Jackson, the west coast pop and rock sound of Bobby Gentry, Linda Rondstadt and Cher, as well as the often maligned crossover modern soul of Barbara Mandrell.

    Here you will also find Kitty Wells - the first solo female career recording artist - singing her stunning version of Bob Dylan’s Forever Young, joined by an all star-group of Allman Brothers alumni, as well as African-American country singer Linda Martell’s incredible version of the Winston’s 60s soul classic Color Him Father. In fact the links between country and soul music feature throughout and also included are songs by Aretha Franklin, Luther Ingram and more.

    As well as the slipcase CD edition there is also a limited edition heavyweight double gatefold vinyl edition complete with full sleeve-notes and super-loud pressing.

    Reviews of Country Soul Sisters 1:

    “This superbly presented collection of songs by female pioneers in country music is a celebration of feminism.” The Times

    “Illuminating. Prior to any collective theoretical consensus of feminism these women were already doing it on their own terms.” The Guardian

    “A superb compendium of honky-tonk women” Q

    “An unsurprisingly excellent emission from the imperious Soul Jazz stable.” Clash

    • Jeannie C. Riley – Little Town Square
    • Linda Martell – Color Him Father
    • Dolly Parton – The Bargain Store
    • Diana Trask – Don't Let It Get Away
    • Wanda Jackson – My Baby Walked Right Out On Me
    • Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty – Working Girl
    • Cher – Chastity's Song
    • Dolly Parton – Jolene
    • Tammy Wynette – Baby Come Home
    • Vikki Carr – Living On A Prayer, a Hope and a Hand Me Down
    • Jody Miller – Don't Throw Your Love To The Wind
    • Jeannie C. Riley – The Rib
    • Bobbie Gentry – Okolona River Bottom Band
    • Joan Harris – Fact of Life
    • Linda Ronstadt – Baby You've Been On My Mind
    • Jody Miller – Natural Woman
    • Jean Shepard – I'm Alone
    • Barbara Mandrell – If Loving You Is Wrong
    • Lynn Anderson – Stay There Til I Get There
    • Kitty Wells – Forever Young
    • Jan Howard – Your Ole Handy Man
    • Patsy Cline – Come On In
    • Barbara Mandrell – I Never Said I Love You
    • Lynn Anderson – If I Can't Be Your Woman