To celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th March Absolute Radio Country will be shining a spotlight on the women of country music over the last six decades. This brand-new documentary series ‘Women of Country’ is being presented by Grammy nominee and Country Music Association Awards winner Ashley McBryde.
The show looks at the legacy of women in the country music scene from the 60s right up until the current day. It takes a deep dive into both the heritage and experiences of women in the industry and how they helped to shape the genre.
Made up of six hour-long programmes, which will all be released together as a boxset on International Women’s Day, the series features an all-female cast and will be available in the FREE Absolute Radio mobile app.
The first episode of the series will broadcast on air on Sunday 6th March at 7pm, with each episode following weekly and each decade show airing on their respective decade station.
“I am so excited to be a part of Women in Country: Through The Decades on Absolute Radio Country. These Women are the reason why I fell in love with country music and why I am lucky enough to do it today”, said Ashley McBryde. “My hope is that listeners of all ages will enjoy these powerful stories and may just find something new as we celebrate the amazing Women that dominated each generation.”
Absolute Radio Country Programme Manager Ricky Marshall said “Women have been the backbone of Country Music for decades and I’m thrilled that we’re able to be able to tell the stories of some of the most iconic artists on Absolute Radio Country. Those women were inspirational and trailblazers who broke down barriers and are the reason we have the great Country Music stars of today.”
Contributors for the documentary series are:
60’s: Connie Smith, Jeannie Seely, Mary McCoy, Tara McGruth (Bobbie Gentry biographer), Quia Martell (Linda Martell’s granddaughter), Amanda Marie Martinez (music historian), Leigh Edwards (Dolly expert & author)
70’s: Gail Davies, Donna Fargo, Crystal Gayle, Jody Miller, Evelyn Shriver (first woman to run a record label, represented Tammy Wynette)
80’s: Kathy Mattea, Suzy Bogguss, Wynonna Judd, Sylvia, Carlene Carter, Nadine Hubbs (musicologist, author)
90’s: Frankie Staton, Martina McBride, Chely Wright, Alice Randall (song writer), Dr Jada Watson (musicologist)
00’s: Lee Ann Womack, Karen Fairchild, Rissi Palmer, Leslie Fram (CMT), Marissa Moss (journalist, author)
10’s: Cam, Maren Morris, Catilyn Smith, Lauren Alaina, Danica Hart, Carly Pearce
The broadcast schedule for each episode is:
6th Mar: Women of Country 1960s on Absolute Radio 60s – 10pm
13th Mar: Women of Country 1970s on Absolute Radio 70s – 10pm
20th Mar: Women of Country 1980s on Absolute Radio 80s – 11pm
27th Mar: Women of Country 1990s on Absolute Radio 90s – 10pm
3rd April: Women of Country 2000s on Absolute Radio 00s – 10pm
10th April: Women of Country 2010s on Absolute Radio 10s – 10pm