BitchTapes: Feminist Country Music Playlist

Country music can be a hard place for women. Lyrics have women being drowned in rivers, abandoned as whores, or obsessed over as angels-in-the-flesh. From the beginning of the Nashville scene, husbands, managers, and music labels kept a tight grip on female performers' money and artistic freedom. In response to the systemic misogyny of popular country music—as promised last week—we give you this playlist that celebrates “putting the cunt back in country.” 


Feminist Country Playlist from BitchTapes on 8tracks Radio.


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Is there a way I can see the

Is there a way I can see the whole playlist without listening through it on 8tracks? I'm pretty new to the site, and I just want to see what you guys picked!


That's a great idea. I added the list of songs to this post.

Some other suggestions!

Mindy McCready - "Guys Do It All the Time"
Reba McEntire - "Fancy" & "I Won't Stand in Line"


Dixie Chicks -- "Not Ready to Make Nice"

Also also

Miranda Lambert - Gunpowder and Lead

no taylor swift? come on!

no taylor swift? come on! she's a country sensation, you guys can pick on lines she wrote when she was 15 but you can't honor the genius of "dear john"?

give the newbies a chance too!

Add some Kacey Musgraves to that list-- she's really shaking up country. And pretty darn feminist to boot.

Also Ashley Monroe!

I love me some MCC (I Take My Chances is still my karaoke pick of choice), but let's give the new generation a chance too. There are some exciting 20-something women writing on subjects previously taboo for mainstream country radio.

Great feminist country song -

Thin Line by Honey Honey. Not popular country, but amazing.

Gail Davies - Unwed Fathers.

Gail Davies - Unwed Fathers. She was one of the first women producers in Nashville as well, so the song is dobly awesome!

A particularly powerful one...

"Caleb Meyer" by Gillian Welch.

For the record

Sixteen writers were responsible for these ten songs. Nine of them were male. The only songs that were solely composed by women are Nos. 3, 7, 8 and 9. Credit for Nos. 6 and 10 were each shared by three writers, both two males and one female.

Great to see legendary folk matriarch Peggy Seeger listed among all these flashy showbiz types. 'I'm Gonna Be an Engineer' is a terrific song.


Here's a few more:

No Man's Land - John Michael Montgomery
Not Ready to Make Nice - Dixie Chicks
She's Not Just a Pretty Face - Shania Twain
Juanita - Shania Twain (which is so like Clarissa Pinkola Estes' book Women Who Run with the Wolves)
The Woman with You - Kenny Chesney

There are more, and they're out there, old and new. I'm a feminist and I love country music.

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