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Academicians have an ever-growing
affinity for country music. While C-SPAN's
Book TV snubbed my fellow author
BILL ANDERSON during its most
recent visit to Nashville (where its cameras provided "live" coverage
from the Southern Festival of Books,
authors' talks, followed by audience questions, also videotaped for
future broadcast) the network's American
History TV (a/k/a C-SPAN 3) is acknowledging country
music as a college lecture subject.
As part of its ongoing Lectures in History series (in
which American History TV viewers, from the privacy of their own homes,
are invited to turn on the tube and"audit" classes on various subjects
taught by college professors across the United States),
C-SPAN 3 sat in on
College American Studies' Professor COTTON SEILER's class.
Seiler's subject? Colonial America, Race and the
Origins of Country Music.
While he's no COTTON IVY, Cotton Seiler made an
effort to engage his students and to interest them in the subject
matter, by asking "How many of you like country music?"
The response (among its most desired demographic) would not impress the
Music Association or the Country Music
Even though only a hand or two was raised, Seiler was not discouraged
(at least as long as the cameras were on him): "By the end of class
you'll all love country music. I promise. You'll be
going to the Country Music
Hall of Fame.
"You should all be going to the Country Music Hall of Fame if you're in
Seiler's lecture is currently running in light rotation on C-SPAN 3.
You may also view it here.
Recording Academy Communications Team and Rogers
& Cowan's Music Entertainment Team for the offer of
media credentials for the 59th Annual Awards Grammy® Awards airing February 12, 2017.
PR is ringing in the New Year on January 4, 2017 with a party
at host KIRT
WEBSTER's Big Buck Lodge in Hermitage, Tennessee.
known connection, as PAUL
HARVEY used to say, but just prior to NAOMI JUDD's public announcement
of her bout with mental illness, WYNONNA was featured on the
Nashville edition of one of my favorite radio game shows, Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me.
As the younger Judd regaled program host PETER SAGAL (and program
panelists) with her familiar tales of how she happened on her stage
name, marrying "a guy named CACTUS (MOSER)" and journeying
"from an outhouse to the White House," the singer found the
need to enliven her answers to Sagal's stock questions, with her
classic lines (Of her "Bon Juddi" coif, Wy advises,
"The higher the hair, the closer to heaven."),
confessing to the National Public Radio host that,
while growing up
poor in Appalachia, "I was forced to listen to listen to
his part, Sagal gave as good as he got. Intrigued by a show
researcher's finding that Wy is "something of an icon in the drag
world," Sagal's observation reminded Judd of a "true story" of being
told that "a black drag queen" once celebrated Halloween by
dressing up as the singer.
Wy told people she'll "show up at anything... bar mitzvahs, nun
conventions, Harley rallies..."
Intrigued, Sagal, who is Jewish, is amazed, imploring Judd to "go back"
and tell the listening audience a little more about her performances at
Jewish coming of age commemorations: "So little Courtney
Berkowitz is being bat mitzvahed and, at the reception-"
Wy interrupts, singing the first line of "Grandpa
(Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)," then remarking "Oy!"
Mesmerized, Sagal tells his guest "I would like to hear you do Hava Nagila, if you remember it."
Cultural divide firmly in place, Judd laughs, explaining "I don't even
know what that means."
This time it's Sagal's turn to laugh. "Oh, it's all right.
I'm just going to spend a minute feeling really terrible at
my- about my bar mitzvah."
order of business is to see how well Wynonna does playing a game called
"A Judd By Any Other Name." As Peter explains, "You are part
of the most famous Judd family in America, if not the world, so we
thought we would ask you about some of the other Judds out there.
Answer three Judd-related questions correctly and you'll win
a prize for one of our listeners."
As a native Minnesotan, I'm surprised WALTER JUDD wasn't the answer to
one of Sagal's questions- but I digress. To find out how Wy
did, and for a transcript of the entire interview, email
me with WYNONNA,
Wait, Wait in the subject line, along with your name, city
and state (province and/or country if outside the United States).
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