Archive for January, 2009
My cell phone rang the other day and I heard a familiar voice that listeners heard for the final time on Willies Place, XM-13, on Veterans Day, November 11, 2008. Gary “Catfish” Hightower called.
I am generally unqualified to make assessments of the music business from a business standpoint. I have a degree in business administration, but my specialty is management of technology. I understand the fickle nature of any business, complete with loyalties and bonds of friendship between people, or the lack of it.
With the merger of Sirius and XM satellite radio Arbitron ratings seem to mean very little. Relative to Willies Place I see almost no listeners tuning in Howard Stern instead. Arbitron said: “XM does a little better as far as eclectic offerings go. Its best AQH number is for ’80s/’90s/now Mainstream AC “The Blend,” and Modern AC “Flight 26.” But the next highest numbers are for the Classic Country “Willie’s Place.”
January 26, 2009 – I received a call from Eddie Kilroy today, out of the blue and totally unexpected, and a complete shock was soon to follow. Nancy and I work side by side, like Eddie and Elizabeth, and it didn’t take very long for Nancy to realize something was wrong.
“Take Me Back To Happy Valley” by The Bailey Brothers is a bluegrass song with plenty of history. The Bailey Brothers, who began performing in the late 1930s, were among the first bluegrass acts to employ the tight vocal harmony technique that became known as the brother duet style.
Honky tonk fans often use “Huntsville Lights” by Bobby Brooks as a trivia question. Where can you buy the song, the album, or a CD? Those who remember the history of Huntsville Alabama recall the nightclubs mentioned in “Huntsville Lights.”
When I think about country songs that tell a good story “Old Dogs And Children And Watermelon Wine” by Tom T. Hall is one of the best. My old dog still cares about me, even when I make mistakes. Children too young to hate are a story all by themselves.
As I was writing a new song called “On The Road Tonight” I was thinking back to my days in North Alabama. Since the refrain goes something like “on the road tonight, just my old friends and me”, it seems natural to remember people who put on smile on my face long ago.
Whether you call it cowboy country, Texas music, classic country music, or honky tonk dancehall music Mr. Ed Bruce scored big with “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.” It doesn’t make any difference what you call it. Ed Bruce is as popular today as he ever was. We honor the man with today’s featured song “My First Taste Of Texas” which is sure to please and one that you can sing along with.