Review – Hank Williams Takes Center Stage in Ep. 3 of ‘Country Music’
The first two episodes of the Ken Burns country music documentary were primarily occupied with trying to untangle the cobwebs of country music’s origins, while telling the stories of some of its most important founding fathers and mothers. Even though names like Jimmie Rodgers, Roy Acuff, and The Carter Family loom large for many of country music’s devoted fans, they don’t necessarily rise to the level of household names like Ernest Tubb, and of course the great Hank Williams, who was the centerpiece of the third installment of the documentary, which was titled after Hank’s most recognized nickname, “The Hillbilly Shakespeare.”
Country music began to hit new commercial heights and spread its influence in the form of electrified honky tonk music after World War II, and began to actually be called “Country & Western” by Billboard and others as opposed to “Hillbilly” and the other monikers the music had been categorized under for years. Though Hank Williams would command the lion’s share of the attention in the third episode of the film, it would not be before the importance of Ernest Tubb was explained, and how he started by emulating Jimmie Rodgers, and ended up becoming one of the conduits for helping to bring country music to more people through his record shop and Midnite Jamboree program after the Grand Ole Opry.
The influence of the Maddox Brothers and Rose was once again emphasized, and specifically in their adoption of stage costumes crafted by Western movie costume designer Nathan Turk that led eventually to Nudie Cohn and the Nudie Suit, which is almost just as an identifiable part of country music as the music itself. The Maddox Brothers and Rose also played a big part in the electrification of country with lead guitar player Roy Nichols, who Merle Haggard had a particular fondness of. A few have criticized Country Music for spending too much time on the Maddox Brothers and Rose, but the real criticism should be how there legacy heretofore has been so forgotten.
“They didn’t know it, but they were rock stars as well as country stars and hillbilly stars,” Marty Stuart says, who is the man in the care of many of the Maddox stage costumes now. Merle Haggard told a story of going to see the family band with his older brother when he was young. “You could not be at one of their shows and not be happy,” Merle said.
The electric influence of the Maddox Brothers and Rose helped lead to the rise of artists such as Webb Pierce, Faron Young, Hank Thompson, and the Queen of Country Music Music, Kitty Wells, whose answer song “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” to a popular Hank Thompson tune put both Kitty, and women on the map in the honky tonk era of country music.
Meanwhile in the bluegrass realm, offshoots and splinters from Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys resulted in a rapid expansion of the music. You had Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs break away to form their own band, and Ralph Stanley and The Stanley Brothers come to prominence. As the film explains, Bill Monroe, though a brilliant musician and the undisputed father of bluegrass, was also very prickly and territorial, refusing to allow any of the other bluegrass outfits to play the Grand Ole Opry for many years. Though they all influenced each other, they didn’t speak or collaborate due to Monroe’s stubbornness. Still, the music they made reshaped acoustic music in America and beyond.
“Earl Scruggs is one of the single most important musicians not just in the history of country music, not just as an architect of what we know as bluegrass music, but he’s one of the single most important instrumentalists in the world,” is how Eddie Stubbs of WSM described it.
“Little” Jimmy Dickens was also covered in the episode, and was one of the legends Ken Burns was fortunate enough to interview before his passing. Tom T. Hall, Dwight Yoakam, and the recently-passed Hazel Smith also showed up, and the songwriting side of Nashville and country was broached through the story of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, who would write some of Jimmy Dickens’ early hits, and go on to have a Hall of Fame career writing country songs. Lefty Frizzell was mentioned, but only in passing, though he will appear again in subsequent episodes. Chet Atkins also appears via The Carter Family, and a great piece of foreshadowing was included in how many in Nashville feared Chet and his jazzy, clean guitar style would “take over” if he ever came to Nashville, which as many country fans know, he eventually did for better or worse.
But intermixed with these important developments in country music from the period between 1945 and 1953 were the important points in the life and career of Hank Williams. Though the film made an important point that just like AP Carter’s black companion Lesley Riddle, and Bill Monroe’s important influence of Arnold Schultz, Hank’s guitar teacher and mentor Rufus “Tee-Tot” Payne played an indelible role in his development as a musician, it failed to go more in depth into the story of Tee-Tot, who unlike some other black influencers in country music, quite a bit is known about, and his influence doesn’t have to be embellished for dramatic purposes. Rufus Payne very directly influenced the most influential country music artist to ever live in Hank Williams, and his story could have used more than a passing glance if they were looking for African American artists to pay homage to.
Also, you felt like the filmmakers fumbled another important point in Episode 3 by not giving the steel guitar, and the Hawaiian influence in country that was brought to new heights through returning GI’s from the Pacific theater after the war its proper due. By the late 40’s the steel guitar had in many ways trumped the fiddle and banjo as the primary signifier of country music.
As compelling as the story of the life of Hank is on its own, it’s something that dramatic interpreters have failed to do justice for decades, with one feeble attempt after another to put the story in movie form, and specifically “The Last Ride” that ended with Hank’s untimely death at the age of 29. Perhaps the best way to tell the story is to let the story tell itself, and this is what Ken Burns and writer Dayton Duncan do in Country Music.
Some may be concerned that too much time was spent on Hank Williams in a series where space feels so limited despite its length. But the story of Hank Williams is the story of country music. His life embodied all the major themes of country—the drunkard, the drug addicted, the divorcee, the devout believer, the disabled, the honky tonker, the love struck, the poor, and the broken hearted. All of it was embodied in not only his songs, but the life of Hank Williams, and it set country music on the path to conveying the sorrow and struggles of the common man through simple eloquence for decades to come.
In an episode that struggled early on to find the same emotional connections that many of the moments in Episode 2 did, conveying the final moments of Hank’s life, and concluding with an earth shattering rendition of Hank’s granddaughter Holly Williams singing “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” arguably made it the best episode of the series so far, or at least gave the film its most poignant moment.
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Episode 3 can now be streamed online. The next episode is titled “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” and will cover the era between 1953 to 1963.
September 18, 2019 @ 9:24 am
This series just keeps on getting better. Incredible work by Burns and his team.
September 18, 2019 @ 9:29 am
It’s all about careers, money, and difficult personalities.
Thank God for the Chet segment, which was about musical skill and loyalty.
September 18, 2019 @ 10:18 am
great point , CC ….but it was the pursuit of and success of these career-minded folks that did create the demand for the sounds which enabled the skills to flourish ….songwriting , instrumentally and vocally . as ray benson said , most listeners had no idea about ‘skill level ….but they knew when they were being entertained . it wasn’t and never will be skilled musicians and writers who keep the genre alive . it will be the the ‘star’……the singer …the personality that connects with that listener and , by default , exposes them to the amazingly gifted and skilled players and writers . maybe there is no chet without the carter sisters ?
September 19, 2019 @ 6:09 pm
I love ya brother, but if we chicken/egg this thing, I’m with the chicken. No art, no commerce. Art comes first.
September 18, 2019 @ 9:29 am
A couple of other important notes for the episode: I know some are wondering why Hank Williams III was not interviewed for this episode. I wouldn’t assume he wasn’t asked. As we know, he’s been down in a bunker over the last few years, and may have not wanted to participate, especially after the debacle with the Hank Williams movie a couple of years ago.
Also, some feel like Lefty Frizzell was not given enough due, but he gets some more attention in the next two episodes from my understanding (I’m watching the series as it airs like everyone else to the the “real time” feel for it as opposed to the binge experience).
September 18, 2019 @ 9:38 am
I’m binging because I can’t get enough, Lefty does get more exposure in the next few episodes.
September 18, 2019 @ 4:37 pm
I understand the need to focus on Hank Williams because he came at a time that Honkey Tonk Music and Country was becoming more commercially popular for the entire nation, and he was monumental in the direction that country music went for decades to come, but IMHO I enjoyed episode 1 and 2 just as much, Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter family are as important or maybe more important to country music than Hank was…to me Jimmie Rodgers work rivals anything Hank Williams put out, but Hank is more well known because of the commercial success of country and western in the late 40s and early 50s.
September 18, 2019 @ 9:35 am
So far so good. Great point made about the steel guitar and how it came to be an integral part of Country music. Holly Williams slayed me with her bit of Accappella on I’m Si Lonesome. She is great. Marty Stuart’s comments are so right on cause he knows what he’s talking about. On nagging think that sticks in my craw is Dwight. Correct me if I’m wrong but he gets the lyrics wrong when he’s quoting ( just a word or 2 but it bugs me). Overall though this massive undertaking is great and I’m learning a lot. I thought I kee a lot. The Maddox and Rose section was tremendous. To see what these people went through and later became was eye opening.
September 18, 2019 @ 9:37 am
Excuse the spelling 😊
September 18, 2019 @ 9:59 am
Noticed the Dwight thing too. I thought he was mixing Honky Tonk Blues with Lovesick Blues in some awkward brain fart. Surprised they didn’t catch that. I’m sure Dwight had other things to say (everybody knows what a geeked out country music historian he is) that could have been included instead.
September 18, 2019 @ 12:29 pm
Yep. He did mix up the lyrics of “Honky Tonk Blues” with “Lovesick Blues”.
September 19, 2019 @ 6:30 am
I can’t believe that actually made it to final cut. Love the series so far but seems like a lapse in judgement on part of the producers. Dwight definitely was confusing two different songs
September 18, 2019 @ 9:41 am
I hate to jump ahead, but Episode 4 is also A+. I’m loving this. It’s going to be a long wait until next week.
September 18, 2019 @ 4:39 pm
I can’t wait for episode 7…
September 18, 2019 @ 9:44 am
I tend to believe that Hank’s most recognized nickname was “Hank”, given that his name wasn’t actually Hank, or even Henry.
September 18, 2019 @ 10:03 am
“You’re spending too much time on Maddox Brothers and Rose” is apparently the way the Country Music HOF feels. Rose Maddox was a pioneer of women in country, a badass talented vocalist who wouldn’t take crap from anybody and did things her own way. Roy Nichols influenced just about every guitar player that followed him, whether they know it or not. Time for them to get their due. Without them there’s no Buck, Merle, or Dwight, at least not the way we know them.
September 18, 2019 @ 10:19 am
The Maddox Brothers and Rose will the the only act featured prominently in the early portions of this documentary still not in the Hall of Fame. When the Hall had their big Bakersfield exhibit a few years back and the very first thing you saw when you walked into it was the big Maddox Brothers and Rose display, I was for sure this would persuade voters to consider them. If this film doesn’t show what an egregious oversight this is, I don’t know what will.
We don’t know how much longer Don Maddox and Jerry Lee Lewis will be around. Do the right thing, Hall of Fame.
September 18, 2019 @ 10:48 am
I’d always heard how the Maddoxes were great but had never actually listened to their work. Absolutely a must for the Hall. Also, the Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle. Just because Maybelle is already in doesn’t mean the group shouldn’t be inducted. Forget their longevity and the way they made sure that traditional music didn’t die, they should be in because of their influence in bringing Chet Atkins to prominence.
September 18, 2019 @ 12:32 pm
Roy Rogers is in the Hall twice, as a solo performer and as a member of The Sons of the Pioneers. This seems like it shouldn’t be an issue.
September 18, 2019 @ 10:34 am
Excellent episode. The CMHOF smells rotten for not as yet including Maddox Brothers and Rose as Dobe points out. Of course, they may eventually get in after Don passes away. Jerks!
Glad to hear sporadic references made for the steel guitar.
September 18, 2019 @ 10:39 am
The choice to show the carnival rides while playing “Move It On Over” was a little odd, I though; maybe the point they were trying to make was the song was playing everywhere when it was released? Not sure, just came across as strange.
September 18, 2019 @ 10:46 am
Noticed that too, but then my secondary thought was exactly like yours, that they were trying to interpolate country music into the greater culture, which at that time was the idyllic 50’s.
September 18, 2019 @ 10:54 am
Yeah, that really did feel like… hey, we’ve got some good footage of a carnival here… lol.
September 18, 2019 @ 11:10 am
This. Post-war boom time. Incomes on the rise. People having fun. Plus, a new generation of kids coming of age.
September 18, 2019 @ 11:16 am
Cool, glad I wasn’t the only one who picked up on that.
September 19, 2019 @ 6:41 am
Yep they kinda lost me on that one. I was very confused. I was waiting on the narrator to kind of tie it in some kind of way but they never said anything and it just kind of ended.
September 18, 2019 @ 11:06 am
Would have liked more interview with Jr. He is his father’s son. His insight would be compelling. My wife and I were quite moved by the little part about Hank melting down in between Opry sets, and Minnie Pearl doing her best to cheer him up, singing I Saw The Light. Hank said ” there isn’t any light” , Then they pan to Jr and he tearfully echoes that statement saying, there wasn’t any light. That was a hair raising , eye water inducing moment. Hank had been in so much pain and the drinking and pill popping were only further wrecking his life. At that moment in time Hiram Williams realized the end was at his door. What do you say to that?
September 18, 2019 @ 11:16 am
“The night winds moan, highway fades to black..I’m all alone, sitting in the back…of a long white cadillac…it’s my last ride, I’m never going back…in a long white cadillac. “
September 18, 2019 @ 11:17 am
Yeah, that was powerful stuff.
H.P. @ Hillbilly Highways
September 18, 2019 @ 11:10 am
Frankly, I’m a little disappointed Hank Williams didn’t get more attention, given that this was billed as the Hank Williams episode. Still, the recounting of his final days was powerful; I wept.
Other highlights were the story of the grudge between Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs and the two stories told by Fred Foster.
September 18, 2019 @ 11:19 am
As a kid i grew up here in ga. We lived so close to neibors we cud talk or play music out our bedroom windows. Ms.peggy my neibour and secound mother wud get me to be still long enough to tell me all she new about country music. She read the book of hank jr. And told all he went threw. Guess this set a spark in me to study all i can about history of country music. I have played in bands and followed many artist in my time. This documentary is the best i ever seen in my 60 years.! Thanks ken burns.!
King Honky Of Crackershire
September 18, 2019 @ 11:33 am
As usual😆, I disagree with most of your assessment here.
The most boring part of episode 3 is the Hank Williams part; I guess it’s because there’s nothing we don’t know. We’ve heard it, read it, and seen it, multiple times over. I also don’t think he’s the most influential C(c)ountry artist to ever live.
He is certainly one of C(c)ountry music’s most legendary figures, but if you base influence on the styles of the influenced, Lefty is easily the most influential. He invented the way that Honky Tonk music would be sung for every subsequent generation. It’s pathetic how little time they gave him; I’m glad to hear you say he’ll get more.
Finally, I thought Holly’s rendition of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, was the cringiest moment of the whole episode. Of all the folks who did commentary, they chose the semi-talented millennial to sing the classic. Dwight, Hank Jr., Marty, Merle, heck even Eddie Stubbs would’ve all been better choices. And did anybody notice, that she actually sang the B.J. Thomas version instead of the Hank version? Man, that was bad.
September 18, 2019 @ 12:33 pm
As someone who’s read the Colin Escott biography on Hank Williams twice, the Chet Flippo one once (a little weird, if you ask me), and countless other books including the Hank Williams story, of course this episode was not going to cover anything new for me personally, or many die hard country fans. The question I have to ask as a reviewer is if the information was delivered in an compelling and accurate manner. And in this case I thought Ken Burns did a really excellent job with the Hank story. And even if Lefty Frizzell was more influential (which we can debate), Hank’s story is still more compelling. You had to go all in with it.
September 18, 2019 @ 12:37 pm
Was it the B.J. Thomas version or the Terry Bradshaw version?
September 18, 2019 @ 5:24 pm
You should change your handle to King Cranky. Is there anything you like or are happy with?
September 18, 2019 @ 5:26 pm
How about King Cranky of Eeyore-ville?
September 19, 2019 @ 9:36 am
When one considers the context of covering that era of Country Music in the allotted time, this episode would fully satisfy well over 90% of the target population, I would say.
To do anything else would be a different documentary, now wouldn’t it?
Holly Williams way more than passes the ‘at least it’s better than what they’re playing on the radio’ test. When she gets done popping out kids, I predict a noteworthy album in her future.
September 18, 2019 @ 11:46 am
My favorite episode so far. Aside from the gaps mentioned in the write up, Burns did an amazing job of covering so much ground in one episode. Interspersing Hank’s biography throughout was a great narrative choice and I agree that he did it justice. Anyone who’s even the least bit familiar with country music knows Hank’s story, but even knowing what was coming, I had to hold back some tears at the end. The funeral photos were really moving.
I thought it was hilarious that Hank Jr. was listed as “Hank Williams Jr. — Son.” It’s clear that Burns is reaching for a wide set of audiences with this thing.
Marty Stuart is the star of this series so far though. I could listen him talk about music all day.
September 18, 2019 @ 12:51 pm
Yes, loving Marty’s commentary! 🙂 I also especially enjoyed the comments from Ray Benson, Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell, and Holly Williams’ a cappella “So Lonesome I Could Cry” made me tear up a bit.
Since I was a little disappointed that ep. 2 seemed to drop the Maddox Brothers & Rose so quickly after mentioning them early on, I was happy to see ep. 3 continue their story; I was also glad to see more of Mother Maybelle & the Carter Sisters, as well as Ernest Tubb, Eddy Arnold, Little Jimmy Dickens and Kitty Wells all getting their due.
September 18, 2019 @ 1:35 pm
Some mention of the Hank Williams movie in the comments here (“I Saw The Light” I’m assuming? 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, 36% audience score, yikes).
Trigger, or anybody, can you recommend some good country music related movies, or biopics (besides “Walk the Line”)? Watching the Ken Burns doc is making me think there’s tons of amazing stories in country music history that’d make great movies. Maybe some have already been made? Thanks.
September 18, 2019 @ 3:10 pm
Heartworn Highways is a must see. All about the early 70s Austin Texas music scene. Kinda weird but an interesting look at Guy, Townes, Rodney, David Allan Coe, Charlie Daniels, Steve Earle and a few other characters.
Tennessee Whiskey is a great bio on Dean Dillon who wrote legendary country songs. It’s full of numerous big names, check it out!
A personal favorite of mine is Stagecoach, a fun western featuring The Highwaymen. For fun, see if you can spot David Allan Coe in there!
September 18, 2019 @ 4:26 pm
Honeysuckle Rose, Pure Country, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Coat of Many Colors, Tender Mercies.
September 19, 2019 @ 7:06 am
Also appearance of one of my favorites, Steve Young.
September 18, 2019 @ 7:08 pm
Your Cheatin’ Heart might be a better biopic of Hank Williams than I Saw the Light. Neither is great, but Your Cheatin’ Heart does have the cooperation of 14-year-old Hank Jr. singing some of the vocals for the film. And Sweet Dreams isn’t bad. Jessica Lange as Patsy Cline and Ed Harris as Charlie Dick. Although, it does seem a bit too much like Coalminer’s Daughter.
September 19, 2019 @ 11:20 am
Blaze, about Blaze Foley. It came out last year. Ethan Hawke treats the story of a talented Texas almost-was really well. It’s haunting and the music is wonderful.
Donald Nicholas Miller
September 18, 2019 @ 3:06 pm
I am predicting Ken Burns’ Amazing Country Music doc. will capture PBS ratings that will rival ‘Downton Abbey’
September 18, 2019 @ 3:39 pm
W.w. and the Dixie Dance Kings with Burt Reynolds is good. I’ve only seen Episode 3 so far, but I like it very much, I’m not so picky because I view it as a beginners guide to country for most of the Lemmings out in T.V. land. I think Burns has done a great job and love all the old photos and think Marty is very insightful, ordered my tickets to his show in November here in Jersey. My buddy who does T.V. production says that if you have big budget you can but great photos and clips that are rarely seen otherwise you get the same old crap you have seen a hundred times . This makes it that much more I interesting for me. I look forward to the rest and there is so much in each episode that it warrants repeat viewing
September 18, 2019 @ 7:09 pm
Yes, W.W. and the Dixie Dance Kings is really cool. It also includes a young Don Williams who does a great job in the film.
September 18, 2019 @ 7:01 pm
When is this series airing and for how long
Also how many episodes ?
September 18, 2019 @ 7:02 pm
I have nitpicks with episode 4! Only one passing mention each of George Jones and Don Gibson. And no mention of Webb Pierce in this episode. He had 21 number one hits – far more than Johnny Cash. Webb Pierce had more #1 songs in the 50s than any other artist. And no mention of Johnny Horton, who made a living off of story songs and who also died within the time frame of this episode.
September 18, 2019 @ 9:54 pm
I think we can get a little ahead of ourselves in what is not mentioned in each episode. We thought Ernest Tubb got snubbed in episode 2, but then was given proper due in episode 3. We thought Lefty Frizzell was snubbed in Episode 3, but he’s revisited in Episodes 4 and 5. George Jones is definitely given fair treatment in Episode 5. Webb Pierce is also revisited later on. I think the film decides to focus on certain artists in the era they were most prominent. George Jones was definitely around in the 50’s, but it was the 60s and 70s when he really hit his stride, and had his time with Tammy, which I’m sure will be dealt with deeply. They won’t be able to cover everyone, but I don’t think we should get ahead of ourselves on who gets snubbed until the final episode rolls.
September 18, 2019 @ 10:36 pm
In the case of George Jones, I’m sure you’re right. Webb Pierce and Don Gibson’s most prominent years would have been in the years covered by part 4 though. Pierce had 21 number ones in the 50s and only 1 in the 60s. Gibson’s greatest success was in the period between 1958 and 1962. It would have made sense to speak a little more about him during or after the Ray Charles segment. He did chart songs into the 70s though, so maybe he will come up again. Johnny Horton died in 1960 though. It would have made sense to at least mention him during the story song part, considering he had a #1 hit on both the country and pop charts with “The Battle of New Orleans” a year prior to Marty Robbins achieving the same feat with “El Paso”. They mentioned “Tom Dooley”, which was not a #1 song on the country chart. Okay. Rant over.
You and Your White Claw
September 19, 2019 @ 6:11 am
Nice to see Hank and Patsy all over the iTunes country charts thanks to the show.
September 19, 2019 @ 7:40 am
Episode 4 was titled I Can’t Stop Loving You?
Ar the end of the program they played Sweet Dreams? They should have highlighted Don Gibson more. He wrote several standards. His story is compelling. 2nd grade drop out from Shelby NC.
September 19, 2019 @ 10:12 am
I’ve got nothing against Holly Williams, but Hank III should have been added, whether they used a current clip or not. He sounds eerily just like his grandpa, and there’s no hint of that in the granddaughter. That’s the only thing wrong with this series; otherwise, it’s wonderful.
September 19, 2019 @ 10:50 am
Merci for write up. I think Hank3 should be mentioned. As others have often stated he can sound similiare to his grand-father yet he still has his own unique et diverse sound. Hank3 has also worked hard to keep true essence et spirit of his grand-father alive. I believe he put much heart into ensuring his grand-father get recognition he desrves. .they should include Shelton hank Williams three
September 19, 2019 @ 11:05 am
As I said in the first comment, I don’t think we can assume that Hank3 wasn’t asked to participate, or was purposely snubbed. Perhaps that happened, but he has been like a ghost for going on half a decade, and very well could have turned down an offer to be interviewed. Ken Burns doesn’t use previous interview footage in his primary documentaries. He wants to get it directly from the source. That is one of the reasons he prioritized interviewing artists he was concerned would die before the documentary aired first. That’s how he got Merle Haggard and others. I agree Hank3 should have been in it, but that is up to Hank3 just as much as the filmmakers. I will try and find out if he was asked, but info coming out of the Hank3 camp at the moment is scarce.
September 19, 2019 @ 1:08 pm
Re. Hank Sr.’s passing, I’ve always thought of it in the sort of glamorized & romanticized iconic musician death that people tend to describe it as; you know, where people drink or drug themselves to death and it’s seen as cool but until this episode, I never realized just how genuinely sad his whole situation must have been at the end. Really badass depression from a divorce + heavy alcoholism, declining health as a result of all of that and eesh, very sad.
September 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
I really enjoyed the first 2 episodes. They were very interesting and informative, but episode 3 started covering where i started really liking the music. For me it wasn’t till pedal steel guitar came along and became a part of most country songs and bands that i started liking it. From the 50’s on are most of my fav country music. George Jones is my all time fav. I hope they cover Faron Young more in upcoming episodes.
September 19, 2019 @ 6:50 pm
It was interesting seeing Ralph Emery several times on this episode. It reminded me of the time he interviewed the Byrds on his show on WSM in 1968. The Byrds had been invited to play the Grand Ole Opry on the strength of their album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, which is arguably the first country-rock album. Ralph did not like the Byrds, who he thought were a bunch of long-haired hippies, so the interview did not go well. As a result, the Byrds (Roger McGuinn and Gram Parsons) wrote “Drugstore Truck Driving Man” about Emery, which was recorded by both the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers (and sung by Joan Baez at Woodstock). Reportedly, Ralph is still pissed about the song.
September 20, 2019 @ 1:22 am
Many dont realize he was beaten in oak hill wv and robbed.He passed away with broken ribs and a heart attack! The 17th of sept was his birthday. The only king in music
September 24, 2019 @ 4:50 pm
Am I the only one disappointed that Ketch Secor wasn’t commentating more for the bluegrass portion?
September 24, 2019 @ 5:38 pm
Surprised he hasn’t made more appearances after doing so well in Episode 1.