Could Country Music Use a Day Without a Woman?

Absence Might Make the Heart Grow Fonder

If all the female voices in country music went away today, would the world learn its lesson?

Here’s why I’m asking: International Women’s Day is being celebrated on Wednesday (March 8) with “A Day Without a Woman.”

What that means is that in order to shine a light on all the power and value of women, we are encouraged to not use our power and value for just one day. To not go to work. To show the world what it would be like without us.

And it made me wonder, what would this day be like if the women of country music didn’t do their jobs.

How would it sound it I turned on the radio, and there was absolutely no music from Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Cam, Brandy Clark, Maddie & Tae, Lauren Alaina, RaeLynn and Cassadee Pope?

Or what if, in songwriting sessions throughout Nashville, country’s biggest hitmakers like Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Natalie Hemby just didn’t show up?

And if there were music videos being shot today, but Trey Fanjoy and Kristin Barlowe weren’t available to direct them?

And if CMT’s Next Women of Country roster was empty?

Or what if the very, very long list of women who work behind the scenes in country music — at radio stations and record labels and management companies — just called in feminine?

Could the men of country music carry on without the women? Maybe. At least for a little while. Eventually, though, the absence of those female voices would make everyone realize that more than one day without a woman is a terrible idea.

And that we should probably treat every day in country music like it’s International Women’s Day.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.