Appalachian Women and Traditional Music

Annotated Books

Allen, Bob. Blackwell Guide to Recorded Country Music. 1994

Alloy, Evelyn. Working Women's Music: The Songs and Struggles of Women in the Cotton
    Mills, Textile Plants, and Needle Trades. Somerville, MASS: New England Free Press,

Bekker, Peter O.E. Country. NY: Friedman/Fairfax Publishers, 1993.

Blackwell, Lois. The Wings of the Dove: The Story of Gospel Music in America. Norfolk:
    Downing, 1978

Bufwack, Mary A., Robert K. Oermann. Finding Her Voice: The Saga ofWomen in Country Music.
    New York: Crown, 1993. Bufwack, Lois, and Donald Milton. Songs of Self-Assertion: Women in Country Music.
    Somerville, MASS: New England Free Press, 1980.

Burt, Jesse, and Duane Allen. The History of Gospel Music. Nashville: K&S Press, 1971.

Burton, Thomas G. Some Ballad Folks. Johnson City: ETSU, 1978. Burton, Thomas G. Traditional Tennessee Singers. Knoxville, U ot TN Press, 1981.

Campbell, Olive. The Life and Work of John Campbell. Madison, WI:
    College Printing & Typing Company.

Cantwell, Robert. Bluegrass Breakdown: The Making of the Old SouthernSound.
    New York: Da Capo Press, 1992. Cantwell, Robert. When We Were Good: The Folk Revival. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1996. Carr, Patrick, ed. The Illustrated History of Country Music. Garden City: Doubleday, 1979. Carter, Jeanette. Living With Memories. Hiltons, VA: Carter Memorial Music Center, 1983. Cash, June Carter. Among My Klediments. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Pub. House, 1981. Cash, June Carter. From the Heart. New York: Prentice Hall, 1987. Cohen, Norm, ed. Minstrels and Tunesmiths: The Commercial Roots of Early Country Music.
    John Edwards Memorial Foundation JEMF, 109.

Conway, Cecilia. African Banjo Echoes in Appalachia: A Study of FolkTraditions. U of T Press, 1995.

Cornfield, Robert, with Marshall Falwell Junior. Just Country: Country People, Stories, and Music.
     NY: McGraw-Hill, 1976. Cousin Emmy. Cousin Emmy's Songbook. n.p.:c, 1945.

Cuthbert, John A. West Virginia Folk Music. WVUP, 1982.

Dawidoff, Nicholas. In the Country of Country: People and Places in American Music.
    New York: Pantheon Books, 1997. Denisoff, R. Serge. Great Day Coming:Folk Music and the American Left.
    Urbana: U of ILL Press, 1987. Dew, Joan. Singers and Sweethearts: The Women of Country Music.
    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1977. Dorgan, Howard. The Airwaves of Zion: Radio and Religion in Appalachia. Knoxville:
    U of T Pr., 1993.

Dowda, Russ. Appalachian Women in the 19th Century and Their Image in the Murder Ballads of the Time.
    Berea, KY: Council of the Southern Mountains, 1978.

The Early Recording Career of Earnest V. "Pop" Stoneman: A Bio-Discography.
    The John Edwards Memorial Foundation.

Ellison, Curtis. Country Music Culture: From Hard Times to Heaven. Jackon: UP of MISS, 1995. Feintuch, Burt. Kentucky Folkmusic: An Annotated Bibliography. Lexington: UP of KY, 1985. Fleischer, Leonore. Dolly: Here I Come Again. Toronto: Paperjacks,1987. Gaillard, Frye. Watermelon Wine: The Spirit of Country Music. NY: St Martin's Press, 1978. Garland, Jim. Welcome the Traveler Home: Jim Garland's Story of the Kentucky Mountains. Gaston, Kay Baker. Emma Bell Miles. Signal Mountain,
    TN: Walden's Ridge Historical Association, 1985. Grant, Lee, with the Original Dillards. Everybody on the Truck: The Story of the Dillards.
    Eggman Publishing,

Grattan, Virginia L. Women Songwriters: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Press, 1993.

Green, Archie. "Aunt Molly Jackson: A Bio-Bibliography." Ms. Archie Green papers.
    Southern Folklife Collection, UNC at Chapel Hill. 1964.

Green, Archie. Only a Miner: Studies in Recorded Coal-Mining Songs. Urbana: U of ILL Press, 1972.

Green, Douglas B. Country Roots: The Origins of Country Music. New York, Hawthorn Books, 1976. Hagan, Chet. Grand Ole Opry. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1989. Hager, Andrew G. Women of Country. NY: Friedman/Fairfax Publishers, 1994. Hill, Fred. Grass Roots: An Illustrated History of Bluegrass and Mountain Music.

Hull, Kenneth. Lily May- A Legend in out Time. Paris, KY: K.Hull, 1970.

Hull, Kenneth. Lily May & The Coon Creek Girls with Pioneer Women in Country Music.
    Mayfield, KY: Kenneth Hull, 1985.

Hurst, Jack. Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. NY: Henry N. Abrams, 1975.

Jensen, Jodi. The Nashville Sound: Authenticity, Commercialization, and Country Music.
    Nashville: The Country Music Foundation Press & Vanderbilt UP, 1998. Kahn, Kathy. The Working Girl: Women's Songs from the Mountains, Mines, and Mills.

Karpeles, Maud. Cecil Sharp: His Life and Work. Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 1967.

Kingsbury, Paul, ed. Country: The Music and the Musicians. Country Music Foundation, 1988. Kingsbury, Paul. The Country Reader: Twenty-five Years of the Journal of Country Music.
    Nashville: The Country Music Foundation Press & Vanderbilt UP, 1996. Kingsbury, Paul. The Encyclopedia of Country Music: The Ultimate Guide to the Music.
    NY: Oxford UP, 1998. Kinscella, Hazel G. Music On the Air. Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing, 1934.

Kochman, Marilyn. The Big Book of Bluegrass. NY: William Morrow & Co., 1984.

Lair, John. Renfro Valley, Then and Now: An Account of the Happenings in
    "The Valley Where Time Stands Still" From the Building of the First Cabin on Renfro Creek (1791)
    to the Year (1958). no place: no publisher, 1957. Ledford, Lily May. Coon Creek Girl. Berea, KY: College Appalachian Center, 1991. Leverett, Les. Blue Moon of Kentucky: A Journey into the World of Bluegrass and Country
    As Seen Through the Camera Lens of Photojournalist Les Leverett. Empire Publishing, 1996. Lornell, Kip. Introducing American Folk Music. Madison:Brown & Benchmark, 1993. Lornell, Kip. Virginia Blues, Country, & Gospel Recordings: 1902-43. An Annotated Discography.
    Lexington: UK Press, 1989. Lynn, Loretta, with George Vecsey. Coal Miner's Daughter. Chicago:Regnery, 1976. Malone, Bill C. Country Music, USA. Austin: UT Press, 1985. Malone, Bill C. Singing Cowboys and Musical Mountaineers: Southern Culture and the
    Roots of Country Music. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1993. Malone, Bill C. Stars of Country Music. Urbana: U of ILL Press, 1975. McCloud, Barry. Definitive Country. Perigee/Berkeley, 1995.

Miles, Emma Bell. The Spirit of the Mountains. NY: James Poll & Co., 1905.

Millard, Bob. The Judds: A Biography. Miller, Terry. Folk Music in America: A Reference Guide. New York: Garland, 1987.

Milnes, Gerald. Play of a Fiddle: Traditional Music, Dance, and Folklore in West Virginia. UP of KY, 1999.

Montell, William Lynwood. Singing the Glory Down: Amateur Gospel Music in South Central Kentucky
    1900-1990. Lexington: UP of KY, 1991. Nash, Alanna. Behind Closed Doors: Talking With the Legends of Country Music. NY: Knopf, 1988. Nash, Alanna. Dolly. LA: Reed, 1978. Nassour, Ellis. Patsy Cline: An Intimate Biography. NY: Tower Books, 1981. Orgill, Michael. Anchored in Love: The Carter Family Story. Old Tappan, NJ:
    Fleming H Revell Co., 1975.
  Parton, Dolly. Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business. New York:
    Harper Collins, 1994. Parton, Willadeene. In the Shadow of a Song. NY: Bantam, 1985. Price, Steven D. Old as the Hills: The Story of Bluegrass Music. NY: Viking Press, 1975. Price, Steven. Take Me Home: The Rise of Country and Western Music. NY: Praeger Publishers, 1974. Rice, Wayne. Bluegrass Bios. Available from Bluegrass Specialties, PO Box 420, Lakeside, CA 92040. Riddle, Almeda. A Singer and Her Song. Baton Rouge: LSUP, 1970. Ritchie, Jean. Celebration of Life. Port Washington, NY: Geordie Music Publishing, 1971.

Ritchie, Jean. Dulcimer People. NY: Oak Publications, 1963.

Ritchie, Jean. A Garland of Mountain Song. NY: Broadcast Music, 1953.

Ritchie, Jean. Singing Family of the Cumberlands. Lexington:UP of Kentucky, 1955. Romalis, Shelley. Pistol Packin' Mama: Aunt Molly Jackson and the Politics of Folksong.
    U of ILL Pr, 1998. Russell, Tony, designer & producer. The Carter Family: Old Time Music Booklet #1.
    Old Time Music, 1973.

Sandberg, Larry, and Dick Weissman. The Folk Music Sourcebook. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989.

Scarborough, Dorothy. A Song Catcher in the Southern Mountains. New York:
    Columbia UP, 1937. Scobey, Lola. Dolly Parton: Daughter of the New South. NY: Zebra/ Kensington, 1977. Shapiro, Henry D. Appalachia on Our Mind: The Southern Mountains and Mountaineers in the
    American Consciousness, 1870-1920. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1978.

Shelton, Robert. The Country Music Story. NY: Bobbs-Merrill, 1966.

Shestack, Melvin. The Country Music Encyclopedia. NY: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1974. Smith, Betty N. Jane Hicks Gentry: A Singer Among Singers. Lexington:UP of Kentucky, 1997. Smith, Richard D. Bluegrass: an Informal Guide. Chicago Reviews Press, 1995.

Sorrels, Rosalie, ed. What, Women, and Who. Wooden Shoe, 1974.

Stambler, Irwin, and Grelun Landon. The Encyclopedia of Folk, Country, and Western Music.
    NY: St Martin's, 1984.

Tassin, Myron, and Jerry Henderson. Fifty Years at the Grand Ole Opry. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing, 1975. Thomas, Jean. Ballad Makin' in the Mountains of Kentucky. New York: Henry Holt, 1939. Thomas, Jean. Devil's Ditties: Being Stories of the Kentucky Mountain People Told By Jean Thomas
    With the Songs They Sing. Chicago: W.Wilbur Hatfield, 1931. Tichi, Cecilia. High Lonesome: The American Culture of Country Music. Chapel Hill:U of North Carolina Press, 1994. Tribe, Ivan. Molly O'Day, Lynn Davis, and the Cumberland Mountain Folks: A Bio-Discography.
    LA: John Edwards Memorial Foundation, U of California, 1975. Tribe, Ivan. Mountaineer Jamboree: Country Music in West Virginia. Lexington:
    UP of KY, 1984. Tribe, Ivan. The Stonemans: An Appalachian Family and the Music that Shaped Their Lives.
    Urbana: U of ILL Press, 1993. Von Matthiessen, Maria. Songs From the Hills: An Intimate Look at Country Music.
    Macmillan, 1993. Warner, Anne. Traditional American Folk Songs: From the Anne and Frank Warner Collection.
    Syracuse UP, 1984. Wilgus, D.K. Anglo-American Folksong Scholarship since 1898. New Brunswick, NJ
    : Rutgers UP, 1959. Wolfe, Charles K. The Grand Ole Opry: The Early Years 1925-1935. London: Old Time Music, 1975.

Wolfe, Charles K. Kentucky Country: Folk and Country Music of Kentucky. Lexington:
    UP of Kentucky, 1982.

Zimmerman, Peter Coats. Tennessee Music: Its People and Places. Miller Freeman Books, 1998. Zwisohn, Lawrence J. Loretta Lynn's World of Music. LA: John Edwards Memorial Foundation, 1980. Sing Your Heart Out, Country Boy.

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