Try to forget, for just one moment, the enigma that is modern country music. Instead, take yourself back about forty or sixty years to a time period that was the height of country, with Nashville as its epicenter and the Ryman Auditorium as its main stage.
It’s understandable that Johnny Cash might be the first name to come to mind, but there are three very important ladies from that golden time that I just can’t seem to get enough of lately. Yep, I’m talking about the ‘Queens’ of Country–Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton.
While thoughts of over-the-top hair and sequined western shirts may have you running for the hills, for the time being, keep an open mind as we take a little trip down to the quaint ole South.
Although she passed away quite young, Patsy left a big mark on the music world, even beyond the realm of country.
Style: 1950s Bombshell Meets Wild West
Quintessential Song: Crazy
This coal miner’s daughter may be small in stature, but her pipes and personality certainly aren’t.
Style: Victorian Meets a Farm in Kentucky
Quintessential Song: You Ain’t Woman Enough
While her hair and bust line may seem to be more famous than she is, Dolly has been a force to be reckoned with since the beginnings of her career.
Style: 1970s Disco Meets a 6-String Guitar
Quintessential Song: Jolene