Category Archives: Country News

Rare Stanley Brothers Radio Transcription—You Can Help Save It!

Yesterday, this note arrived from audio engineer Frank Cunningham: Hi Lynn, your listeners might find this interesting: Bristol, VA/Tenn. (January 10, 2018) – A rare transcription disc containing a live broadcast performance of The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain … Continue reading

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Lee Ann Womack—Beautiful Singing, Strange Production

(Hits and Misses 7) Lee Ann Womack (ATO Records, 2017) Back in 2014, Suzy Bogguss released an album of Merle Haggard songs, called Lucky. It was for the most part delightful, as Suzy’s crystalline voice always is, but to my … Continue reading

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Don Williams, 1939–2017

I have been remiss in not acknowledging the life and work of Don Williams, who died in September. Don had literally dozens of hits on the country charts in the 1970s and early ’80s, many of which crossed over onto … Continue reading

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Hits and Misses 4: Loretta Lynn’s ‘Full Circle’

Continuing this occasional department.  Previous entries: H&M 1; H&M 2; H&M 3 • Loretta Lynn: Full Circle (2016, Sony Legacy) I’ve been meaning to do a little capsule on this album ever since it came out last year.  Now Loretta … Continue reading

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No Particular Place to Go

Chuck Berry reportedly wrote that title in prison (for transporting a 14-year-old girl across state lines, violating the Mann Act).  The song devolves into an amusing anecdote when the the protagonist cannot get the young lady’s ‘safety belt’ unbuckled, but … Continue reading

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No Second Fiddle: Jean Shepard, 1933-2016

When I heard that Jean Shepard had died, the first thing I thought about was Pete the Cab Driver, as we knew him.  Miss Shepard was Pete Schindler‘s favorite singer, and the last time I heard from him he called … Continue reading

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After 50 Years, the Second Stanley Brother Leaves Us

I have been reading one memorial after another, eulogies, tributes, encomia, to and for Ralph Stanley.  Most of them focus on his voice (click on the links for the full articles):   “You don’t replace a Ralph Stanley,” said Eric … Continue reading

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Yes, I Know—James King is Dead

UPDATE 3Jun16: We’ve got a couple of recordings of the James King Band live at WHRB, with Ol’ Sinc hosting, from 1995.  I didn’t have a chance to ‘tease’ them last week, so I’ll plan to air one live show … Continue reading

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Another Songwriter Gone: Guy Clark (1941–2016)

Guy Clark was a crusty fellow with a laconic Texas reticence, which belied a whimsy that comes out in some of his songs, like “Too Much,” Too much workin’ll make your back ache Too much trouble’ll bring you a heartbreak … Continue reading

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Merle, Hank, and The Art of the Song

“I look for songs in the world around me”—Merle Haggard I’ve been taking Merle Haggard for granted, for too long.  And suddenly, he’s gone. Merle has been a part of my life since the ’60s, so much a fixture that … Continue reading

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