KUT Radio Documentary Spotlights Women in Texas Music for Women’s History Month
AUSTIN, Texas — March 26, 2012 — Texas Music Matters, KUT 90.5′s award-winning music journalism unit, will shine the spotlight on some of the women who have helped shape Texas music in “Unsung: The Stories of Women in Texas Music,” a one-hour documentary airing at noon and again at 11 p.m., Friday, March 30 on KUT 90.5 FM.
From the singing cowboys of depression era movies to the beer-drinkin’ good ol’ boys of modern country, Texas music has been wrapped in a Lone Star mythology that’s decidedly masculine. Yet from its earliest days, women like Cindy Walker wrote the songs the cowboys would sing. Some, like Janis Joplin, had to leave Texas to find acceptance.
“Unsung: The Stories of Women in Texas Music,” which coincides with Women’s History Month, is the result of several months of interviews with prominent women in Texas music, including the voices and music of Akina Adderley, HalleyAnna, Marcia Ball, Cindy Cashdollar, Shawn Colvin, Rosie Flores, Ruthie Foster, Girl in a Coma, Terri Hendrix, Sara Hickman, Sarah Jaffe and Robyn Ludwick, among others.
“Their stories — from struggle, discrimination and triumph against adversity — compose a moving narrative about creative women working in a male-dominated field,” said David Brown, host and executive producer of Texas Music Matters. “We believe this documentary will contribute an enormous amount to our understanding — and appreciation — of the role of women in Texas music, and may even help to encourage and inspire a new generation.”
Contact: Erin Geisler (512) 475-8071