Jimmie Rodgers and the Semiosis of the Hillbilly Yodel

Wise, Timothy
March 2010
Musical Quarterly;Spring2010, Vol. 93 Issue 1, p6
Academic Journal
The article focuses on yodeling and the yodels on the songs of American singer Jimmie Rodgers. It notes that yodeling is the change between the natural and falsetto register with an audible break on the voice, which is typically performed in the popular music of the Americans. It mentions that the yodeling of Rodgers had fallen into the few basic patterns of the structural and affective implications of his songs. It also states that Rodgers yodeling had impediment in some ways to his popularity though it had become his trademark and has contributed to the perceptions of sincerity and honesty.


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