Hits from 1988

Howdy Folks!
This week, we’re jumping in our time machine and taking a short journey back to the year 1988. Yessir! We’re playing you all the great hits from a mere 26 years ago…. which might not seem like a long time to some… but might feel like a lifetime to some others… ;)

1989 brought about a BIG Change in Country Music, with Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Clint Black, and many others… all arriving on the scene. That’s why we’re going ONE more year back… right before things started changing.

Do you remember what was at the top of the charts in 1988? We’ll be playing you hits from George Strait, Reba McEntire, The Judds, Dwight Yoakum, and of course Ms. Tanya Tucker. So grab your scrunchies and brightly colored, oversized clothes and join us in the late 80′s this week!

Click READ MORE for a video of the first song we’ll play you this week… and a preview of the show!

Country Music In The Movies

Music is such an important part of a movie. It can tell a story… but more importantly, it can make you feel the scene. Country Music is widely known for its storytelling capabilities, so it’s not too strange that Hollywood likes to use it too.

In 1980 alone, country music was featured in 5 Major Movie projects. It was front and center in the life story of Loretta Lynn as Coal Miners Daughter, the Redheaded Stranger Willie Nelson got to stay in character in Honeysuckle Rose, and an ENTIRE script was written around the Kenny Rogers’ hit The Gambler. Or maybe you remember learning the 2-step with the rest of the country in Urban Cowboy? And who could forget Dolly Parton’s good-timing in 9 to 5?

This week, we’re playing you all the great classic country songs featured in the movies. So grab your popcorn, shine your shoes, and join us for the Country Music Greats Radio show… home of Real Country Music.

Click READ MORE for bonus videos and sneak peek of this week’s show…

Special Guest: JT Hodges

Howdy Folks!
This week, we’re joined by special guest, JT Hodges. JT is a newer guy (by our standards), but he knows a lot about, and respects the Classic Country sound. He grew up in Texas, running around his parents’ recording studio and playing football, as was the norm. JT knew that Country Music had a hold on him, and he eventually made the move to Nashville, to persue his dream.
JT Hodges sits down with Jim Ed Brown this week as they swap stories, play a few of his songs, and even sneak in a Gospel number… hmmm… ;)
This is one week you don’t want to miss!


Click READ MORE to see JT’s video for “Already High” & one of him covering a classic Cash song…

It Takes Two: Classic Country Duets

Duets are a Country Music staple, and this week we’ve rounded up some of the best for your listening pleasure. Sure, most of these artists were stars in their own right… BUT when they joined forces with their duet partner… they were unstoppable. Sometimes, it just takes two!

Several artists had their preferred duet partners… Dolly and Porter, Johnny and June, Conway and Loretta… and others didn’t mind singing with a handful of different people. We know all of George (Jones)’s songs with Tammy Wynette, but he also had a hit with Melba Montgomery on “…Out Of Our Minds”.

Click READ MORE for a George & Tammy video medley…

Once, Twice… Join us for our Cover Songs Show this week!

Country Music is timeless… so timeless in fact, that many songs have become hits (again), years after they were first recorded. That’s right folks, this week’s show is all about cover songs. Country Musicians know a good song when they hear one, and they’re not afraid to re-cut a tune and make it their own. Maybe they put it a new spin on it… maybe they stuck to the original theme, to pay tribute to the songwriter and original artist…

Whatever the case may be, we’ve got a show FULL of ‘em for ya. Take the song, “Sweet Dreams”… originally recorded by Faron Young in 1956, Don Gibson took a swing at it in 1961, Patsy Cline in 1963, and Emmylou Harris in 1976, followed by Reba McEntire in 1979. And that’s not all!

Click READ MORE for the original AND famous cover version of Jim Ed Brown’s “Pop A Top”…

Cheatin’ Songs

Folks, you simply can’t have Love Songs without Cheatin’ Songs! And this week, that’s all we’re playing on the show.

It’s one of Country Music’s most written about topics, right up there with drinking and heartbreak. Several of Country’s Greats have recorded cheatin’ songs, including but not limited to: Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Charlie Pride, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Moe Bandy & Janie Fricke… the list continues. To be honest, we could probably do a whole MONTH of shows on songs about infidelity, but we like to keep things moving around here.

Do you have a favorite cheatin’ song? Did we happen to play it this weekend? Let us know over on Facebook or Twitter!

Click READ MORE to see Producer Kathrine’s Favorite Cheatin’ Song

Special Guest: Tom Perryman

Hey y’all!
Our host, Jim Ed Brown, is joined this week by his good friend and Country DJ Hall of Fame Member Tom Perryman. Jim Ed and Tom will swap stories and share some of their favorite songs on this week’s show.

Tom began his radio career in the ’40s at KEBE out of Jacksonville, Texas and is STILL in the business! He went on from there to promote acts including but not limited to: Elvis, Hank Thompson, and our own Jim Ed Brown. He also worked as a DJ at KSIJ out of Gladewater, Texas, from 1949 to 1956.

Tom Perryman was the FIRST regular DJ to have an all-night country show, out of WSM in Nashville, Tennessee. He also became the co-owner (with Jim Reeves) and general manager of KGRI-AM & FM in Henderson, Texas… which was one of the FIRST full-time country stations in the whole US!

Click READ MORE to find out where Tom is Broadcasting out of now… and for a video from Jim Reeves, who was one of Tom’s closest friends.

Summer Songs

Howdy folks! We hope you’re keeping cool out there, wherever you happen to be…

This week, we’re playing you all the best Country songs about the Summer! Whether you’re looking for some “Sweet, Summer Lovin” from Dolly Parton… or a few “Summer Kisses, Winter Tears” from Mr. Elvis Presley, we’ve got you covered!

Maybe a little “Fishin’ In The Dark” would be your cure for the “Summertime Blues”? Let us know what you thought of this week’s show over on our Facebook Page… and maybe leave a request or two for next week!

Click “Read More” for a few videos from this weeks playlist

Hank Williams Jr and The Fourth of July!

Well hello there!
This week’s show features none other┬áHank Williams Jr., …Bocephus to some. He’s the son of Country Legend, Hank Williams and Jr has come to make a name for himself over the years.

We’ll be playing some his hits, as well as some interview clips from Ol Bocephus himself, along with some patriotic songs to celebrate Independence Day! We hope you’re enjoying your Fourth of July weekend, and thank you for including us in your plans.

Click “Read More” for a live video of Hank Williams Jr, lamenting that “All His Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down”.

Jim Reeves

This week we’re featuring the incredible Mr. Jim Reeves. He was a dear friend of Jim Ed Brown’s… as well as to many others in the Country Music World.

He was one of the pioneers of the “Nashville Sound” and was also known as “Gentleman” Jim. You should know him from songs like “Mexican Joe,” “Four Walls,” and “He’ll Have To Go”.

This week’s show features plenty of Jim Reeve’s hits along with interview clips from his late wife, Mary Reeves.

If you click READ MORE you’ll also be treated to a live video of Genteman Jim singing “He’ll Have To Go”….