Time to promote those who keep the country in country music

There are many choices for country music listeners. At The Country Classics we are not limited to music by the legends of country music. We like to feature traditionalists, both young and not so young. My main concern is the ability to keep the music alive. Texas seems to be the place for honky tonk, with new songs and great cover songs. However, as I research musicians, and their songs, I can confirm that Nashville is alive and well. The key is in the promotion.

If a young musician has a life-long dream to sing on the Opry stage we should encourage and support that effort. By the same token if a musician is right at home in the world of shuffles, two-steps and barroom ballads, or a graduate of the Ray Price University, that too should be encouraged and supported.

Here is my concern. This is a list of artists, and the songs they performed, as I listened to traditional country music from independent and legendary artists. How many of these people do you know? How much of their music did you buy recently? These songs are all great. Here is a list taken from a few hours of air time on one Texas station:

Amanda Moreno – One Love
Bob Swaringim – Heartaches By The Numbers
Donna Nash – What Can I Do
Larry Butler – Wave Daddy Bye Bye
Bobbe Seymour – Storms Never Last
Bobby Cargill – At The Bottom Of The Bottle
The Tennessee Rounders – I Can’t Recall Lovin You
Keith McCoy – The Only Body I Can Blame Is Me
Chris Brade – Run And Tell Dr. Phil
Billy Keeble – Neon Sun
Johnny Gray – Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Ben Berry – Mama’s rocking Chair
Erin Hay – You’re A Lesson I’ve Already Learned
P.J. Price – Memory For You
Wesley lalacey – Look At Me
Bill Babnick – When God’s Love was Enough
Rhonda Henderson – I Don’t Have The Heart
Electa Winter – Confederate Gold
Amber Digby – Just In Case
Bobby Cargill – A Part Of Me
Con Hunley – I Can See You With My Eyes Closed
Larry Booth – Pretty Green Eyes
Liz Talley – Close Up The Honky Tonks
Danni Leigh – I Feel A Heartache Coming On
Homer Joy – I Just Called To Listen
Tracey K. Houston – You’re Walkin and Talkin
Lonnie Dean – Invitation To The Blues
Herman Lammers Meyer – Don’t Forget To Remember
Gary Josey – She Still Needs Somebody
John Arthur Martinez – Who’s On Your Mind

Sometimes I like to say if it’s too country for country then it’s all right with me. I don’t mind if artists perform Ray Price’s songs. There is history in the list I’ve made above. For instance Homer Joy wrote “Streets Of Bakersfield” years ago.

If you’ve read this far I certainly appreciate it, and here is my point: There must be a database of artists and their websites. The database should contain the names of the legends, traditionalists, and those who continue to keep the music alive. New artists should not struggle to get recognized, while others struggle as they get older. Let’s figure out how to promote those who support the music and help keep it alive.

In closing, here is a list as I listened to Willies Place. I’ll ask the same question as I asked up above: How many of these artists do you recognize? How much of their music did you buy recently? These artists should also be in the database:

Jake Hooker – Tom’s Place
John Anderson – I Just Came Home to Count the Memories
Ray Price – Whose Heart Are You Breaking Now
Red Steagall – Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills Music
George Strait – Honky Tonk Crazy
Rodney Crowell – Come Sundown
Roger Miller – King Of The Road
Ernest Tubb – Half A Mind
Darrell McCall – Hurry Up
Tony Booth – You Left Her Lonely Too Long
Mel Tillis – Commercial Affection
Mona McCall – Sweet Lips
Jim Reeves (Little Ole dime)
Jody Nix (Country Girl)
Freddie Hart (Keys in the mailbox)
Jimmie Dale Gilmore (I’m Movin’ On)
Roger Miller – When A House (Is Not A Home)
Melonie Cannon & Willie Nelson – Back To Earth
Leon Russell – Funny How Time Slips Away
Mack Abernathy – Your Memories Don’t Lie
Waylon Jennings – The Taker
Ron Williams – There’s One on Every Jukebox in Town
Webb Pierce – Slowly
Ray Price – Night Life
Merle Haggard – The Bottle Let Me Down
Jake Hooker – You’ve Slipped My Mind
Brian Burns – I’ve Been Everywhere (In Texas)
Dale Watson – Cheatin’ Heart Attack
Becky Hobbs – Talk Back Trembling Lips
Jerry Jeff Walker – Navajo Rug
Mel Tillis – The Arms of a Fool
Curtis Potter – Every Time I Hear The Fiddle Play
Charlie Walker – Close All The Honky Tonks
Charley Pride – Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town
Hank Williams – You’re Gonna Change (Or I’m Gonna Leave)
Amber Digby – Take Me Back Again
Emmylou Harris – You Never Can Tell (C’ Est La Vie)
Faron Young – Unmitigated Gall
Johnny Cash – A Boy Named Sue (1969)
Leona Williams – Yes, Ma’m, He Found Me In A Honky Tonk
Red Steagall – Party Dolls And Wine
Jimmy C. Newman – Alligator Man
Justin Trevino – If I Ever Need a Lady
Tony Douglas – If I Can Make It Through The Morning
George Strait – I Can’t See Texas From Here
Gary Stewart – Ten Years of This
Bruce Robison – What Would Willie Do
Wayne Hancock – Kansas City Blues
Lefty Frizzell – Forbidden Lovers
Vern Gosdin – This Ain’t My First Rodeo
Moe Bandy – I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today
Ernest Tubb – Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool
Waylon Jennings – Ride Me Down Easy
Jody Nix – This Room Is So Crowded
Joe Paul Nichols – Silver Dew On The Bluegrass Tonight
Johnny Horton – Cherokee Boogie
Hank Snow – I’m Movin’ On
James Hand – I’ve Got A Lot Of Hiding Left To Do
Johnny Seay – Standing Room Only
Mel Tillis – She’ll Be Hangin’ ‘Round Somewhere
Roger Miller – Me and Bobby McGee
Willie Nelson – Undo the Right
Leon Russell – Night Life
Billy Joe Shaver – I’m Just An Old Chunk Of Coal
Emmylou Harris – Bottle Let Me Down

One thought on “Time to promote those who keep the country in country music

  1. I have heard of everyone on your second list and most on the first but have you heard of Shane Worley out of tennessee? He is absolutely the best I’ve heard. Take a listen on myspace…he’s great. You might want to add him to your list. thanks…anna

Comments are closed.