Women in Bluegrass Trivia

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This Contest is Closed
The winners are:
Pat Dinges
Jeanne Mathewson
Betsy Rome

SEPTEMBER 29, 2023 TRIVIA QUESTION

What is the significance of this group of women to the development of bluegrass music?

Sally Ann Forrester, Molly O’Day, Wilma Lee Cooper, Bessie Lee Mauldin, Betty Fisher, Lois Johnson, Penny Jay, Gloria Belle Flickinger, Vallie Cain, and Katie Laur.

A. They were important song writers of hillbilly and bluegrass music.

B. They were powerful radio disc jockeys who actively promoted bluegrass music.

C. They were effective booking agents who promoted hillbilly and bluegrass artists.

D. They were hillbilly and bluegrass band members or band leaders who persevered and created the path for the eventual wide welcome for women in bluegrass.

E. They were women who stood up for themselves and sued bluegrass band leaders for all manner of harassment on the job.

F. They were all Presidents of Fan Clubs for the top hillbilly and bluegrass bands.

ANSWER is “D”

Additional Bowden Comments

Dick Bowden

Dick Bowden recently retired after a 45 year career in the paper industry, and moved from Connecticut to Big Indian NY (Ulster County) where he ekes out a precarious existence as a groundskeeper. Dick has been performing bluegrass music on banjo and guitar since 1966 in his home state of Maine, throughout New England, and internationally with The Case Brothers - Martin & Gibson. He has performed for HVBA with the Old Time Bluegrass Singers, and also sent in a squadron of Dick Bowden's Flying Circus. Most recently Dick has played Dobro (tm) with the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band. Dick has written many articles for Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass magazine) and HVBA.

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