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Country Music Humorists and Comedians
by Loyal Jones
University of Illinois Press, 2008
Cloth: 978-0-252-03369-8 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09545-0
Library of Congress Classification ML102.C7.J66 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 792.7028092273

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | REVIEWS | TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK

Q: Is he afraid of work? 


A: No, he can lie down beside it and go to sleep.


This volume is an encyclopedia of the many country music performers who made comedy a central part of their careers. Loyal Jones offers an informative biographical sketch of each performer and many entries include a sample of the artist's humor, a recording history, and amusing anecdotal tidbits. Starting with vaudeville and radio barn dance figures like the Skillet Lickers and the Weaver Brothers and Elviry, Jones moves on to the regulars on Hee Haw and the Grand Old Opry and present-day comedians from the Austin Lounge Lizards to Jeff Foxworthy. 


Jones's introductory essay discusses such topics as stock comic figures, venues for comedic performance, and benchmark performers. Throughout the volume, he places each performer squarely in the context of the country music community, its performing traditions, and each artist's place in the larger cultural milieu.


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