Hillbilly Music and the Phonograph

Tracey E. W. Laird

in Louisiana Hayride

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195167511
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850099 | DOI:

Series: American Musicspheres

Hillbilly Music and the Phonograph

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The early decades of the 20th century was a time of progress for the United States. Shreveport played a vital part in the story of the rise of the phonograph industry. After advances in research into phonographs, they began to appear in drugstores and bars. The affluent image associated with the phonograph began to widen in the 1920s. Due to the effect of the phonograph, many early hillbilly musicians portrayed the stresses and ambivalences of the era when mass media began to change music and musical practice. The impact of hillbilly music as characterizing southern sounds extended beyond any previous negative undertones. However, later on as phonograph companies struggled, radio moved to the center stage as the medium for listening to popular music.

Keywords: United States; technology; hillbilly music; phonograph; hillbilly; ambivalences; radio; popular music; media

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Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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