Why Tammy Wynette Matters (Music Matters) by Steacy Easton - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781477324646
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Published: University of Texas Press - May 9th, 2023

It could be argued that no one injected more of her personal life into her art than Tammy Wynette. She spent much of her career defending the implications in her signature song, "Stand By Your Man," against a growing tide of feminist indignation and a discouraging number of her own failed marriages. Wynette could take songs like "I Don't Wanna Play House" and "My Elusive Dreams" and invest them with a genuine pathos that never lapsed into sloppy sentimentality. This is a meticulous examination of the difficult life of a woman who was able to convey both her pain and her disappointments to an audience without once hitting a false note. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves