The contributions of women have been essential in the development of country music. Most fans are familiar with the big stars, like Loretta, Dolly, Patsy, Emmylou, and Tammy, but there are many great singers, songwriters, band leaders, and innovators who haven’t gotten their due in the music’s history. In this lecture, Chicago country DJ and musician Lawrence Peters will shine a spotlight on some of the lesser-known women of the genre, through their music, their stories, and more.
Lawrence Peters is a Chicago-based country singer, songwriter, and DJ with a music career spanning thirty-plus years. He is an enthusiastic collector and curator of country records, many of which he spins on his radio show "Country, My Way", on Chicago's WLPN 105.5 FM, every Wednesday from 4 to 6pm CST. Lawrence fronts his own honky tonk band, the award-winning Lawrence Peters Outfit, and plays with square dance group The Golden Horse Ranch Band. He is best known for his lead vocal on “The Old Blck Hen”, for Jason Molina’s watershed Songs: Ohia- Magnolia Electric Company album.