The Back Country (Music) with Jeff Corbin 12/16/2017 03:00PM to 05:00PM

03:02PM-03:03PM (1:52) The Texas Troubadours “Buddie's Boogie (intro)” from Almost To Tulsa: The Instrumentals (2008) on Bear Family Records (

03:03PM Set break — A couple of songs in honor of birthday boy, Albert Lee, kick off today's Back Country. England’s gift to country guitar, ALBERT William LEE, was born on December 21, 1943 in Herefordshire, England and will be 74 years old on Thursday. He played piano first, influenced by Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis before switching to guitar, where he counted Scotty Moore, Jerry Reed and James Burton among his musical heroes. He moved to Los Angeles in 1974 and shortly after that he replaced Burton in Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band. He played with Eric Clapton for five years beginning in 1978 and was musical director for the Everly Brothers reunion in 1983. He has toured for the last 30 years with Gerry Hogan and Hogan’s Heroes. As Emmylou noted, “His sound is unmistakable—often emulated, never equaled”.

03:05PM-03:08PM (3:41) Emmylou Harris and The Hot Band “Luxury Liner” from Luxury Liner (1976) on Warner — James Burton really wasn't free to tour with Emmylou at the time because of his obligations to Elvis' TCB band, so finding the great Albert Lee to replace Burton was sublime.

03:09PM-03:13PM (4:00) Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroes “Tear It Up” from Tear It Up (2002) on Heroic Records — Co-written by Johnny and Dorsey Burnette and Paul Burlison. Albert has been playing with this band for 30 years and boy are they tight.

03:13PM Set break — Western swing bandleader great Donnell Clyde “SPADE” COOLEY was born on December 17, 1910 in Pack Saddle Creek, OK. His Western swing orchestra carved out a reputation as good as anyone, even besting Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys in a Battle of the Bands at the Venice Pier, and earning the sobriquet “King of Western Swing”, the first time that term had been applied to this type of music. His last years were lived out in high drama. In 1961, his second wife, Ella Mae Evans, expressed her wish to be divorced, and a drunken Cooley responded by beating her and stomping on her body until she died. During the trial Cooley suffered a heart attack upon hearing his prison sentence. After serving eight years of his sentence, the state of California gave him a temporary furlough in order to play a benefit concert for the Deputy Sheriffs Association of Alameda County at the Paramount Theater in Oakland. After the performance on November 23, 1969, he suffered a fatal heart attack in the backstage area and died at the age of 58. BR5-49 co-founder Charles Lynn “CHUCK” MEAD was born on December 22, 1960 in Nevada, MO and will be 57 years old on Friday. He played with several bands around the Lawrence, KS area in the ‘80s, among them the roots rock group Homestead Grays. He met Gary Bennett while playing music at Robert’s Western World in Nashville and BR5-49—named for Junior Samples’ phone number on Hee Haw—released their debut album in 1996, eventually releasing half a dozen albums before the group went on hiatus. Chuck then became musical director of the play, “Million Dollar Quartet” about the music of Elvis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, took it to Broadway and later to the Noel Coward Theater in London. He formed the Grassy Knoll Boys in 2009, releasing “Journeyman Wages”, then took the group into the old Quonset Hut in Nashville, enlisted the help of A-list session players like Buddy Spicher and Harold Bradley and released “Back at the Quonset Hut”, a collection of honky tonk and rockabilly classics. Chuck’s latest release, “Free State Serenade”, came out in 2014.

03:15PM-03:17PM (2:42) Spade Cooley & His Orchestra “Crazy 'Cause I Love You” from Spadella! The Essential Spade Cooley (1994) on Sony — Originally recorded 70 years ago in 1947 for Columbia Records.

03:18PM-03:21PM (3:00) Mike Barnett “Fiddle Patch” from Portraits in Fiddles (2017) on Compass Records ( — Bobby Hicks plays twin fiddles with Mike on a Dale Potter composition derived from the "Oklahoma Stomp", itself made famous by Spade Cooley's outfit, Joaquin Murphey in particular. That's David Grisman's son, Sam, laying down that pretty bass line.

03:20PM-03:22PM (2:41) Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys “Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor” from none--live at KDHX 11.3.12. (2012) on KDHX ( — Happy Birthday to Missouri native, Chuck Mead.

03:21PM Set break — Frank “FRANKIE” MILLER was born on December 17, 1931 in Victoria, TX and will be 86 years old tomorrow. Like so many artists at the time, he was greatly influenced by Hank Williams but Frankie eventually broke away from the many Hank imitators and developed a honky tonk style all his own. Frankie’s 1959 recording of “Blackland Farmer” was one of Starday’s biggest hits. He followed that up with records for Columbia and United Artists as well. He quit the music business in the late ‘60s and worked as a car salesman in Arlington, TX. Bear Family Records reissued his LPs in the 1980s and in 2006 he released “A Family Man” on Heart of Texas Records. William Tolliver “BILL” CARLISLE was born on December 19, 1908 in Wakefield, KY. He and older brother, Cliff, formed the Carlisle Brothers and signed to Decca in 1938. Bill’s animated style on stage earned him the nickname “Jumpin’ Bill”, and their material included humorous novelty records with double entendres. They signed with King after World War II but Cliff quit the business a few years later. Bill signed with Mercury records and recruited a backing ensemble which included Martha Carson. His biggest hit was 1953’s “No Help Wanted” and he was a regular on ABC-TV’s “Ozark Jubilee” in the 1960s. Bill continued to appear weekly on the Grand Ole Opry, appearing just two weeks before he died. He was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002 shortly before his death on March 17, 2003 at the age of 94. James Cecil “LITTLE JIMMY” DICKENS was born on December 19, 1920 in Bolt, WV. He is a distant relative of Charles Dickens and began performing on a radio station while attending West Virginia University. He quit school to pursue a career in music and first performed as Jimmy the Kid. Roy Acuff heard him and influenced Uncle Art Satherly to sign him to the Columbia label. Soon he added the “Little” (4’ 11”) to his stage name, producing novelty hits like “Take an Old Cold Tater and Wait” and “A-Sleepin’ at the Foot of the Bed”. His band, The Country Boys, featured, at various times, top-notch talent like Buddy Emmons, Grady Martin, Bob Moore and Thumbs Carllile. His biggest hit was another novelty tune, 1965’s “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose”, going to the top of the country charts and to 15 on the pop chart. Jimmy was been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 60 years and he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. Little Jimmy Dickens died on January 2, 2015 at the age of 94.

03:25PM-03:27PM (2:41) Faron Young “For the Love of a Woman Like You” from The Complete Capitol Hits of Faron Young (1960) on EMI-Capitol Request — Originally recorded in 1955, going out to Bill and Annabelle. Once again I couldn't find the Faron Young song Bill had requested.

03:28PM-03:30PM (2:53) Frankie Miller “I'm so Blue I Don't Know What to Do” from Sugar Coated Baby (1996) on Bear Family — Recorded in 1951 on the 4-Star label. Sending this one out to KDHX's Tony C., who is a big fan of Frankie Miller's honky tonk hillbilly style.

03:31PM-03:33PM (2:16) The Carlisles “Rattlesnake Daddy” from Busy Body Boogie, disc 1 (1993) on Mercury — Recorded in 1954 for Mercury Records.

03:33PM-03:35PM (2:54) Little Jimmy Dickens “Life Turned Her That Way” from I'm Little But I'm Loud: The Little Jimmy Dickens Collection (1996) on Razor & Tie — From the pen of Harlan Howard, recorded in 1954 for Columbia.

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03:38PM-03:42PM (4:14) Clint Haase “Guitar Playing Good Time Man” from Inside Nashville (2017) on Silktone Records Local, New — A fine tribute to the late Glen Campbell. Clint is a long-time member of Swing DeVille and now has a solo debut out, produced by former bandmate, Justin Branum, who is playing these days with folks like Marty Haggard and The Sons of the Pioneers.

03:42PM-03:44PM (2:50) Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders “Eighty on the Edens” from Anything You Wanted To (2017) on self New — These guys are finally coming to town, albeit a ways off. They're with Trigger 5 at San Loo on St. Patrick's Day 2018.

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03:46PM-03:48PM (2:36) Sadie Hawkins Day String Band “Cripple Creek” from Oh Me, Oh My! It's Sadie Hawkins Day! (2015) on self Local — You can sing along with these folks on Thursday, December 21st at the downtown public library, 7 o'clock.

03:48PM-03:50PM (2:42) Danny Barnes “Get It on Down the Line” from Get Myself Together (2005) on Terminus Records — Danny Barnes is doing a workshop at the Folk School on Sunday at 2PM, then playing at The Stage @KDHX at 7:30.

03:51PM-03:54PM (3:27) The People's “She Wants Chickens” from Songs From the Chicken Shack (2016) on self Local — The People's are at Third Wheel Brewing tonight at 7:30PM.

03:55PM-03:57PM (2:52) The Henhouse Prowlers “California Cotton Fields” from Henhouse Prowlers (2006) on Slackjaw Records — Taking it back to the Prowlers' debut album, one written by Dallas Frazier. Henhouse Prowlers with Grass Fed Mule are at the Bootleg @ Atomic Cowboy on Friday, December 29th, 9 o'clock.

03:59PM Set break — Upright bass player, the incomparable ROY MILTON HUSKEY, JR. was born on December 17, 1956 in Nashville, TN. A master of the instrument, like his father, Junior Huskey before him, Roy died on September 6, 1997 at the age of 40 from lung cancer. As John Hartford noted, “In as much as the bass is the heartbeat of country music and in as much as he was country music’s most important bass player, I would say country music has just had a major heart attack”.

04:04PM-04:06PM (2:12) Emmylou Harris and The Nash Ramblers “Half as Much” from At the Ryman (1992) on Warner — The unmistakable sound of Roy Huskey, Jr.'s bass opens this song, written by Curley Williams, no relation to Hank, who also recorded it.

04:06PM-04:10PM (4:04) Sam Bush “Song for Roy” from Howlin' At the Moon (1998) on Sugar Hill Records ( — Co-written by Sam and Jon Randall Stewart, whose vocals on this tribute to Roy Huskey, Jr. are joined by Emmylou Harris.

04:10PM Set break — Harold Franklin “HAWKSHAW” HAWKINS was born on December 22, 1920 in Huntington, WV. A popular comic strip of the time, “Hawkshaw the Detective”, was the source of his nickname and he traded five rabbits for his first guitar. He performed around the region and on radio and after joining the Army he continued to perform at clubs on base and on radio. After the war he signed with the King label and became a regular on WWVA’s Jamboree. He met his second wife, Melody Ranch Girl Jean Shepard while on the set of the Ozark Jubilee. He made recordings for Columbia and RCA but returned to the King label and in 1962 recorded “Lonesome 7-7203”, which became his biggest hit. The song was released three days before Hawkshaw Hawkins gave up his seat on a commercial plane to Billy Walker (reminiscent of The Big Bopper and Waylon Jennings) and died on March 7, 1963 at the age of 42 in the crash that also took the lives of Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Randy Hughes.

04:11PM-04:13PM (2:43) The Texas Troubadours “Red Top” from Almost To Tulsa: The Instrumentals (2008) on Bear Family Records ( — Another one with that core group of Troubadours, consisting of Leon Rhodes, Buddy Charleton, Jack Drake, Jack Greene.

04:14PM-04:15PM (1:58) Hawkshaw Hawkins “Car Hoppin' Mama” from Heroes of Country Music, Vol. Two: Legends of Honky Tonk (1996) on Rhino — From the RCA label in 1955, one written by Hank Thompson.

04:16PM-04:18PM (2:59) Chris Stapleton “Hard Livin'” from From A Room: Volume 2 (2017) on Mercury New — Chris Stapleton has bookended the year nicely with his second release.

04:19PM-04:21PM (2:51) Diesel Island “Shed a Little Light” from Diesel Island (2017) on Euclid Records Local, New — One written by Kip Loui. Diesel Island is at Stovall's Grove tonight and has a Christmas(ish) show at The Focal Point next Friday, the 22nd, 8PM.

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04:23PM-04:26PM (3:11) Margo Price “Do Right by Me” from All American Made (2017) on Third Man Records ( New — Spoiler alert: This one made my Top Ten list for 2017.

04:26PM-04:30PM (3:33) Whitney Rose “Wake Me in Wyoming” from Rule 62 (2017) on Six Shooter / Thirty Tigers ( — This release made a number of publications' "Best of" lists.

04:30PM-04:33PM (3:20) Lee Ann Womack “Shine On Rainy Day” from The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone (2017) on ATO Records (AT0) (http://WWW.ATORECORDS.COM) New — This is an outstanding release from Lee Ann Womack, who just gets better.

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04:34PM-04:38PM (3:50) Cree Rider Family Band “The Voice of Johnny Cash” from A Toast To Absent Friends (2016) on Cree Rider Family Band Local — Cree Rider Family Band is joined by Misisipi Mike Wolf at the Focal Point for a (pre) Christmas Hangover show at 8PM next Saturday. They're also at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville on January 12th, sans Mike.

04:38PM-04:41PM (3:00) Ryan Koenig “Strugglin' with a Lot” from Two Different Worlds (2017) on Big Muddy Records ( Local, New — It's an evening with Ryan Koenig at The Focal Point on Saturday, December 30th, 8PM. The link to contribute to Ryan's recovery fund is

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04:43PM-04:47PM (3:28) Ags Connolly “When Country Was Proud” from LIVE in St. Louis, MO on self New — Just out, recorded live at Off Broadway on February 28, 2016. Also with Ryan Koenig, Jack Grelle, Brice Baricevic, and Matthew Meyer.

04:47PM-04:49PM (2:39) The Reeves Brothers “Waltzes and Western Swing” from King of Country Music (2017) on Joe Missouri Entertainment New — The sophomore release from these fellas. Cole and Matt Reeves are brothers who call the central Nevada desert town of Pahrump home. Their daddy, Jack, was a musician too, and his influence is felt in their music.

04:49PM-04:52PM (2:39) Brennen Leigh “You Don't Have to Be Present to Win” from Sings Lefty Frizzell (2015) on Brennen Leigh — This is a fine collection of songs written and/or recorded by Lefty, and co-produced by Brennen, Noel McKay and Cris Burns.

04:52PM-04:55PM (2:44) Jesse Dayton & Brennen Leigh “Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Man” from Holdin' Our Own (2007) on Stag Records — A fine version of one written by Tennessee Two (and Three) bassman, Marshall Grant and recorded by Johnny and June at Folsom Prison. Jesse also plays the part of Carl Perkins in great style

The Back Country (Music) with Jeff Corbin 12/09/2017 03:00PM to 05:00PM

03:02PM-03:03PM (1:52) The Texas Troubadours “Buddie's Boogie (intro)” from Almost To Tulsa: The Instrumentals (2008) on Bear Family Records (

03:03PM Set break

03:05PM-03:07PM (2:38) John Prine and Mac Wiseman “Just the Other Side of Nowhere” from Standard Songs for Average People (2007) on Oh Boy ( — John and Mac team up here to cover Kris Kristofferson.

03:07PM-03:10PM (3:38) John Prine “I Sang the Song” from I Sang the Song (Life of the Voice with a Heart) (2017) on Mountain Fever Records New — Like all the songs on the this album, a co-write with Thomm Jutz, Mac and Peter Cooper. Peter sings the harmony vocal on this one.

03:11PM Set break — BILLY EDD WHEELER was born on December 9, 1932 in Boone County, WV and is 85 years old today. He earned a degree from Berea (KY) College and recorded some country and bluegrass songs, beginning in 1959 and collected on two LPs on the Monitor label. After a stint in the Navy he studied at Yale’s School of Drama and has written more than a dozen plays and several humor books. His songs have been recorded by country and folk artists alike, selling over 50 million records, and he has written some enduring classics like “Jackson” “Blistered”, “Coward of the County” and “Coal Tattoo”. He is a 2000 inductee into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and is a longtime resident of Swannanoa, NC. Juan Raoul Davis, aka JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ was born on December 10, 1951 in Sabinal, TX and will be 66 years old tomorrow. His older brother bought him a guitar when he was seven and he was the captain of his high school football team but his life took a downward spiral after his father died of cancer, and he spent time in jail for various arrests. A Texas Ranger discovered his musical talent and arranged for him to play at the touristy Alamo Village, where he was discovered and invited to Nashville by Tom T. Hall and Bobby Bare. He signed with Mercury and in 1973 saw his first of fourteen consecutive singles make the Top Ten, including two #1s, “Riding My Thumb to Mexico” and “You Always Come Back (To Hurting Me)”. He left Mercury in 1979 for Epic, where he had one more Top Ten hit but that was the beginning of a sustained slump which saw a couple of more hits in the 1980s before recording a couple of honky tonk albums in the 1990s for Hightone Records. At one time he was married to Willie Nelson’s daughter, Lana. He is a member of the Texas Music Hall of Fame and in 2012 he released an album, “Johnny Rodriguez: Live from Texas”.

03:11PM-03:14PM (3:27) The Carolina Chocolate Drops “Jackson” from We Walk the LIne: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash (2012) on Legacy — A rousing version by this relatively short-lived old time string band.

03:15PM-03:18PM (3:29) Robert Earl Keen “Coal Tattoo” from Miners' Angel: A Tribute to Mother Jones (2015) on Miners' — REK recorded this version of Billy Edd Wheeler's song exclusively for this fine tribute album, co-produced by KDHX's own Ed Becker.

03:19PM-03:23PM (4:03) Johnny Rodriguez “Corpus Christi Bay” from You Can Say That Again (1996) on Hightone — Johnny covering REK's classic here.

03:23PM Set break — Alvin Pleasant Delaney “A.P.” CARTER was born on December 15, 1891 in Maces Springs, VA, then known as Poor Valley. In 1915 he married Sara Dougherty and along with his sister-in-law, Maybelle Carter they later formed The original Carter Family. A.P. would absent himself from the family home for weeks at a time gathering songs, often in the company of Leslie Riddle, a black musician, who also influenced Maybelle’s distinctive guitar style. Many of the songs the Carter Family performed became so closely identified with A.P. that he is often erroneously credited with writing them. He and Sara separated in 1932 and eventually divorced in 1939. After the Carter Family broke up in 1943 he opened a general store in Maces Springs, situated next to what is now the Carter Family Fold in Maces Springs, now known as Hiltons, VA. The general store now houses the Carter Family Museum. In 1970 the Carter Family was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and A.P. was inducted the same year into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was later inducted into the IBMA Hall of Honor. A.P. died on November 7, 1960 at the age of 68 and is buried in Mt. Vernon Methodist Cemetery just a few feet from Sara.

03:25PM-03:28PM (3:01) The Carter Family “The Cannonball” from Wildwood Flower: 25 Country Classics (2000) on ASV — From the Victor label in 1930, one of the relatively few Carter Family recordings featuring A.P. on lead vocal. And with Sara in the group, you wonder why he was featured at all.

03:28PM-03:31PM (3:42) Sadie Hawkins Day String Band “Lulu Walls” from Oh Me, Oh My! It's Sadie Hawkins Day! (2015) on self Local — These folks are hosting a Christmas Sing-a-Long at the St. Louis Public Library's downtown location at 7PM on Thursday, December 21st.

03:32PM-03:33PM (1:57) The Lulus “Shout Lulu” from Shout Lulu Shout (2012) on Green Strum Records Local — This late St. Louis band consisted of half of the Sadie Hawkins Day String Band--Colleen and Anne Williamson, with Hannah Arnson and KDHX's own Kelly Wells rounding out the band.

03:34PM Set break — Ivas John's 7th Annual Christmas Show takes place next Saturday, December 16th, at the Varsity Theater in Carbondale, 7PM. The folks in this set are all part of that lineup.

03:35PM-03:38PM (3:03) Ivas John “Goin' Back to Arkansas” from Good Days a Comin (2015) on Right Side Up Records Local — Ivas is also playing with Brian Curran at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups next Thursday, December 14th at 7 o'clock.

03:38PM-03:41PM (3:45) Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin “We'll Meet Again Sweetheart” from Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin (2010) on Roan Pony Records Local — A sweet, slow tempo arrangement of the Flatt and Scruggs song, performed by Cobden, IL's favorite musicians.

03:42PM-03:44PM (2:29) The Gordons “End of a Long Hard Day” from End of a Long Hard Day (1997) on Reception Records Local — Without question this is one of my favorite Gordons compositions.

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03:46PM-03:48PM (2:01) Johnny Rion “That Heaven Bound Train” from from a 78 demo on Embassy records on Embassy Request — Johnny recorded this one in 1953, his tribute to Hank Williams. Going out to Annabelle and Bill.

03:48PM-03:51PM (3:01) The Henhouse Prowlers “Leaving You for the Interstate” from Still on That Ride (2015) on Prowlers Music — Better lock up the henhouse 'cause these guys will be prowling around with Grass Fed Mule at The Bootleg @ Atomic Cowboy on Friday, December 29th, 9PM start.

03:51PM-03:53PM (2:59) Thomm Jutz “Run with the Horses” from Crazy If You Let It (2017) on Mountain Fever Records New — Thomm's liner notes say he wrote this song the day after Ralph Stanley died. I believe he unconsciously channeled the good doctor in writing this one.

03:53PM Set break — Brenda Mae Tarpley, aka BRENDA LEE, was born on December 11, 1944 in the charity ward of an Atlanta, GA hospital and will be 73 years old on Monday. After her father died at age 10 she became the primary breadwinner in the family, singing at local events and on local radio and television. Thus she didn’t lightly turn down a $30 radio station gig in February 1955 in favor of meeting with Red Foley and the promotional unit of his Ozark Jubilee TV Show, but after a local DJ got Red to hear a recording of Brenda, he put her on that evening’s show, where she sang “Jambalaya”. She appeared regularly on the show for a time, as well as other national shows like Ed Sullivan and Steve Allen. Her first recording session was in the summer of 1956 for Decca with Owen Bradley and Paul Cohen, and Bradley became her exclusive producer a couple of years later. Her 1957 recording of “Dynamite” earned the 4’9” singer her sobriquet, Little Miss Dynamite. Her biggest hit, surprisingly, was a Christmas song, “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree”, and aided by Hank Garland’s guitar and Boots Randolph’s saxophone, it sold over five million copies. Brenda Lee’s country, pop and rockabilly stylings have earned her millions of fans around the globe and she is a member of both the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame (2002) and the Country Music Hall of Fame (1997).

03:56PM-03:58PM (2:11) Brenda Lee “Jambalaya” from Anthology Volume 1, 1956-1961 (1991) on MCA — Brenda's first recording for Decca Records, under the tutelage of Owen Bradley. The B-side of the single was Bigelow 6-200.

03:58PM Set break — DEFORD BAILEY was born on December 14, 1899 in Smith County, TN. He learned to play harmonica at an early age. He debuted on WSM’s Barn Dance on June 19, 1926 and after he performed “Pan American” on the same stage on December 10, 1927 the “solemn judge”, George D. Hay announced that “from now on we will present the ‘Grand Ole Opry’”, by which name the program has since been known. He was the first popular black performer on the Opry and he continued appearing there until 1941, at which time the Opry fired him, ostensibly for a licensing conflict, but also because DeFord wanted to be paid the same as the white stars of the Opry. His musical career effectively ended, he opened a shoeshine business and rented out part of his home to make ends meet. He died July 2, 1982 at the age of 82 and was inducted posthumously into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Guitar master RICHARD SMITH was born on December 12, 1971 in Beckenham, England and will be 46 years old on Tuesday. His father taught him a few licks but it was apparent he was a prodigy and by age 11 he appeared on stage at Her Majesty’s Theater with his idol, Chet Atkins. He and his brothers Rob and Sam formed the Richard Smith Trio and recorded four albums before Richard moved to Nashville, where he formed Hot Club of Nashville, a Gypsy Jazz/Western Swing group whose fluid membership has included John Jorgenson, Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan and Annie Sellick. He married his wife, cellist Julie Adams, around this time. They have recorded two albums together and frequently appear as a duet. He effortlessly moves from fingerstyle to flatpick guitar and back again, demonstrating his mastery of both. He is also a big fan of the late Jerry Reed, helping organize an annual tribute show featuring some of Nashville’s best, and he recently produced an album for Jerry’s daughter, Seidina. He has won numerous awards including the Walnut Valley Festival’s 2001 Fingerstyle Championship and the Thumbpicker of the Year by their Hall of Fame in Muhlenberg County, KY. His latest album came out in 2017, “Roadshow.”

04:04PM-04:07PM (3:16) DeFord Bailey “Muscle Shoals Blues” from From Where I Stand: The Black Experience in Country Music (1998) on Warner Bros. — Recorded for the Brunswick label 90 years ago in 1927, four days after recording his Opry-famous Pan American Blues.

04:07PM-04:11PM (3:44) Richard Smith “Snowy Morning Blues” from One Man Roadshow (2017) on self New — A very nice rendition of a song written by stride piano great James P. Johnson.

04:11PM Set break — The first two songs in the next set pay tribute to Nudie Cohn through a couple of artists who freely partook of his tailoring creations. The last is a tip of the cap to Tom Brumley. Nuta Kotlyarenko aka ‘NUDIE’ COHN was born on December 15, 1902 in Kiev to a Ukranian Jewish family. They sent him and his brother to America to escape the Czar’s pogroms, and he crisscrossed the country before marrying and settling in New York City, where he opened “Nudie’s for the Ladies”, specializing in showgirl undergarments. They moved to California in the ‘40s and Tex Williams fronted Nudie a sewing machine in exchange for having his stage clothing made. He opened Nudie’s of Hollywood, later renamed Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors. His flamboyant creations made generous use of rhinestones and chain stitch embroidery and one of the first ones he made he gave to Porter Wagoner for free, figuring Porter would be a great advertising vehicle. He was right, and Porter eventually owned 52 Nudie suits, valued between $11-18K each. Among his most famous creations was Elvis’s gold lame suit and Gram Parsons’s suit with marijuana leaves embroidered on it. Nudie was every bit as stylish as the music stars he clothed, donning his own rhinestone suits, but always with an unmatched pair of boots to remind him of his salad days when he couldn’t afford a matching pair of shoes. Nudie also specialized in custom-decorated automobiles, probably none more famous than the one he made for Webb Pierce with silver dollar inlays and a saddle horn console. Nudie also mentored tailor Manuel Cuevas, who moved to Nashville and made his own creations as Manuel. Nudie Cohn died on May 9, 1984 at the age of 81. Steel guitar great TOM BRUMLEY was born on December 11, 1935 in Stella, MO. He was the son of gospel legend, Albert E. Brumley. Buck Owens heard him playing at a Capitol session in 1962 and he joined the Buckaroos shortly thereafter. He played steel guitar for Buck for seven years, six of which found The Buckaroos as the top-rated country music outfit in the business. He then played a decade with Rick Nelson’s band and played for three years with Chris Hillman’s Desert Rose Band before opening the Brumley Family Music Show in Branson, MO. Tom was inducted into the International Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame in 1992. He died on February 3, 2009 at the age of 73.

04:12PM-04:14PM (2:32) Porter Wagoner “Trying to Forget the Blues” from The Thin Man from West Plains (1993) on Bear Family — Recorded in 1956 on the RCA label, one written by Boudleaux Bryant.

04:14PM-04:17PM (2:52) The Maddox Brothers and Rose “Brown Eyes” from Six Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles (2016) on Real Gone Music — From the Decca label in 1951, one written by Johnny McAvoy. Dave Alvin recorded this for Hightone in the '90s. In addition to their stage antics, Nudie's outfits contributed to their nickname as America's Most Colorful Hillbilly Band.

04:17PM-04:20PM (2:34) Buck Owens and his Buckaroos “Crying Time” from Before You Go (1995) on Sundazed — Recorded for Capitol Records in 1965, a good example of Tom Brumley's tasteful steel on a Buck classic.

04:20PM Set break — Daniel Ivan “DAN” HICKS was born on December 9, 1941 in Little Rock, AR. His father was a career military man and the family finally settled north of San Francisco, where Dan played drums through high school and took up the guitar after graduation, becoming part of the San Francisco folk scene. The first version of his Hot Licks was formed in 1968 and violinist David LaFlamme, who later enjoyed success with It’s a Beautiful Day, was an original member. Dan released several albums with various Hot Licks in the lineup before surprisingly disbanding in the mid ‘70s. In 1991 the Hot Licks reunited for a taping of Austin City Limits and Dan formed The Acoustic Warriors the next year, purveyors of what Dan called “folk jazz”. With the arrival of the new millennium Dan once again reformed the Hot Licks with “Beatin’ the Heat” on Surfdog Records. Dan was diagnosed with throat cancer early in 2014 but recovered and went back out performing on a regular basis. “Live at Davie’s” in 2013 turned out to be his last release and Dan Hicks died on February 6, 2016 at the age of 74. H.S. “BUCK” WHITE was born on December 13, 1930 in Oklahoma and will be 87 years old on Wednesday. He grew up in Abilene, where he played in a number of Western swing bands before moving to Arkansas and learning bluegrass-style music. The family moved to Nashville, where Buck supplemented the family’s income by working construction, and in 1966 he formed a family band with his wife and daughters, Sharon and Cheryl, along with Arnold and Peggy Johnston. The 1970s were lean years but in 1981 they signed with Capitol and later had success on the Elektra label. Dobro wizard Jerry Douglas joined the band for a few years in the mid ‘80s and they toured with Emmylou Harris in one of the last configurations of her Hot Band, which featured Ricky Skaggs, who would later marry Sharon White. Buck did record two solo albums, “Poor Folks’ Pleasure (1978) and “More Pretty Girls than One” (1980). The Whites were inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008 in a class that included Buck Owens and Mickey Newberry.

04:22PM-04:24PM (2:41) Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks “Chattanooga Shoeshine Boy” from Beatin' the Heat (2000) on Surfdog Records — Co-written by Harry Stone and Jack Stapp, this became Red Foley's signature song when he was the first to record it on 1950.

04:24PM-04:26PM (2:59) The Whites “Texas to a "T"” from A Lifetime in the Making (2000) on Skaggs Family Records ( — Daddy Buck takes the lead vocal on this swing number.

04:27PM-04:30PM (3:11) Pokey LaFarge “Bad Girl” from Something In The Water (2015) on Rounder Records ( Local — Pokey is playing every night in St. Louis in December. Not really, but he will be with Roland Johnson at Off Broadway for 3 nights, December 27-29, and a solo show at Off Broadway on the 26th.

04:30PM Set break

04:33PM-04:35PM (2:58) Ryan Koenig “Podemos Si Te Quieres” from Two Different Worlds (2017) on Big Muddy Records ( Local, New — Ryan was seriously injured in an accident in Charleston, SC on Tuesday while touring with Pokey LaFarge. Please contribute generously if you can at

04:36PM-04:38PM (2:40) Diesel Island “Gonna Be a Long Night” from Diesel Island (2017) on Euclid Records Local, New — Diesel Island has a Christmas(ish) show at The Focal Point on Friday, December 22nd, 8PM.

04:38PM-04:41PM (3:39) Cree Rider Family Band “Number 2” from A Toast To Absent Friends (2016) on Cree Rider Family Band Local — And if Diesel Island doesn't do it, the next night at The Focal Point features the Cree Rider Family Band with special guest, Misisipi Mike Wolf. The band also plays without Mike at The Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville on Friday, January 12th.

04:41PM Set break — Charles “CHARLIE” RICH was born on December 14, 1932 in Colt, AR. After a stint in the Air Force he tried his hand at farming a few acres near Memphis and playing jazz and R & B in local clubs. He was doing session work for Judd Records, whose owner, Judd Phillips, had a brother named Sam. Charlie went to work for Sun Records doing more session work and recording his own material. His third single, “Lonely Weekends” was a Top Thirty hit. He left Sun in 1963, had no success with Chet Atkins-productions on RCA’s Groove subsidiary, and then had a minor hit with Dallas Frazier’s “Mohair Sam” on the Smash label. Epic signed him in 1967 and Billy Sherrill created the “Countrypolitan” version of Charlie Rich with hits like “The Most Beautiful Girl” and “Behind Closed Doors”, culminating in an Entertainer of the Year award in 1974 from the CMA. He had several more hits in the ‘70s but he was also drinking heavily. He recorded for Elektra in the 1980s and in his last years Tom Waits often opened for him. Charlie Rich died of a pulmonary embolism on July 25, 1995 at the age of 62 JOHN David ANDERSON was born on December 13, 1954 in Apopka, FL and will be 62 years old on Tuesday. He discovered Jones and Haggard’s music as a teenager and moved to Nashville in 1971, supporting himself with odd jobs (including as a roofer at the Ryman Auditorium) while he played the clubs at night. After half a dozen years he signed with the Warner label and produced several albums with songs that charted, none bigger than “Swingin’”, which became the label’s biggest-selling record to date. He left Warner a few years later and released two albums for MCA before briefly signing with Capitol. In 1992 he released “Seminole Wind” on BNA Records, which went to #2 (and double platinum) and had a #1single in “Straight Tequila Night”. His latest release came out in 2015, “Goldmine.”

04:44PM-04:46PM (2:54) Charlie Rich “Behind Closed Doors” from Behind Closed Doors (1973) on Epic — And here's the countrypolitan version of Charlie, produced by--who else--Billy Sherrill.

04:47PM-04:50PM (3:09) John Anderson “Half a Mind” from The Big E: A Salute to Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons (2013) on MPI — Happy Birthday, John Anderson. He does a great job on this Roger Miller classic, Buck Reid on the pedal steel.

04:50PM-04:54PM (4:15) Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard “Unfair Weather Friend” from Django and Jimmie (2015) on Legacy Request — A request by my air room sidekick, Roy closes out today's Back Country

The Back Country (Music) with Jeff Corbin 11/25/2017 03:00PM to 05:00PM

03:00PM-03:01PM (1:52) The Texas Troubadours “Buddie's Boogie (intro)” from Almost To Tulsa: The Instrumentals (2008) on Bear Family Records (

03:02PM Set break

03:04PM-03:08PM (4:02) The SteelDrivers “If it Hadn't Been For Love” from The SteelDrivers (2007) on Rounder Request — Debut studio album from this bluesy bluegrass outfit.

03:08PM-03:12PM (4:34) Emi Sunshine “As the Waters Rise” from Ragged Dreams (2017) on Little Blackbird Records Request — Going out to Michael. Her voice belies her youth.

03:12PM Set break — Arthur Leo “DOODLE” OWENS was born on November 28, 1930 in Waco, TX. When he was a little tyke a relative remarked that he moved like a doodlebug and the nickname stuck. He moved to Nashville in 1965 and the next year he began a songwriting partnership with Dallas Frazier that resulted in over one hundred compositions. They provided four #1 hits for Charley Pride, including “All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)”, which earned him a Grammy nomination. He made some recordings but they never did nearly as well as his songwriting, and his only charted recording was “Honky Tonk Toys”, making it to #78 in ’78. The list of those who have recorded his songs is impressive, and includes Moe Bandy, Willie Nelson, Hank Locklin, Lefty Frizzell and George Jones. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1999 and he died later that year on October 4th at the age of 68.

03:13PM-03:16PM (3:12) Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys “I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry” from The Unreleased Recordings, Volume 1 (2008) on Time Life Request — Recorded in 1951 for the Mother's Best morning radio program on WSM. Going out to Matt.

03:16PM-03:19PM (2:38) Carl Smith “Are You Teasing Me?” from The Essential Carl Smith (1991) on Sony Request — Originally recorded for Columbia Records in 1952. Going out to Annabelle and Bill, written by the Louvin Brothers.

03:19PM-03:22PM (3:02) Moe Bandy “I Just Started Hatin' Cheatin Songs Today” from Honky Tonk Amnesia (2000) on Razor and Tie — Doodle Owens co-wrote this one with Whitey Shafer. Footprint Records pressed 500 copies of this and then Atlanta-based GRC Records picked it up. It eventually rose to #17 on the country chart..

03:22PM Set break

03:24PM-03:28PM (3:40) Colter Wall “Codeine Dream” from Colter Wall (2017) on Young Mary's Record Co. — He'll be in our town next Saturday night playing to a sold out crowd at Off Broadway.

03:27PM-03:30PM (3:39) Kurt Fortmeyer “The Heart of a Hobo” from Ameraucana (2017) on Dad Zone Music — Kurt co-wrote this one with Billy Phillips.

03:31PM-03:34PM (3:24) Radney Foster “Belmont & Sixth” from For You To See The Stars (2017) on Devil's River Records — There are some terrific songs on Radney's new album.

03:35PM Set break

03:35PM-03:42PM (6:19) Margo Price “Learning to Lose” from All American Made (2017) on Third Man Records ( New — Willie duets with Margo on her sophomore release. No jinx here.

03:42PM Set break — Lonnie Melvin “MEL” TILLIS was born on August 8, 1932 in Dover, FL. After leaving the Air Force in 1955 he moved to Nashville and the next year he wrote a #3 hit for Webb Pierce, “I’m Tired”. Other hits soon flowed from his pen, including “Honky Tonk Song” and “Tupelo County Jail”, also recorded by Pierce. He signed a contract with Columbia based on his songwriting, but the hits came slowly on his recordings, with the exception of his biggest hit, a version of his “I Ain’t Never” that he recorded in 1972. . Instead the hits came from country stars like Ray Price, Wanda and Stonewall Jackson, and Bobby Bare. He subsequently recorded for the Kapp, MGM, Elektra and MCA. His 1979 hit, “Coca-Cola Cowboy” was featured in the Clint Eastwood movie, “Every Which Way But Loose”. He continued writing songs in the next decade for Ricky Skaggs and Randy Travis and penning his autobiography, “Stuttering Boy”, a reference to his boyhood, malarial-induced speech impediment which was never a problem when Mel was singing. His daughter, Pam Tillis, has become a country music recording artist as well. In 1998 he teamed with Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings and Jerry Reed to form the Old Dogs, whose sole output consisted of two albums of all Shel Silverstein compositions. Surprisingly, Mel Tillis didn’t join the Grand Ole Opry until 2007 and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. Mel Tillis died on November 19, 2017 at the age of 85.

03:44PM-03:46PM (2:42) Mel Tillis “Sawmill” from Greatest Hits (1991) on Curb — Originally recorded in 1973 for MGM, one that Mel wrote.

03:46PM-03:49PM (2:53) Bobby Bare “Detroit City” from The Essential Bobby Bare (1997) on BMG — Mel co-wrote this one with Danny Dill. This was a Grammy-winning recording for Bobby, spending 18 weeks on the country chart and rising to #6. Mel got some nice checks from the multiple recordings of this one.

03:49PM-03:52PM (2:45) Ray Price and the Cherokee Cowboys “Heart Over Mind” from The Essential Ray Price, 1951-1962 (1991) on Sony — Another Mel Tillis composition, first recorded here for Columbia Records in 1961.

03:52PM-03:54PM (1:55) Webb Pierce “I Ain't Never” from King of the Honky-Tonk: Original Decca Masters, 1952-1959 (2000) on Country Music Foundation — Recorded for Decca Records in 1959, one of several songs Webb co-wrote with Mel Tillis.

03:54PM-03:57PM (3:24) Old Dogs “Cut the Mustard” from Old Dogs, Volumes 1 & 2 (1998) on WEA — Mel on the lead vocal on this one. The other Old Dogs were Waylon, Bobby Bare and Jerry Reed. Shel Silverstein wrote all the songs on these two albums.

03:57PM Set break

04:04PM-04:08PM (4:10) Ben Bedford “Annabelle #2” from Lincoln's Man (2008) on Hopeful Sky Local — Ben is a Springfield, IL singer-songwriter. He'll open for David Olney at The Stage @KDHX on Thursday, November 30th.

04:08PM-04:11PM (3:34) David Olney “Covington Girl” from Dutchman's Curve (2010) on Deadbeat Records — David Olney is one helluva songwriter.

04:11PM Set break

04:12PM-04:15PM (2:23) The People's “That's What I'm Gonna Do” from Songs From the Chicken Shack (2016) on self Local — These folks are at the Naked Vine tonight and are part of the bill at the monthly River City Opry at Off Broadway Sunday at 1PM. Other artists include The Highway Saints, Opera Bell and more.

04:15PM-04:18PM (3:04) Jim Lauderdale “Simple Math” from Mac Wiseman: I Sang The Songs (2017) on Mountain Fever ( New — Peter Cooper and Thomm Jutz produced this album, traveling to Mac's home for nine weekends to write the songs for it. Mac is a member of both the IBMA Hall of Honor and the Country Music HOF.

04:18PM-04:21PM (2:50) George Portz & his Friends of Bluegrass “Swinging Doors” from All Request (2017) on self New — George's 12th Annual Holiday Show takes place at the American Legion in Mascoutah next Saturday, December 2nd.

04:21PM Set break

04:23PM-04:25PM (2:52) Trigger 5 “Love Me Like You Mean it” from AM Band (2015) on self — Amy James on the lead vocal on this one. Trigger 5 got underway about twenty minutes ago at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups.

04:25PM-04:28PM (2:55) The Reeves Brothers “Damn You, Whiskey” from "King of Country Music" (2017) on Joe Missouri Entertainment New — Looking forward to hearing more from The Reeves Brothers.

04:28PM-04:32PM (3:47) Rough Shop “Drink up and Go Home” from Here Today (2008) on Perdition Records Local — An exceptional job on this Freddie Hart classic, special props for Andy Ploof's vocal. Rough Shops Annual Holiday Extravaganza is December 8-10 at the Focal Point and December 15th at The Wildey Theatre.

04:32PM Set break

04:33PM-04:37PM (3:49) Lee Ann Womack “Talking Behind Your Back” from The Lonely, The Lonesome & the Gone (2017) on ATO Records (AT0) (http://WWW.ATORECORDS.COM) New — There's a little more R & B mix in Lee Ann's new album, but her vocals carry the day.

04:37PM-04:40PM (3:15) Lorraine Chavana “Don't Leave the Leaving Up to Me” from Free to Love (2015) on Rhinestone Records — One co-written by Justin Trevino and Levi Mullen. I'm looking forward to Lorraine's new album some time in 2018.

04:40PM Set break — MERLE Robert TRAVIS was born on November 29, 1917 in Rosewood, KY. His first instrument was the 5-string banjo but when his coal-mining father moved near Ebenezer twelve-year old Merle got a homemade guitar from his brother and was determined to learn the distinctive style of 3-finger picking developed in Muhlenberg County. Watching fellow miners perform like Mose Rager and Ike Everly, Don and Phil’s dad, soon made him proficient with the guitar and after graduation and a stint in the Civilian Conservation Corps he found himself a member of Clayton McMichen’s Georgia Wildcats. A year later he was part of the Drifting Pioneers gospel quartet, which was featured on WLW’s Boone County Jamboree in Cincinnati. The group soon disbanded and Travis found himself as part of a new gospel group, the Brown’s Ferry Four, whose other members were the Delmore Brothers and Grandpa Jones. In 1943 Syd Nathan started the King label and Jones and Travis were the first artists he signed, recording as the Sheppard Brothers. In late 1944 he moved to California and hooked up with musician and Capitol records A & R man, Cliffie Stone. A couple of minor hits were followed by one of the first “concept albums”, Folk Songs of the Hills”. While it was a commercial failure, it yielded such classic songs as “Sixteen Tons”, “Dark As A Dungeon” and “Nine Pound Hammer”. Numerous hits, many co-penned with Stone, soon followed including “Smoke, Smoke Smoke That Cigarette”, Capitol’s first million-seller. In 1948 he designed the first solid-body electric steel guitar, built by Paul Bigsby and perfected a short while later by Leo Fender, who called his a Telecaster. He had a small role in the 1953 classic film “From Here To Eternity”, composing the theme song, “Reenlistment Blues”. He began playing with Hank Thompson in the mid-50s on many of Hank’s recordings but never again ascended the charts. Part of the reason could be attributed to Merle’s erratic personal life, fueled by alcohol and drugs and resulting in arrests for public drunkenness and drunk driving. He was part of the seminal “Circle 1” album in 1972 and in 1974 he and his RCA counterpart, Chet Atkins, won a Grammy for the “Atkins-Travis Traveling Show”. He seemed to settle down when he married his fourth wife, Dorothy—former wife of Hank Thompson—and in 1977 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He garnered a final Grammy nomination for 1981’s “Travis Pickin’” LP but he died on October 20, 1983 at his home in eastern Oklahoma, and his ashes were interred under his monument in Ebenezer, KY.

04:42PM-04:45PM (2:58) Merle Travis “Three Times Seven” from Guitar Rags And A Too Fast Past, Vol. 2 (1994) on Bear Family — Recorded for Capitol Records 70 years ago in 1947. Doc Watson had a nice version of this on his "Elementary, Dr. Watson" album.

04:45PM-04:47PM (2:48) Chet Atkins and Merle Travis “Nine Pound Hammer” from The Atkins-Travis Traveling Show (1974) on RCA — Chet co-produced this classic album with Jerry Reed.

04:48PM-04:51PM (3:33) Merle Travis “Merle's Boogie Woogie” from Guitar Rags And A Too Fast Past, Volume 3 (1994) on Bear Family — Another one recorded 70 years ago in 1947 for Capitol Records. Merle impressively runs up and down the neck on this one. Noel Boggs on steel guitar.

04:51PM-04:55PM (3:38) Merle Travis and Joe Maphis “West Coast Blues” from Merle Travis & Joe Maphis (2005) on Sundazed — Two country music guitar greats take on Wes Montgomery with a beautiful result. 

The Back Country (Music) with Jeff Corbin 11/18/2017 03:00PM to 05:00PM

03:01PM-03:02PM (1:52) The Texas Troubadours “Buddie's Boogie (intro)” from Almost To Tulsa: The Instrumentals (2008) on Bear Family Records (

03:03PM Set break — Catching up on some requests from the last two weeks. A big tip of the cap to East Side Slim for taking the reins of last week's Back Country. I sure appreciate it, Slim.

03:04PM-03:07PM (3:40) Junior Brown “Hang up and Drive” from Volume Ten - EP (2012) on Junior Brown Request — I think this is the one Kenny requested.

03:08PM-03:11PM (3:43) Fred Eaglesmith & The Flying Squirrels “Alcohol & Pills” from Ralph's Last Show (Live In Santa Cruz) (2001) on Signature Sounds Request — Keith wanted to hear this Fred Eaglesmith composition. Fred makes it to town on a regular basis, usually at Off Broadway.

03:11PM Set break — Claude “CURLY” PUTMAN, Jr. was born on November 20, 1930 in Princeton, AL. Buddy Killen signed him to write for Tree Publishing in 1963, and he soon had the first of several number one songs, “Green Green Grass of Home”, and Tom Jones’ 1966 version of this song was Decca’s first million-seller in the UK and brought Curly some nice checks. He wrote Dolly Parton’s first charted song, “Dumb Blonde” and also wrote or co-wrote big hits for Moe Bandy (“It’s A Cheating Situation”), David Houston (“My Elusive Dreams”) and Tammy Wynette (“D-I-V-O-R-C-E”). When Paul and Linda McCartney toured with Wings in 1974 they stayed at Curly’s place and wrote and recorded “Junior’s Farm” in homage to him. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” is further evidence of why he landed in the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 1996. Curly Putman died on October 30, 2016 at the age of 85.

03:12PM-03:14PM (2:30) Faron Young “Contratulations” from The Complete Capitol Hits of Faron Young (2000) on EMI-Capitol Request — Not the one Bill and Annabelle requested, but this was the B-side of "Hello Walls", and was also written by Willie. From the Capitol label in 1961.

03:15PM-03:18PM (3:00) Hank Snow and His Rainbow Ranch Boys “It Don't Hurt Anymore” from I'm Movin' On, 1949-1953 (1988) on Bear Family Request — Gene wanted to hear this Hank Snow classic, recorded in 1954 for RCA.

03:18PM-03:20PM (2:43) Moe Bandy “It's a Cheating Situation” from Honky Tonk Amnesia: The Hard Country Sound of Moe Bandy (2000) on Razor and Tie — One of many songs written by Curly Putman, collaborating on this one with Sonny Throckmorton. Janie Fricke on the duet vocal, from 1979.

03:21PM Set break — Alexander Campbell “ECK” ROBERTSON was born on November 20, 1889 in Delaney, AR. An early practitioner of Texas style fiddling, he and musical partner Henry Gilliland are credited with making the first commercial country recordings on June 30 (“Arkansas Traveler” and “Turkey in the Straw”) and July 1 (“Sally Goodin” and “Ragtime Annie”), 1922 for the Victor label. Even by New York’s cosmopolitan standards their appearance in the Big Apple—Gilliland attired in a full dress Confederate uniform and Robertson in flashy cowboy regalia (satin fuschia shirt with pearl studs, wide-brimmed black hat, leather cuffs and pants tucked into high-topped boots—would surely have drawn some stares. He didn’t record again until 1929, when he formed a band with wife Nettie, daughter Daphne and son Dueron which lasted until World War II. Mike Seeger recorded Eck in the mid ‘60s on County Records for an album long since out of print, and during this time he made an appearance at the Newport Folk Festival. He died on February 15, 1975 at the age of 88. Robert Arthur “TUT” TAYLOR was born on November 20, 1923 near Milledgeville, GA—more specifically, in Baldwin County, on the Oconee River near Possum Trot. Being self-taught, Tut didn’t know any different, so he learned to play the dobro with a flatpick, and it became his signature sound. He and fellow Georgian, Norman Blake had already played together when they joined Vassar Clements and John Hartford in the classic Aereo Plain band, bringing his unique style of resophonic guitar to a wider audience. He played on numerous recordings, from Roy Acuff’s last performance at the Ryman Auditorium on the Grand Ole Opry to Mark O’Connor’s first Nashville session. He didn’t get to record with Norman again until 2010’s “Shacktown Road”. Tut‘s demeanor was as down home as it gets and for many years he hosted the pickin’ site at MerleFest every year with The Local Boys. Jerry Douglas produced a 2011 tribute album to Tut called “Southern Filibuster: A Tribute to Tut Taylor”, featuring resophonic greats like Curtis Burch, Phil Leadbetter, Cindy Cashdollar, Rob Ickes and Orville Johnson. Tut Taylor died on April 9, 2015 at the age of 91.

03:23PM-03:26PM (3:09) Eck Robertson “Sallie Goodin'” from Old-Time Texas Fiddler (1922-1929) (1998) on Rebel Records ( — One of the earliest country music recordings, from the Victor label on July 1, 1922. Eck's longtime musical pal, Henry Gilliland accompanies on guitar on what is generally considered Eck's signature tune.

03:25PM-03:29PM (3:18) Mike Barnett with Buddy Spicher “Tennessee Waltz” from Portraits in Fiddles (2017) on Compass Records ( New — A beautiful twin-fiddle rendition of the Redd Stewart/Pee Wee King classic.

03:29PM-03:33PM (4:00) Tut Taylor “The Old Dobro Man” from Shacktown Road (2007) on Dualtone ( — One of Tut's compositions.

03:33PM Set break

03:34PM-03:38PM (4:04) Dolly Parton “A Few Old Memories” from The Grass Is Blue (1999) on Sugar Hill Records ( — One written by the late, great Hazel Dickens. "Coat of Many Colors", a Dolly tribute, takes place on Friday, December 1st at Off Broadway. Jenny Rocques, Little Rachel, Town Cars, Cassie Morgan, Cara Louise Band and more, 8PM

03:38PM-03:41PM (3:26) Margo Price “Cocaine Cowboys” from All American Made (2017) on Third Man Records ( New — New music from Margo, who is at the Old Rock House in January.

03:41PM-03:45PM (3:30) Melinda Mullins “In Nashville” from The Johnny Mullins Collection, Volume One (2017) on self New — Melinda is Johnny's daughter and she's put out a fine album of his songs.

03:45PM Set break — Shelby “SHEL” SILVERSTEIN was born on November 23, 1933 in Chicago, IL. He wore a number of hats during his career—illustrator and cartoonist, author of children’s books, songwriter and performer—and wore them all in an excellent manner. He was serving in Korea and Japan in 1950 when he began drawing cartoons for the Stars and Stripes. Later as a civilian he did the same thing for Look and Sports Illustrated, but his finest cartoon work was for Playboy, where his work appeared in every issue from 1957 through the mid-‘70s. Shortly after joining Playboy he produced his first album, “Hairy Jazz”, eventually producing a dozen albums in all. In the mid-‘60s a book editor encouraged him to write children’s books, resulting in classics like “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and his most popular book, “The Giving Tree”. When he began writing songs in earnest as the new decade approached he met with similar success, such as “A Boy Named Sue” (Johnny Cash), “One’s on the Way” (Loretta Lynn) and “Marie Laveau” (Bobby Bare, who recorded an entire album of Shel’s songs). He branched out from country music to rock, also writing hits for Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show. He also wrote motion picture soundtracks, e.g. “Ned Kelly” and “Postcards from the Edge”. He continued writing children’s books and in the 1980s his “A Light in the Attic” became another classic. The Old Dogs—Mel Tillis, Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare and Jerry Reed recorded two albums of Shel’s songs in 1988. Shel Silverstein died on May 10, 1999 at the age of 65 and was posthumously inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

03:47PM-03:49PM (2:41) David Olney “Mister Stay at Home” from When the Deal Goes Down (2014) on Deadbeat — David Olney is a terrific songwriter and he'll be at The Stage @KDHX on Thursday, November 30th, 7:30 show.

03:49PM-03:52PM (3:08) Colter Wall “Snake Mountain Blues” from Colter Wall (2017) on Young Mary's Record Co. — Coming to Off Broadway two weeks from tonight on December 2nd.

03:52PM-03:57PM (4:13) Steve Goodman “Three-Legged Man” from Artistic Hair (1983) on Red Pajamas — Only Shel Silversteing could write something like this.

03:57PM Set break — Charles “CHARLIE” SIZEMORE was born on November 23, 1960 in Richmond, KY and will be 57 years old on Thursday. His father and grandfather played the banjo and Charlie began with the fiddle at age 6. He switched to guitar and joined the Goins Brothers on tour before replacing Keith Whitley in Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys at the age of 16. Charlie stayed with Ralph for a decade before forming his own band. They recorded seven albums, mostly for Rebel Records, and toured for a dozen years, while at the same time Charlie was attending college and earning a degree in political science. He worked for Paul Craft’s publishing outfit in Nashville and went on to earn a law degree and go into private practice. He signed with Rounder Records in 2007 and his latest release for them is 2011’s “Heartache Looking for a Home”.

04:04PM-04:06PM (2:51) Charlie Sizemore “Who Cares” from Back Home (1993) on Rebel — Alison Krauss on fiddle and harmony vocal on this one.

04:07PM-04:11PM (3:21) Lee Ann Womack “Bottom of the Barrel” from The Lonely, The Lonesome & the Gone (2017) on ATO Records (AT0) (http://WWW.ATORECORDS.COM) New — Lee Ann Womack keeps putting out great records.

04:11PM-04:14PM (3:44) Gloria Attoun “I've Never Been to Prison” from GO (2017) on self-released Local — Gloria is at the Stone Spiral Coffeehouse tonight along with husband, Michael Bauermeister

04:11PM Set break — Katherine Luella “KATY” MOFFATT was born on November 19, 1950 in Fort Worth, TX and will be 67 years old tomorrow. She headed to Tulane University after high school but instead wound up in New Mexico, where a nascent singer-songwriter career resulted in the role of a folk singer in the movie “Billy Jack”. She moved to Denver and increased her following, appearing often at the popular Ebbets Field venue. She signed with Columbia in 1975 and the Billy Sherrill-produced debut, “Katy”, included the cream of the crop of Nashville session players. Since leaving Columbia she has recorded 16 albums on a variety of labels. Her brother, Hugh, is a fine Nashville-based songwriter as well, and he and Katy collaborated on 2008’s “Dance Me Outside”. Her latest release, “Where the Heart Is”, came out in 2017. Ollie Imogene “JEAN” SHEPARD was born on November 21, 1933 in Paul’s Valley, OK. She formed the Melody Ranch Girls while still a teenager in Visalia, CA near Bakersfield, playing bass and singing lead. Hank Thompson helped her get a contract with Capitol, with whom she recorded for 21 years, and Ken Nelson produced many of her sessions. She joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1956, the same year she joined Red Foley on the first country music network TV show, the Ozark Jubilee. 1956 also found Jean recording “Songs of a Love Affair”, an album of all-Shepard compositions dealing with marriage sundered by an affair--this was an early concept album and, arguably, the first. She had number one hits including “The Dear John Letter” (her first, with Ferlin Husky, who had to agree to become her legal guardian so she could tour in support of the hit because she was a minor), “Then He Touched Me” and “Second Fiddle”, among others. In 1960 Jean married Hawkshaw Hawkins, who was part of the contingent who died in the fateful airplane crash in March 1963 which killed Patsy Cline. Jean moved to United Artists in the 1970s and recorded more albums and number one hits. She recorded over 35 albums and was the first female artist in country music to sell over a million records. Jean Shepard’s long overdue induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame finally came in 2011. She was the first female artist to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 50 years and celebrated her 60th year on her birthday on November 21, 2015. It turned out to be her last appearance, as her health began to decline and Jean Shepard died on September 25, 2016 at the age of 82.

04:14PM-04:17PM (3:48) Katy Moffatt “Love Made a Gypsy Out of Me” from Where the Heart Is (2017) on centerfire music New — Brand new music from Katy Moffatt. Rich O'Brien on guitar.

04:18PM-04:20PM (2:45) Jean Shepard “I'll Never Be Free” from The Melody Ranch Girl (1996) on Bear Family — Originally recorded in 1958 on the Capitol label.

04:21PM Set break — Thomas “TOMMY” ALLSUP was born on November 24, 1931 in Owasso, OK and was an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. Many people have heard the story about Waylon Jennings giving up his seat on Buddy Holly’s plane to J.P. Richardson, but Tommy was touring as one of The Crickets and lost his coin toss for a seat to Richie Valens. Tommy later opened a bar in Dallas called Tommy’s Heads Up Saloon, denoting that life-changing event. He was with Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys for a time, and produced the release, “24 Great Hits by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys as the A & R country music man for Liberty Records. In that capacity he also recorded artists such as Tex Williams, Warren Smith and Willie Nelson, as well as five albums for Asleep at the Wheel. He and Leon Rausch also collaborated on a 3-disc release, a tribute to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Tommy was a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and was elected to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Tommy Allsup died on January 11, 2017 at the age of 85.

04:24PM-04:27PM (3:09) Leon Rausch And Tommy Allsup “My Life's Been a Pleasure” from A Tribute To The Music Of Bob Wills disc 2 (2000) on Sims Records — One written by Texas Playboy fiddle great Jesse Ashlock.

04:27PM-04:30PM (3:37) Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders “Don't Leave Me Behind” from Anything You Wanted To (2017) on self New — These guys are starting to get some regional recognition. We need to get them to St. Louis.

04:31PM-04:35PM (4:42) Whitney Rose “Tied to the Wheel” from Rule 62 (2017) on Six Shooter / Thirty Tigers ( New — A fine version of this Bill Kirchen song.

04:35PM-04:39PM (4:15) The Reeves Brothers “Honky Tonks and Cheap Motels” from "King of Country Music" (2017) on Joe Missouri Entertainment New — This is a fine new album by this outfit, who call desert town Pahrump, NV home.

04:40PM Set break

04:41PM-04:43PM (2:57) Johnny Cash “I Walk the Line” from none--recording of a show 3/20/89 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis (1989) on none — I owed Mark a Cash song from a few weeks back. Couldn't find what he wanted but I hope this works.

04:44PM-04:48PM (4:20) Emmylou Harris and The Hot Band “Woman Walk the Line” from The Ballad of Sally Rose (1985) on Warner — A rarely-played Emmylou release that, despite flopping critically and financially, nevertheless has some good songs on it. A concept album loosely based on Emmylou's life, produced by Paul Kennerly.

04:48PM Set break — A couple of songs evocative (at least to me) of Thanksgiving. I hope everyone is where they want to be on Thanksgiving.

04:49PM-04:53PM (4:13) Kathy Mattea “The Vacant Chair” from Songs of the Civil War (1991) on Sony — Maybe you'd like to leave a vacant chair and place setting at the table on Thursday to remember anyone and everyone who couldn't join us.

04:53PM-04:57PM (4:09) Norman Blake “The Fields of November” from Old Ties (2003) on Rounder — The title track to his 1974 album on Flying Fish, Nancy Blake and Charlie Collins accompanying. 

NOVEMBER 5, 2017

A couple of guitar virtuosos kick off today's Back Country.

03:04PM-03:07PM (3:00) Tommy Emmanuel “Windy and Warm” from A Tribute to John D. Loudermilk (2017) on Audium New — Richard Smith has recorded a version of this great song as well. The title could apply to today's weather in St. Louis.

03:07PM-03:10PM (3:31) Richard Smith “Cherokee Shuffle” from One Man Roadshow (2017) on self New — Also known as "Lost Indian", I believe.

03:10PM Set break — Here's a set of requests from the last two weeks.

03:11PM-03:14PM (2:50) Hank Snow & His Rainbow Ranch Boys “The Rhumba Boogie” from I'm Movin' On, Disc 1 (1988) on Bear Family Request — One for Bill and Annabelle in Farmington, from RCA Records in 1951.

03:14PM-03:17PM (3:06) Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Shooter Jennings & Jamey Johnson “Highwayman” from The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson (2017) on Blackbird Productions New, Request — A modern-day Highwaymen configuration.

03:17PM-03:20PM (3:06) Tom T. Hall “The Ballad of Forty Dollars” from Greatest Hits (1972) on Polygram Request — The listener requested the Ballad of Fifty Dollars, but I don't think it cost as much back in 1969.

03:20PM-03:22PM (2:23) Johnny Horton “Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor” from Rockin' Rollin' Johnny Horton (1990) on Bear Family Request — Going out to Matt, from 60 years ago in 1957 on Columbia Records.

03:22PM Set break — A set of Haggard-inspired music from contemporary artists.

03:24PM-03:28PM (3:44) Dale Watson and Ray Benson “Feeling Haggard” from Dale and Ray (2017) on Ameripolitan/Home Records Request — Going out to Kenny.

03:28PM-03:32PM (3:37) Kimberly Murray “Feelin' Kinda Haggard” from A World Away (2014) on Heart of Texas Records — One with a nearly identical title.

03:31PM-03:34PM (3:33) Kurt Fortmeyer “Merle Go 'Round” from Ameraucana (2017) on Dad Zone Music New — Closing out this Merle-themed set with new music from Kurt Fortmeyer.

03:35PM Set break — GUY Charles CLARK, Jr. was born on November 6, 1941 in Monahans, TX, as Guy said, “somewhere between Pecos and nowhere”. With his father in the Army and his mother working, His grandmother, who ran a hotel/boarding house, played a large role in Guy’s upbringing. A perfect example of Guy’s ability to create a vignette and draw a character in song from real life is the poignant “Desperadoes Waiting for a Train”, based upon an old wildcatter who stayed at the hotel. Guy moved to Houston as a young man, where he was exposed to the blues of Mance Lipscomb and Lightnin’ Hopkins and the incredible songwriting talent of Townes Van Zandt, with whom Guy remained steadfast friends until Townes’ death in 1997. He moved to California in the late ‘60s, meeting and marrying his second wife, artist Susanna Talley in San Francisco before moving to Los Angeles and working in the Dopyera Brothers (dobro) factory. They quickly tired of the scene and headed to Nashville in 1971 and were married the next year on Mickey Newberry’s houseboat. Guy memorialized the move in “L.A. Freeway” and, getting a boost from Jerry Jeff Walker’s 1973 version of the song, he signed with RCA and released “Old No. 1” in 1975. Guy and Susanna’s home became the social nexus for a new generation of songwriters like Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle and Lyle Lovett, and Guy gained an appreciation for the collaborative approach to songwriting. “Texas Cookin’” closed out his RCA recordings and he moved to Warner, where he released three more albums and his songs began to be recorded by country stars like Ricky Skaggs, who took “Heartbroke” to the top of the chart, and Rodney Crowell, who did the same with “She’s Crazy for Leavin’”. He also recorded for Sugar Hill and Asylum, thirteen studio albums in all and two live ones. That’s not a lot of output in a 40-year career, but Guy was always about the quality, not the quantity, and his songs were as elegantly crafted as the guitars he built on his workbench. He wrote song lyrics in longhand on graph paper—one letter per space--connoting a certain precision to the craft equal to that of the luthier, although Guy scoffed at such comparisons. He continued touring in the new millennium, often in the company of songwriter and guitarist, Verlon Thompson. In 2011 numerous artists, many of whom Guy had helped along the way and/or who had co-writes with him came together for “This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark”, which won a Grammy. Guy’s wife and musical muse, Susanna, died in 2012 after a long illness, and the next year he released his final album, “My Favorite Picture of You”, featuring a photo of Susanna from the 1970s. It also won a Grammy. Guy Clark died on May 17, 2016 at the age of 74. There have been reports from various sources that he’s gone to Dallas, rest his soul, that he caught that train with Jack Prigg or he’s out in the garden pushing up homegrown tomatoes. We do know, however, that his ashes were incorporated into a sculpture by his longtime artist and musician friend, Terry Allen.

03:36PM-03:38PM (2:39) Guy Clark “Better Days” from Keepers: A Live Recording (1997) on SUGAR HILL ( — One of Guy's earliest keepers. This looks like the first of better days.

03:39PM-03:42PM (3:44) Eric Brace, Peter Cooper and Thomm Jutz “B & O Man” from Profiles in Courage, Frailty, And Discomfort (2017) on Red Beet Records New — This trio is at Log House Concerts on Friday, November 17th, 8PM.

03:43PM Set break — JONI HARMS was born on November 5, 1959 in Canby, OR and will be 58 years old on tomorrow. She favors the “western” part of country & western, attributable to the fact that she still lives and works on the ranch in Oregon that her great, great grandfather first homesteaded in the 1870s. She was signed by Jimmy Bowen to the Capitol label in the early 1990s and she has since recorded ten albums. She has won numerous Academy of Western Artists awards, and she won the Western Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year in 2003, the same year the title track of her album, “Let’s Put the Western Back in the Country” won Song of the Year honors. She has also recorded an album for children and has written a children’s book. Her latest release came out in 2014, “From Oregon to Ireland”, recorded live. Douglas Wayne “DOUG” SAHM was born on November 6, 1941 in San Antonio, TX. His musical tastes were many, and included blues, R & B, country, Cajun, Tex-Mex, Western swing and rock ‘n’ roll. He was a child prodigy who made his musical debut at age five on a San Antonio radio station playing steel guitar and played the Skyline Club in Austin on December 19, 1952 with Hank Williams in what would be Hank’s last show. As a teenager he recorded for a number of small Texas labels, releasing “A Real American Joe” in 1955 as Little Doug Sahm. Later in the decade he playing black blues clubs in San Antonio with Spot Barnett. He was part of a group called The Pharoahs and in the mid ‘60s producer Huey Meaux (Freddy Fender, among many) encouraged Doug to form a group of his own. The resultant Sir Douglas Quintet (Meaux’s choice, no doubt to ride the wave of the British Invasion) had some success, but not enough to keep Sahm from moving to California and forming a blues band before reforming the Quintet. “Mendocino”, featuring Augie Meyers’ Vox organ, became a hit for them and two albums followed the success of that single. The astute Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records sensed there was a market for Doug’s music that Nashville would never support, and he not only signed Doug, but also Willie Nelson, who had drowned in the Nashville Sound approach at RCA. He recorded 1973’s “Doug Sahm and Band”, featuring guests like Bob Dylan, Dr. John, David Bromberg and Flaco Jiminez, as well as two others for Atlantic. In 1990 he reunited with Jiminez, Meyers and Fender—whom Doug had first met in 1958—to form the Tex-Mex supergroup, The Texas Tornados. He also played during this time with other groups, including Los Super 7, and released the Grammy-winning “The Last Real Texas Blues Band”. Doug Sahm died of a heart attack on November 19, 1999 at the age of 58 and a posthumous release, “The Return of Wayne Douglas” came out on Sahm’s Tornado Records the next year. In 2009 the multi-artist “Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm came out on Vanguard. Doug’s son, Shawn, has also released an album with surviving Tornados, Meyers and Jiminez called “Esta Bueno!”

03:45PM-03:48PM (3:09) The Lucky Stars “Lie, Lie Again” from Go to Town (2013) on Fate — Though this song was written several years ago it nevertheless seems topical for some reason.

03:48PM-03:51PM (3:27) Joni Harms “Let's Put the Western Back in the Country” from Let's Put The Western Back In The Country (2003) on Wildcatter — Sure wish Joni would set up a Midwest tour in the near future.

03:51PM-03:55PM (3:31) Doug Sahm & the Sir Douglas Quintet “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” from The Best of Doug Sahm & the Sir Douglas Quintet 1968-1975 (1990) on Mercury — Originally recorded in 1971 for Smash Records, from the album "The Return of Doug Sahm".

03:55PM Set break

04:04PM-04:07PM (3:27) Cree Rider Family Band “Callin' the Shots” from A Toast To Absent Friends (2016) on Cree Rider Family Band Local — Cree Rider's Country Cousins inaugurate the Game 6 Honky Tonk venue with a show on Friday, November 10th at 9PM.

04:07PM-04:10PM (3:22) Trigger 5 “Off the Record” from AM Band (2015) on self — Trigger 5 is at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups on Saturday, November 18th, 4PM start.

04:10PM Set break — What a nice surprise to have Tom Breiding stop by the air room during today's Back Country. Tom is in town for a UMWA rally to secure long-term funding for union pensioners.

04:11PM-04:15PM (3:49) Tom Breiding “Now It's Here” from River, Rails or Road (2015) on AmeriSon Records — Tom wrote this one after retired miners won funding for their health insurance. Check out Tom's music and advocacy efforts for the UMWA at

04:15PM Set break — BONNIE Lynn RAITT was born on November 8, 1949 in Burbank, CA and will be 68 years old on Wednesday. Her mother was a pianist and her father was Broadway star, John Raitt. She learned to play guitar at an early age and has become renowned for her slide work on the instrument. She enrolled at Ratcliffe in 1967, majoring in social relations and African studies, but she met old time bluesman, Dick Waterman and she took a semester off to go with him and others to Philadelphia, which, according to Raitt, “changed everything”. She signed with Warner in 1971, releasing her eponymous debut album to good reviews and poor sales. Warner had difficulty figuring out where Bonnie belonged in their ordered musical universe and it wasn’t until 1977 that “Sweet Forgiveness” gave her the first taste of commercial success with a recording of the old Del Shannon number, “Runaway”. The string ran out with Warner in 1983, as Bonnie experienced drug and alcohol problems and Warner was in full stable-cleaning mode, also dumping established acts like Van Morrison and Arlo Guthrie. Bonnie cleaned up her personal issues in time to join Jennifer Warnes and k.d. lang as backup singers for the star-studded tribute to Roy Orbison, “Black and White Night” in 1987and with her 10th album in 1989 she finally achieved widespread recognition and commercial success with producer Don Was and “Nick of Time”. She garnered three Grammys with it, and a fourth for her duet “In the Mood” with John Lee Hooker. Her next album, “Luck of the Draw”, continued that trend with three more Grammys and “Longing in Their Hearts” garnered two more, and was her second number one album. Her wildly successful collaboration with Don Was ended with 1995’s live release, “Road Tested”. She was inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and has since been selective in the projects she chooses. She has long been involved in political causes, beginning with protests during the Vietnam War, and particularly against the spread of nuclear power. In 2012 she released her first album since 2005, “Slipstream”, which won her yet another Grammy for Best Americana Album and her latest, “Dig in Deep”, came out in 2016.

04:16PM-04:18PM (2:47) Bonnie Raitt “Louise” from Sweet Forgiveness (1977) on Warner Brothers — A great song, written by Paul Siebel.

04:19PM-04:21PM (2:19) Lee Ann Womack “End of the End of the World” from The Lonely, The Lonesome & the Gone (2017) on ATO Records (AT0) (http://WWW.ATORECORDS.COM) New — New music from Lee Ann Womack.

04:21PM-04:24PM (3:54) Margo Price “Pay Gap” from All American Made (2017) on Third Man Records ( New — More social commentary from Margo. She's coming to St. Louis in January.

04:25PM Set break — DELBERT MCCLINTON was born on November 4, 1940 in Lubbock, TX and is 77 years old today. He has honed his special brand of Texas roadhouse music over a 55-year career, beginning as part of a house band in Ft. Worth in the early ‘60s backing blues masters like Sonny Boy II, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Jimmy Reed. His 1960 cover of Sonny Boy’s “Wake Up Baby” was the first record by a white artist to be played on the local blues station. He toured England with Forth Worth musician, Bruce Channel, where he ended up giving harp lessons to John Lennon. He moved to Los Angeles and teamed up with Glen Clark to record two albums (they recently reunited for his latest release in 2013, “Blind, Crippled and Crazy”). He got a boost when Emmylou Harris recorded his song, “Two More Bottles of Wine” and took it to the top of the country chart, but two albums with Capricorn went nowhere, as did his album for Muscle Shoal Records, although it did produce his first hit, “Giving It Up for Your Love”. His 1989 release, “Live from Austin”, recorded as part of the Austin City Limits series, earned him his first Grammy, and more recently he won one in 2006 for “Cost of Living”. BILLY N. SHERRILL was born on November 5, 1936 in Phil Cambbell, AL. As the son of an evangelical preacher he often played piano at revivals and other services his father performed. He became attracted to blues, rhythm and blues and jazz, added a saxophone to his instrumental repertoire and led a jump blues outfit throughout the South. He also began writing songs during this time and after he received a royalty check from an unknown Nashville artist’s recording of one of his songs he moved to Nashville. He had no background in country music but got a job producing records for Sam Phillips at Sun Studios and when Sam went bankrupt the next year he signed on with Epic Records as their Nashville producer. He began producing records with big production values, substituting orchestral string sections and choral vocals, choosing the songs his artists would record and even writing some of the material. Over the next 15 or so years his work with George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Charlie Rich and others established him as the go-to producer for countrypolitan music, or the Nashville Sound, if you will. By 1980 he was a Vice-President with Epic’s parent company, CBS, but he left that position to produce Ray Charles’ 1986 duets album, “Friendship”, before returning to CBS and staying until his retirement. What Billy Sherrill essentially did was take Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” and superimpose it on country music—with great commercial and, to a lesser degree, artistic success as well. Billy Sherrill was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010. Billy Sherrill died on August 4, 2015 at the age of 78. Cecil Ingram Connor III, aka GRAM PARSONS, was born on November 5, 1946 in Winter Haven, FL. The grandson of a man who owned a third of Florida’s citrus acreage and the son of a man who killed himself when Parsons was 12, his life could easily be imagined as a Tennessee Williams work. After the death of Coon Dog Connor, Gram’s mother remarried and Robert Parsons formally adopted him along with a name change. He formed a group in high school called the Pacers, later the Legends, which had Jim Stafford (“Spiders and Snakes”) in the band. He later formed the Shilos, touring throughout Florida and the South. He spent a semester at Harvard, where he formed the International Submarine Band, and then moved to New York City with the band and finally to Los Angeles, where they released “Safe at Home”, Gram’s first recorded attempt at fusing country music with a rock ‘n’ roll attitude and sound. As ethereal as Parsons’ life was, it only made sense that by the time the album came out the band had dissolved. Parsons moved on to the Byrds, taking David Crosby’s spot and, after the seminal “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” came out in 1968, prompted Roger McGuinn to say in a subsequent interview, “We just hired a piano player and he turned out to be Parsons…It’s George Jones! In a sequin suit!” In typical Parsons style, he left the band after a few months, ostensibly because the Byrds were going to play in apartheid South Africa, but probably equally because he wanted to spend time with his pal, Keith Richards, at Richards’ estate in England. Chris Hillman soon left the Byrds and with Parsons they formed the Flying Burrito Brothers, adding Chris Ethridge on bass and Sneaky Pete Kleinow on pedal steel. Their debut release in 1969, “The Gilded Palace of Sin”, became an instant classic and, like all of Parsons’ work while he was alive, a commercial failure. They followed that up with “Burrito Deluxe”, a lesser quality but still quite good release, before Parsons left yet another band. He played the rock star druggie dilettante for a while, and the only notable event during this time was attending a D.C. club with Chris Hillman and hearing Emmylou Harris for the first time. “GP” was his first solo release in 1973. He enlisted the help of Elvis’ TCB band and some Nashville stalwarts like Buddy Emmons and Al Perkins, and tried to get Haggard to produce but settled for Haggard’s engineer, Hugh Davies. A crazy train-and-bus tour as Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels comprised a dozen shows from Boulder to Boston, with a radio broadcast performance over WLIR in Long Island resulting in an album which was first released in 1982 by Sierra Records. Gram’s second solo release, “Grievous Angel”, was finished by the end of August 1973 when he visited nearby Joshua Tree National Monument and on September 17, 1973 he died of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 26. Road Mangler Deluxe Phil Kaufmann spirited Gram’s body from an L.A.-area airport and as they had agreed, set fire to the casket, sending Gram’s ashes floating over Joshua Tree. Emmylou Harris has carried on the flame of Cosmic American Music for almost 45 years and there has been more support recently for his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

04:26PM-04:29PM (3:59) Delbert McClinton “Lone Star Blues” from Room to Breathe (2002) on New West — King of Texas Roadhouse music.

04:30PM-04:34PM (4:09) Emmylou Harris and The Hot Band “Too Far Gone” from Pieces of the Sky (1975) on Reprise — Billy Sherrill wrote this one and Emmylou knew just what to do with it.

04:34PM-04:37PM (3:00) Gram Parsons “Kiss the Children” from GP/Grievous Angel (1990) on Reprise — Originally released in 1972, one written by Rik Grech. Haggard's engineer, Hugh Davies, produced this album, enlisting Elvis' TCB band, as well as Nashville luminaries like Buddy Emmons and Al Perkins.

04:37PM Set break — ROY LEE CENTERS was born on November 8, 1944 in Jackson, KY. Located in the eastern part of the state, it was a rough and rowdy area that knew its share of feuding, family and otherwise. He learned to play guitar and banjo after moving north of the Ohio River, and he gained experience as part of The Lee Brothers and Jack Lynch’s Miami Valley Boys. When Ralph Stanley reformed the Clinch Mountain Boys after Carter’s death, Larry Sparks took Carter’s lead vocal role, and when Sparks left in 1969 Ralph hired Roy Lee. Ralph thought his vocal style was eerily similar to Carter’s and you can certainly hear it on those early ‘70s records. He also recorded separately with members of the Clinch Mountain Boys such as Keith Whitley, Ricky Skaggs and Curly Ray Cline. He stayed with Stanley for four years and while on a visit back to his boyhood home he got involved in a dispute and his life was ended, the victim of a gunshot, on May 2, 1974 at the age of 29. STONEWALL JACKSON was born on November 6, 1932 in Tabor City, NC and will be 85 years old on Monday. His family claimed he was descended from the Confederate general and it was neither a nickname nor a show name, but his real one. He got out of the Navy in 1954 and moved to Nashville two years later, where a demo tape got into the hands of Wesley Rose of Acuff-Rose Productions and he arranged a tryout on the Grand Ole Opry, making Jackson the first artist to appear on the Opry before he was signed to a record label. He subsequently toured with Ernest Tubb before signing with Columbia in 1958, where his first hit came next year, a cover of George Jones’ “Life to Go”. He followed that up with his biggest hit, “Waterloo”, which stayed at the top of the chart for 5 weeks. Another first for Stonewall came when he recorded the first live album at the Grand Ole Opry, 1963’s “Old Showboat”. From the time he signed with Columbia through 1971 he had 35 Top Forty hits, putting him on par with Ray Price and Webb Pierce as honky tonk stalwarts of that time. In 2006 he sued the Opry for age discrimination, which was later settled, and he returned to performing there, as he has since 1956.

04:40PM-04:42PM (2:21) Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys “Love Me Darling One More Time” from Classic Bluegrass (1990) on Rebel — Roy Lee Centers on the lead vocal, recorded in 1973 for the Lemco label, a little over a year before Roy's death by gunshot.

04:42PM-04:45PM (3:48) Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder “Don't Get Above Your Raisin'” from Country Hits Bluegrass Style (2011) on Skaggs Family Records ( — A Lester Flatt tune. Ricky and KT are at the Sheldon Concert Hall next Friday, November 10th, 8PM.

04:45PM-04:47PM (2:34) Stonewall Jackson “Life to Go” from The Best of Stonewall Jackson (2002) on Sony — One written by George Jones, recorded for Columbia Records in 1958, the year before it came out on The Possum's "White Lightning" album.

04:48PM Set break

04:49PM-04:53PM (4:36) Colter Wall “Kate McCannon” from Colter Wall (2017) on Young Mary's Record Co. — He'll be at Off Broadway on Saturday, December 2nd.

04:53PM-04:56PM (2:48) Tyler Childers “Purgatory” from Purgatory (2017) on Hickman Holler Records New — Sturgill Simpson produced this album. Tyler will be at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room with William Matheny next Friday, November 10th, 8PM. 

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30.12 | 08:32

Var finns vittnena Kerstin Larsson & Lillies Olsson? Far inte med lögner, Vilka grannar man har. Ansvarslösa individer

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Otroligt bra skivval...

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Mycket bra val av skivor - så skall COUNTRY MUSIC låta...

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Tommy Morrell & Co - great gang!

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