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

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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_...


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Garret (ggannuch) 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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These are both great Garret, thank you.


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Garret (ggannuch) 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?


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Michael Flanagan (Loboz) | 1216 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


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Garret (ggannuch) Thanks for the links.


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André (AndrH) | 2621 comments J.J. Cale: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KFSrl...
all styles in one makes genius!


message 8: by Jill, Assisting Moderator - Military Hist L/Global NF/Eur/Brit/Music (last edited Apr 26, 2013 01:07PM) (new)

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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...




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Bea | 1836 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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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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Ðɑηηɑ 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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I like Shania Twain.


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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) | 12567 comments Mod
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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Thanks Danna and Jill.


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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) | 12567 comments Mod
The three wild boys!!! That looks like a good one Bryan.


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Indeed, it looks good.


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

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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) | 12567 comments Mod
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...


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André (AndrH) | 2621 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) | 12567 comments Mod
That is probably why I can't recognize him any more.....I was only interested in the long hair!!!!


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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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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...


message 25: by Jill, Assisting Moderator - Military Hist L/Global NF/Eur/Brit/Music (last edited Sep 14, 2013 07:34PM) (new)

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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...


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Alisa (MsTaz) | 5541 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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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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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.


message 29: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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Thank you Jill for the adds.


message 30: by Jill, Assisting Moderator - Military Hist L/Global NF/Eur/Brit/Music (last edited Jan 03, 2015 12:26PM) (new)

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Little Jimmy Dickens, a stalwart of the Grand Old Oprey, has passed away at age 94.He represented the "old style" country music and was well loved by fans of the genre.




message 31: by Jill, Assisting Moderator - Military Hist L/Global NF/Eur/Brit/Music (last edited Feb 20, 2015 06:48PM) (new)

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His first hit was on the pop charts (It's Only Make Believe) but he then became a country icon who still had much work left to do when he passed away at a fairly young age.

The Conway Twitty Story: An Authorized Biography

(no image)The Conway Twitty Story: An Authorized Biography by Wilbur Cross (no photo)

Synopsis

There is no GR blurb for this book but it was about the only thing I could find which might be worth reading.


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The ultimate female country/western singer!

Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter

Loretta Lynn Coal Miner's Daughter by Loretta Lynn by Loretta Lynn (no photo)

Synopsis:

Born in 1935 into abject poverty, married at age thirteen, and a grandmother by age twenty-nine, Loretta Lynn went on to become one of the most prolific and influential singers in modern country music. The first woman to be named the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, Lynn boasts sixteen #1 singles, fifteen #1 albums, and sixty other hits including “Honky Tonk Girl,” “Before I’m Over You, “ “The Pill,” and “After the Fire Is Gone. “ Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner’s Daughter, a bestseller and the basis of the Oscar-winning film, is the intimate, revealing story of her journey from eastern Kentucky to Nashville to stardom to legend—told in her own voice, which rings as clear, natural, and powerful as the best of her songs.


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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) | 12567 comments Mod
Good grief......Willie Nelson turned 82 today!!!!! Happy birthday.


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One of the finest voices in country music today.

For the Music: The Vince Gill Story

For the Music The Vince Gill Story by Jo Sgammato by Jo Sgammato(no photo)

Synopsis:

His pure tenor voice, amazing guitar playing, and superb songwriting skills have earned Vince Gill eleven Grammies and seventeen Country Music Association Awards--making him the biggest CMA winner of all time. But it's the man behind the music who inspires so much love and devotion from his fans and his peers. Humble, wholesome, funny, and kind, Vince Gill is a superstar with heart--and his numerous volunteer activities raise millions of dollars for charity every year.

From his childhood as the son of a banjo-playing judge in Oklahoma to his roots in Kentucky bluegrass music . . . from his years in Los Angeles as the lead singer for the acclaimed group Pure Prairie League to his first forays into Nashville . . . from his mastery of bluegrass, rock, pop, and country to his acclaim as the host of the annual Country Music Association Awards national telecast . . . here is the heartwarming story of an inspiring man who gives his all for the future, for the fans, and for the music.

Vince Gill has won eleven Grammy Awards and seventeen Country Music Association Awards and has sold more than fifteen million albums worldwide.


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Another genre within country music is "western swing". Spade Cooley was the biggest star there was but his life took a tragic turn as he killed his wife and was sent to life in prison. Read all about it here.

Shame! Shame! A Saga of Spade Cooley: The King of Western Swing

Shame! Shame! A Saga of Spade Cooley; The King of Western Swing! by Robert J. Joling J. D. by Robert J. Joling J. D.(no photo)

Synopsis

A true story of a gifted musician who rose from abstract poverty to fame and fortune who abused himself as well as those he loved. He beat up his first wife and killed his second. He squandered his fortune; was sentenced to prison; was pardoned by Gov. Reagan; and died before realizing he again was a free man.


message 36: by Jill, Assisting Moderator - Military Hist L/Global NF/Eur/Brit/Music (last edited Jul 25, 2015 12:57PM) (new)

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One of the greatest of all the gospel/country groups is celebrating their 60th year in show business. They started at ages 6,4, and 2!!!! The Gatlin Brothers.



(Photo source: Oprey.com)

All The Gold In California

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuAX1...

(Source: YouTube)


message 37: by Jill, Assisting Moderator - Military Hist L/Global NF/Eur/Brit/Music (last edited Jul 31, 2015 08:41PM) (new)

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Singer Lynn Anderson passed away today

Lynn Anderson best known for her country hit "Rose Garden," died Thursday night, TMZ has confirmed. She was 67.

Anderson reportedly suffered a heart attack and was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

She had been hospitalized for pneumonia after returning from a vacation in Italy.

Anderson continued to make records until her death … her last, "Bridges" was released in June. Her heyday was in the ‘70s following the release of "Rose Garden" which would remain her biggest hit to date and earned her a Grammy. (Source: TMZ)

Rose Garden

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO4wc...

(Source: YouTube)


message 38: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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Thank you Jill


message 39: by Jill, Assisting Moderator - Military Hist L/Global NF/Eur/Brit/Music (last edited Oct 02, 2015 11:01AM) (new)

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Most rock lovers know the story behind Eric Clapton's great hit, "Layla", but I bet you don't know the stories behind some of the great country music songs. This book is fun!

Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music's Greatest Hits

Nashville Songwriter The Inside Stories Behind Country Music's Greatest Hits by Jake Brown by Jake Brown(no photo)

Synopsis

Fans of American country music love the personal, relatable stories artists share through their songs. For a country music enthusiast, singing along with a favorite track is more than just jamming to a catchy tune, it’s a way of connecting with the singer’s journey.

Nashville Songwriter gives readers the first completely authorized collection of the true stories that inspired hits by the biggest multi-platinum country superstars of the last half-century, recounted by the songwriters themselves. Award-winning music biographer Jake Brown gives readers an unprecedented, intimate glimpse inside the world of country music songwriting.

Featuring exclusive commentary from country superstars and chapter-length interviews with today’s biggest hit-writers on Music Row, this book chronicles the stories behind smash hits such as:

Willie Nelson’s : "Always on My Mind”
Tim McGraw’s : Live Like You Were Dying,” "Southern Voice,” and "Real Good Man”
George Jones’s "Tennessee Whiskey”
Carrie Underwood’s "Jesus Take the Wheel,” and "Cowboy Cassanova”
Brooks & Dunn’s "Ain’t Nothin’ Bout You”
Lady Antebellum’s "We Owned the Night” and "Just a Kiss”
Brad Paisley’s "Mud on the Tires,” "We Danced,” and "I’m Still a Guy”
Luke Bryan’s "Crash My Party” and "That’s My Kind of Night”
The Oak Ridge Boys’ "American Made”
George Strait’s "Fool Hearted Memory,” "Ocean Front Property,” and "The Best Day,”
Rascal Flatts’s "Fast Cars and Freedom,” "Why Wait,” and "Take Me There”
Kenny Chesney’s "Living in Fast Forward” and "When the Sun Goes Down”
Ricochet’s "Daddy’s Money”
Montgomery Gentry’s "If You Ever Stop Lovin’ Me”
The Crickets’ "I Fought the Law”
Tom T. Hall "Harper Valley P.T.A.” and "A Week in the County Jail”
Trace Adkins’s "You’re Gonna Miss This”
David Lee Murphy’s "Dust on the Bottle”
Jason Aldean’s "Big Green Tractor” and "Fly Over States”

And many more top country hits over the past 40 years!


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Thanks Jill for all of your music adds


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There were many country music performers who contributed so much to the genre with whom we are unfamiliar. This book tells their stories as well as those of the most famous that we all know.

Country Music Originals: The Legends and the Lost

Country Music Originals The Legends and the Lost by Tony Russell by Tony Russell(no photo)

Synopsis:

In this sparkling collection, "roots" music authority Tony Russell offers vivid portraits of the men and women who created country music, the artists whose lives and songs formed the rich tradition from which Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, The Dixie Chicks, and so many others have drawn their inspiration.
Included here are not only such major figures as Jimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family, Fiddlin' John Carson, Charlie Poole, and Gene Autry, who put country music on America's cultural map in the 1920s and '30s, but many fascinating lesser-known figures as well, such as Carson Robison, Otto Gray, Chris Bouchillon, Emry Arthur and dozens more, many of whose stories are told here for the first time. To map some of the winding, untraveled roads that connect today's music to its ancestors, Russell draws upon new research and rare source material, such as contemporary newspaper reports and magazine articles, internet genealogy sites, and his own interviews with the musicians or their families. The result is a lively mix of colorful tales and anecdotes, priceless contemporary accounts of performances, illuminating social and historical context, and well-grounded critical judgment. The essays are enhanced by more than 200 illustrations, many of them seldom seen and some never before published, including artist photographs, record labels, song sheets, newspaper clippings, cartoons, advertisements, and magazine covers, recreating the look and feel of the entire culture of country music. Each essay includes as well a playlist of recommended and currently available recordings for each artist.


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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) | 12567 comments Mod
Whatever happened to this very popular country singer of the 1980-90s? He was on the charts repeatedly and then dropped from sight. I love his country voice.

Rose Colored Glasses by John Conlee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE6X4...


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I am not a big country music fan but I probably have CDs of all his music.


Baby, Things Change by Dwight Yoakam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oFdF...




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He was a huge influence in country music, mentored many new stars, created the Bakersfield sound, and was not a nice man.

Buck Owens: The Biography

Buck Owens The Biography by Eileen Sisk by Eileen Sisk (no photo)

Synopsis:

Buck Owens was the top-selling country act of the 1960s, with 21 number-one hits and 35 consecutive top-ten hits, a total surpassed only by the Beatles. Inventor of the Bakersfield sound, he was hugely popular not only with country fans, but rock fans too. The Beatles covered his songs, Gram Parsons idolized him, the Grateful Dead loved him. At least five marriages, several TV shows, and a publishing and media empire followed. And a number of current country stars, ranging from Dwight Yoakam to Marty Stuart, owe their sound to him.

Yet never before has there been a book about Buck Owens. And the man that emerges from its pages is the polar opposite of the aw-shucks image he cultivated on Hee-Haw. A tight-fisted control freak with an outsized appetite for sex, Owens could be ruthlessly cruel at one moment and as slippery as a snake the next.

Buck Owens chronicles his rise from poverty as son of a sharecropper to one of the nation’s best-loved entertainers, worth at least $100 million when he died. It is authoritative: it counts among its myriad sources five Buckaroos, the producer of Hee Haw, the former president of Capitol Nashville, numerous country singers, relatives, wives, lovers, and employees. This biography fully reveals, for the first time, not only one of country’s biggest stars, but perhaps its biggest son of a bitch.


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Country/gospel singer Joey Feek, the female member of the duo Joey and Rory (her husband), lost her battle with cancer today at age 40. RIP, Joey.




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That is a shame.


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We were all waiting for it, but still, too young. :(


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Merle Haggard, one of the original outlaws of country music, died today at age 79. Visit the link below for an excellent article and videos about his life.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/06/enterta...

(Source: CNN)


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Francie Grice | 1160 comments A great loss.


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Dimitri | 176 comments Raised on his music by my dad... we'll always have the music.


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