I hope you’re all having a tremendous week!
Shoot, I can’t calm Jim Ed down. He’s been running around here tickled pink that daylight savings time is just around the corner!
However, I know just the thing to catch his ear and get him to sit still…playing some good ole Bluegrass Music at a a gratuitous volume!
You see, Country Music and Bluegrass have a long history together. Both are distinctly American art forms that were crafted in the imaginations of working class folks darn near a hundred years ago.
Although the two styles would take their own paths, there have been some amazing artists to meld the two over the years. This week’s show is about one such individual, Grand Ole Opry star Mr. Ricky Skaggs!
We’ve got a prime example of that after the jump…..a video of Ricky Skaggs and Brad Paisley singing and picking on one of Ricky’s great hits “Highway 40 Blues.”
(And on the Grad Ole Opry stage, no less!)
We’ve been looking forward to this show for a while now, friends. Our featured artist is not only a personal favorite of mine and Jim Ed’s…but he’s also one of Country Music’s all-time great pioneers.
A Texan by birth, he migrated West when we he was just a youngster. After finally settling down in Bakersfield, California, Buck Owens would set the Country Music World on fire, and put that small, dusty town on the map…by creating a style of music that would carry the name world-wide.
But don’t take my word for it! Click ‘Read More’ to hear it straight from the mouths of Bakersfield’s best…Buck Owens and Merle Haggard…
You know, for the most part on our show…the 1990′s in Country Music doesn’t get all that much attention. Sure, we’ll play one every now and then, if it’s one of the greats…but I feel like there’s at least one 90′s Country star that hasn’t gotten the attention he deserves from us…
Folks, I’m talking about Mr. Tracy Byrd.
Don’t you dare forget to tune in to this week’s Country Music Greats Radio Show! This will be a an interesting one because we’re going to be traveling all over North America in search of the best Country Music……but YOU don’t have to move a muscle! Your job is to just sit back and listen while we jump from city to city….
We’re going to be all over the map because, this week, we’re featuring the best “City” songs in country music…You know what a “City” song is, right?
Break out the bottle, folks!
This week, we’re celebrating a Country Music tradition that ranks right up there with: Love Songs, Cheatin’ Songs, and Truckin’ Songs. This week is nothing but the best Drinking Songs!
And some of Country Music’s all-time greats have dealt with man’s relationship to the bottle (well, men and women, really). And we’re going to hear all the of the best on this week’s show.
When Willie Nelson first came to Nashville, he had his sights set on becoming a recording star. He would get there eventually, but not on the path that he had envisioned.
After gigging around Nashville, including extended sets at the famed Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Lower Broadway, Willie still hadn’t gained much traction in the record business. So he signed on to be the touring bassist for Ray Price (replacing a young man named Donny Young, soon to change his name to: Johnny Paycheck).
Once off the road, Willie’s songs became hot commodities.
Folks, as I’m sure you’ve all heard by now…..just a few weeks ago, Country Music lost one of it’s true legends…the Cherokee Cowboy, Mr. Ray Price passed away at his home in Texas.
And while we’ll all miss Ray a great deal….thankfully, he left behind a stunning body of work for all of us to enjoy…
Folks, if you follow our show at all, then you know that one of our favorite things we get to do is have great stars down at the Hard Scuffle Studios so Jim Ed can grill them with some questions.
And this past week, we had one of the best of the best down here to kick off 2014 with some style! Jim Ed’s good friend, Whisperin’ Bill Anderson came on down to tell us some stories, and talk about his new album that he’s releasing soon called Life.
Folks, it’s a sad day here at the Hard Scuffle Studios. Country Music legend, and Jim Ed’s friend, Ray Price passed away last night at his home in Texas.
There’s so much that can be said about this great man, but for now, I think folks should just listen to him sing.
Ho, ho, ho…Merry Christmas, folks!
If you’re a fan of our show, then you know that at the end of every year we take a couple of weeks to celebrate Christmas in the Country. Jim Ed whips up a batch of his famous home-made eggnog, I keep the fire burning bright….and we all gather together to listen to our favorite classic country stars sing all of our Christmas favorites…