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WPA Barn Dance

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Doors open at 1:00 p.m.
Event starts at 1:00 p.m. 
$35 in advance $35 at the door Price at the door:  $35.00

WPA BARN DANCE

Fitzgerald's
6615 W.Roosevelt Berwyn, IL 60402
Click here for location info

 

As the nation's most popular country music radio show during the 1930s and 1940s, The National Barn Dance essentially defined country and western entertainment until after World War II, when it was eclipsed by the Grand Ole’ Opry in Nashville.  On any given Saturday night, listeners could tune into the National Barn Dance and hear everything from a cowboy crooner to a barbershop quartet, from a hillbilly string band to a polka trio. Local Musician Marydee Reynolds has put together an evening’s worth of entertainment featuring the music of her great aunt Millie Good who along with her sister Dolly performed regularly on the barn dance as The Girls of the Golden West. Also featured will be the music of Sweet Violet Boys better known as The Prairie Ramblers who had a hit with Patsy Montana called I Want To Be A Cowboys Sweetheart that went on to sell over a million copies. Sweet Violet Boys performed raunchier material deemed unacceptable to mass audiences such "I Love My Fruit " considered to be the first gay hillbilly song.

The Chandelier Swingers as The Prairie Ramblers /Sweet Violet Boys
Jon Williams - guitar and sometimes vocals, Kip Rainey - mandolin and sometimes vocals, Justin Brown - pedal steel, Ben Das - upright bass, Phil Stosberg – drums ,Marydee Reynolds and Amalea Tschilds as The Girls of the Golden West

Marydee Reynolds-vocals, guitar, Amalea Tschilds -vocals

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WPA BARN DANCE

As the nation's most popular country music radio show during the 1930s and 1940s, The National Barn Dance essentially defined country and western entertainment until after World War II, when it was eclipsed by the Grand Ole’ Opry in Nashville.  On any given Saturday night, listeners could tune into the National Barn Dance and hear everything from a cowboy crooner to a barbershop quartet, from a hillbilly string band to a polka trio. Local Musician Marydee Reynolds has put together an evening’s worth of entertainment featuring the music of her great aunt Millie Good who along with her sister Dolly performed regularly on the barn dance as The Girls of the Golden West. Also featured will be the music of Sweet Violet Boys better known as The Prairie Ramblers who had a hit with Patsy Montana called I Want To Be A Cowboys Sweetheart that went on to sell over a million copies. Sweet Violet Boys performed raunchier material deemed unacceptable to mass audiences such "I Love My Fruit " considered to be the first gay hillbilly song.

The Chandelier Swingers as The Prairie Ramblers /Sweet Violet Boys
Jon Williams - guitar and sometimes vocals, Kip Rainey - mandolin and sometimes vocals, Justin Brown - pedal steel, Ben Das - upright bass, Phil Stosberg – drums ,Marydee Reynolds and Amalea Tschilds as The Girls of the Golden West

Marydee Reynolds-vocals, guitar, Amalea Tschilds -vocals




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