Monthly Archives: January 2012

Heaven Help the Working Girl

She’s not as fiery as Loretta or as sassy as Dolly. Tammy was more dramatic and Jeannie more modern, but Pretty Miss Norma Jean’s classic recordings have a worldliness, a weariness that was virtually unmatched in the 1960s and ’70s. … Continue reading

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Heartaches By the Number

Harlan Howard had been a paratrooper in the U.S. Army and wrote songs in his downtime to amuse himself. Heartaches By the Number was born from doing everything, as a soldier would say, by the number. The guy in the … Continue reading

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Harley Allen: Did You Know the Sun Shines When It Rains?

“His death is the least interesting part of his life story, so I wanted to make something that talked about his life.” The above quote is by podcaster Nicholas Felton of Feltron.com talking about his Father after he passed away. … Continue reading

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Slim Whitman Is Not Like the Others: Our First Cosmic Cowboy

Every generation has a handful of country singers that just don’t fit the mold. Jimmie Rodgers, the Father of the genre himself, didn’t exactly fit in to begin with, so why not those that would follow:  Bob Wills, Floyd Tillman, … Continue reading

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Today The Killer Plays the Opry (Better Late Than Never)

From all accounts he tore the place up too. He hadn’t been long out of the wilderness when he was finally invited to debut on the Grand Ole Opry. It was January 20, 1973 and Jerry Lee had in recent … Continue reading

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In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)

The past is never dead. It’s not even past. ~William Faulkner I was reminded of the Faulkner line from Requiem for a Nun when re-reading David Cantwell & Bill Friskics-Warren’s romp through the country music’s greatest 500 singles in their … Continue reading

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Johnny Otis and How To Do The Hand Jive

Johnny Otis packed them into dance halls so tight the kids didn’t even have room to dance, so they improvised and moved their hands instead. Art, or if that’s too highfalutin, rock ‘n’ roll does imitate life, and that’s how … Continue reading

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