From its very beginnings, country music has been the rare outlet that American women have used to express their spirited rebellion, poignant setbacks, and unassailable hope.
This book documents the lives of hundreds of women-from country's biggest legends to its forgotten pioneers-who have nurtured the rise of country music since the mid-eighteenth century. Included are woemn like Sara and Maybelle Carter, regarded as country's founding mothers; Kitty Wells, the breakthrough female stylist in the rough honky-tonk era; Patsy Cline, a haunting figure whose life and tragic death continue to fascinate millions; as well as Wynonna Judd, k.d. Lang, and Mary Chapin-Carpenter, country's newest generation of performers. Moreover, Finding Her Voice graphically details that female country musicians have faced the same poverty, hardship, sexual subjugation, and exploitation borne by working-class women across America. Fully illustrated with more than 200 black and white photographs-many rare and previously unpublished-this book captures in vivid words and pictures, the feisty and determined women who continue to create country's enduring, vibrant musical tradition.