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Extra! Extra! Johnny Cash Channels Leadbelly!

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 10:56 AM Written by

One aspect of Johnny Cash's appeal I touched on in my recent look at the Bootleg III: Live Around the World release was his appearance at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival.  Cash's roots in folk music were deep; only his country roots were deeper.  Once he signed with Columbia Records in 1958, he continued exploring folk tunes as he quickly became one of their top country stars. That built on the fame he'd established on Sun Records from 1955 on. Cash developed such a strong folk following that Columbia would advertise his releases in the most popular folk magazine of the time: Sing Out!  

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Coming Soon: George Jones at 80

Tuesday, 22 November 2011 09:50 AM Written by

September marked the 80th birthday of the Greatest Living Country Singer: George Glenn Jones of Saratoga Texas, still the gold standard for all male vocalists.  We've been busy with new releases, but there's no way we're letting 2011 go without taking special notice of that milestone, especially since Jones is still active (and sober) today.  "Believe Your Ears" will feature a retrospective of great recorded moments in his career, starting at the beginning and including some rarities only hardcore fans have heard, including his late 60's "folk rock" song.  I'm not kidding.  Folk-rock.  The story itself is a gem.

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Why I Don't Watch the CMA Awards

Friday, 18 November 2011 05:52 AM Written by

For those of you who wondered, I didn't watch this year's CMA Awards show. And I haven't watched the CMA Awards shows or the ACM show for years. I may acknowledge the awards in my writings (podcast, blog, print in the PG or anywhere else).  But that's as far as it goes.  So far as I'm concerned, the shows barely exist.  Why, you ask?

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2011 Country Music Hall of Famers

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 05:30 AM Written by

They were announced earlier this year, but it's worth taking a look at the three 2011 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees and we'll do it according to seniority. The first is one of the earliest great female vocalists. The second is a revered songwriter whose name isn't known as well as his creations and the third is pretty much a household word.

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Andy Rooney and Arthur Godfrey

Monday, 07 November 2011 06:18 AM Written by

Much has and will be said about Andy Rooney's history, including—in passing—one area: his work for Arthur Godfrey.  Truth be told, several generations have never heard of Godfrey. It's a safe bet no one under the age of 55 has a clue about the man, and then only if  they're into the ukulele, only a tiny part of the story.  It's still a tale worth exploring, as much for Godfrey as for Rooney.

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Million Dollar Visionary: Sam Phillips of Sun Records

Friday, 04 November 2011 06:41 AM Written by

The Million Dollar Quartet coverage naturally zeroes in on the four performers: Presley, Cash, Lewis and Perkins.  But more needs to be said about the true catalyst for it all: Sam Cornelius Phillips, ex-radio announcer and founder of the Memphis Recording Service, which became Sun Records.  Phillips was born in 1923 in rural poverty near Florence, Alabama.  And that's just the beginning. 

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'Million Dollar Quartet' - Beyond the Musical

Thursday, 03 November 2011 10:55 AM Written by

The success of the musical Million Dollar Quartet is a given, inspired by a real-life Elvis Presley/Jerry Lee Lewis/Carl Perkins/Johnny Cash jam session that took place at Sun Records in Memphis on December 4, 1956 without much fanfare beyond the Memphis area, save a newspaper article in the Memphis Press-Scimitar and a photo. While the repertoire is largely removed from what was actually recorded, it speaks well of the producers that cast members actually sing and play their instruments, free of the contrivances that often mar these sorts of musicals. Of course, it's also safe to say considerable—and I mean considerable—artistic license was taken to make this the rockabilly oldies extravaganza that it clearly is.

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Pittsburgh Jazz Channel & Internet Radio

Wednesday, 02 November 2011 07:00 AM Written by

The online Pittsburgh Jazz Channel has announced expanded Internet Radio capabilities.  The online endeavor, which went live in late July, features 24/7 jazz programming hosted by four former WDUQ staffers: Tony Mowod, Scott Hanley, John Lasanich and Chuck Leavens. Behind the scenes are two other ex-DUQ'ers: Dave Becker, former Program Director. Bee Barnett, PubMusic's VP of Marketing and Communications, worked in development and membership at DUQ.

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