Polished country-pop may have flooded the US airwaves throughout most of the '80s, but the end of the decade saw a brief resurgence of traditional western swing, honky-tonk and bluegrass styles that had been staples of the genre 20 years before. Country music wasn’t just changing its melodies, however, it was also shedding its hang-ups about female artists. No longer was it a radio station rule that two female singers couldn’t be played back to back, and thus, a whole new gaggle of country cowgirls like Lorrie Morgan strapped on guitars and stormed the barn with platinum albums and number one hits. Twenty years later, the gal’s still got what it takes—check her out and relive the days when “What Part of No Don’t You Understand?” on the juke meant you could really ditch a letch in style.
Wed., Feb. 8, 8 p.m., 2012