With the recent deaths of some of country music’s oldest living legends and links to its past such as Don Maddox of Maddox Brothers and Rose at the age of 98, and Sue Thompson at 96, it seems like a suitable time to ask, who are some of the oldest legends of country music still living?
There is only one artist in this history of country music whose singing is so revered, he’s referred to simply as “The Voice.” But the career of Vern Gosdin also may contain one of the most sinister secrets in the history of country music. Did Vern Gosdin really contract two men to murder?
Amy Grant, Brian Wilson, Buck Owens, Chris Hillman, Clyde Battin, Country History X, Dallas Frazier, Darrell W. Bailey, Darryl C. Langley, Don Gibson, Emmylou Harris, Gart S. Paxton, Gene Clark, George Hamilton IV, Jim Bakker, Michael W. Smith, Phil Spector, Roy Clark, Skip and Flip, Tammy Faye Bakker, The Association, They Byrds, Vern Gosdin
Could it be that the most important and influential bloodline in country music history actually has a lost branch? Country History X Episode #11 delves into this complicated and convoluted story, while now a 4th generation of performers have emerged looking to carry on Hank’s name.
Coleman Williams, Colin Escott, Hank 4, Hank Williams, Hank Williams III, Hank Williams IV, Hank Williams Jr., Hilary Williams, Holly Williams, IV and the Strange Band, Jett Williams, Joe Allcorn, Lewis "Butch" Fitzgerald, Ricky Fitzgerald, Sam Williams
20 years ago today (August 25th, 2001), Billy Joe Shaver had a heart attack right there on the stage of the historic Gruene Hall in Texas while performing. He thought it was the end, and in some ways, wanted it to be. “I said, ‘Thank you, Lord, for letting me die in the oldest honky-tonk in Texas.’”
Don Everly, the older brother in the legendary Everly Brothers passed away on Saturday, August 21st, leaving behind one of the most lasting legacies in the history of American music. Don Everly also played an inadvertent part in arguably one of the most important ballads in rock.
Country History X Episode #10 is a story of courage and character, and how a split second decision by country legend Marty Robbins on the racetrack forever changed the destiny of numerous people who would go on to help shape American culture.
Arguably the most important artifact in country music—and most certainly the most valuable one—is not an instrument as one might assume. Instead it is a work of art, and one that holds special importance, has an incredible story, and was never officially finished.
For his Hall of Fame career, Randy Travis’s ace-in-the-hole behind-the-scenes was his manager, his biggest believer, his staunchest champion, his eventual wife, and eventually, his biggest and most catastrophic adversary, Elizabeth “Lib” Hatcher. This is their story.
Colonel Parker, Country City USA, Dolly Parton, Don Schlitz, Eamonn McCrystal, Eddy Arnold, Elvis Presley, Garth Brooks, George Jones, Joe Stampey, Lib Hatcher, Little Jimmy Dickens, Mary Davis, Nancy Jones, Nashville Palace, Paul Overstreet, Randy Travis, Stubbs Davis, Taylor Swift
This is the story of how none other than Johnny Cash was the first person to intercept the World-changing news of Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin’s death, and communicate it to the Free World while stationed in Germany as a Morse code interceptor for the Air Force.
This is the story of Waylon’s notorious relationship with cocaine told through the improbable tale of a police officer and lawyer turned drug smuggler from Kentucky, and a cocaine-eating bear. Country History X, which looks to tell the history of country music, one story at a time.
Welcome to Episode #5 of Country History X, which looks to tell the history of country music, one story at a time. This is story of the tragic life and death of Keith Whitley who died at the age of 34 due to alcohol abuse, and the conspiracy theories that surrounded it.
The story of how a member of the Mafia turned government informant used the United States Witness Protection Program as a shield to allegedly bilk MILLIONS of dollars from hundreds of people and entities through the failed Toby Keith and Rascal Flatts restaurants.
In 1975 when Charlie Rich whipped out his lighter, and burned the card announcing John Denver as the 1975 CMA Entertainer of the Year, it was considered to be one of the greatest moments of protest in country music history. But was it truly his intent to protest John Denver’s win?
ACE, Billy Sherrill, Charlie Rich, Charlie Rich Jr., CMA Awards, Darrell Royal, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Denver, Loretta Lynn, Olivia Newton John, Ronnie Milsap, Sun Studios Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Tompall Glaser, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
Many know the “perfect Country & Western song” is “You Never Even Called Me By My Name” performed by David Allan Coe, and written by Steve Goodman. Or at least, that’s how David Allan Coe and Steve Goodman presented it. But what many don’t know is that John Prine was a co-writer of the song.
Arlo Guthrie, Billy Sherrill, David Allan Coe, David Loggins, Guy Clark, Jerry Wexler, John Prine, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Mel Tillis, Mickey Newbury, Paul Anka, Roger Ebert, Steve Goodman, Sturgill Simpson, Tanya Tucker, Willie Nelson
Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the inaugural episode of Country History X. We start by telling the crazy story of how a box of unheard and currently-unpublished George Jones reel-to-reel master tapes ended up being used as the bond collateral for two international drug smugglers.
The House of Cash is one of the most critical and accomplished family lineages in the history of country music. Though Johnny Cash is where most of the attention dwells, now three generations of performers have emerged, while Cash’s siblings have also contributed to country music.
Ana Cristina Cash, Chelsea Crowell, Cindy Cash, Jakob Leventhal, Joanne Cash, John Carter Cash, John Leventhal, Johnny Cash, June Carter, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, The Carter Family, Tommy Cash
Every once in a while a song comes along that so transfixes people, it becomes part of their DNA henceforth. You remember the first time you heard it. You travel back to that time and place when you first heard it when you hear it again. “Elvira” by the Oak Ridge Boys is one of those songs.
There are many incredibly important legacy families to the country music lineage, from the Carter’s to the Cash’s. But arguably no crop of performers have offered more entertainment, influence, intrigue, and tragedy than the family tree that sprouts from the loins of Hank Williams.
Audrey Williams, Billie Jean Horton, Hank Williams, Hank Williams III, Hank Williams IV, Hank Williams Jr., Hank3, Hilary Williams, Holly Williams, Jett Williams, Katie Williams, Ricky Fitzgerald, Sam Williams
If you want to get a shocked reaction from a country music fan, tell them that George Strait is not a member of the Grand Ole Opry. But a question that arose recently was, has George Strait ever even played the Grand Ole Opry? It took some digging to answer.
“Well, I’m taking this one,” Richie Albright told to Waylon Jennings, meaning he was willing to be the fall guy for the cocaine package. Waylon recalled in his autobiography, “Sometimes I thought Richie would’ve leapt in front of a freight train for me.” But Waylon wouldn’t allow it this time.
30 years ago this week, the biggest story in country music, and the biggest story in Texas and many parts beyond was the headlong effort by the IRS to liquidate the empire of Willie Nelson due to unpaid back taxes. They tried to sell his memories. It didn’t exactly go how the IRS planned.
The second night of a two-night residency at the The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville—a.k.a the “Mother Church of Country Music”—Waylon Jennings held court with a now legendary band, and numerous special guests. It did constitute a proper final bow.
The impact and reception for the “O Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack was so significant, it’s very fair to characterize it as one of the most important albums in country music history, and it was most certainly one of the most significant releases of the last 20 years.
Alison Krauss, Chris Thomas King, Coen Brothers, Dan Tymiski, Darius Rucker, Gillian Welch, John Hartford, Mumford and Sons, O Brother Where Art Thou, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ralph Stanley, The Lumineers
Five years ago today—on November 4th, 2015—the biggest event and paradigm shift in country music occurred most certainly in the last 10 years, likely in the last quarter century, and possibly one of the biggest moments in the totality of country music history.