Monthly Archives: February 2011

Bootlegs and Birthdays

There is a man in Seattle named Bob LeClair who has a been collecting country records since the 1950s. Do I need to tell you he has a lot of them? He’s also a longtime listener, and critic of Walkin’ … Continue reading

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Hello Trouble

In 1962, Texas honkytonker, Orville Couch, had his his only big hit with “Hello Trouble.” It hit the #5 spot, but would quickly become better known as a Buck Owens song after it became a standard of the Buckaroos live … Continue reading

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I Forgot To Remember To Forget

Mystery Train, that weird, other worldly number, that Sam Phillips once claimed as the best thing he ever did with Elvis, was the B-Side. “I Forgot To Remember To Forget,” was basically a novelty, written by Stan Kesler and Charlie … Continue reading

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Webb Pierce: What’s It Take To Be Remembered Around Here?

The above Hatch Print of Webb Pierce, bought in the Nashville showroom, hangs in our hallway. My son thinks he’s a lost great Uncle or third cousin or some such thing. My wife allows it because the man had style. … Continue reading

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Leave Your Guns At Home Son; Johnny Cash and the Death of Cowboy Ballads

Today marks the anniversary of Johnny Cash’s last #1 cowboy song, “Don’t Take Your Guns To Town,” recorded in 1959. His next stab at the genre, the television theme, “The Rebel – Johnny Yuma,” would come two years later and … Continue reading

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New Music For Old Ears: Rachel Brooke, Dave Alvin, Bonnie Prince Billy

For all the deep root folkies, hipsters, nics, and cowboy jokers there’s some mighty fine new music out today. A second album, “Down In The Barnyard,” from Rachel Brooke, which is as straight up and unadorned as creek whiskey in … Continue reading

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In Other News…

Hearkening back to the classic sitcom strategy of famous star combined with target demographic, this happened today in 1996.

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