21 Country Girl Power Songs from the ’90s

BPASTEy Alexandra Fletcher  |  April 14, 2016  |  1:30pm

Long before Bro-Country urged ladies to save horses and ride cowboys, before the recent surge in thought pieces surrounding feminism in a male dominated field, women in country music were rolling their eyes at the genre’s rodeo seats and recording anthems by women for women. This spring, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Martina McBride are set to release new records; two country music all stars that reigned during a decade of underrated feminist prowess. While the airways have always been saturated with machismo, the women of the ‘90s country class recorded countless mantras that proved not all damsels are in distress.

Last year, Nashville radio consultant, Keith Hill warned against spinning too many songs by female artists in country music http://www.cmt.com/news/1754800/men-are-lettuce-women-are-tomatoes/, claiming male artists were what people wanted to hear, “Trust me, I play great female records and we’ve got some right now; they’re just not the lettuce in our salad,” Hill said. “The lettuce is Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and artists like that. The tomatoes of our salad are the females.”

Some heavier in honky-tonk, some filled with heartache, here is a list of songs that showcase country music’s Caprese salad of the ‘90s.

1. Deana Carter, “Did I Shave My Legs For This”
In 1996, Deana Carter wrote an anthem so many women can appreciate—a song that comically details the disappointment that comes with competing for affection in a me-first marriage, which highlights a laborious task any woman can relate to, whether married or single. An understated songwriter, Carter penned Kenny Chesney’s “You and Tequila” featuring Grace Potter back in 2011, when it was nominated for song of the year at both the CMAs and a Grammy. In 2013, she started her own record label, Little Nugget Records, and in February she released a video for “That’s Just Me.”

2. Suzy Bogguss, “Hey Cinderella”
Suzy Bogguss forces a hard look at the adolescent expectations of a Prince Charming here, chronicling the harsh realities of the fairy tale fantasy post-matrimony. After the promises of the fable don’t come to fruition, she looks to the Disney princess for answers, “Through the years and the kids and the jobs / and the dreams that lost their way. / Do you ever stop and wonder? / Do you ever just wanna say, ‘hey hey, Cinderella, what’s the story all about?’ / I got a funny feeling we missed a page or two somehow.”READ MORE- ORIGINAL SOURCE

 

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