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With so many newer artists these days, I’ve noticed some classics aren’t receiving as much attention. Classic female country songs deserve praise and a spot in the rotation. Tune in the last Thursday of every month for some classic throwback hits to add to your playlist!
“Rose Garden” by Lynn Anderson
Before its release in 1970, Lynn Anderson’s producer had originally rejected the recording because he didn’t consider it to be a female tune. Luckily, it was released, and became a crossover hit after it reached both the American Billboard country and pop charts! Although it has been covered by many artists, her version is considered a country music standard.
“Van Lear Rose” by Loretta Lynn
Though Loretta Lynn has had many hits across many decades, my second pick for this Throwback Thursday comes from 2004. She worked with Jack White (of The White Stripes) on this album. The title of the album comes from her origins as a daughter of a miner working the Van Lear, KY, coal mines. She went on to win two Grammy awards, including Best Country Album.
“I Wanna Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart” by Patsy Montana
Patsy Montana wrote this song in 1934 when she was missing her boyfriend. It was based on Stuart Hamblen’s song “Texas Plains” and he was credited as a cowriter. She added embellishments to her song with yodeling, and it is considered to be one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. In 2012, it was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry list of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” American sound recordings.
“Someday Soon” by Suzy Bogguss
“Someday Soon” was originally written by Ian Tyson, and was recorded alongside his wife, Sylvia, in 1964. Suzy Bogguss’ version was recorded in 1991 and spent 20 weeks on the country singles charts. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the “Top 100 Western Songs” of all time.
“Wildwood Flower” by The Carter Family
The Carter Family first recorded “Wildwood Flower” in 1928. “Mother” Maybelle Carter frequently performed the song in concert with Johnny Cash on “The Johnny Cash Show.” The Carter version of the song is considered the premier example of “the Carter Scratch”, a form of acoustic guitar playing in which the musician (in the case of the Carters, most notably Maybelle herself) plays both the melody and rhythm lines simultaneously.