A Quiz Deck by Matthew Hoch
From the cinematic age of singing cowboys to modern-day American anthems, this quiz deck of 48 cards is a pocket-sized tour of country music lore. The front of each card issues a challenge: for example, name the best-selling country album of all time, or match the band with its bandleader. On the flip side, you’ll find an answer, complete with a tip of the hat to trivia and notoriety. And if Number One hits, dance crazes, plane crashes, marriages, and d-i-v-o-r-c-e ain’t enough for you, music professor Matthew Hoch provides listening and viewing suggestions that range from Western swing to honkytonk to bluegrass. You’ll sample duets and drinkin’ songs by playboys, doughboys, and outlaws as you travel from Clinch Mountain to Tupelo. But don’t just settle back in the saddle and follow along. Each turn in the trail brings another question: quick—who is known as the hillbilly Shakespeare?
Matthew Hoch is Assistant Professor of Music at Shorter College.