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WYSO's Sonic 60th: The Dixie Darlings


WYSO went on the air 60 years ago, and we’re celebrating by listening back to some highlights from our historic audio collection.

The feminist movement found a voice on WYSO in its early days, with poets, writers, filmmakers, political activists, and of course, musicians.

On International Women’s Day in 1980, the Dixie Darlings performed live in the WYSO studios. They were fiddler Barb Kuhns, guitarist Cindy Mapes, and Linda Scutt on banjo, fiddle, and guitar, later joined by bassist Joy Clendenon. The Dixie Darlings had a loyal following, and often performed old time music from a woman’s perspective.

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