A weekend of Women Who Shaped Music

Bessie Smith  Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection
Bessie Smith. Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-USZ62-54231]

March is Women’s History Month, and while we celebrate women in music all year round, we’re setting aside this coming weekend (March 24-26) to focus on Women Who Shaped Music.

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Kicking off Friday (March 24) at 5pm MT, and running through Sunday evening (March 26), the programming features not just women artists and women-led bands, but focuses on women who truly helped shape popular music.

That means early blues artists such as Bessie Smith, and rock pioneers such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Big Mama Thornton.

You might also hear music from electronic composer Delia Derbyshire or hip-hop songwriter and producer Sylvia Robinson.

Related: Meet Sylvia Robinson, the ‘Mother of Hip-Hop’

Rockabilly had some incredible female artists, too, who pushed the genre in new directions, including Janis Martin, Sparkle Moore, and Wanda Jackson.

And country music, too, has for decades been propelled forward by incredible women artists.

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Of course you’ll hear contemporary artists as well. We won’t spill the beans on the full song and artist list just yet…you’ll have to tune in and hear for yourself.

Our Women Who Shaped Music weekend special runs from Friday, March 24 at 5pm MT through Sunday, March 26 at 6pm MT.

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