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.
Folks, he’s a legend and a legacy…
Hank Jr. was born and raised in the South and that you can still hear the swamp in his music. He deftly mixes country, blues, gospel, and rock ‘n roll to create a distinctive “Bocephus” sound.
He’s come a long way from his early days of aping his legendary father, and while his antics may have gotten him into some hot water from time to time, the fact of the matter is that Hank Williams Jr. is a country music stalwart.
That’s why we’re featuring Hank Jr. as our ‘artist in the spotlight’ this week! We’re going to be playing all of the Bocephus tunes you know and love, plus classic tracks from his father and all the best classic country you’ve come to expect from us…
It won’t be the same without you, folks! So gather all your rowdy friends together this weekend and get ready for our Hank Williams Jr. program right here on the Country Music Greats Radio Show…we’ll see you there!
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”!
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.