Posts tagged "Country"

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Harper Valley P.T.A." by Jeannie C. Riley

Song Of The Day – “Harper Valley P.T.A.” by Jeannie C. Riley This Grammy-winning ditty written by Tom T. Hall topped the Country and Pop charts in 1968, a feat that would not be repeated by a song until Dolly Parton did the trick with “9 To 5″ in 1981. The song catapulted Riley to... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart" by Norah Jones with Kris Kristofferson & Elvis Costello

Song Of The Day – “How Many Times Have You Broke My Heart” by Norah Jones with Kris Kristofferson & Elvis Costello The lyrics to this song were written by Hank Williams and were left behind unrecorded in one of his “Lost Notebooks” of lyrics. The performance comes from Elvis Costello’s music interview TV show... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Locomotive Man" by Johnny Cash

Song Of The Day – “Locomotive Man” by Johnny Cash This 1960 single written by The Man In Black himself recently turned up on the “Bootleg Series II – From Memphis To Hollywood,” a collection of rare singles, outtakes and demos. “Bootleg Series III” was just released this week focusing on live performances from the... Read more »
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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Half A Man" by Willie Nelson

Song Of The Day – “Half A Man” by Willie Nelson Right from the outset everything was in place…timbre of voice…unique phrasing…clever lyrics…it was all there back in 1965…everything perhaps, except his beard was fully formed. The arrangement was standard for Nashville at the time with heaping helpings of strings and anonymous female background vocals.... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "There Stands The Glass" by Webb Pierce

Song Of The Day – “There Stands The Glass” by Webb Pierce Along with Hank Williams, he was the epitome of Honky Tonk music in the 1950s. With his Nudie suits, garish guitars and guitar-shaped swimming pools, he provided a window into the high life of a Country star of his day. In the early... Read more »

Song Of The Day - "Waitin' On The Sky" by Steve Earle

Song Of the Day by Eric Berman “Waitin’ On The Sky” by Steve Earle Over the years he’s gone from junkie to downright upstanding. We’ve seen him Bluegrass, honky tonkin’ and rockin’ out. We’ve read his poetry and short stories. We’ve even watched him on HBO in “The Wire” and on “Treme.” The self-named “Hard-Core... Read more »
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Song Of The Day - "Surf Medley" by Junior Brown

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman “Surf Medley” by Junior Brown One of the highlights of any Junior Brown show is when he launches into the “Surf Medley” on his “guit-steel,” a double-necked guitar/steel guitar he invented. He can be seen touring the country regularly with the lovely Miss Tanya Rae, his wife, by... Read more »

Song Of the Day - "In The Jailhouse Now" by Jimmie Rodgers

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “In The Jailhouse Now” by Jimmie Rodgers If there was a Mt. Rushmore for Country Music, Jimmie Rodgers’ would be right next to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. Although his life was cut short by tuberculosis a scant 6 years after it started, Country music... Read more »

Song Of The Day - "Wildwood Weed" by Jim Stafford

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Wildwood Weed” by Jim Stafford Stafford got his start playing in a band that also included the late great, Gram Parsons. Throughout his career he dabbled in TV, comedy and writing. It was his keen sense of humor that brought him to the world’s attention via songs like this... Read more »
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Song Of The Day - "The Mercy Seat" by Johnny Cash

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day - “The Mercy Seat” by Johnny Cash From Cash’s Rick Rubin-produced 2000 album “American III: Solitary Man,” comes this unsettling tale written by Nick Cave.  In the hands of its creator, this song is disturbing enough…in the hands of Cash it is harrowing. Did the song’s protagonist do it? You... Read more »
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