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The tragicomic life story of one of America's best-known country entertainers, told with warmth and honesty This book recounts the fascinating life of Roni Stoneman, the youngest daughter of the pioneering country music family, and a girl who, in spite of poverty and abusive husbands, eventually became \u0022The First Lady of Banjo,\u0022 a fixture on the Nashville scene, and, as Hee Haw's Ironing Board Lady, a comedienne beloved by millions of Americans nationwide. Drawn from over seventy-five hours of recorded interviews, Pressing On reveals that Roni is also a master storyteller. In her own words and with characteristic spunk and candor, she describes her \u0022pooristic\u0022 (\u0022way beyond 'poverty-stricken'\u0022) Appalachian childhood, and how she learned from her brother Scott to play the challenging and innovative three-finger banjo picking style developed by Earl Scruggs. She also warmly recounts Hee Haw-era adventures with Minnie Pearl, Roy Clark, and Buck Owens; her encounters as a musician with country greats including Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, June Carter, and Patsy Cline; as well as her personal struggles with shiftless and violent husbands, her relationships with her children, and her musical life after Hee Haw. A volume in the series Music in American Life

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780252074349
ISBN-10: 0252074343
Format: Paperback
(5817mm x 3887mm x 20mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 20-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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