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"Born to Fly" – Sara Evans It's the song that launched Sara Evans into stardom and the music video played just as big of a role in promoting the single and Sara Evans overall. The Wizard of Oz-themed music video won the CMA Award for Video of the Year in 2001 and still to this day is one of the more recognizable videos in country music.
Episode #13 – Christmas 2018 Merry Christmas you filthy animals! We share our favorite Christmas albums as well as some of our favorite renditions of the best Christmas songs. We talk Vince Gill, Faith Hill, and Martina McBride as we count down the days until Christmas.
Lady Antebellum – Lady Antebellum (2008) In April of 2008, a new country group by the name of Lady Antebellum made their country music introduction with their self-titled debut album. With both Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott sharing lead vocals, the group brought in a fresh new sound that captivated country fans. With singles like "Love Don't Live Here", "Lookin' For a Good Time", and "I Run To You", the group quickly became one of the hottest acts in country music.
"I Don't Remember Me (Before You)" – Brothers Osborne On this week's episode, we tackled a recent music video by Brothers Osborne. Released in 2018, "I Don't Remember Me (Before You)" didn't have commercial success at radio, but the duo flexed their creative muscles with an engaging and captivating music video.
Keith Urban – Keith Urban (1999) In the late 90s, country music was introduced to a new country singer from down under – Mr. Keith Urban. Urban made his debut in 1999 with his self-titled debut album. Urban's debut single "It's a Love Thing" peaked at #18 on the charts but it was the other singles on the album that really announced his entrance to country music. Songs like "Your Everything", "But for the Grace of God", and "Where the Blacktop Ends" all reached the Top 5 at country radio. Aaron and Emily discuss and debate whether or not the Keith Urban sound of this album holds up to his sound in 2020. Spoiler: There's not a consensus.
"You Save Me" – Kenny Chesney The music video for "You Save Me" is one of Kenny Chesney's more creative videos that stretched him outside of his comfort zone, by playing the lead actor. Emily and Aaron chat about the opening of this music video, making it more of a mini-movie as well as Kenny's acting chops and if he could've gone Hollywood.
"Here Comes Goodbye" – Rascal Flatts Rascal Flatts released "Here Comes Goodbye" in 2009 and it became their 10th #1 song. While the song lyrics lead you to think the song is about a breakup, the music video goes in an entirely different direction. We talk about how this music video hits you right in the gut and how creative of an idea the concept for the video was.
"Come On Over" – Shania Twain (1997) It's one of the most iconic albums of all time, not just in country. Shania Twain's Come On Over album would become the 9th best selling album in U.S. history with over 17 million albums sold. Come On Over featured 16 songs, 11 of which charted Top 30 at radio including the crossover hits "From This Moment On" and "You're Still the One" and the karaoke and wedding favorite "Man I Feel Like a Woman." We chat about how large of an impact this album had on country music and what level of stardom Shania reached.
Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw (2004) Tim McGraw's 8th studio album Live Like You Were Dying would go 4x Platinum while garnering 2 Grammy nominees. The title track "Live Like You Were Dying" would become one of Tim's signature songs of his career as it spent 7 weeks at #1 while winning both the ACM and CMA Awards for Single of the Year and Song of the Year. But there's a lot more to the album as well. Four other songs were released all reaching Top 15, with "Back When" going to #1. Looking back, this album was crucial for Tim to bridge his success in the 90s to the mid 2000s and going forward.
"Best of Intentions" – Travis Tritt Released in June of 2000, Travis Tritt's "Best of Intentions" would reach the top spot on the charts, becoming the last time he would have a #1 single. But let's get to the video. Always one to be creative with music video concepts, Travis Tritt once again stars in the lead role for the music video. We chat about the idea to place him as a prisoner, Tritt's ability to act, and read some "interesting" YouTube comments on the video.
It Goes Like This – Thomas Rhett (2013) Thomas Rhett is a bonafide super start in country music. With sell out tours, platinum albums, and award show hardware, it's wild to think he's only been in our lives for 7 years. In 2013, Rhett released his debut album It Goes Like This. While it featured three #1 singles with "It Goes Like This," "Get Me Some of That", and "Make Me Wanna", this album is quite different than what we're use to. This album has TR working with different producers and a more country-rock sound than one would expect. We discuss this, some of our hidden gems and songs we wish would stay hidden, and where this album ranks with the three others on this episode.
"Tall, Tall Trees" – Alan Jackson He's one of the greatest country artists of all time and on this week's episode, we breakdown Alan Jackson's 1995 "Tall, Tall Trees." The music video features Monica Potter, from Parenthood or Con Air, depending on your TV-watching preferences. The music video shows AJ's sly and often hidden humorous side of him. He saves the best for the end, with the clever way the video concludes.
"Check Yes or No" – George Strait It's one of the classic George Strait hits…"Check Yes or No." On this episode of Video Vault, Aaron and Emily chat about how much of a "feel good" music video this is and why it's George Strait through and through.
Modern Day Drifter – Dierks Bentley (2005) Dierks Bentley followed up his debut album with the successful sophomore album Modern Day Drifter in 2005. The album featured hits "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do" (#3), "Come a Little Closer" (#1), and "Settle for a Slowdown" (#1). While the album was successful from a singles and commercial standpoint, Aaron and Emily struggle with how to rate the rest of the album as they have a preference for his more recent music.
Lonely Grill – Lonestar (1999) Lonestar's 3rd studio album Lonely Grill would become a career changer for the group. With songs like "Amazed" and "What About Now" was certified platinum 3x and launched the group into crossover appeal. With a new producer in Dann Huff, Lonestar ushered in a new sound which led to four #1 hits. Emily and Aaron talk about the great hidden gems that are found on this album even if they disagree on one of them.
"The Heart Won't Lie" – Reba McEntire and Vince Gill In 1993, Reba McEntire and Vince Gill teamed up on a duet with "The Heart Won't Lie." The song would reach the top of radio charts, making it a #1 single for the both of them. The video features Reba as a Navy Officer Candidate and Vince as her Marine Corps Drill Instructor. As Aaron and Emily break down this music video they learn that one of them isn't a fan of the music video and finds it rather cringeworthy. Listen to see where that conversation goes.
"Just Another Day in Paradise" – Phil Vassar In 2000, Phil Vassar released his 2nd single in "Just Another Day in Paradise." The song would become his first of two #1 songs. The feel good song is brought to life in the music video as Phil plays the dad of a family in a house where everything is going wrong. Aaron and Emily talk about how clever the concept of the video is, the early 2000s fashion and design, as well as Phil's natural acting abilities as the everyday dad.
My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean (2010) One of the most successful albums of the last decade, Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party not only changed his career but it changed country music and ushered in a new sound. With songs like "My Kinda Party", "Don't You Wanna Stay", and "Dirt Road Anthem" Aldean went from being a rising star to a bonafide super star in country music. We talk about the top hits, hidden gems, and the talented group of songwriters on this project that included names like Thomas Rhett and Brantley Gilbert.
Take Me As I Am – Faith Hill (1993) In 1993, a new female voice in country music burst on to the scene. Faith Hill released her debut album Take Me As I Am. The lead single "Wild One" spent 4 weeks at #1 on the charts and then she followed it up with another #1 in "Piece of My Heart." At the time dubbed by the media as the next Reba, we discuss if that's accurate or not. Aaron and Emily differ on how good this album is and where it stacks up all-time for Faith.
"My Maria" – Brooks & Dunn In 1996, Brooks & Dunn released "My Maria" and it became an iconic song for the duo. The music video on the other hand is one that not many people associate with the song. Why is that? We discuss why that is and if a more identifiable video would've made the hit even bigger.
No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems – Kenny Chesney (2002) With his sixth studio album, Kenny Chesney went to the next level and began to transition the sound of his music from more of the traditional sounding to the more modern country with coastal influences. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems featured his biggest hit up until this point with "The Good Stuff." Other top hits on this album include party jams "Young" and "Big Star" and the title track that became the soundtrack for many summers with "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems." Emily and Aaron chat about what this album did for his sound going forward, the fifth single that they shouldn't have released, and if this album even belongs on the medal stand amongst Kenny's best albums ever.
"Ol' Red" – Blake Shelton "Ol' Red" is one of Blake Shelton's most well-known singles and helped put him on the path to become the artist he is today. While George Jones and Kenny Rogers each recorded the song prior, Blake took the song and made a music video that resembles something you'd see on the big screen. If there was ever a music video for Shawshank Redemption, "Ol' Red" just might be it. We tackled the 2002 video from Mr. Blake Shelton.
Kickin' It Up – John Michael Montgomery (1994) As one of the biggest country singers of the 90s, John Michael Montgomery's sophomore album Kickin' It Up just might be his best. Or is it? We debate that and many other things this episode including which artist today would be best suited to cover one of his songs? Names like Michael Ray and Jon Pardi were suggested including another 90s country artist.

The album featured his biggest hit to date with "I Swear." Top hits "Be My Baby Tonight" and "If You've Got Love" reached the #1 spot on the charts while another Montgomery staple "Rope the Moon" went all the way to #4.
Rascal Flatts – Rascal Flatts (2000) In 2000, Rascal Flatts bursted on to the scene with a fresh new sound and their self-titled debut album. The album featured four Top-10 songs but the album features additional songs that we think could've been just as successful. We then debate where the album stacks up all-time amongst the other Rascal Flatts albums.
"Concrete Angel" – Martina McBride In 2001, Martina McBride released her single "Concrete Angel" as well as the accompanying music video. It's often referred to as one of the saddest songs of country music and the video is no different. We talk about the importance of this music video in country music.
I'll Stay Me – Luke Bryan (2007) In 2007 Luke Bryan released his debut album called "I'll Stay Me." It stands out from the albums he released following as it has more of a traditional country sound to it. Those that aren't Luke fans today, will enjoy his first album. We chat about whether they made the right choice with the singles to radio, which single didn't get enough credit, and other songs on the album that we love.
"How Do You Like Me Now" – Toby Keith Toby Keith is one of the artists that we think has some of the best music videos. They're often humorous in nature, but always memorable. Toby goes back in time 20 years ago to that crush that didn't want anything to do with him. This video kicked off Toby creating some of the most memorable country music videos of the early 2000s.
I'm Alright – Jo Dee Messina (1998) In 1998, Jo Dee Messina released her sophomore album "I'm Alright" which would become her best selling album to date. Featuring three #1s ("I'm Alright", "Bye-Bye", "Stand Beside Me") a #2 remake with Lesson In Leavin', and another Top 10 hit with "Because You Love Me" this album was an absolute monster success. We chat about what this album meant to Messina's legacy and the one other song we badly want someone else to cut and release to radio.
"I Think About You" – Collin Raye Collin Raye stars in his own music video playing a police officer who is also a single dad. The contrast of the bad things he sees on the job with the innocence of being a parent to a young girl is what makes this video captivating. The music video would win an award at the 1996 ACM's for Music Video of the Year. On this episode we talk about Raye's acting chops as well as alternative ideas and endings we came up with for this video.
Boomtown – Toby Keith (1994) Toby Keith released his sophomore album "Boomtown" in the fall of 1994. Named after the area Keith grew up in living in Oklahoma, "Boomtown" is one of our favorite album titles. After a successful debut album that featured songs like "Should've Been a Cowboy" and "A Little Less Talk and A Lot More Action" Keith had to keep the momentum rolling. Four singles were released from this album including #1 hit "Who's That Man" and #2 hit "You Ain't Much Fun." While it's not one of his more iconic albums, there are some great deep cuts on this album that Aaron and Emily argue about. Most importantly, this album kept the momentum going.
"Is There Life Out There?" – Reba McEntire In 1992, Reba McEntire released "Is There Life Out There." The song would reach #1 on the charts but is most remembered for the iconic music video that accompanied the song. Reba showed off her early acting chops that became a staple in many of her future videos and eventually led to her acting career. The most interesting part about this music video? It came close to never being seen by the masses. We share why that was in this episode.
"I'm Gonna Miss Her" – Brad Paisley In 2003, Brad Paisley released "I'm Gonna Miss Her" and as good as that song is, the music video made it even better. With cameos from Dan Patrick and Jerry Springer, this music video transports us back to the early 2000s. We go a little bonkers on this episode as Stephen A. Smith's name gets tossed around a bit during our discussion.
Sinners Like Me – Eric Church (2006) On this episode of The Album Collection we take a closer look at Eric Church's debut album "Sinners Like Me." While none of the four singles he released charted into the Top 10, the album set him up to become the Eric Church we know today. In one of the most impressive debut albums from any artist, Eric Church crafts a unique and compelling story with each song. Where does it stack up all time with his other albums? That's what we tackle.
"Anymore" – Travis Tritt On this episode of Video Vault, Aaron Wagner and Emily Wagner travel all the way back to 1991 for Travis Tritt's smash hit "Anymore." The powerful and dramatic video stars Tritt ,playing a wounded Vietnam veteran as he ponders what his future looks like with the love of his life, while dealing with his new fate from the war.
"Ready To Run" – Dixie Chicks In the debut episode of Video Vault, Aaron Wagner and Emily Wagner go back to 2000 when the Dixie Chicks released the music video for "Ready to Run." In 2004, CMT would place the music video 26th on its Top 100 Music Videos of All Time list. The video has the trio ditching their grooms at their wedding and running all over town as they try to escape from their big day.
Storyteller – Carrie Underwood (2015) On this episode of The Album Collection, Aaron Wagner and Emily dive into Carrie Underwood's 5th studio album Storyteller. With four Top-2 singles ("Dirty Laundry", "Church Bells", "Heartbeat", "Smoke Break") this album was nominated for CMA Album of the Year, losing out to Eric Church's Mr. Misunderstood. Everything from the key songwriters to hidden gems are discussed as well as where the album stacks up with the other great albums Underwood has released.
Born to Fly – Sara Evans (2000) On the debut episode of The Album Collection, Aaron Wagner and Emily nerd out on Sara Evans' 3rd studio album Born to Fly. With hit singles "Born to Fly", "I Could Not Ask For More", and "I Keep Looking", Evans was nominated for 5 CMA Awards for her work on the album. Everything from the key songwriters to hidden gems are discussed as well as where the album stacks up all time for Evans.
Podcast (28) Old Dominion's New Album, Sam Hunt, Dan + Shay, and Previewing November's Albums It's been awhile since we chatted on a podcast. We caught up on the new Old Dominion album, all the new songs from the biggest names in country, and previewed a busy month of November for new albums.

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Podcast (27) Danny McMahon Danny McMahon has had himself a heck of a year.

The artist has quickly become one of the faces of UK Country Music. He recently took home awards at the UK Country Awards for Male Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for "When I See You," and Artist of the Year. He's up for 3 more awards at the British Country Music Awards (BCMA's) which will take place on November 9th.

Danny is in Nashville for a couple weeks and sat down with us to chat about the rollercoaster ride he's been on the last few years. We talk about the differences between UK Country Music and country music here in the states as well as the artists that influenced him to want to make country music for a living. Danny also takes us inside his songwriting process, specifically how important songwriting truly has become for him.

This was a really fun one to record. Give it a listen but make sure you check out Danny's music and follow him on his socials to stay up to date with the latest happenings.
Podcast (26) CMA Nominees We're back!!! This week, we run through the list of the CMA Awards Nominees.
CMT Awards and Center Point Road (25) Instant reaction of the 2019 CMT Awards as well as chatting all things about Thomas Rhett's new album Center Point Road.
Front Row at a Garth Concert (24) Our friend Kelsey joins us this week to chat about her experience at the Garth Brooks concert in the Twin Cities. Her and her sister originally had seats in the nosebleeds…but that's not where they ended up taking in the show. She tells the story that every country music fan would be jealous of.
Granger Smith's Creative Project and the Brooks & Dunn Reboot Album (23) We chat about the cool project Granger Smith is embarking on and how it might affect the country music industry. We share our thoughts on Brooks & Dunn's Reboot album, Reba's latest album, and just how great of a night the ACM Awards was earlier in the month.
2019 ACM's Preview It’s ACMs weekend! We run through the list of nominees in each category, discuss the winners already announced, and predict which artists will have the biggest night.
Meet the Parents On this week's podcast we are joined by our parents to talk about country music and a whole host of other things. Join us for laughs and candid responses to our questions about country music. Listen to hear their honest opinions on the likes of George Strait, Shania Twain, and especially Tim McGraw — which they couldn't disagree more. This is a fun one.
JessLee Interview JessLee appeared on Season 14 of The Voice as both Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton turned their chair for her. JessLee talks about her experience on the show and what she took away from it. While country is her roots and foundation of her music, she grabs aspects of punk, pop, and rock and infuses it in her music which she explains She shares what it's been like working with her awesome team on new music due out later this year. JessLee has such positive outlook on life and her career which you definitely get listening to her this episode. Take a listen but be sure to check her music out!
The New Maren Morris Album, New Music from Smithfield, T-Rhett, and Dustin Lynch We recap our time at the Phil Vassar concert and how selfies and phones are ruining the overall concert experience. We rant and rave about new music from Smithfield, Thomas Rhett, and Dustin Lynch and then switch over to praise the new Maren Morris album GIRL. We wrap it up with new artists we are listening to and some throwback tracks, before Emily has Aaron narrow down his favorite Rascal Flatts song.
Episode #18 – California Emily is on her way Napa Valley, California to enjoy some wine and have fun for a long weekend. With that in mind, we thought it would be appropriate to chat about some of the country music artists that are from California such as Brett Young and Jon Pardi. Following that we go through the list of the recently announced ACM Award Nominees – the same award show that originated in California! As usual we share what music we can't get enough of at the moment, a throwback jam, and then finish with some trivia.
Episode #17 – Devin Dawson and Jillian Jacqueline Concert Preview This episode we talk all things Devin Dawson and Jillian Jaqueline prior to their concert this weekend. Two of our favorite artists, both Devin and Jillian are truly unapologetic about their unique styles of country music. That's why we love them. We also talk about the new albums of 2019 from Randy Houser, Cody Johnson, and Cassadee Pope as well as a brief chat about the upcoming Grammys.
Episode #16 – Taylor Acorn This episode we are joined by Taylor Acorn, an up and coming singer-songwriter who is one of our "Artists To Watch in 2019." She's definitely one we're betting on. Taylor recently made the move to Nashville and talks about what it has been like to be fully immersed in the Nashville environment. We talk about her writing style and how it continues to evolve with the new experiences in Nashville. She also shares which artists both in country and other genres shaped her into the artist she is today.
Episode #15 – 2019 Preview With our first episode of 2019 we preview the year in country music. We each share artists that you need to keep an eye on, the albums we're most looking forward to, and the songs from 2018 albums that will be hits this year.

In this episode: 

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Episode #14 – 2018 Recap Thanks to everyone who has listened to us this year since we started this podcast and site back in June. For the final episode of 2018 we hand out awards for favorite albums, songs, music videos, concerts we attended, as well as a few other fun ones. 

In this episode: 

Favorite concert we went to this year
Biggest disappointment and what we want to leave behind in 2018
Favorite album of the year
Favorite music video of the year
Favorite new artist of the year
Proud Parent Award (Artist we're especially proud of this year)
Socialite Award (Favorite follows on social media)
Favorite song of the year
Episode #12 – Songwriters While you know who the top artists in country music are, do you know the talented men and women behind them that are writing the best songs in country music? We chat about artists who got their start in songwriting and how it impacted the artist they've become today. Then we dive in to some of the best and well-known songwriters in Nashville. These are songwriters with multiple chart-topping hits who are just as important to the song as the artists singing. As usual we conclude with our throwback jams, new artists, and trivia.
Episode #11 – 2018 CMA Awards Instant Reaction Late night podcast! Immediately following the 52nd CMA Awards we provide our honest and blunt thoughts on the evening as a whole. Things we liked, things we didn't, our favorite performances, and which ones left us wanting a little more.
Episode #10 – 2018 CMA Awards Preview The BIGGEST night in country music is almost here. The 52nd CMA Awards are set to air next Wednesday, November 14 at 8/7c on ABC. We breakdown each of the categories, selecting who would get our vote, as well as who we think eventually wins each category. From Musical Event of the Year to Single of the Year and from Female Artist of the Year to Entertainer of the Year, we give our honest thoughts about who should win as well as those that got snubbed from nomination. As usual we conclude with a throwback track, artist you should be listening to, and trivia.

This episode we rant and rave about who we think are the best entertainers in country music. We talk Garth, Kenny, Reba, T-Rhett and more. This episode we also touch on what’s been going on in country music – including debut albums from Jimmie Allen and Morgan Evans, as well ” id=”5rxfDUciQMR” vid=”5rxfDUciQMR” id-for-player=”5rxfDUciQMR” link=”/listen/episode-9-entertainers-5rxfDUciQMR/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Episode #9 – Entertainers The best of the best.

This episode we rant and rave about who we think are the best entertainers in country music. We talk Garth, Kenny, Reba, T-Rhett and more. This episode we also touch on what's been going on in country music – including debut albums from Jimmie Allen and Morgan Evans, as well as our experience at a Chris Lane concert.
Episode #8 – "Two Is Better Than One." One of the best parts of country music is when two solo artists come together for a song. We discuss some of the most notable duets over the years, our favorite combinations, and our dream pairings. But first, we kick things off by diving into Carrie Underwood's new album "Cry Pretty."

This week’s podcast we talk about the artists that have found success in country music because of the singing competition TV shows such as American Idol and The Voice. We include our favorite performances from these talented artists as well as the hilarious and entertaining co” id=”5Y12b69ms6D” vid=”5Y12b69ms6D” id-for-player=”5Y12b69ms6D” link=”/listen/episode-7-winner-winner-country-singer-5Y12b69ms6D/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Episode #7 "Winner Winner, Country Singer." And the winner is….

This week's podcast we talk about the artists that have found success in country music because of the singing competition TV shows such as American Idol and The Voice. We include our favorite performances from these talented artists as well as the hilarious and entertaining comments from the judges/coaches. Simon Cowell made one of the most prophetic predictions of all time – find out what that was. 

As usual, we share our new artists, a throwback jam, and try to stump each other with country music trivia.
Episode #6 – UK Country Trade in your sweet tea and cornbread for some hot tea and crumpets! This episode we talk all things UK country music. Discover how these talented artists are turning London into the UK version of Nashville.

*Women of country music
*Female singers of the 90s and 2000s that we grew up on
*Carrie vs. Miranda
*Lack of female singers being played on radio and featured on digital streams
*Current group of female singers that are taking country music by storm
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Episode #5 – Women of Country In this episode we talk:

*Women of country music
*Female singers of the 90s and 2000s that we grew up on
*Carrie vs. Miranda
*Lack of female singers being played on radio and featured on digital streams
*Current group of female singers that are taking country music by storm
*Up and coming female singers that are about to make a name for themselves
*New artists to check out
*Throwback jams
4. Kenny Chesney and the Eric Church Interview That Has Everyone Talking This week's podcast we talk about the Eric Church interview in The Rolling Stones that has everyone talking. Kenny Chesney and Catherine McGrath dropped new albums last week that we're digging. Last, we touch on Kenny Chesney's career and the artist he has become. As usual, we introduce you to a new artist you should check out, a throwback jam, and try to stump each other with some country trivia.
Ep. 3 On Episode 3 we talk about Chris Lane's killer new album, the two country music stars who are dating, and discuss some of country music's greatest groups from Alabama to Rascal Flatts that we've grown up on. As always, we share our new artist you should be checking out, a throwback track, and trivia.
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Grand Ole Opry – NBC Radio Monitor – June 25, 1955 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

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June 1955 – Grand Ole Opry With Little Jimmy Dickens, "Chester" Atkins, Minnie Pearl And Many More – Past Daily Americana Grand Ole Opry: Little Jimmy Dickens on the air – 50s Americana before it made room for Elvis – (photo Les Leverett collection)

Grand Ole Opry – NBC Radio Monitor – June 25, 1955 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

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An ode to Americana this weekend. One of the benchmarks of Country-Western music was the weekly radio program Grand Ole Opry.

The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly American country music stage concert in Nashville, Tennessee, founded on November 28, 1925, by George D. Hay as a one-hour radio "barn dance" on WSM. Currently owned and operated by Opry Entertainment (a division of Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.), it is the longest-running radio broadcast in US history. Dedicated to honoring country music and its history, the Opry showcases a mix of famous singers and contemporary chart-toppers performing country, bluegrass, Americana, folk, and gospel music as well as comedic performances and skits. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world and millions of radio and internet listeners.

The Opry's current primary slogan is "The Show That Made Country Music Famous." Other slogans include "Home of American Music" and "Country's Most Famous Stage" and most importantly "The Mother Church of Country Music."

In the 1930s, the show began hiring professionals and expanded to four hours. Broadcasting by then at 50,000 watts, WSM made the program a Saturday night musical tradition in nearly 30 states. In 1939, it debuted nationally on NBC Radio. The Opry moved to a permanent home, the Ryman Auditorium, in 1943. As it developed in importance, so did the city of Nashville, which became America's "country music capital." The Grand Ole Opry holds such significance in Nashville that is included as a "home of" mention on the welcome signs seen by motorists at the Metro Nashville/Davidson County line.

Membership in the Opry remains one of country music's crowning achievements. Since 1974, the show has been broadcast from the Grand Ole Opry House east of downtown Nashville, with an annual three-month winter foray back to the Ryman since 1999. In addition to the radio programs, performances have been sporadically televised over the years.

This week it's a performance from the NBC Monitor weekend service series on their first 24 hours of broadcasting. This show is headed up by Little Jimmy Dickens and features Chet (Chester) Atkins, Minnie Pearl and a host of other artists who were prominent during the 1940s and 1950s.

Needless to say, much has changed in the ensuing 65 years since this broadcast last aired. Humor is way different – nobody smokes (or if they do, it's huddled in some dark corner with other pariahs) and Country Music bears little resemblance to what you hear now. The style and presentation have all changed.

But there was a time . . . .

Mustangs Of The West – Everybody Wants Peace On Earth – 2018 – Blue Elan Records –

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Mustangs Of The West – Everybody Wants Peace On Earth – Past Daily Nights At The Round Table: Holiday Edition Mustangs Of The West – the real deal – keeping the spirit alive and kicking.

Mustangs Of The West – Everybody Wants Peace On Earth – 2018 – Blue Elan Records –

Revving up the Christmas spirit with a new single by Mustangs Of The West, just in time for the holidays. Since we're devoting a lot of our nightly music posts with Christmas music new and old, between now and the Big Day – this is a special one I'm really delighted to share with you. Mustangs Of The West have reformed – they were around and gigging a few years ago, but life often gets in the way, and this amazing conglomeration of talented women in music got it back together and are gigging up a storm now. And what better way to celebrate gettin' it back together than to put out something for the Holidays. It's better than that – it's a great song with an all-too-timely sentiment and the production is completely top-notch.

I confess to being partial to this band – one of the founding members, Sherry Rayn Barnett is a dear, life-long friend of mine, who is one of the best and most sought-after music photographers in the business – and has been responsible for some iconic images of some legendary performers over the years. When she's not being brilliant behind the lens she's being brilliant behind the Fender (and she plays a kick-ass Ukulele).

But even if I didn't know Sherry I would still be pretty buzzed about this track. One of the things that's the sure-fire fun part of life is seeing people chase and pursue their dreams – and be good at it at the time same. I remember when The Mustangs first got together in the 1980s – it was a time when Country Music was going through changes, and rather than go off in directions that appeared to be far removed from Country-Western as a genre, The Mustangs (as they were known then) stuck close to their roots. They made honest music in a heartfelt way – always a good sign. They've made a lot of fans in the interim and are getting some well deserved recognition in the process. That they are back together, with added personnel and a whole new outlook, is cause to celebrate.

So – with all that said, check out the single – if you could, fall by their site and chip in a bit to grab a nice, squeaky clean version via Spotify or iTunes and grab a t-shirt for their first single (which you should also pick up). And get on their mailing list – they are gigging and recording and rumor has it a debut album is on its way.

I am hoping to put some of their live gigs up in the coming weeks/months – stay tuned.

But in the meantime . . . .crank it up and grab some tinsel!

Sir Lancelot and The Caribbean Serenaders – Keynote Records Album K-126 – Circa 1945 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

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Sir Lancelot And The Caribbean Serenaders – 1940s – Past Daily Nights At The Round Table: Archeology Edition Sir Lancelot – Major influence and the man who brought Calypso to America.

Sir Lancelot and The Caribbean Serenaders – Keynote Records Album K-126 – Circa 1945 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

Sir Lancelot to end the weekend. Calypso is most likely buried in the backroom of musical memory, having been hugely popular in the early part of the 20th century and achieving mania status in the U.S. from the World War 2 period up to the late 1950s.

Music of Trinidad was pretty much eclipsed by music of Jamaica from the 1960s onward, and the major forces behind it; the ones who brought Calypso to the U.S., faded from view for the most part.

But in the 1940s, Calypso was THE hip music to listen to. Rural, raw and morally quaint, with double-entendres and a certain misogynist slat, even by 1950s standards, at first it was a novelty. but as time went on it gained a place with the audience and a home in most record collections.

One of those w ho had achieved the biggest popularity and was a major influence for artists to follow was Sir Lancelot.

Born Lancelot Victor Edward Pinard (March 24, 1902 – March 12, 2001) was a calypso singer and actor who used the name Sir Lancelot.Sir Lancelot played a major role in popularizing calypso in North America, and Harry Belafonte has acknowledged him as an inspiration and major influence. Pinard studied to be a pharmacist as a young man, and his family sent him to New York City to study medicine.However, after hearing a concert by the African American lyric tenor Roland Hayes he gave up his medical education to study singing and music, and soon was performing classical works. He began including calypso in his performances, and eventually became a full-time calypso singer. About this time, he met the Trinidadian band leader Gerald Clark, perhaps the most significant promoter of calypso in New York City. Clark asked him to record some calypso songs, and Pinard agreed. He made his debut as Sir Lancelot in 1940 at New York City's Village Vanguard nightclub. He was a close friend of the photographer Seema Aissen Weatherwax, who took some of his first publicity photos. Sir Lancelot became a regular at the Village Vanguard, and by the 1940s "was widely considered the hottest calypsonian in the city." His trademark became the tuxedo he wore in nearly every concert, and his popularity was nationwide for two decades. In the 1940s he returned home for the first time but was largely disowned by his family, which felt that his calypso singing had shamed them. Sir Lancelot wrote the calypso song "Shame Scandal" (also known as "Fort Holland") in response.

This album, recorded by the Keynote Records label in the early 1940s (before the recording ban) and was a big hit at the time. Here's what he plays:
1. A Night In Central Park
2. Ugly Woman
3. Scandal In the Family
4. The Young Girls Today
5. The Century Of The Common Man
6. Trinidad In Changing
Maybe strange for some tastes, and might take some getting used to. It nonetheless is part of musical history and an aspect of popular culture that was very much a part of America during the War and Post-War years.

Give it a sample – can't hurt.

WMPS -Stokley’s High-Noon Roundup – 1952 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

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Stokley's High Noon Roundup – WMPS, Memphis 1952 – Past Daily Pop Chronicles Bob Neal of WMPS, Memphis – later on to become closely associated with Elvis Presley. In 1952 it was all Hillbilly.

WMPS -Stokley's High-Noon Roundup – 1952 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

A dose of Heartland Americana this weekend. In 1952, Rock n' Roll hadn't been invented yet – it was in the woodshedding stages and hadn't been unleashed on the public. No, before all that a good chunk of it owed its birth to Country-Western, and Hillbilly, from which Rock-A-Billy eventually morphed. But this hybrid of Country music was the stuff of Rural America. And shows like this one, Stokley's Hi-Noon Roundup, spoke to that huge community of people living in the farmlands across the Mid-West. The sponsor, Stokley-Van Camps, was one of the larger producers of canned vegetables in the country – and much of its success was owed to the farmers and suppliers throughout the Midwest, or Heartland America.

This was traditional Country music in a traditional setting – with a portion of the program devoted to a hymn and the folksy salutations to anniversaries, birthdays and milestone events. It was bookended by Country tunes and bluegrass which was the predominant musical form in this part of the country, and which now bears no resemblance of what's currently being classified as Country-Western music.

But like all Musical genres, Country music has gone through a lot of changes and modifications over the years. You don't hear this kind of Country music much on the radio anymore. If you do, it's mostly likely in the context of the great practitioners of this period; the Hank Williams' and the Carter Family's of the period.

So, to get an idea of what rural Middle-America was listening to in the early 1950s, here is what WMPS in Memphis Tennessee was broadcasting in 1952. Skip Skipper was the star attraction, and for 15 minutes you will be immersed in a slice of Hillbilly and bluegrass. And remember, this was Memphis in 1952. Just a few short years later . . . .