Program Details

Crossover Music: Gorgeous Pop Hits You Didn’t Realize Came From Country, 1949-2018 Rescheduled due to Hurricane Nicole to Thursday, Dec 1st 7-8:30pm 

PinkSlip Duo
Video Catch-up

Course Description

The poetry of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” caused Hank Williams’ song to cross over from country to mainstream pop record charts in 1949. More than a half-century later, country music is divided into two lanes, the more traditional and the pop-like. In this fun and informative musical lecture with slides and song lyrics, learn about crossover songs, the artists, and related social issues. Sing along with the PinkSlip Duo to familiar crossover pop hits by Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, the (Dixie) Chicks, Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, and Tricia Yearwood. You might find that you keep that car radio on during a trip through the South.

About the Instructor

  • Joan Friedenberg, Ph.D. (harmony vocals, keyboard, guitar, autoharp, ukulele) is a 30-year professor of education and author, and Bill Bowen (lead vocals, guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica) is a 35-year journalist, including 23 years at the Palm Beach Post. Both overlapped their careers with a penchant for performing music. They formed the PinkSlip Duo 15 years ago and used their research and writing skills to create musical lectures about their musical heroes. The PinkSlip Duo was named “Best Folk Band” for Palm Beach and Broward counties by New Times.