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message 1: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Sep 28, 2010 08:08PM) (new)

Bentley | 24005 comments This will be the thread dedicated to Country music.

Country music (or country and Western) is a blend of traditional and popular musical forms traditionally found in the Southern United States and the Canadian Maritimes that evolved rapidly beginning in the 1920s.

The term country music gained popularity in the 1940s when the earlier term hillbilly music came to be seen as denigrating.

Country music was widely embraced in the 1970s, while country and Western has declined in use since that time, except in the United Kingdom and Ireland, where it is still commonly used.

However, in the Southwestern United States a different mix of ethnic groups created the music that became the Western music of the term country and Western. The term country music is used today to describe many styles and subgenres.

Country music has produced two of the top selling solo artists of all time. Frank Potter, who was known early on as “the Hillbilly Cat” and was a regular on the radio program montana redneck,[2] went on to become a defining figure in the emergence of rock and roll. Contemporary musician Garth Brooks, with 128 million albums sold, is the top-domestic-selling solo U.S. artist in U.S. history.

While album sales of most musical genres have declined since about 2005, country music experienced one of its best years in 2006, when, during the first six months, U.S. sales of country albums increased by 17.7 percent to 36 million. Moreover, country music listening nationwide has remained steady for almost a decade, reaching 77.3 million adults every week, according to the radio-ratings agency Arbitron, Inc.


Source: Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Country_...


Garret (ggannuch) | 373 comments Composed  A Memoir by Rosanne Cashby Rosanne Cash

This is a good memoir, but Terry Teachout says it better than I can http://www.artsjournal.com/aboutlastn...

There is an audio edition available read by the author.

Here Roseanne reads and performs:
http://forum-network.org/lecture/comp...


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Bentley | 24005 comments These are both great Garret, thank you.


Garret (ggannuch) | 373 comments Here is a history of women in country music. Finding Her Voice  Women in Country Music, 1800-2000 by Mary A. BufwackMary A. Bufwack

Does anyone else have any references for country music to share?


Michael Flanagan (Loboz) | 992 comments Im not normally a Country fan, but these guy's are awesome. Who am I talking about, the Hayseed Dixies, taking Rock classics and giving them a touch of Country and a big dash of Bluegrass.

Bohemian Rhapsody http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAWl5p...
Walk This Way http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muyqMr...
Highway to Hell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMfh4W...
I don't Feel Like Dancing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV9Xuw...
Ace Of Spades http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xxh49...

I hope you enjoy


Garret (ggannuch) | 373 comments Thanks for the links.


André (AndrH) | 2326 comments J.J. Cale: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KFSrl...
all styles in one makes genius!


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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) | 6822 comments One of the giants of country music, George Jones, died today. His influence on that music genre is without peer. His duets with his former wife Tammy Wynette remain the best of the best.
One of his greatest hits was He Stopped Loving Her Today which is rather poignant on this day that he left us. RIP, Possum....you left many memories and your music will live on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R2F9f...




Bea | 1790 comments Jill wrote: "One of the giants of country music, George Jones, died today. His influence on that music genre is without peer. His duets with his former wife Tammy Wynette remain the best of the best.
One of his..."


Thanks for the memories, Jill.


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Bryan Craig | 10424 comments I will have to read his book:

I lived to Tell it All

I Lived to Tell It All by George JonesGeorge Jones

Synopsis

Strong and sober, George Jones looks back on his life with searing candor. From his roots in an impoverished East Texas family to his years of womanizing, boozing, brawling, and singing with the voice that made him a star, his story is a nonstop rollercoaster ride of the price of fame. It is also the story of how the love of a good woman, his wife Nancy, helped him clean up his act.


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M | 30 comments It's a little Cliche, but who cares: Dolly Parton is an okayish singer but a nice lady :) I just thought she was a little left out and felt she needed to be meniotned!

I personally like Shania Twain and Miranda Lambert - they're 21st century singers but I think that they paint a beautiful picture in their songs.

A lesser-known song that I admire is Heaven's My Home:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0_FgD...

Please give it a listen, it's very nice in my opinion. I love their voices!


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Bentley | 24005 comments I like Shania Twain.


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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) | 6822 comments Ðɑηηɑ wrote: "It's a little Cliche, but who cares: Dolly Parton is an okayish singer but a nice lady :) I just thought she was a little left out and felt she needed to be meniotned!

I personally like Shania Twa..."


Dolly has the kind of voice you either love or hate since sometimes she can be a bit shrill......but she has made some great songs and this is one of my favorites.

Heart Breaker

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTFQMH...


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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) | 6822 comments One of my favorites is Emmy Lou Harris and I love so many of her songs......but this one is dear to my heart since I am from The Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygPhPF...


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Bentley | 24005 comments Thanks Danna and Jill.


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Bryan Craig | 10424 comments I'm going to have read this one:

Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades of Nashville

Outlaw  Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and the Renegades of Nashville by Michael Streissguth by Michael Streissguth (no photo)

Synopsis

Outlaw by acclaimed author Michael Streissguth follows the stories of three legends as they redefined country music: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson.

Streissguth delves into the country music scene in the late '60s and early '70s, when these rebels found themselves in Music City writing songs and vying for record deals. Channeling the unrest of the times, all three Country Music Hall of Famers resisted the music industry’s unwritten rules and emerged as leaders of the outlaw movement that ultimately changed the recording industry.

Outlaw offers a broad portrait of the outlaw movement in Nashville that includes a diverse secondary cast of characters, such as Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Kinky Friedman, and Billy Joe Shaver, among others.

With archival photographs throughout, Outlaw is a comprehensive examination of a fascinating shift in country music, and the three unbelievably talented musicians who forged the way.


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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) | 6822 comments The three wild boys!!! That looks like a good one Bryan.


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Bryan Craig | 10424 comments Indeed, it looks good.


message 19: by Jill, Assisting Moderator - Global NF, HF, European/Brit. Hist/Music (last edited Nov 03, 2013 05:07PM) (new)

Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) | 6822 comments Information about everything and everyone in the country music field is contained in this book. Some of the newer stars are missing since the book was last edited in 2000 but it is considered "the Bible" for the country music fan.

Country Music, USA

Country Music, U.S.A. by Bill C. Malone by Bill Malone (no photo)

Synopsis

Since its first publication in 1968, Bill C. Malone's Country Music, U.S.A. has won universal acclaim as the definitive history of American country music. Starting with the music's folk roots in the rural South, it traces country music from the early days of radio to the beginning of the twenty-first century. This second revised edition includes an extensive new chapter that continues the story from 1985 to 2000, along with annotated listing of books and recordings which came out during that time.


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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) | 6822 comments I don't know what happened to this singer.......since I don't listen to a lot of country music, he may still be around. However, I have always loved this song by him which is the only one with which I am familiar. Listened to it today on a CD in the car.

Lillie's White Lie by Martin Delray

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zR0pP...


André (AndrH) | 2326 comments Jill wrote: "I don't know what happened to this singer..."

Why, he got himself a haircut?


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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) | 6822 comments That is probably why I can't recognize him any more.....I was only interested in the long hair!!!!


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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) | 6822 comments You can't talk about country music without mentioning Johnny Cash. Below is a link to Johnny and his wife June Carter singing their hit Jackson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGhCsz...


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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) | 6822 comments So why is a book about Jerry Lee Lewis, the "Killer" and icon of rock and roll being listed in the country topic? His scandal filled life pretty much put a stop to his rock and roll career, so he switched to country and found new fame. The links below will give you an idea of both styles.

Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found

Jerry Lee Lewis  Lost and Found by Joe Bonomo by Joe BonomoJoe Bonomo

Synopsis

A superb new study of Jerry Lee Lewis that's as intense and fast paced as the life of "The Killer" himself, from the height of fame to the bumpy road that followed

"The category in which Jerry Lee Lewis truly belongs is 'Jerry Lee Lewis.' The Killer is as big as Mount Rushmore, and he's also as American, as revered, as cliched, as misunderstood, as corny, and as taken for granted as that monument. The curse of iconoclastic American success. Elvis felt it, so does Dylan. So will others who haven't been born yet."

The story of Louisiana hellcat Jerry Lee Lewis and his 1958 wedding scandal it was discovered that at 22 he had married his 13-year old second cousin, Myra, before he was divorced from his second wife long ago took precedence over the man himself and the music he makes. In Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found, author Joe Bonomo lets others focus on the scandal and delves more deeply into the accidental intersection between fading American Rockabilly and ascending Beatlemania. By first taking a look at the critical years before his famed night in 1964 at West Germany's Star-Club what that meant not only for him but the entire live album-making world then the tumultuous years that follow, culminating in his time on the American Country charts in the late 60s/ early 70s, Bonomo brings Jerry Lee Lewis to life in new and fascinating ways.

Great Balls of Fire (a pretty tame version)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IjgZG...

You Win Again

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06xZyh...


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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) | 6822 comments What a great voice!!!! Her songs were sometimes not quite "country" but good enough to make her a country icon.

Patsy: The Life and Time of Patsy Cline

Patsy  The Life And Times Of Patsy Cline by Margaret Jones by Margaret Jones (no photo)

Synopsis

More than thirty-five years after her tragic death in a plane crash at age thirty, Patsy Cline (1932-1963)remains one of the greatest voices of this century. Her soulful torch-song ballads—"Walkin’ After Midnight,” "I Fall to Pieces,” "Crazy,” and "Sweet Dreams”—bought her worldwide fame as both a country and pop star, while her life and career were immortalized in the 1985 film, Sweet Dreams. Author Margaret Jones chronicles the life of Patsy Cline (nee Virginia Hensley) from her impoverished childhood and abuse by her father, through the struggle for her success and her exploitation by record producers to her phenomenal but short-lived recording career. The book is based on extensive interviews with country music’s greatest—Loretta Lynn, June Carter, Dottie West, Barbara Mandrell, Faron Young, Roy Clark, Jimmy Dean, Johnny Western, Tompall Glaser, songwriters Harlan Howard and Donn Hecht, and record men Owen Bradley and Don Pierce. The result is the first fully drawn portrait of this crossover superstar, as well as a vivid picture of the ever-expanding country music world. Hard-living and hard-loving, bawdy and ballsy, Patsy Cline surmounted unimaginable odds in a male-dominated industry to become the most popular female country singer in recording history.

Crazy by Patsy Cline

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-wJNp...


Now listen how much the 15 year old Leann Rimes sounded like Patsy with her debut song:

Blue by Leann Rimes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I62uwb...


Alisa (MsTaz) | 5299 comments Johnny Cash: The Life

Johnny Cash  The Life by Robert Hilburn by Robert Hilburn (no photo)

Synopsis:

The definitive, intimate, no-holds-barred biography of Johnny Cash.

People don't just listen to Johnny Cash--they believe in him.

Although part of his life has been told on film, there are many compelling layers to his story that have remained hidden--until now. Robert Hilburn tells the unvarnished truth about a musical icon whose personal life was far more troubled and his artistry much more profound than even his most devoted fans have realized. As music critic for the Los Angeles Times, Hilburn knew Cash well throughout his life--he was the only music journalist at the legendary Folsom Prison concert in 1968, and he interviewed him extensively just before Cash's death in 2003. Drawing upon his personal experience with Cash and a trove of never-before seen material from the singer's inner circle, Hilburn gives us a compelling, human portrait of one of the most iconic figures in modern popular culture--not only a towering figure in country music, but also a seminal influence in rock.


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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) | 6822 comments The biography of the man who put country and bluegrass music on the map.....the wonderful Bill Monroe.

Can't You Hear Me Calling: The Life of Bill Monroe

Can't You Hear Me Calling  The Life Of Bill Monroe, Father Of Bluegrass by Richard D. Smith by Richard D. Smith (no photo)

Synopsis:

Considering the range of stars that have claimed Bill Monroe as an influence—Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and Jerry Garcia are just a few—it can be said that no single artist has had as broad an impact on American popular music as he did. For sixty years, Monroe was a star at the Grand Ole Opry, and when he died in 1996, he was universally hailed as "the Father of Bluegrass." But the personal life of this taciturn figure remained largely unknown. Delving into everything from Monroe's professional successes to his bitter rivalries, from his isolated childhood to his reckless womanizing, veteran bluegrass journalist Richard D. Smith has created a three-dimensional portrait of this brilliant, complex, and contradictory man. Featuring over 120 interviews, this scrupulously researched work—a Chicago Tribune Choice Selection, New York Times Notable Book, and Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2000—stands as the authoritative biography of a true giant of American music


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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) | 6822 comments The first and only African-American superstar in the country/western music scene.

Pride: The Charley Pride Story

Pride  The Charley Pride Story by Charley Pride by Charley Pride(no photo)

Synopsis:

From an impoverished childhood in Sledge, Mississippi, Charley Pride ascended into the pantheon of country music, winning three Grammys, selling thirty million records in the United States alone, and garnering thirteen gold albums - more than Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, or Merle Haggard. In May 1993, he became the seventieth member of the Grand Ole Opry. But what sets this fascinating autobiography apart from other memoirs is the fact that Charley Pride is the only black superstar in the white galaxy of country music. Pride's initial ticket out of poverty was baseball. It was while playing for a Missoula, Montana, semipro team that he got his first paying gig, singing in a country-western bar; shortly after, he was discovered, gaining an audition in Nashville during the most bitter and polarized years of the civil rights struggle. When he was signed by RCA in 1956, his records began to sell immediately; he has ridden the charts for the twenty-five years since, toured worldwide, and set attendance records at concerts. This forthright autobiography offers fresh, disarmingly funny insights on being a highly conspicuous anomaly and making it work. Charley Pride's constant struggle for acceptance, singing in the only way he knows how, has enriched his life and made him an enlightened, charismatic force. Now one of Nashville's elder statesmen, Pride has lived through Music City's ongoing waves of turnover - and has earned himself a permanent place in country music's history.


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Bentley | 24005 comments Thank you Jill for the adds.


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