He Said She Said: Our Favorite Lady Country Singers, Part 2

As much as He Said bows at the altars of guys like Johnny Cash, Billy Joe Shaver, George Strait, and Ernest Tubb, we have always had an affinity for female country songs. Their songs have as much grit and gristle as anything a man can dish out, and in the early days it wasn't such an easy task for a woman to be as forward artistically or lyrically.

The pioneering country ladies were fighting oppression through their music little by little. They wrote songs about personal freedom, self-respect, and dignity in the face of the outright goon behavior of the men in their stories. Things like the riot grrl scene in the '90s had a great deal of debt to the Loretta and Tammy.

Even the new gals on the block like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, who can still both be loosely defined as country (we guess), show a great deal more self-reliance in their voices than most girls their same age in other genres. The Dixie Chicks exhibited more testicular fortitude in two songs than most fey indie bands do over two albums.

Another reason He Said thinks he enjoys female country singers is the fact that it allows him into a foreign world he isn't privy to. When we were younger, we always remember hearing our mother blaring her favorite girls like Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood and Lorrie Morgan to get her frustration out when she and He Said Sr. would have a fight.

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Craig Hlavaty
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