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The F Word: Songs of Feminism in Country Music Tami Neilson
“Her powerhouse voice recalls 1950s stars such as Wanda Jackson and Patsy Cline”
- THE GUARDIAN
From Dolly to the (Dixie) Chicks, The F Word is the journey of feminism through song from the first #1 hit for a female country artist in 1952, through to today.
Performed by award-winning Country artist Tami Neilson and her Hot Rockin’ Band of Rhythm, this rich songbook of country classics explores why songs of gender equality were banned from country radio faster than a dirty word!
Country music is known as one of the most conservative musical genres, its predominantly male radio DJs making or breaking an artist’s career, but, despite vehemently denying being feminist, high- profile female artists like Dolly Parton (whose “9 to 5” tackled sexual harassment in the workplace) and Loretta Lynn (whose “The Pill” celebrated the dawn of birth control), had songs banned by country radio that still soared to #1 and became feminist anthems.
While The F Word is a musical concert experience, it’s also held together with humorous storytelling about the women behind the music. Dr Jada Watson, a Professor of Musicology, opens the show and welcomes the audience to her “presentation” of Songs of Feminism in Country Music, peppering her shocking statistics and fun facts throughout.
While delivering a tongue-in-cheek exposé of gender inequality in country music, THE F WORD is such a boots-up, barn-burner of a good time, y’all might just wanna come back now, ya hear.
With Special Guest - Jenny Mitchell
"Hailing from Southern NZ, Jenny Mitchell is a storyteller with songs wrapped in wisdom and wit. An artist who blends folk, alt-country and Americana into her own captivating style, this young kiwi songwriter, "is dynamite," (Felicity Urquhart, ABC Australia).
Dr Jada Watson, head investigator at SongData, holds a PhD in musicology from Université Laval and a Master of Information Studies from the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on the development of genre cultures and communities, with an interest in issues related to gender, race, class, identity and sexuality, politics, and the environment. Her research has appeared in The Journal of the Society for American Music, American Music, Popular Music, andMusic, Sound and the Moving Image. She also has chapters in The Oxford Handbook to Country Music and The Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter.
Dr. Watson is an Adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, where she teaches courses on research methodologies, music and science, and popular music culture in the School of Music.
Creative Team: Written by Tami Neilson and Dr Jada Watson. Research by Dr Jada Watson.
“Starring Liv Tennet as Dr Jada Watson”.