• A Brief History Of...The Day the Music Died

    Jan 27 2008, 18h24 por BadgerJohn31

    The description and playlist below are from the weekly radio show (A Brief History Of…) that my friend and I host on WSUM 91.7fm Madison. We selected songs we felt were either historically important or just representative of each specific topic. Please comment if you feel we missed something or just to give your opinion. Remember, however, that we do this show in an hour (about 50 minutes of music). Track length is a major factor in our decisions (shorter is usually better). Thanks!

    Rock and roll’s first crisis occurred in February 3, 1959, when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper died in a plain crash in what has been called “the day the music died.” A Brief History of…The Day the Music Died explains how the loss of those rising stars, Elvis Presley’s military hiatus from 1958 to 1960, Little Richard's decision to preach instead of sing, and declining interest in doo-wop left the nation wondering if rock and roll had just been a fad. …
  • An entry where I whine about the Nashville Sound

    Jun 28 2007, 18h56 por jcshepard

    I admit I turn my nose up at the current crop of Nashville Pop Star wannabe's, which is really just a continuation of the 1960s perversity known as the Nashville Sound.

    Let's take the definition from Wikipedia:
    The Nashville Sound was pioneered by staff at RCA Records and Columbia Records in Nashville, Tennessee, including manager Steve Sholes, record producers Chet Atkins, Owen Bradley and Bob Ferguson, and recording engineer bill porter. They invented the form by replacing elements of the popular Honky Tonk style (fiddles, steel guitar, nasal lead vocals) with "smooth" elements from 1950s Pop music (string sections, background vocals, crooning lead vocals), and using "slick" production, and pop music structures.

    Singers Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves, along with pianist Floyd Cramer, were among the most famous of the artists leading the way to the smooth crooning style of the Nashville Sound's original era.

    Through the years, there's been a back-n-forth between the pop and roots camps. …
  • "She sounded like Saturday night on a Sunday morning"

    Dez 28 2005, 22h40 por krazykiwi

    I found these two random mp3's in my downloads folder. I probably got them off Amazon or Salon's Audio File daily download, but I didn't remember the artist, so I went hunting a little and came up with the following fascinating mystery.

    So.. who is it that is described by that quote? And that's just the start:
    She sounded like Saturday night on a Sunday morning. Patsy on Jesus. Elvis without the pelvis.

    She sounds to me like Patsy Cline singing rockabilly styled gospel, and apparently she released only two albums, but what a lineup of musicians were on them: On guitar Hank Garland (who played with Roy Orbison, Marty Robbins, Conway Twitty, Hank Williams and the Everly Brothers among others), Floyd Cramer played piano (Bobby Bare, Patsy Cline, Wings, Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins), Joe Zinkan on bass (Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn), and Buddy Harman on drums (Reba McEntire, Hank Snow, Willie Nelson). Anyone familiar with rock & roll…