From the mountains to the prairies and beyond the pale : American yodeling on early recordings

Wise, T ORCID: 2013, 'From the mountains to the prairies and beyond the pale : American yodeling on early recordings' , Journal of American Folklore, 125 (497) , pp. 358-374.

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This sound review surveys yodeling in North American popular music, beginning with some of the earliest recordings on which it is featured. In order to better contextualize the recordings, I will also mention a few examples of sheet music with yodeling—items which are generally overlooked. My intention is to question why yodeling became attached to particular genres and how it functions in the construction of those genres. Indeed, two popular music genres—so-called hillbilly music and cowboy or Western music—made yodeling an important, if not identifying, component. The focus here is on yodeling’s connotations and associations and how these established expressive relationships between the moods, personae, and images of the songs.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of American Folklore
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0021-8715
Depositing User: Dr Timothy E. Wise
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 14:06
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 16:19

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