Archive for November, 2008
When people think of Jim Reeves the think of his great hit “He’ll Have To Go” and rightfully so. Jim Reeves had a beautiful voice and a full range. His wife Mary Reeves kept his work going after his untimely death on July 31, 1964. Today I want to feature a country classic hit by Jim Reeves titled “Little Ole Dime.” Jim changed his style and Nashville fought the change until Jim Reeves hit the top of the country charts with “Four Walls” and, at the same time, made it to #11 on the pop charts with the same song.
Red Steagall – Poet, singer, and ambassador, is always part of Eddie Kilroy’s Cowboy Gathering, and no show about cowboys would be complete without him. Here in Windsor Missouri we are fans of professional bull riding, so when Eddie Kilroy started off with Red Steagall’s “Freckles Brown” we knew it would be a great show, as always.
Justin Trevino’s CD “Too Many Heartaches” is one of those CD’s I just had to buy as soon as I heard “A Texas Honky Tonk” on Willie’s Place, XM-13. “Too Many Heartaches” features a special collection of Texas musicians including Bobby Flores on Fiddle, Jim Loessberg and Smiley Reynolds on Drums, Randy Reinhardt and Debra Hurd on Piano, Levi Mullen on Lead Guitar, Dickie Overby on Steel Guitar and Bob Moore on Bass. Justin and Lynette Penell add harmony vocals to the project.
Jody Nix is a great musician from the state of Texas, and today we feature “Play Me Something I Can Swing To” as our featured CD, and Jody Nix is our featured artist. Even if his name isn’t a household name I’ll bet you a six pack of Lone Star beer that you know many of these songs. Jody Nix is well know to fans of real country music, and gets air time in North America on Willie’s Place, XM-13, and that’s where we discovered him.
It cold here tonight in Windsor Missouri, and just as cold in the coal mines of Kentucky. Before Dwight Yoakum sang about his days in Kentucky, Merle Haggard sang “Kentucky Gambler.” Merle said once in an interview that he could rough out a song in five minutes and practice the song that night in a club somewhere. Later Merle Haggard said that Tommy Collins, aka Leonard Sipes, help teach him how to write a country song.
Often overlooked is the talent and heartfelt music of Gary Stewart. I just heard “She’s Got A Drinking Problem (and it’s me)” and thought of Gary Stewart. The song is from 1981. Gary Stewart recorded from 1973 through 1989. Sometimes branded as too rock for country, and too country for rock music, Gary still gets air time on classic country stations with great songs like “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles)”, “In Some Room Above the Street”, “Ten Years of This”, and “Whiskey Trip”.
We’re honkin’ it today with Mr. Hank Thompson and a song that Gary Hightower liked to play on XM-13, Willies Place. In fact we will probably feature more honky tonk music to fill in for a while.
Today’s featured song on The Country Classics is Ron Williams “There’s One on Every Jukebox In Town” is another great song from the CD “Texas Style.” Here is a look at Ron Williams. You can click it for more information:
Call it traditional country music, Texas music, or just plain good. Today’s featured song is a winner from Mona McCall. “Keeper Of My Heart” has all the makings of a great country song. Fiddles, steel guitar, great vocals, a beautiful voice and a little bit of Cajun French thrown in for good measure makes this our pick of the day.