Kitty Wells..... The "Queen of Country Music". The one and only. I've had her playlist on heavy rotation lately. She forever broke down the walls for women in the heavily male dominated world of country music. In 1952 she recorded the famous song "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" as a type of answer ballad in response to the Hank Thompson song "the wild side of life". In his song he lyrically reprimands "seductive" women for leading those poor married men astray. However in her version..... She steps it UP with the line "It's a shame that all the blame is on us women"..... And it Blew. Up. The. Charts! People were freaking out. They were in shock that a woman in country music (or anywhere for that matter) would even have the sheer nerve. She flipped the script.... And they loved her for it! And I love her for it. She laid down the bricks for other women to have a voice in the industry. In 1993 the power trio...Dolly, Loretta and Tammy Wynette recorded an incredible cover in honor of the original song that had paved the way. ( Kitty sang a cameo).
On that note.... gonna hit the road now. Gonna catch myself a 4 o'clock greyhound bus to Nashville, Music City. (Because I guess you got to live your life like a country song sometimes).
Kitty Wells on stage at the Grand Ole Opry