Roni Stoneman Ellen Wright
- Title: Pressing On: The Roni Stoneman Story
- Author: Roni Stoneman Ellen Wright
- ISBN: 9780252074349
- Page: 108
- Format: Paperback
The tragicomic life story of one of America s best known country entertainers, told with warmth and honesty This book recounts the fascinating life of Roni Stoneman, the youngest daughter of the pioneering country music family, and a girl who, in spite of poverty and abusive husbands, eventually became The First Lady of Banjo, a fixture on the Nashville scene, and, as HThe tragicomic life story of one of America s best known country entertainers, told with warmth and honesty This book recounts the fascinating life of Roni Stoneman, the youngest daughter of the pioneering country music family, and a girl who, in spite of poverty and abusive husbands, eventually became The First Lady of Banjo, a fixture on the Nashville scene, and, as Hee Haw s Ironing Board Lady, a comedienne beloved by millions of Americans nationwide.Drawn from over seventy five hours of recorded interviews, Pressing On reveals that Roni is also a master storyteller In her own words and with characteristic spunk and candor, she describes her pooristic way beyond poverty stricken Appalachian childhood, and how she learned from her brother Scott to play the challenging and innovative three finger banjo picking style developed by Earl Scruggs She also warmly recounts Hee Haw era adventures with Minnie Pearl, Roy Clark, and Buck Owens her encounters as a musician with country greats including Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, June Carter, and Patsy Cline as well as her personal struggles with shiftless and violent husbands, her relationships with her children, and her musical life after Hee Haw.A volume in the series Music in American Life
Recent Comments "Pressing On: The Roni Stoneman Story"
Growing up with the musical Stoneman Family (see Ivan Tribe's the Stonemans), Roni became a comedian on HeeHaw, and was a popular entertainer. this is a little bit more expo than my usual reading, but it does tell about Nashville during that time. Severe poverty growing up in the outskirts of Washington DC, and stories about her parents and siblings.i read it for the bluegrass and old time music connection, Im sure most will read it for the stories about Nashville superstars.
This is the life story of Roni Stoneman, daughter of Ernest "Pop" Stoneman, one of the founders of country music as we know it today. Roni is a wonderful comedian and banjo player, and was actually the first female to master the three-finger "Scruggs" style of playing. She was also a long-time regular on Hee-Haw, most often seen on that show as "The Ironing Board Lady". The book is a really fun read, both as an account of Roni's life and as a glimpse into the history of country music. Roni is re [...]
A very good read about a wonderful performer who made some awful decisions in her life and still survived. The continuity is shaky, but it all holds together. I do like her personality and her pickin'.
Ms. Stoneman tells a no holds barred story of her life in the country music industry (as a comedienne and banjo picker), including what it's like to shop for go-go boots with Loretta Lynn. Her voice is strong and interesting, with no trace of self pity. If you liked Walk the Line, try this out.
OK bio that's pretty interesting, especially the parts about her childhood, when her famous family was living in poverty in Md.
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