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Date News Posted: March 22, 2003

Looking back over the years in country music since they started keeping track of dates, times and places you can just see the old slip away and the new moving in, some of the newer guys that have come along to keep track of “The History Of Country Music” don’t even start ‘till 1967.  So starting with 1967 the Entertainer of the year was Eddy Arnold, the Male singer of the year was Jack Green and the Female singer of the year was Loretta Lynn.  Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, Merle Haggard and Waylon slipped in, in the next few years but it was mostly all over for Country Music the way we once knew it, the new guys and gals were here to stay.

Through the 70s and 80s the list was getting shorter, again Waylon, Willie, Conway, The Statler Brothers and even Porter and Dolly managed to slip a few in but the steel guitar and dobro was fading away and machines were taking their place, the Ampex 4 track like the old one from Sun Records was now an antique in someone’s garage like mine and the studios had  tape decks with so many tracks on it they had to keep a log to remember which track the singer was suppose to sing on, the old 4 tracks you could just write it on the front with a grease pencil then erase it when the session was done, didn’t take a lot of remembering for just 4 tracks.

Looking back even farther then that to when Mr. Peer was looking for talent through out the hills of Virginia they say he carried all his recording equipment in the trunk of his car, and recorded those guys and gals in a hotel room and when Jimmie Rodgers made a mistake we wonder if he said to Mr. Peer, “Could we punch that line in where I missed a word?” and we wonder if Mr. Peer said, “What-chu talkin’ ‘bout Jimmie?”.

Well, what the heck, you either got it or you don’t, we would say was Mr. Peers way of thinkin’ and we doubt if had time to do 40 takes on anyone, or juice it up some when he got back to Nashville, heck he was the studio and it was about as juicy as it was gonna’ get, thank goodness.
 

If we had the money to put up a couple of statues it would be right out in the front yard, one for Sam Phillips and one for Fabor Robinson, God must have given them the best ears ever because they heard more sound from a 4 track machine then most people can hear on a hundred tracks.
 

Old friend Warner Mack called this week, sounds good, looks good, is good and most of all is happy about the new CD released on him a short while ago, we love it when that happens, remember last month we told you about the new CDs Hugh X Lewis had released and a new one on Frankie (Blackland Farmer) Miller and a new one from Albert E. Brumley Jr., Warner’s new CD has not arrived yet but should be here shortly along with another artist you probably haven’t heard from in a while and we’ll tell you about them both if they get here before we end this.
 


Just about every week we hear from some one some place that tells us about a new “Classic” Country radio station that has popped up, most times on the regular airways we can pick up in our car if we are in the area and sometimes on Computer radio that more and more people are listing to, also Dish TV has got several channels of music with just about every kind of music you might care to hear including Today’s Country and most of all a channel with 24 hours a day “Classic Country” all without any interruptions what so ever, and we have to say, they pull some things out of the air (or put um in the air) that you probably haven’t heard since Sadie wore bloomers, there is just one problem though and that is if you hear something you remember from days gone by you may have to do some hard lookin’ to find and buy a copy of it, your best bet is, just in case, is to keep a VCR tape in the attached recorder and tape it, you can always run it to a regular cassette tape or even burn it on your computer CD burner at a later date.

There are things over the years we would give what ever it took to hear it again but had no way of recording it at the time, wire would have been fine by us, we would of stuck it in one ear and pulled it real fast out the other, anything to hear that song again.
 

Maybe we should keep a list running of “Classic” country stations around the U.S so if a new stations comes to town in your area we can let ye know, if you hear a new one or even an old one that plays the classics drop us an email and we’ll get the list started.
 

IN Fact>>>>>>>>here’s one for you, a nice email from Bill Malone in Madison, Wisconsin, Bill does a country show each Wednesday morning on WORT-FM in Madison located at 89.9 on the dial playing the likes of Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest Tubb, The Carter Family, Merle Haggard and well, you get the jest.

If you have a Country CD you care to send, 6617 Sutton Road-Madison, Wisconsin 53711 or give Bill a call at 608-271-3345 and that oughta do the trick.
 

Some bits and pieces of Cowboy poetry is telling things the way it is, like- Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back.

Timing has a lot to do with a rain dance:
Always drink upstream from the heard:

Ridin’ behind a heard ain’t always the best view:

And> Don’t interfere with something that ain’t botherin’ you none:

How many million of those old one liners have you heard in a lifetime, somebody will come up with a new one now and then or change an old one and the list keeps on a growin’.
 

And speaking of Cowboy poetry, Walkin’ Talkin’ Charley Aldridge sent us the first burn on CD number one, and it makes you stop and think how much different life was back then, since we had no computers, most cases no telephone and letters took way to long to get where we wanted to send them, word of mouth was the way most stories true (or otherwise) traveled, by the time it reached the intended, it was just that, a story, most times the people didn’t even know the feller the story was told about in the first place and so the story grew from one old cowboy to the next.

If an old cowboy fell in a hole six foot deep in Texas, when the story reached Montana a zero had been added and now the hole was sixty foot deep, and a heard of a hundred had grown to a thousand, but ye see a story ain’t no better and no funnier and no more interestin’ then the guy a tellin’ it.

My old pappy told me a story once about guys in prison, they couldn’t tell jokes to each other while in their cells locked down so they told the jokes out on the yard each day, remembered them, and gave each joke a number, at night a prisoner would call out a number like 64!!! And the other prisoners would laugh their head off, one night an old boy yelled out 46!!! And nobody laughed; a new prisoner turned to his cell buddy and said, why didn’t anyone laugh? The other guy said, “Some people just can’t tell jokes”.

There is knack, a special way, a tone of voice all it’s own in story tellin’ you either got it or you don’t, Charley Aldridge is a cross between his old friend Chill Wills who delivered the classic line when he walked outa’ the line shack while his men were eatin’ a bean supper and said “Dam>>>Who Farted” and Will Rogers who never met a man he didn’t like, they both told a story as if it was flat out the dead truth, this is the way it happened, and when Charley is done with a story you’ll think you just heard another episode of Gunsmoke on the radio where your mind filled in all the things your eyes couldn’t see.

Lucky that Charley is putting these stories on record, first time through you may laugh at the funny parts so you miss some of the story so that’s where the re-play button comes in, again and again, you’ll like the stories, you’ll like Charley and you’ll love the memories:
Coming to your local record shops Soon:
 


We thought we were going to make it through the week without talking about another old cowboy who had bit the dust.

Even though Johnny Carpenter spent most of his life in Southern California helping a lot of handicap children and disabled older people, Johnny was an all around cowboy, a great horseman, stunt man, cowboy and writer of four of the movies he starred in during the 50s: I Killed Wild Bill, Outlaw Treasure, Lawless Rider and Son of the Renegade.

Born Jasper Carpenter in Debinsville, Arkansas and was scheduled to join the Chicago White Socks in 1936 but due to a hit and run accident those plans changed and he and Brother Frank came west.

Johnny Carpenter died Feb the 27th. 2003 in a Burbank, California nursing home, he was 88.
 


Nice email this week from John Bryant who is working with Fender on a new guitar in memory of his Father Jimmy.

John is looking for any old pictures, stories or anything else you may be able to make a copy of to send, even album covers and backs that had some great stories about Jimmy.

We only met Jimmy a couple of times down at the old P.D. recording studios in North Hollywood or Burbank, I forget which but anyway, Jimmy was a whale of a picker and a great story teller and he knew ‘bout a million people.

Look around in the garage at that stack of albums in the corner and see what cha got on Jimmy and help his son out with this project.

Here is a number for ye> 562-243-1436, that’s a California number in case you were wondering.
 

Did you read this story from AP wire service?

If this isn’t hard to believe we’ll kiss your foot, but never the less:

Short and sweet, a lady buys some biscuits in a can; you know the cardboard can with a tin cap on both ends.

She puts them in the seat behind her, the car being warm, the can swells and one end blows off, the cap and some biscuit doe hits her in the back of her head, she grabs her head, feels the doe, thinks she has been shot and her brains are falling out, she sat there for over an hour holding in what she thought was her brains.

A man sees her and calls the paramedics, who broke out her window, removes her hand from the back of her head along with a gob of biscuit doe.

Sure glad it wasn’t one of those Biscuits and gravy dinners, she would have thought, holey moley, I have exploded from the inside out.
 

Anyone have any old Charlene Arthur records around or any good stories about her we can re-write for some of her fans that have asked about her?
 

An email from Colin Cameron telling us about the passing of his friend Jerry Swallow, After sessions with many top names in the rock field including Toto and Little Feat Jerry went on to tour with the likes of Olivia Newton John, Randy Meisner of the Eagles, Michael Nesmith, Lynn Anderson, Johnny Rodriguez and Glen Campbell.

According to wedigmusic.com Jerry was one of the premier guitar players of his time; at the age of 16 he was playing the Hollywood nightclubs by 18 touring the world and shortly after playing the major showrooms in Las Vegas.

Jerry owned and operated his own studio “Swallow Recording” in Lake Esinore, California.
 

From Marty Martel via Weldon Myrick:
Big Jim Webb passed away at 4:50 pm March the 6th. after a long battle with cancer

Jim played for many years with Del Reeves on the Grand Ole Opry, a great person and a super musician said Weldon, and a friend to me and all who knew him.

Services were still pending at the time we received this mail.
 

Ran across an old menu that Eddie Dean had given me in a box of stuff.

This Menu is dated May the 15th 1936.

Continental Coffee House Restaurant

{Menu in part}

Tenderloin Steak++Potatoes++Cole Slaw++Rolls & Drink 30 cents 

Filet++Potatoes++Cole
Slaw++Rolls++Drink 25 cents                           

 Chili 10 cents
 

‘SANDWICHES’

BLT 15 cents---Egg Salad 10 cents—Hamburger 10 cents

Pimiento cheese 10 cents—Tenderloin Steak 15 cents

 HOME MADE PIE 10 cents

 Don’t even know why we wrote out this menu, it’s pretty much the same as today’s prices, or as old Santa would say HO-HO-HO.
 

Time to remember some of our Classic Greats like: Floyd Tillman & I Love You So Much It Hurts from 1948.

One Has My Name, The Other Has My Heart also from 1948. The Eddie Dean –Hal Blair song recorded by 47 major artists.

The Tennessee Waltz also 1948 the Pee Wee King-Red Stewart. Songs that has been recorded by everyone and his brother:

Blues Stay Away From Me, this one from 1949 who wrote It and who bought in we don’t know but Alton & Rabon Delmore Are first in line and then comes Wayne Raney & Henry Glover: (I am not saying that all these guys didn’t have a hand in writing this song, but it was/is commonplace when a guys a little short On cash-a-rooskey, to sell part of his song, I guess you could ask Willie about that with his “Family Bible”.

Candy Kisses this one from 1949 that George Morgan said He wrote on the way to an interview with a DJ.  What a song that was for one of our all time favorites, George Morgan.

 Slipping Around this one also from 1949 and was it ever a monster for Floyd Tillman and just about everyone else that recorded it.

Jumping back to 1944 according to the Billboard hits 44-68 was the first showing of a Cindy Walker song called “You’re From Texas”. Cindy Walker’s first big hit might have been in 1944 but she has yet to write her last hit, although just about every major artist back then recorded one of Miss Walker’s songs, she didn’t do to bad singing um herself.

1950 Lefty Frizzell started to go hit crazy with one after the other for the next several years with this monster hit, “If You Got The Money,I’ve Got The Time.

1950 also had Hank Snow and his classic I’m Movin’ On and Hank Williams with his Long Gone Lonesome Blues.

‘Tis sweet to be remembered, those were the good old days.
 

We mentioned a while back that David Allan’s daughter Shelli Coe had a new album that is getting some great reviews so maybe you would like to get a copy of it to play and judge for yourself so here’s how: write to Jim Rosnack>8 South Ann Street>Baltimore, Md. 21231, or here is a number to call 410-276-4444 or www.mp3.com/shellicoe

Tell them we sent ye, if you want it you can ask them for the publicity package they sent us and maybe find out a little more about Shelli Coe.
 

We received a new catalog a few days ago from Red Steagall, we’ll tell ye, his video sitting around a campfire, him and his boys, is second to none, you can play it, push re-wind and play it again and again, it’s that good.

He also has CDs and other items in his catalog from Don Edwards who you already know has some smooth music from the old west, Don tells a heck of a good story in song.

It’s free so why not write and get a catalog for yourself, Red Steagall>Cowboy Favorites>P.O.Box 136639>Fort Worth, Texas 76136 or maybe even better yet use this toll free number 800-457-7966.

And like they used to say on the old radio, “and you’ll be glad you did”.
 

The mail has run and Warner Mack’s CD did not arrive today so we can’t tell you anymore then what I already did so we’ll catch it next time.

“I have been in show business ever since they come out with it” The words of Bill Carlisle who passed away on St.Patrick’s Day, March the 17th 2003.

Jumpin’ Bill Carlisle as they love to call him was an entertainer from day one, and day one was the 20’s and 30’s, come November he would have been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 50 years.

“No Help Wanted” was a giant of a song for the Carlisle’s and is still much played on Classic Country radio, one of our great old favorites was “Knothole” which went, you oughta’ see what I saw thru the old knothole.

One thing for sure he kept um laughing when he stepped out on the stage of the Opry, Bill Carlisle was a personal friend of a friend of ours Wayne Rogers of Lebanon, Tennessee, he and Wayne loved to go to football games where local high school kids were playing and where they were both supporters and fans of the local Nashville teams, in the days when Wayne Rogers worked for the Durango Boot Company as quality control manager, Bill Carlisle would often stop by to visit Wayne and tour the plant shaking hands with all the workers.

We should be receiving some more great stories about Bill and his life shortly and when we do we will do a nice story about him. Bill Carlisle December the 19th, 1908 - March the 17th 2003.
 

Freedom of just about everything in America is why we all live like we do in this great U.S.of A, we can say what we want for the most part about all of our elected officials including the President.

Being an actor in Hollywood has given them a platform that the average man on the street does not have, and in most cases I would like to think, doesn’t even want.

We, you and me elected our President, it is up to you and me to support him, granted everything he does we are not all going to like or agree with, most of us don’t even like some of the things our wife's and husbands and friends do but we don’t call them names on national television and tell the world we are ashamed to live in the same state as our President.

We were not exactly fond of some of the antics our last President pulled but we never heard anyone say they were ashamed to live in Arkansas because that was his home state, as a matter of fact we were in Arkansas for a few days last year and all those we met bent over backwards to wave or say hello or give us directions when we made a wrong turn and we would be proud to live there someday, and maybe someday we will.

We said when we started these web site news stories five years or so ago that if we couldn’t say something good about those we wrote about we wouldn’t say anything and we haven’t and we won’t because by saying things against our President our neighbors our friends or anyone else in public will come back to haunt you for many years to come.

I am proud of every state in America and I wouldn’t be ashamed of any of them if Adolph Hitler moved in next door, the people we like or don’t like has nothing to do with Texas, California or any other state, because if I was ashamed there is a plane headed to any country in the universe every hour on the hour and I would hope I had a good enough friend to look me in the eye and say, “If You Don’t Like It, Leave It”.

The best place to let off steam is in the bathroom, walk in, lock the door, look straight into the mirror and cut loose, cause the fool in that mirror is the only one that cares anyway.
 

God Bless America, our troops where ever they are and all the families of our great country singers and musicians who have passed away.

We’ll see ye later but just in case we don’t, take care of yourself.

Don Bradley  
  

   

                    


 

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