This live online class is modeled after the community-engaged music classes of the Old Town School of Folk Music. This course focuses on learning to perform country music from the 1960s, 70s and 80s, also known as “honky tonk” music. Artists and material covered include songs by Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams,, Buck Owens, Johnny Rodriguez and Charley Pride. Guest artists will be brought in to run clinics on singing and how to communicate with the sound engineer and also give general input on the dynamics of playing in a band. Taught by performing country artists, the class focuses on country singing style, harmony, rhythm and lead instrumentation, song arrangement, and performance techniques for successful performance. The class is designed to be taught as a group, with students learning to perform as a band in the process. Desired outcomes for this course include an increased appreciation for the poetics and nuance of country music performance (including stylistic details relating to honky tonk), hands-on knowledge of country music’s sonic progression and history, and a more intimate knowledge of country music’s thematic content from the perspective of someone who has performed it.
Co-taught by guitarist and sessions musician, Alex McMahon, and songwriter/country singer, Kristina Jacobsen.