Friday, March 25, 2016

[403] ‘MTSU On the Record’ welcomes ‘country boys and redneck women’

MURFREESBORO — The next “MTSU On the Record” radio program will explore how gender in country music is about much more than just “honky tonk angels.”

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Kris McCusker, a professor of history, will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 28, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, April 3, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and

McCusker is co-editor with Diane Pecknold of the University of Louisville of “Country Boys and Redneck Women,” a collection of analytical essays on gender identity in country music from a variety of academic perspectives.

The topics addressed in the book include gender in songwriting; the credibility of Taylor Swift; the impact of Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton; gender in country music in Brazil and Australia; and the women inmates of the Texas State Prison who performed on the radio from 1938 to 1944.

“(Country music) may seem never to change, but that’s the point,” said McCusker. “Country music sells itself as being unchanging so it can do a lot of changing when nobody really notices it.”

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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