Archive for August, 2008
We heard one cut from Gary P. Nunn’s CD “It’s A Texas Thing” and knew we had to buy it, review it, and play it. Catfish – a mainstay at Willie’s Place XM-13 — played “Honkin Out Some Hank.” After listening to country music since 1959 I immediately recognized a great song that I never heard before. It doesn’t happen very often.
Don’t get me wrong on this one, but for some reason there are a few listings for Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper’s 24 Greatest All-Time Hits. None of the listings I found had any track lists. This is a good CD, but if you are tempted to order just to see if you get “Midnight Special” or “There’s A Big Wheel” on this CD you won’t find them. Here is the actual track list for Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper’s 24 Greatest All-Time Hits:
You’ve Got Till Sundown primarily features the voice of Johnny Bush, with whom I had the pleasure of speaking the other day. The album this song comes from is “Lost Highway Saloon” from 2000. The song “You’ve Got Till Sundown” gets air time on Willie’s Place XM-13, as do many of Johnny Bush’s songs. A smooth mellow song with a Texas twang, George Chambers, Bobby Flores, Jerrad Green, and Randy Reinhart help put this song together. All are talented artists in their own right. The song is 3:38 in length.
I saw Heather Myles as the opening act for John Anderson down in Huntsville Alabama and I’ll vouch for the fact that she is a class act. Heather Myles gets plenty of air time on Willie Nelson’s XM-13 – Willie’s Place, which is a good thing. The video is an actual Heather Myles concert. It is five minutes of quality audio and video. We bought Heather’s “Highways And Honky Tonks” CD and will write a complete review of it as time permits.
Today’s featured song is by Willie Nelson. “Me And Paul” describes exploits on the road, and tough times sustaining a career and a life. “Me and Paul” was a song Willie Nelson wrote for drummer Paul English. The video is a series of photographs and I’m sure you will enjoy them. The song title is also the title of the album (or recording, or CD, depending on how you want to look at it) recorded in 1985. Me and Paul was track 9.
In our educational series we invite you to see Jim Eaton explain the pedal steel guitar and the dobro. He plays both and shows you a six-neck steel guitar from the late 1940′s as he introduces the pedal steel guitar. This is an informative video.
I like the Rolling Stones and I like country music.. but… I also like steel guitar. I think it’s great that the Rolling Stones would do this song and Ronnie Wood plays steel guitar. The Rolling Stones give a tribute to Waylon Jennings and Mic Jagger does “Bob Wills Is Still The King” with a British accent. Tell me if this is cool, bizarre, really good, or just plain wrong:
This is another trivia question that might seem very trivial to many of you. Did Jimmy C. Newman use a spoon man when he recorded his Cajun country music? We know he used a dobro and the squeeze box (accordian), since you cannot make a Cajun song without them.
When Leonard finally came to California his real name was Leonard Sipes but his stage name was Tommy Collins. When Buck Owens sang Tommy’s songs on an album (yes, you remember vinyl) the songs were:
1. If You Ain’t Lovin’ You Ain’t Livin’
2. But I Do
3. It Tickles
4. I Always Get a Souvenir
5. My Last Chance With You
6. Smooth Sailin’
7. You Gotta Have a License
8. High on a Hilltop
9. There’ll Be No Other
10. Whatcha Gonna Do Now?
11. No Love Have I
12. Down, Down, Down
The album is “Buck Owens Sings Tommy Collins”, originally released on Capitol on November 11, 1963
NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 9, 2008 – The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will honor country music’s first female superstar, Kitty Wells, in Kitty Wells: Queen of Country Music, Presented by Great American Country Television Network, a biographical exhibit opening Friday, August 15, 2008, for a 10-month run in the Museum’s East Gallery. The exhibit will run through June 14, 2009.