The F Word: Songs of Feminism in Country Music - Tami Neilson
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 rocking band, this rich songbook of country classics explores why songs of feminism 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.
Creative Team: Written and performed by Tami Neilson/ Research by Dr Jada Watson/Liv Tennet as Jada Watson/ Band: Brett Adams (guitar), Tom Broome (drums), Chip Matthews (bass), Jess Hindin (fiddle)