The Longhorn Ballroom was one of the most important venues in country music for many years. When it opened in 1950, it was known as Bob Wills’ Ranch House, and was one of the major venues in Western Swing. It was also once operated by Jack Ruby.
What we consider as the foundational sound of the Countrypolitan or Nashville Sound era was very much sung and arranged by Anita Kerr. Along with the The Jordanaires, The Anita Kerr Singers—selected and arranged by Anita Kerr—contributed most all the chorus singing that was set behind country songs.
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There are many artists whose life experiences have been interwoven into their music, and resulted in the purest form of what has gone on to be recognized as “country” around the world. But few, if any—especially from the feminine perspective—had the same grace, the same truth, the same impact as songs of Loretta Lynn.
‘Rolling Stone’ published a list of the The 100 Greatest Country Albums of All Time this week, and as per usual, it has many arguing its merits, omissions, and inclusions. There was a time when whatever Rolling Stone said was taken as the definitive word in music. These days it’s more polarizing.
Bill Monroe, Bob Wills, Brandy Clark, Chet Flippo, Cody Jinks, Dolly Parton, Dwight Yoakam, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, John Hartford, Loretta Lynn, Lucinda Williams, Maddox Brothers & Rose, Margo Price, Noah Shactman, O Brother Where Art Thou, O.B. McClinton, Patsy Cline, Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Albums of All Time, Stoney Edwards, Taylor Swift, The Carter Family, The Dixie Chicks, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers, Wanted The Outlaws, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
Country music is country music, and the best definition of what country music is, is that you know it when you hear it. It’s self-evident. But the genre has birthed many subgenres, many stylistic movements over the years, and at times has seen a splintering and Balkanization.
Aaron Watson, alt-country, Americana, Ameripolitan, Bill Monroe, Bill Woods, Billy Mize, Billy Sherrill, Blackberry Smoke, Blake Shelton, Bloodshot Records, Bob Childers, Bob Wayne, Bob Wills, Bobby Bare, Bonnie Owens, Buck Owens, Cedric Burnside, Chancey Williams, Chet Atkins, Chris LeDoux, Cody Canada, Cody Johnson, Colt Ford, Colter Wall, Country Blues, countrypolitan, Cross Canadian Ragweed, CW McCall, Dale Watson, Dan + Shay, Dan Auerbach, Dave Dudley, David Allan Coe, Dick Curless, Don Rich, Dwight Yoakam, Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, Florida Georgia Line, Franklin County Trucking Company, Gene Autry, George Jones, George Strait, Glen Campbell, Greensky Bluegrass, Hank Williams III, Jason Aldean, Jason Boland, Jody Rosen, John Hartford, Johnny Cash, Junior Brown, Kane Brown, Koe Wetzel, Kolby Cooper, Kris Kristofferson, Kyle Park, Leftover Salmon, Linda Rhonstadt, Lucinda Williams, Luke Combs, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, Marty Stuart, Merle Haggard, Mike Ness, Ned LeDoux, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Old 97's, Owen Bradley, Patsy Cline, psychobilly, Randy Rogers Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Red Dirt, Red Sovine, Robert Earl Keen, rockabilly, Roy Rogers, Sam Bush, Sam Hunt, Steve Earle, Stoney LaRue, Texas Country, Th Reverend Horton Heat, The Allman Brothers, The Byrds, The Eagles, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Grateful Dead, The Knitters, The Nashville Sound, The Rolling Stones, The Stone Poneys, The Stray Cats, Uncle Tupelo, Wade Bowen, Waylon Jennings, Wayne 'The Train' Hancock, Whiskey Myers, Whiskeytown, Willie Nelson
Dolly Parton will be one of the next inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The next question is how the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will consider country performers for induction moving forward. This moment presents a slippery slope.
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With so many of the artists that reach superstar status, there is a “moment” that put them there. Sometimes, it’s a number of these moments. For Loretta Lynn, that moment came through Ernest Tubb, and the Ernest Tubb Record Shop’s Midnite Jamboree.
It was one of those moments only music can make, and it happened in Luck, TX. The “Beyond The Stars” duet with Tami Neilson and Willie Nelson ultimately was the talk of the Luck Reunion, and the talk of SXSW.
We all just need to appreciate that the Ernest Tubb Record Shop on Lower Broadway in Nashville is not just a building, and it’s not just a business. It isn’t just brick and mortar, any more than the Ryman Auditorium is. It is a cultural institution and landmark.
Born on January 18, 1938 in Spring City, Tennessee, Hargus Marvin Robbins was rendered blind at the age of four due to an accident involving his father’s knife. In those days, there were few occupations a blind boy could dream of, but one of them was playing piano.
What makes ‘Blue’ so cool is not just that it found success with old songs from such a young singer. It’s that old songs were made cool to a younger audience, while the older audience who felt abandoned by country music of the era found someone they could root for as well.
In 2015, when Mickey Guyton released her debut single “Better Than You Left Me,” she symbolized hope in the mainstream of country music for a host of reasons. Similar to how we regard artists such as Lainey Wilson and Carly Pearce today, Mickey Guyton was a bright spot.
Be still your heart, bend your ears, open your mind, but no need to temper your expectations for this highly-anticipated debut album from one of today’s preeminent country singers, the one and only Charlie Marie. Let the waves of classic country goodness wash over you.
Ever since honky tonk sweetheart Charlie Marie sent hearts swooning with her self-titled five-song EP in 2019, we’ve been we’ve been waiting for something new, and for the moment that hopefully might be her big country music breakout. Well ladies and gentlemen, this could be it.
British film director Michael Apted died on Thursday, January 7th, and though this may not be a name you recognize or see as noteworthy in the country music realm on the surface, the Cambridge-educated film icon played a major part in telling one of the most compelling stories in country music history.
It’s worth noting that Rolling Stone’s new updated version of their “500 Best Albums of All Time” significantly diminishes iconic titles from the classic country canon. Not only were some titles downgraded, some were eliminated entirely.
Charley Pride, Cody Jinks, Dolly Parton, Eric Church, George Jones, Gram Parsons, Jason Isbell, John Prine, Johnny Cash, Kacey Musgraves, Lucinda Williams, Miranda Lambert, Patsy Cline, Ray Charles, Rolling Stone, Shania Twain, Steve Earle, Taylor Swift, The Byrds, Turnpike Troubadours, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
A brand new book from Loretta Lynn is on the way called ‘Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust,’ and ahead of the new memoir Loretta has released a new rendition of her covering Patsy Cline’s iconic “I Fall to Pieces.” Though you have a few options for books on the life of Loretta Lynn, this one focuses specifically on the friendship between Loretta and Patsy.
Country music legend and long-time Grand Ole Opry star Jan Howard has passed away at the age of 91. Howard died on Saturday, March 28th peacefully in her sleep in Gallatin, Tennessee near Nashville. A Grand Ole Opry member for nearly 50 years, news broke of her passing as the storied country music institution was broadcasting.
But Dolly Parton doesn’t deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at least not at the moment when there are so many other women and men waiting in the wings that are much more deserving, and could use the distinction to preserve a legacy that Dolly Parton already has secured for herself by many fold.
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If you didn’t get your fill of country music history from the recent Ken Burns PBS documentary on the subject, the dramatic film Patsy & Loretta will premier on the Lifetime channel on Saturday (10-19). Though other films have touched on the careers of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn as they intertwined in the early 60’s exclusively.
When the Ken Burns documentary was first announced a few years ago, the hope was the film could act like a big reset button on the status of country music, and give a boost to many of the songs and artists abandoned by radio in the present day. It has been a big boon in sales and streams for many of the classic country artists featured.
Not as a rebuke of the work of the documentary, but as an addendum for those who watched and might want to dig deeper into the history of country through some of its more important personalities not represented well in the film, here are some of the Country Music film’s biggest oversights.
Alison Krauss, Billie Jean Horton, Conway Twitty, David Allan Coe, Dayton Duncan, Don Williams, Doug Sahm, Eddie Rabbitt, Emmloyou Harris, George Strait, Glen Campbell, Hank Snow, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jim Reeves, Jimmy Martin, John Hartford, Johnny Horton, Johnny Paycheck, Keith Whitley, Ken Burns, Linda Ronstadt, Michael Martin Murphy, Patsy Cline, Sam Bush, Tanya Tucker, The Maddox Brothers & Rose, Vern Gosdin
The fourth installment of the eight-part Ken Burns documentary on country music laid out in no uncertain terms how country music became a well-ordered business in the aftermath of the death of Hank Williams, and during the rise of rock n’ roll as the most popular genre in America, putting pressure on country music.
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A new dramatic film called Patsy & Loretta is on its way that follows the careers of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn as they intertwined in the early 60’s. A trailer just released for the film shows that the subject matter will not be all rosy, and the story will delve deep into the complicated relationships the two women faced.