When Willie Nelson first came to Nashville, he had his sights set on becoming a recording star. He would get there eventually, but not on the path that he had envisioned.
After gigging around Nashville, including extended sets at the famed Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Lower Broadway, Willie still hadn’t gained much traction in the record business. So he signed on to be the touring bassist for Ray Price (replacing a young man named Donny Young, soon to change his name to: Johnny Paycheck).
Once off the road, Willie’s songs became hot commodities.
Now, as you all know…we love the good, classic country around here. The only problem is, the definition of classic is constantly changing with the passage of time. As the clock ticks, more and more artists slip into that elusive genre of “classic.”
Well, we happen to think this man should be included in the new class of classic. His first hit came out over 20 years ago after all!
The point is, this week’s episode of the Country Music Greats Radio Show is going to take a look at the life and career of Mr. Clint Black. He’s had 13 Number One hits in his career, 5 ACM Awards, 2 CMA honors, and has performed on the hallowed Grand Ole Opry Stage.
You might also remember having seen him in some films too. Did you ever see Flicka? He starred in that one, and also played a supporting role in one of our favorite movies, Maverick.
Of course, as usual, we’ll be playing all of your classic favorites from the likes of Willie Nelson, Jean Shepard, and Buck Owens…
Be sure not to miss this one folks. Put on your black cowboy hat and we’ll see you on the radio!
On Tuesday, April 16th, Willie Nelson and Family will be releasing a brand new album on Legacy Recordings. This is just the first in what looks to be many events coinciding with Willie’s 80th birthday.
He’s rolling out a batch of some great tunes by the likes of Spade Cooley, Django Reinhardt, and Carl Perkins.
Let’s Face The Music And Dance
Willie Nelson and Family
1. Let’s Face the Music and Dance (Irving Berlin, 1935)
2. Is the Better Part Over (Willie Nelson, 1989)
3. You’ll Never Know (Mack Gordon, 1943)
4. Vous Et Moi (Claude Francois-Jean Bourtayre)
5. Walking My Baby Back Home (Fred Ahlert-Roy Turk, 1930)
6. Matchbox (Carl Perkins, 1957)
7. Twilight Time (Al Nevins-Morty Nevins)
8. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Dorothy Fields-Jimmy McHugh)
9. I’ll Keep On Loving You (Richard Coburn-Vincent Rose)
10. I Wish I Didn’t Love You So (Frank Loesser, 1947)
11. South Of The Border (Jimmy Kennedy-Michael Carr)
12. Nuages (Django Reinhardt)
13. Marie (The Dawn Is Breaking)
14. Shame On You (Spade Cooley, 1944)
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”!