The first book devoted entirely to women in bluegrass, this book documents the lives of more than seventy women whose vibrant contributions to the development of bluegrass have been overlooked.
Murphy Hicks Henry is a professional banjo player, teacher,
and writer living in Virginia. She founded the Women in
Bluegrass newsletter and has written regularly for Bluegrass
Unlimited and Banjo Newsletter. She is also the
co-creator of The Murphy Method, a series of instructional videos
on playing the banjo and other bluegrass instruments.
"This terrific book adds significantly to our knowledge of bluegrass music. Part reference and part impassioned argument, Pretty Good for a Girl is filled with extremely interesting narratives and has the firepower to become a great inspiration for a new generation of young women musicians."--Ellen Wright, coauthor (with Roni Stoneman) of Pressing On: The Roni Stoneman Story "A fascinating history of bluegrass music from a female musician's perspective. Wonderfully readable, brisk in its sweeping chronology of a huge topic, and filled with anecdotal gems that bring history to life, this is an enthralling and important book."--Thomas A. Adler, author of Bean Blossom: The Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Festivals