Archive for June, 2009
Tonight as the stars come out and the sun sets, I’m taking a moment to reflect on a man dear to my heart. Ray Price has been with me since I was a teenager. In the years that followed, Ray Price was with me through Vietnam, and what would turn out to be my entire Marine Corps career through 1993.
Legendary Texas Country Music promoter and entertainer Johnnie High has been hospitilized in a Ft. Worth area hospital for the last seven days. The 80 year old founder of Johnnie High’s Country Music Review in Arlington, is evidentally having a very difficult time.
Enos Skeets McDonald has performed so many great country songs that we decided to write “About Skeets McDonald” as we look at his string of hits:
In 1959 Little Jimmy Dickens released “That’s How It Is When My House Is Not A Home”, written by Roger Miller. “When Your House Is Not A Home” is the proper title. The copyright is 1959 by Tree Publishing, BMI.
“Walking Advertisement For The Blues” by Norma Jean is a great country classic, and it suffers from search engine confusion. Just searching for the title of this great song by Norma Jean causes confusion, unless the listener knows Norma Jean is the artist.
Heart of Texas Recording Artist Mona McCall will headline the Mason Country Opry show on Thursday, June 25, at the Odeon Theater in downtown Mason. The show begins at 7:30 PM and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets will be on sale at the door the night of the performance.
Ray Price is obviously the guiding force, mentor, and most covered entertainer in real country music today. I saw him in Long Beach California 45 years ago, and need to see him again today.
I think most of us remember The Bellamy Brothers “Old Hippie” from 1985. This is a sequel to the song, from 1995. “They built a wall to his war but forgot the MIA’s” is just one line from the sequel. In the original song, which hits close to home, The Bellamy’s sang “…sent him off to Vietnam for his senior trip.” How true it was. The year was 1968.
There are some new music releases that you will hear on the radio very soon. We picked four songs that are real country music. Our first pick of the week is Vince Hatfield with “I’m Gonna Let You Down” (Galen Griffin, Byron Hill / Circle C Songs (ADM By Full Circle Music Publishing-ASCAP, ALMO Music Corp-ASCAP, Great Escape Music-ASCAP).