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Talkin’ Country: Country podcast

Hey, friends. I wanted to give another quick introduction to our new podcast that is underway here at the Hard Scuffle Studios. In case you haven’t heard, myself, Engineer Mike, and my good man, Webmaster Rich, have began our new podcast, Talkin’ Country. The Talkin’ Country podcast was inspired by a lot of the discussion regarding the music that we play on the Country Music Greats Radio Show with Jim Ed Brown.

I’ve had some general podcast questions from our Facebook fans. For those of you unfamiliar with podcasts, let me give you a brief description. A podcast is a series of download-able, or web-streamed programs that will be released periodically. For starters, you do not need to have an iPod, or an MP3 player, to listen to our podcast. You can listen to our Talkin’ Country podcast by streaming directly from our website. Of course, if you do have an iPod or an MP3 device, you can use our download feature and listen to the show whenever you like.

Rich and I have created our Talkin’ Country podcast as a conversational program that is, as you might have guessed, classic country oriented. We discuss anything from our favorite classic country artists to the current state of country music with our Nashville perspective. Rich and I will never claim to be the ultimate authority on country music, we are just big fans and love doing what our title suggests, talking about country.

To get things going, we’d really love to hear from you all about any of your ideas. Perhaps you have a favorite artist that you feel does not get the attention that they deserve. Maybe you have a funny story or a personal experience with a country star that you would like to tell us about.

Do you have anything that you’d like us to discuss, then drop us a line! Tell us what’s on your mind.

Here’s where you can email us:

How to get the podcast:

  • Download it directly by clicking here (right click and then select “Save Link As…” for Firefox users or “Save Target As…” for Internet Explorer users)
  • Go to our Talkin’ Country page and use any of the links to the podcast you see there
  • It should be available on iTunes as well. Simply search for “Talkin’ Country” or “classic country music” and look for podcasts.

So come check out the podcast, we hope you’ll love it!

Happy New Years !

At the risk of sounding incredibly cliché, can you believe we’re already done with 2010? How true is the feeling that every year seems to go by quicker and quicker. Every year, crazes and fads appear and sometimes disappear just as quickly. Every year, our lives change, and we do our best to deal with all of life’s little circumstances that are out of our control. One thing that really doesn’t change is the good country music that we play.

There’s a simple reason that classic country music is still so popular after all these years – it’s that good. I would wager that most artists greatest desire would be to be remembered for generations to come. That is exactly what is happening regarding a lot of the classic country artists. We are always receiving comments from fans and listeners telling us that even though they were born years after a certain song was released, they still love the song and it means something to that person. Sometimes just one song can “hook” a person, and will make that person a life long fan. I wonder how some of these older artists would feel if they saw a “youngster” pick up one of their albums and become a fan. I imagine the artist would feel proud.

Some of these classic country artists are becoming cultural mainstays, like Levi’s and Coca-Cola. George Jones and Hank Williams are obviously not exclusive to their original fan base. Those kinds of country singers gather new fans because they have bridged the generational gap while becoming musical icons. The same could be said for other artists such as Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson, to name a few. They seem to relate so well to the country fans, new and old, because their art form is timeless – a testament to the musical expressions that they have created.

Sharing music is really a wonderful thing. I have become a fan of all types of artists because one of my parents, siblings or friends said, “I love this song.” Share this great music with the people you know and love, heck, share it with a stranger. A song can voice exactly how you feel, or can be something that moves you. Just think, sharing some of your favorite music with a certain “youngster” may be just the thing that will turn on other folks for years and years. If you love this music, think of it as your duty.

Happy New Years, everybody.  See you at the Nashville “Guitar Drop”!

Christmas Time’s A’ Comin’!

The lights are up around Nashville and no surprise, it’s getting cold here at the Hard Scuffle Studios. We’re all still stuffed from Thanksgiving, but that hasn’t stopped us from getting prepared for the onslaught of delicious Christmas cookies and holiday treats that will be making their way up to the studio.  Yesterday, one of our folks brought in his mom’s homemade chocolate chip cake from Mississippi and it was truly inspirational.  We had a hard time leaving that cake alone and no surprise, it didn’t last very long.  As a lot of you know, Jim Ed is quite the cook and of course he never leaves us flat in the confectionery department!

Speaking of sweet and wonderful things, here’s something that we all love this time of year, homemade eggnog.  Now, if you haven’t had the homemade stuff, then you really haven’t had eggnog at it’s best. Here’s a recipe that’ll knock your socks off and warm up your caboose!


  • 6 Egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1 cup Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 cup Light Rum
  • 6 Egg whites
  • 1/2 cup Bourbon Whiskey (Jim Ed says Wild Turkey 101)
  • 1/4 cup Sugar

How To Make Eggnog

In a small mixer bowl beat egg yolks till blended. Slowly add 1/4 cup sugar, beating at a high     speed  till thick and lemon colored.

Stir in milk, stir in rum, bourbon, vanilla, and salt. Chill thoroughly. Whip cream. Wash beaters well. In a large mixer bowl beat egg whites till soft peaks form.

Gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar, beating to stiff peaks. Fold yolk mixture and whipped cream into egg whites. Serve immediately.

Sprinkle nutmeg over each serving. Serve in a punch bowl or another big bowl.

NOTE: For a nonalcoholic eggnog, prepare Eggnog as above, except omit the bourbon and rum and increase the milk to 3 cups.

Before you run off to make your eggnog,  I’d like to quickly share a Christmas-time story from my childhood.  To me, this is what the Christmas season is all about.  When I was very young, my family had packed up some clothing and food and decided to go downtown to give away these various items to some less fortunate people on a very cold, snowy December evening.  At one point, we eventually came across a fellow who was pushing another man in a wheelchair.  We could see that the two gentleman were not dressed for the cold weather that we were experiencing.  While we were parked on the side of the road, my father motioned to the fellow pushing the wheelchair and let him know that we had a coat to give to him.  The gentleman approached our van and graciously accepted the warm coat from our family.  Next the fellow turned around and did not put on the coat, but rather he walked back to his friend in the wheelchair and without hesitation put the coat around his friend.  It was a touching thing to witness and a story I will never forget.  Perhaps practicing the gift of giving will create wonderful memories for yourself and your family as well.

At the end of our radio show, Jim Ed often closes with a message to “do something good for those less fortunate than yourself.” Let’s all keep those words in mind and think of different ways to do some good for the people in need in your community. Whether it be volunteering some time at a local shelter, or buying a few extra cans of food for donation while at the grocery store, remember that as Jim Ed says “It’ll make you feel good!”

Opry House has reopened

It has been five months since the floods hit Nashville.  All across Nashville plenty of evidence remains from the recent high waters. The neighborhoods that were hit the hardest still have homes that have been stripped-down, inside and out, some that will never be rebuilt.  Hundreds of businesses in the Nashville area still remain closed due to the devastation of the flood.  Just about everybody here in Nashville knows someone that was effected by the storm.  But, Nashville has been resilient.  It is a tremendous thing to see the way a national disaster brings the community closer together.  A true sign that things are getting back to normal is the re-opening of the Grand Ole Opry house.

Though the surrounding mega mall, Opry Mills, remains mostly closed, The Grand Ole Opry house has reopened after having not been closed for so long since the flood of 1975.  What to do when it’s time to rebuild?  According to the folks at the Grand Ole Opry you make it bigger and better.  Jim Ed came into the studio yesterday and I asked him how things were looking down at the Opry House.  Of course, Jim Ed being a longtime member and host of the Opry was included in the re-opening event for the Opry House.  Jim Ed raved about the repairs that were made, in particular the major renovation backstage. Sounds like the Opry folks spared no expense when rebuilding the backstage area.  Good thing because the backstage needed to be able to handle the large crowd of stars that were invited to the event.  The night included quite a lineup with artists such as, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Little Jimmy Dickens, Josh Turner, Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, the Charlie Daniels Band, Blake Shelton, Del McCoury, Lorrie Morgan, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Steve Wariner, Ricky Skaggs and Montgomery Gentry.  In spite of everything Nashville has endured, the re-opening of the Opry was a reminder that most things can be brought back to the way they were.

Recent interviews

The Hard Scuffle Studio has been hoppin’ lately as we’ve been visited by a few of our good friends.   Recent guests that we’ve had include Marty Stuart, Gary Morris and Jett Williams, daughter of legendary Hank Williams.   It is always a thrill to be able to listen to Jim Ed interview our guest artists.   So many great moments in every interview, stories of everything from success to humility and the long road to the top.   We’re so happy that we can share some of these special stories and also find out what’s in-store.   Listen up for Marty, Gary and Jett as we’ll be featuring some of their interviews in upcoming Country Music Greats Radio Show episodes.

Over the years, we’ve compiled a pretty decent roster of guest artists that have come in to the studio.   We’ve been visited by Charlie Louvin, Steve Wariner, Bill Anderson, Harold Bradley, Lulu Roman, Del McCoury, Claude King, Tommy Overstreet, and many more.   As always, we appreciate our friends who were kind enough to drop by and spend some time with us at the Hard Scuffle Studio.   They are some of the greatest people in Country Music.   Come on back and see us anytime.

CMA Country Music Awards Festival

It is a busy and fun time of the year in Nashville as the CMA Music Festival has officially arrived in town. Tourists from all over the world have begun combing the streets of Nashville in search of filling their hearts with as much Country Music as humanly possible.

Yesterday, I had a chance to talk to Jim Ed about his experiences playing the festival over the years. Jim Ed informed me that before what was once known as Fan Fair, the festival was actually created as a DJ convention here in Nashville. These DJ conventions became so popular that the Country Music fans started flocking to Nashville in hopes that they could meet their favorite stars and watch them perform. As the DJ conventions popularity continued to grow, it eventually made sense to create a separate event known for bringing the artists and the fans of Country Music together. In 1972 the Country Music Association created Fan Fair.

So many legends have played the CMA Festival since its inception in the early 1970s. I asked Jim Ed how many times he’s played the festival. He told me that he played the very first DJ convention, and has played the majority of Fan Fairs, and CMA Festivals ever since. I wonder how many artists have played the festival more times than Jim Ed Brown?

I am officially ready for the festival as I have just returned from previewing Marty Stuart’s new album, Ghost Train. What a fantastic record! Marty and his band, The Fabulous Superlatives, were joined by legends Ralph Mooney and Marty’s wife, Connie Smith to create the album. Ghost Train is packed with nostalgia for Nashville, enhanced by the fact that the record was actually cut in RCA Studio B! After hearing the album, I took the chance to step over and shake the hand of Ralph Mooney, one of Country Music’s all-time great pedal steel players. “Moon” invited me to come see the band perform tonight. Like I said, I am officially ready for CMA Festival to begin!

Among many other performances, tomorrow I’ll be hitting the streets to see the “Classic Country Showcase” on the plaza outside of Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Jim Ed will be joined by Lynn Anderson, Gene Watson, Jeannie Seely and Helen Cornelius. After all the years of Jim Ed playing the CMA Festival, I wonder if he still gets any pre-show jitters?

Guest Host Bill Anderson On Country Music Greats Radio

Bill Anderson - Whisperin Bluegrass The Country Music Greats Show was recently visited by one of Country’s all-time great legends, Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry star, Whisperin’ Bill Anderson. Ol’ Whisper was gracious enough to fill in for regular host, Jim Ed Brown, while Jim Ed was out on tour.

When thinking about what he wanted to do for the shows, Whisperin’ Bill decided to do something Jim Ed is much too humble to ever do, and that’s to make Jim Ed and his wonderful music and career the focus of both shows.

We turned the tables on Jim Ed, Bill said on his website. This time, his listeners will be treated to an exclusive tribute to Jim Ed’s solo career and his career with Helen Cornelius, as well as The Browns. We’ll also be playing some old voice clips from Jim Ed’s career file. So even though Jim Ed’s not actually in the studio with us, many of his comments will be included in both weeks’ shows.

Whisperin’ Bill also provided the Country Music Greats Radio Show with some fantastic behind the scenes stories that are guaranteed to delight Jim Ed’s fans. Bill shared wonderful tales about Jim Ed and The Browns in between playing classic selections from Jim Ed’s award-winning career.

CMGR Audio Archives Now Available

Every week Jim Ed presents the daily CMG Radio Minute along with the full weekly CMG Radio Show on stations all over the nation.  These daily spots give us some insight and little-known-facts into the lives of our favorite Classic Country Music artists, songwriters, and stars.  Each spot is only one minute in length and Jim Ed packs more into that minute than most shows in 3 hours!  We’re happy to start presenting to you here on the CMGR website the most recent “Minutes”.  Just click our Audio/Video Archive link to the right and you’ll see the most recent 10 for your listening pleasure.  And be watching the archive page for more audio and video clips in the coming weeks!


Hello country music fans!

Engineer Mike here.  Thanks for taking a look at the Country Music Greats Radio Show blog.

 This purpose of our blog is to provide the fans of The Country Music Greats Radio Show a place where you may read and discuss any and all things classic country.  Here, you will also find information about the upcoming radio shows, what Jim Ed Brown is up to, as well as a place where we ask you to share your own thoughts and opinions. 

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