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!
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Folks, this episode will be a very special one. Dottie West and our favorite host, Jim Ed Brown were very close during her lifetime, and he is just thrilled to be able to celebrate her life with you all…
If you didn’t know, Dottie West was a tremendous talent in Country Music. Not only a great singer and performer, but her songwriting talents were among the best in the business.
And, she also gave us this little jewel of a commercial…check it out after the jump…
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…
We’ve got a big show planned for you this week. We’re calling it Queens of Country and we’ll be playing all of your favorite country tunes from all of your favorite female country stars!
Starting way back in the early 20th century, women struggled to find a true voice in country music. It was very much a “boys-club” and women were often portrayed as one-dimensional characters.
The female musicians were making their presence known, however. Led in the charge by women like Mother Maybelle Carter, who invented a style of guitar playing called the Carter Scratch, which was a precursor to the Travis Picking guitar style. And “Aunt” Samantha Bumgarner, who is believed to be the first person of either sex to be recorded playing the 5-string banjo.
The tides began to shift; however, when in 1935, Patsy Montana became the first female country singer to sell a million singles when she released “I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart.” While certainly groundbreaking, this was simply a nudge in the right direction. Things for women in country music would remain largely unchanged for the following two decades.
That was, until Kitty Wells released “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” in the early 1950’s. Kitty presented a female voice that had never been heard before in country music, and it would become the first No. 1 Billboard country hit for a solo female artist. It was a little provocative, and with a heaping spoonful of attitude. The door was now cracked, and ready for the following generations of female country stars to kick it off it’s hinges!
Of course, over the years many female country singers have come and gone, but some classics never go out of style: Patsy, Reba, Tammy, Wynona, Dottie, Jean, Skeeter, Wanda… There are so many classics that we couldn’t possibly fit them into one show, but we sure tried!
This week is packed to the gills with as many female country legends as we could manage, and we’re covering the 50’s all the way up to the 90’s. I know you’ll love it.
So, don’t miss this weeks Country Music Greats Radio Show, The Queens of Country.
Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you on the radio!