“Cigarettes, Whiskey, and Wild, Wild Women… they’ll drive you crazy, they’ll drive you insane…” is a line from a Country Standard that still hold true today. Classic Country Music played on several themes… and drinking has always been one of them. We’re getting a little more specific this week, and focusing on whiskey.
Whether it’s Jack, Jim, Johnnie… or any of their friends… Country artists have consistently looked to them for inspiration and the cure to whatever ails them. We’ll hear from George Jones, Marty Stuart, Hank Williams Jr, Merle, and even Dierks Bentley this week. That’s right… some of the newer guys even know a few things about their whiskey!
So, call your designated driver and hide the keys to your lawnmower… because we’re playing you ALL the best Country tunes about Whiskey this weekend on the Country Music Greats Radio Show.
Click “READ MORE” for a special live performance from 2 of our featured artists this week…
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…
This week, we were lucky enough to have singer/songwriter Dickey Lee right here in our studios to chat with Jim Ed!
In case you didn’t know…Dickey is the pen behind Tracy Byrd’s “The Keeper of the Stars,” John Schneider’s “I’ve Been Around Enough To Know…….oh yeah, and a little song by George Jones called “She Thinks I Still Care.”
He also had a string of hits himself in the 60’s, such as this classic I’m sure some of you will remember……enjoy “Patches” and we’ll see you on the radio!
Tomorrow (Jan. 22nd) will see the release of a new collection of Buck Owens tunes. It’s called Honky Tonk Man: Buck Owens Sings Country Classics. They’re all the standards you’ve come to know, and love. Buck’s taking a turn on “Oklahoma Hills,” “Hey, Good Lookin’,” and “I’m Moving On.”
I don’t know about you, but I’ll be picking this one up for sure. And if that wasn’t enough…legendary Buck Owens lead guitarist and harmony vocalist Don Rich is also being honored with a release of his own. It’s called Don Rich Sings George Jones, and if that doesn’t get your blood pumping, you need to have your pulse checked!
Don, of course, was instrumental in helping Buck develop the Bakersfield Sound…but was tragically lost in a motorcycle accident after leaving a recording session in 1974. He was 32 years old.
He was taken too early, but man, what a talent! Do yourself a favor and pick up both of these albums tomorrow and let us know what you think! In the meantime, I’ll try and spin a couple of the tracks on our upcoming shows!
Boy, am I glad I took our time machine in for a tune up last week!
Wouldn’t you know it, Jim Ed comes struttin’ in and bellows, “James, we’re going on a little trip!”
“Where to, Jim Ed?”
“Not where…when, ha ha ha.”
And before I know it, we’re hopping in our old time machine and heading back to 1969, and we brought back all the best country songs of that year. We’ve got Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, and Merle Haggard with us. But we also had some stowaways like Roger Miller and Del Reeves!
No matter, all are welcome here at the Hard Scuffle Studios!
You don’t want to miss this one, friends. Make sure to tune in and see what we’re up to, we’ll be waiting for you.
Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on the radio!
We had so much fun on our Christmas in the Country show last week, that we decided to serve up another heaping portion of good, old-fashioned country goodness. The idea of the show is the same, but we’ve got a whole new batch of great songs just waiting for you.
Loretta Lynn will be there, George Jones, and not to mention Merle Haggard. Have you ever heard his version of “Silver Bells?” It’s one of the best out there, in my opinion.
So crank the show up loud while you wrap presents and cook that Christmas turkey. We’ll be there with just the right songs to inspire the Christmas Spirit.
Have a very Merry Christmas, and we’ll see you on the radio!
I hope all of your Christmas preparations are going smoothly and you’re gearing up for all the great festivities coming up…
I know down here at the Hard Scuffle Studios, Jim Ed’s got all his little elves running around, hanging lights, baking cookies, and stirring up batches of tasty eggnog! I swear we’re going to have tinsel coming out of our ears before this whole thing is over with!
If you’re not too busy, why don’t you tune in to our Country Music Greats Radio Show this week? Just turn it up loud while you’re wrapping presents. You won’t regret it because this week is all about superstar Del Reeves!
You probably remember his big hits “Girl On The Billboard,” “Belles Of The Southern Bell,” and “Looking At The World Through A Windshield.” He’s got so many other great songs too, so we decided to play ’em.
As always we’re also playing all your classic favorites like George Jones, Mel Tillis, Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard…just to name a few.
So make sure to drop in, folks. We’ll be having fun and waiting for you.
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”!