Kathy Kahn, songwriter, singer and author of Hillbilly Women (Doubleday) sings and talks to Nanette Rainone and Paul McIsaac about her book about women in the mountains. Kahn discusses her work organizing with Appalachian women activists to protest strip mining, and her decision to write a book on their struggles because there hadn't been any books written yet about the subject. Also includes a discussion of the origin and controversy of the term "hillbillly." She performs the songs "Paradise" by John Prine; "Working girl's heaven," written by herself; "Grey flannel chaps", also written by herself; "Wildwood Flower" made famous by Mother Maybell Carter; "Sowin' on the mountain" (traditional); and "Will the circle be unbroken?" (hymn). Accompanied by Hollow DeSoto on guitar (sp not verified). Produced by Paul McIsaac and Nanette Rainone with engineering by Mickey Waldman.
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