Category Archives: Country News

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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Joe Val Festival News: Del McCoury Coming, Lillys Honored

Already scheduled for Sunday afternoon (February 14th) at the annual Joe Val Festival, The Traveling McCourys will become The Del McCoury Band!  Del of course was ‘snowed out’ last year (remember the snowstorm here that snowed in a lot of … Continue reading

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Hall of Fame Induction Show Sunday, January 31st

The long-named and long-lived (since 1979) Massachusetts Country Music Awards Association has fallen upon hard times, failing to mount its traditional splashy Awards Show and its holiday jamborees this fall.  Although focused on South Shore bands and performers (where, after … Continue reading

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Vote Now for the Ameripolitan Awards!

Voting on the Ameripolitan website, HERE, has been open since Thanksgiving Day. You can also download smart-phone apps that let you listen to nominee music and vote for your favorites.  And of course you can vote for me/HAH, if you … Continue reading

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HAH Nominated for ‘Ameripolitan’ Award

A young organization in Austin, Texas, the Ameripolitan Music Awards, now in its third year, is endeavoring to distinguish the growing rennaisance of traditional country music from the pop ‘bro-country’ on the big radio stations, on the one hand, and … Continue reading

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