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A‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍ll of the materials needed to complete this assignment can be found in the Blues/Country Week-by-Week folder. Reading questions and listening questions are intermingled. All listening question tracks can be found on the YouTube playlist in the folder with the readings. Read pgs. 7-10 of chapter (pgs. 1-4 of PDF) Stop before Minstrel Shows heading Read pgs. 12-13 of chapter (pgs. 6-7 of PDF) Start with Hillbillies and the Roots of Country and Stop before Copy Right Law Read pgs. 16-22 of chapter (pgs. 10- 16 of PDF) Start with Early Country Recordings and Stop at end of last page. 1) What does the author mean when he refers to the 2 sides of Fiddlin’ John’s first record as the “tap roots” of country music? a. What were the sides? b. What was their significance? c. What do they say about the stylistic roots of the country genre? 2) Listen to “Old Hen Cackled” and “Little Old Cabin.” a. What are the specific stylistic similarities? b. What are the specific differences? FOR THESE QUESTIONS, THINK IN TERMS OF METER, TIMBRE, LEVEL OF VIRTUOSITY, STORY LINE, MODE, AND OTHER SUCH MUSICAL CHARACTERISTICS. 3) In the 1890s, there was a change in how people accessed instruments such as guitars or mandolins. This coincides with the proliferation of early Blues and Country. What was the change in access? 4) In the reading, the author intentionally puts “hillbilly” in quotes when he applies the term to the recordings of Vernon Dalhart. Listen to the two songs performed by Dalhart on our YouTube playlist. a. What are the musical features that make this similar to other hillbilly songs such as those by Fiddlin’ John or the Rouse Brothers? b. What are the musical traits or stylistic traits that might have led the author to implicitly question Dalhart’s “hillbilly” status? c. Which genre from earlier this semester can you link them with in terms of performance style? Please give at least 2 specific reasons for your answer. FOR THESE QUESTIONS, THINK IN TERMS OF METER, TIMBRE, LEVEL OF VIRTUOSITY, STORY LINE, MODE, AND OTHER SUCH MUSICAL CHARACTERISTICS. 5) Listen to “Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow.” a. What is the meter of this song – duple or triple? b. What is the structure of this song – AAB‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍, Verse-Chorus, Other c. What is the story line of this song? 6) What was special about Maybelle Carter’s Guitar style? 7) Watch “How to Play Maybelle Carter Style.” a. Why does the narrator say that Mother Maybelle performed in this style? b. Can you think of any other benefits (or drawbacks) to this style that he does not mention? c. Did you hear this picking technique in “Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow?” 8) Watch the documentary clip on the Carter family. a. What kind of records did they release first? b. How is this story reminiscent of that of the release of Fiddlin’ John’s first record? c. The public image of the Carter family, especially as presented in their music, did not reflect their actual lived reality. i. What were the discrepancies? ii. Who made the changes? iii. Why did they keep this information out of the public eye? 9) Jimmie Rodgers was marketed as a Hillbilly musician. Was he a “hillbilly?” a. Why? b. Why not? c. What does this tell us about the role of packaging and image in popular music marketing? i. How does this relate to the Carter family’s public image? 10) Watch “The Story of Country Music.” a. Who do they say Country music is “by, for, and about?” b. What genres do they say Jimmie Rodgers “mixed all up” in his role as Father of Country Music? c. Which idea has Country Music been “living off of” ever since Jimmie Rodgers? d. How did the Grand Old Opry create a feeling of community? HINT: IT WASN’T JUST THROUGH THE MUSIC. 11) Read the magazine article that I’ve linked to on Lesley Riddle. Riddle was a Black Blues musician whose life and career intertwined with the Carter family. Many writers claim that modern country music would not exist without Riddle’s contributions. a. How did Riddle and . work together? b. How did Riddle and Maybelle work together? c. Listen to “Step by Step” on our playlist. How is this similar to the Carter’s and other country recordings? How is it different? forward this to the writer when its chosen also I uploaded the file as well


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