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"It's a shame, that all the blame is on us women," sang Kitty Wells in 1952, refuting the claims made in Hank Thompson's "Wild Side Of Life". So began the line of strong independent female country singers that runs all the way to today's somewhat less subtle sentiment, "Did I Shave My Legs For This" as sung by Deana Carter. As we will see this month, there is no shortage of sites on the World Wide Web dedicated to these women.
Miss Kitty (pictured left with a koala) visited Australia for the first time in April, and I heard the ladies in the audience at Comet, Queensland singing along with every word of every song, a testament to the power of those lyrics. "Making Believe", "Searching", and the aforementioned "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" all echoed around the Queensland bush as the "Queen of Country Music" took the stage. At the grand age of 79, Kitty made the show a family affair. Her husband of 60 years, and also a star of the Grand Ole Opry, Johnny Wright sang several of his hits, including "Poison Love" and "Stop The World". Their son, Bobby Wright (Willie, from TV's "McHale's Navy") had the crowd laughing with his "down home" humour, and amongst his repertoire gave us his hit "Here I Go Again". At the end of the show, Kitty was joined by "Australia's Queen of Country Music" Jean Stafford, to perform the duet version of "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" which has just been released in Australia by Massive Records.
The Women Of Country Web site calls itself "the No. 1 guide to Female Country Music", and it's hard to argue with that description. Featured artists, album reviews, trivia contests, the
latest news, weekly Top 10 charts, a message board and Chat Place; the list goes on. They also provide a great list of links to other pages, as does Today's Hottest Women of Country where the pages are rated by the site's owner. It looks like Reba is ahead in the "largest number of dedicated sites" stakes. Don't miss the stylish Official Reba McEntire site. Over at Cowgirl's Dream Trading Post you'll find a site dedicated to "the pioneer spirit of the oldtime cowgirls who could rope and ride and rodeo as well as anyone." A veritable round-up of Western treats! If you like a bit of mystery in your surfing, why not try the "Women Of Country" web-ring. A web-ring is a collection of like-minded sites that are linked together. They usually provide a link to the next site in the ring, or sometimes a random selection. For a demonstration, why not start at Kate Ballantyne and Fandango's "links page" (look under the "More" banner) and follow the ring from there. When we tried it, clicking NEXT took us to
The LeAnn Rimes Page while RANDOM linked us to
"Sandbagger's Country Music" page that played "Music Box Dancer" to us!
(Ever wonder what happened to Frank Mills? Check out HIS site).
A Dozen Red Roses is an excellent CD especially compiled for Australia by BMG Australia. Twenty tracks from twelve women in country. Amongst them are our own Shanley Del and Sherry Rich, along with Mindy McCready, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, and many more. A wonderful sampler of the range of female artists currently on the charts. Let's not forget the "First Lady of Country".
The Tammy Wynette Links Page will take you to a myriad of pages dedicated to the memory of this great singer.
Two new local sites to finish this month's column:-
Sandy Aladic has built a personal tribute to the latest Australian Country Music. You'll find pictures and biographies of many of your favourites including Lee, Gina, Darren, Beccy, Clint, and Mitchell.
The Dead Livers site chronicles the history of one of Australia's true "outlaw" bands. Despite their name, the band won't lie down, and have just celebrated their twentieth anniversary!
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