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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 " The First Lady of Banjo, " 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 " pooristic" (" way beyond 'poverty-stricken'" ) 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"
"We already knew Roni as a first-rate banjo player and comic. This book reveals her as a sharp, observant, thinking woman, and a captivating storyteller." --Murphy Henry, banjo player, and columnist for Banjo Newsletter and Bluegrass Unlimited "Pressing On is an Appalachian Angela's Ashes told from a female perspective. It tells the story of Roni Stoneman's private and public life with remarkable and appealing candor. It is a book full of unfolding revelations, told with a sense of humor, and without an ounce of self-pity. Her story is entertaining at times, heartbreaking at others, but always compelling." --Sandy L. Ballard, editor of Appalachian Journal "This is a unique book: the authentic story, in her own voice, of a woman who was once one of America's most widely known entertainers. There will never be another Roni Stoneman, and there will never be another book like this one." --Elinor Langer, author of Josephine Herbst
|A Classy Person: Aunt Jack||p. 13|
|My Childhood||p. 15|
|Learning the Banjo||p. 34|
|Sex Education||p. 47|
|First Love||p. 51|
|My Brothers and Sisters||p. 53|
|The Performing Stonemans||p. 61|
|First Marriage||p. 65|
|The Stoneman Family Band Comes Together||p. 78|
|My First Love Affair: Glen Roquevort/Tony Lake||p. 84|
|Out West||p. 90|
|Hee Haw||p. 128|
|George after Hee Haw||p. 151|
|The Kids||p. 153|
|The Real Thing||p. 160|
|My Bronze Uterus||p. 170|
|On the Road||p. 172|
|Husbands 3,4, and 5||p. 194|
|Losing Hee Haw||p. 216|
|My Religion||p. 225|
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Series: Music in American Life
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 23rd March 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.6