Yodeling is a form of singing that involves projecting a note that repeatedly changes in pitch from the chest voice to the head voice, thus making a distinctive high-low-high-low sound. Even if you don't understand the technical nuance, or difficulty involved, you probably know a yodel when you hear one.
When one thinks of yodeling, most picture the Swiss, who developed the yodel technique as a way to communicate over distance in the Alps. However, the technique can be found in many cultures around the world. For this playlist I chose to focus on the yodel found within American Country & Western music. From classic old timers like Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams and Gene Autry to young up-and-comers like Slaid Cleaves, the artists found here can be counted among some of the best yodelers in recorded music history.
Even if you're one of the throngs of close-minded unenlightened who say things like, "I love all kinds of music, except country and rap", you simply can't listen to the yodeling contained in this playlist and not come away with a sincere appreciation for the talent required to pull it off.
- Slaid Cleaves