We already knew that Dwight Yoakam was the King of Country Cool when he came out of Kentucky and landed in Southern California, shaking his hips like Elvis, and revitalizing the Bakersfield Sound like Buck. But it was 25 years ago today when we discovered that Dwight Yoakam was a multi purpose entertainer.
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.
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.
The Broken Spoke honky tonk is just about the most authentic thing you can still find within the city limits of Austin, TX. And now it’s long-time owner, mascot, patron saint, and a man that has been a major booster for music in the region and the stepping stone for many major careers has passed on.
Alvin Crow, Austin, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Bobby Flores, Cornell Hurd, Dale Watson, Ernest Tubb, Garth Brooks, George Strait, James White, Jason Roberts, Jesse Dayton, Kitty Wells, MIke and the Moonpies, Roy Acuff, Tex Ritter, The Broken Spoke, The Derailers, Weldon Henson, Willie Nelson
Standing in the middle of the Country Music Hall of Fame rotunda in Nashville, Tennessee, it’s hard to not feel the gravity of country music history impressing itself upon you. But standing apart from all of this symmetrical symbolism, and the very first thing that greets your view as you walk in is a painting called “The Sources of Country Music.”
The Louisiana Hayride is on its way back, and in a big way. Arguably the 2nd most influential music program in country music history, only rivaled in stature by The Grand Ole Opry, it’s been an effort that has lasted over 20 years and seen a major renovation of the radio program’s original home of The Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport that has put organizers on the brink of bringing the show back.
Billy Bob Thornton, Bob Wills, Elvis, Faron Young, George Strait, Hank Williams, Horace Logan, Jeannie C. Riley, Jim Reeves, Joel Katz, Johnny Cash, Louisiana Hayride, Maggie Warwick, Margret Lewis, Merle Kilgore, Shreveport, Tex Ritter, The Grand Ole Opry, Tillman Franks, Webb Pierce, Willie Nelson
Country music songwriting legend and original Outlaw Billy Joe Shaver will be releasing a loaded 20-song CD package with companion DVD called Live at Billy Bob’s Texas on July 17th, recorded in the “World’s Largest Honky Tonk”. This will be Shaver’s first album in five years. Billy Joe Shaver will be the 42nd artist to release a “Live at Billy Bob’s” album.
Billy Bob's Texas, Billy Joe Shaver, Bobby Bare, BR549, David Allan Coe, Elvis Presley, George Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Anderson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Live at Billy Bob's, Merle Haggard, Patty Loveless, Tex Ritter, The Allman Brothers, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
Real quick: A Hank III tour announcement is imminent. According to hank3.com it’s gonna start on the 23rd. But remember last Spring there was a big brewha when a bunch of tour dates surfaced and they turned out to be false. So nothing is official until it’s official, and let’s not go chasing rumors. I’m […]
ACE, Charlie Rich, CMA, CMA Awards, Country Music Hall of Fame, Earnest Tubb, George Jones, Jessi Coulter, John Denver, Kid Rock, Music Row, Olivia Newton John, Tammy Wynette, Taylor Swift, Tex Ritter, The Outlaws, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
Before I get into the meat of this post, I need to do some house cleaning: For those of you that did not see the bulletin from the Hank 3 music page the other day, they announced that the much delayed Damn Right, Rebel Proud album will have additional tracks on it when it is […]
.357 String Band, 1972, Billy Joe Shaver, Country Music Woodstock, David Allan Coe, Doug Kershaw, Dripping Springs Reunion, Fourth of July Picnic, George Jones, Hank III, Joe Buck, Kris Kristofferson, Leon Russel, Lollapalooza, Loretta Lynn, Murder in the Mountains, Shooter Jennings, Tex Ritter, Those Poor bastards, Tom T. Hall, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson