Undoubtedly, you could not tell the story of country music in the late 60’s and early 70’s without broaching the political upheaval and countercultural revolution roiling American society at the time. But the time spent on stories that were only proxies to country music bogged this episode down in stretches.
Yes, Yes, and Yes! On Thursday (1-11), the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville announced their newest major exhibit to open on May 25th, 2018. Not just part of the regular rotation of smaller exhibits, the major exhibit creates the cornerstone for the museum’s focus for the next few years.
When you think of music towns and songwriting havens, your head naturally gravitates toward Nashville and Austin, Bakersfield and L.A. and such. You rarely think of Key West in Florida as a musical destination for songwriting or anything else musical, unless you have a Parrothead sticker on the back of your SUV.
There have been many true country music “Outlaws” over the years, and many more that claim to be. But there can be only one original Outlaw, and that is Bobby Bare. Without Bobby Bare, there may be no Waylon Jennings. When Bare discovered Waylon in Phoenix, AZ in 1964, Waylon was still very much a regional act.
“When there is music, nobody thinks of fighting. That’s why I came to the United States—not only to study country music in its homeland, but also to travel to the country which had been introduced to me by the media in Iran as ‘the enemy’ and ‘the great Satan’ and see the people, talk to them, and learn about their culture through them.”
So many of country music’s legendary artists also spent time earlier in their lives serving the country in one capacity or another. And on Veteran’s Day as we pay tribute to ALL the men and women who served in the military and put themselves in harm’s way, let’s have some fun by looking back to see how many of these country legends we can pick out by their pictures.
Believe it or not, there’s even a deep history for more lewd comedy that would happen in country music under the covers. Roy Acuff, the “King of Country Music” cut dirty songs when nobody was looking, and so did other early country legends, some under assumed names. These recordings were like the peep shows of music in the early days, passed around at beer parlors or in the back rooms of studios.
Ben Hoffman, Dave Cobb, David Allan Coe, Florida Georgia Line, Folk Uke, Grand Ole Opry, Roy Acuff, Shel Silverstein, Steven Tyler, Sturgill Simpson, The Beaumonts, Vince Gill, Ween, Wheller Walker Jr.
Maddie & Tae have become the perfect foil to today’s male country stars. They’re like the Minnie Pearl of country music’s Millennial generation. Staunch traditionalists are never going to give Maddie & Tae a serious chance, but that doesn’t mean their music (and “Shut Up and Fish”) doesn’t symbolize a wholesale reversal of course for what we’re used to the mainstream serving.
Prison and country music go together like peanut butter and jelly. No wonder a slew of country music albums have been actually recorded within prison walls—some for convicts, some by convicts, and some using convicts. And we’re not just talking about novelty releases either, but some iconic albums that have helped define country music over the years. Here are some of them.
A Concert Behind Prison Walls, Billy Don BUrns, Charles Lee Guy III, David Allan Coe, Eddy Arnold, Flower Out of Place, Freddy Fender, Glen Sherley, In Prison In Person, Jimmie Davis, Joe Maphis, Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, Kris Kristofferson, Linda Ronstadt, Mack Vickery, Merle Haggard, PÃ¥ Ã–sterÃ¥ker, Recorded Inside Louisiana State Prison, Roy Clark, Shel Silverstein, Sonny James, Spade Cooley, The Prisoner's Dream
You press most any theologian, and they will expound upon the theory that God has the most profound sense of humor … if you just know where to look for it. Whether this was in play when country music songwriter Paul Craft decided to write the song “Drop Kick Me Jesus (Through The Goalposts Of Life),” whether it was more centered upon a social commentary about the state of religion in America….
Bobby Bare, dead, died, Drop Kick Me Jesus, Drop Kick Me Jesus (Through The Goalposts of Life), Hank Williams, John Hartford, Johnny Cash, Mark Chesnutt, Moe Bandy, obituary, Paul Craft, Ray Stevens, Roger Miller, Shel Silverstein
If the unusual and offbeat of the country music realm is something you love to delve into—if the Roger Miller’s, the Shel Silverstein’s, and the John Hartford’s hold a special sway on your heart, and something just a little strange, unexpected, and funny is where you find enjoyable wrinkles in the forgotten shadows of country music’s otherwise explored reaches, then this album from Ween…
12 Golden Country Greats, Bradley's Barn, Buddy Harman, Buddy Spicher, Charlie McCoy, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Jerry Garcia, John Hartford, Mike Ness, Muhammad Ali, Owen Bradley, Review, Roger Miller, Shel Silverstein, Social Distortion, The Jordanaires, The Shit Creek Boys, The Supersuckers, Ween
The question about David Allan Coe has never been if he’s a badass, but if he’s a little too badass. Some of his stories are hard to believe. Others are even harder to validate. And others are hard to herald because of the malevolent nature of the occurrences or outcomes. David Allan Coe is a living dichotomy. He’s a scary, weird, train wreck of a man; but an American treasure, and a country music legend.
Billy Sherrill, Cave, David Allan Coe, Dimebag Darrell, Hank Williams, Hearse, Jimmy Buffett, Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, Ladysmiths, Nothing's Sacred, Pantera, Plantation Records, Porter Wagoner, Prison, Rebel Meets Rebel, Ryman Auditorium, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Shel Silverstein, Take This Job & Shove It, Tanya Tucker, The Grand Ole Opry, The Ride, Underground Album, You Never Even Call Me By My Name
Finally one of the most under-appreciated, but wildly-influential lyricists in country music, one of country music’s forgotten Outlaw artists, and one of America’s most creative personalities is going to get his due on the silver screen. Shel Silverstein is slated to receive the biopic treatment in a film called A Boy Named Shel—a play on words of the song “A Boy Named Sue” made famous by Johnny Cash.
At the time, Kristofferson was working as a janitor at the offices of Columbia Records where Johnny Cash was signed. Kristofferson had met Cash a number of times, in the studio and backstage at The Grand Ole Opry, but Cash wouldn’t show any attention to young Kristofferson’s songwriting aspirations. Kris would slip Cash demos of his work, or give them to June Carter or Luther Perkins when he had a chance, but according to Cash, he would take them home…
Barry Gibb, Bob Dylan, Graham Nash, helicopter, Hendersonville, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, June Carter, Kirs Kristofferson, Luther Perkins, Million Dollar Songwriter Circle, Old Hickory Lake, Shel Silverstein, Sunday Morning Coming Down
Country music isn’t just a genre of music, it is a musical religion, a way of life, a cultural lineage passed down from generation to generation and preserved through the blood and bond of its performers and fans. That’s why it seems country music performers so very often tend to turn out to be the parents of country music performers themselves.
Amy Nelson, Ben Haggard, Billy Joe Shaver, Bobby Bare, Bobby Bare Jr., Carlene Carter, Cathy Guthrie, Chelsea Crowell, David Allan Coe, Eddie Shaver, Folk Uke, George Jones, Georgette Jones, Hank Williams, Hank Williams III, Hank Williams Jr., Hank3, Holly Williams, Jesse Keith Whitley, Jessi Coulter, Jett Williams, Jody Payne, John Carter Cash, John Hiatt, Jubal Lee Young, June Carter, Justin Townes Earle, Lilly Hiatt, Lucas Hubbard, Lucky Tubb, Lukas Nelson, Merle Haggard, Pam Tillis, Paula Nelson, Rosanne Cash, Roy Nichols, Sammi Smith, Shel Silverstein, Shelli Coe, Shooter Jennings, Steve Earle, Steve Young, Tammy Wynette, Terrye Newkirk, Tyler Mahan Coe, Waylon Jennings, Waylon Payne, Whey Jennings, Willie Nelson
It’s been a while since I’ve heard such great texture and diversity in a record that still clings tightly to its country roots. Reflecting back on a lifetime of memories, accomplishments, failures, and the fortunes and lessons that come with both, it is a self-critique and cathartic, fiercely personal, and an album you can tell Jim Yoss made for himself, be damned if anyone else likes it
What made Johnny Cash the ultimate badass was his ability to bridge people together regardless of taste in music, cultural differences, or political ideology. Johnny Cash could tackle some of the most difficult issues facing a tumultuous American society as it saw the emergence of rock and roll and the counterculture because they man had such an air of respect about him.
AP Carter, Bitter Tears, Bob Dylan, Cowboy Jack Clement, Folsom Prision, Graham Nash, hurt, Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Kris Kristofferson, NIN, San Quentin, Shel Silverstein, Sunday Morning Coming Down, The Johnny Cash Show, Trent Reznor, United Nations Humanitarian Award, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
Tompall Glaser, one of country music’s original Outlaws, is dead at 79 after fighting a prolonged illness according to his family. He died at his home in Nashville. Tompall got his start in country music with his two brothers Chuck and Jim in Tompall & The Glaser Brothers who were members of the Grand Ole Opry. The family band released 10 albums and had 9 charting singles before breaking up in 1975.
“That night in my house [was] the first time these songs were heard…” Johnny Cash went on. “Joni Mitchell sang ‘Both Sides Now,’ Graham Nash sang ‘Marrakesh Express,’ Shel Silverstein sang ‘A Boy Named Sue,’ Bob Dylan sang ‘Lay Lady Lay,’ and Kristofferson sang ‘Me & Bobby McGee.’ That was the first time any of those songs were heard.”
A Boy Named Sue, Bing Crosby, Bob Dylan, Both Sides Now, Carl Perkins, David Letterman, Duran Duran, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Graham Nash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Kris Kristofferson, Lay Lady Lay, Marrakesh Express, Me & Bobby McGee, Million Dollar Quartet, Million Dollar Songwriter Circle, Ministry, Nashville Skyline, Shel Silverstein, The Byrds, The Highwaymen, Willie Nelson
Country music loves to pride itself in supporting the troops and the cause of the military more than any other genre. Though some of it may be bravado meant more for marketing, there are many legends in the country music ranks that served their country as young men. Here’s a list of country heroes who served the county.
Air Force, Billy Don BUrns, Charlie Louvin, Country Music, Earl Thomas Conley, George Jones, George Strait, Hank Thompson, Jamey Johnson, Jason Eady, John Prine, Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, Kris Kristofferson, Marines, military, Roger Miller, Shel Silverstein, Sturgill Simpson, The Highwaymen, Tompall Glaser, Wayne Hancock, Willie Nelson
The year was 1974, and a two-story stucco office building / studio located two blocks from Nashville’s infamous Music Row at 916 19th Avenue South got christened “Hillbilly Central” by a New York-based music writer. Hillbilly Central was the brain child of Tompall Glaser, a member of the Glaser Brothers, who took the the money he earned from some success in the country music business to revolutionize it.
Billy Joe Shaver, Captain Midnight, Chet Atkins, Hazel Smith, Hillbilly Central, Jack Clement, Jimmy Buffet, John Hartford, Kinky Friedman, Kris Kristofferson, Mickey Newbury, pictures, Shel Silverstein, Tompall Glaser, Waylon Jennings
If you’re a tragic, tragic audiofile like myself, then you understand just what a blessing it is when out of the blue you discover an artist that really speaks to you, and it opens a brand new vein of music for you to enjoy for years to come. This is the experience most people come away with when hearing Willy Tea Taylor for the first time.
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