A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music by Jason Howard

By Jason Howard

In circles, musicians from Kentucky are recognized to own an enviable pedigree -- a lineage as prized because the bloodline of any bluegrass-raised Thoroughbred. With local little children like Naomi and Wynonna Judd, Loretta Lynn, the Everly Brothers, Joan Osborne, and Merle Travis, it is no ask yourself that the kingdom is usually linked to people, nation, and bluegrass music.

But Kentucky's contribution to American song is far broader: it is the wealthy and resonant cello of Ben Sollee, the velvet crooning of jazz nice Helen Humes, and the famed vibraphone of Lionel Hampton. it is exemplified by means of hip-hop artists just like the Nappy Roots and indie people rockers just like the Watson Twins. It is going past the hallowed mandolin of invoice Monroe and banjo of the Osborne Brothers to surround the genres of blues, jazz, rock, gospel, and hip-hop.

A Few sincere Words explores how Kentucky's panorama, tradition, and traditions have motivated outstanding modern musicians. that includes intimate interviews with family names (Naomi Judd, Joan Osborne, and Dwight Yoakam), rising artists, and native musicians, writer Jason Howard's wealthy and distinct profiles exhibit the significance of the country and the Appalachian zone to the construction and function of track in America.

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43 A Few Honest Words Ben Sollee’s musical wanderings demonstrate the versatility of the cello. Perhaps even more noteworthy, he uses the instrument to add an Appalachian flair to his songs. (Photo by Meagan Jordan) He was hooked. A couple of years later, he was writing songs, and by his freshman year of high school, he had started a band called Bliss on Tap. By age fifteen, he was hard at work making an album in his parents’ basement. Titled Just Plain Ben, it featured an experimental set of socially conscious songs against a 44 Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore backdrop of cello, drums, and paint cans.

I recognize it with one glance and suppress a smile—it’s her kitchen medicine cabinet. Every Appalachian woman I know has one. She rummages for the appropriate bottle. In her former life— the one before the fourteen number-one hits and six Grammy Awards and twenty million records sold—she was a nurse at the nearby Williamson County Hospital in Franklin. It’s easy to imagine her in starched whites and rubber-soled shoes as she counts out pills with deft precision before disappearing into the adjoining dining room.

And the other word was wash. ’” She rolls her eyes. “So I didn’t tell people I knew how to make lye soap. They wouldn’t care. It wouldn’t mean anything to them. ” She paid the rent 25 A Few Honest Words and supported her daughters by working at a health food store, being a girl Friday, and taking the occasional modeling gig. One black-and-white photograph from her foray into modeling shows her in full makeup, her shoulders exposed dramatically in a 1940s-style striped dress, a cigarette dangling lustily from her lips.

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