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Music From the Greatest Generation: Sammy Kaye's Big Band Performs "The Old Lamp-Lighter" in 1946

It pays homage to the unsung heroes of the city streets - the lamplighters who dutifully illuminated the night and ushered in the dawn.

By: S.L. Rachel

April 9 2024

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WATCH: 1988 Live Performance of Vern Gosdin's "Set 'Em Up Joe"

Gosdin, alongside Dean Dillon, Buddy Cannon, and Hank Cochran, crafted a piece that speaks to country music aficionados.

By: S.L. Rachel

April 5 2024

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LISTEN: Classic Country Nostalgia with George Jones' "What Am I Worth" from 1956

The composition of "What Am I Worth" is noteworthy not only for its lyrical depth but also for its historical significance in Jones' career.

By: S.L. Rachel

April 3 2024

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The American Beat Reviews Ronnie Milsap's 1974 Classic Country Hit "Pure Love"

At its core, "Pure Love" is a song that captures the purity and innocence of love.

By: S.L. Rachel

March 25 2024

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1954's "Slowly" by Webb Pierce: The First Pedal Steel Song to Top the Charts

At its helm, Bud Isaacs' iconic pedal steel intro didn't just set hearts aflutter; it ignited a fervor among musicians clamoring to replicate its ethereal sound.

By: S.L. Rachel

March 25 2024

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WATCH: Bob Luman's 1960 Epic Live Performance of "Let's Think About Living"

The song's lyrics humorously poke fun at the prevalence of death and despair in contemporary music, particularly in the teenage tragedy and gunfighter ballad genres.

By: S.L. Rachel

March 20 2024

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Travel Back to 1960 and Listen to this Hidden Gem From Stonewall Jackson: "A Little Guy Called Joe"

Released during country music's "golden" honky tonk era in the 1950s and 60s, this song speaks to listeners through its classic country storytelling techniques.

By: S.L. Rachel

March 18 2024

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WATCH: Classic 1972 Live Performance of Donna Fargo's "Funny Face"

Released in August 1972 as the second single from her album "The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.", this enchanting ballad quickly soared to the top of the country charts, earning Fargo a well-deserved Gold Record.

By: S.L. Rachel

March 18 2024

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WATCH: 1981 Live Performance of "The Lord Made a Hobo Out of Me" by Boxcar Willie

Beyond its musical merits, "The Lord Made a Hobo Out of Me" holds cultural significance as a tribute to the enduring legacy of the American hobo.

By: S.L. Rachel

March 15 2024

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Ray Wylie Hubbard's "Redneck Mother": A Country Americana Anthem From 1978

"He's thirty-four and drinkin' in them honky tonks, just kickin' hippies' asses and raisin' hell"

By: S.L. Rachel

March 8 2024

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Travel Back to 1955-Style Grace and Hospitality with Porter Wagoner's "Company's Comin'"

As the beat kicks in, listeners are swept up in the narrator's breathless excitement as he rushes to inform Mama of the impending arrival of guests.

By: S.L. Rachel

March 8 2024

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American Beat Cultural Review: George Jones' 1962 Rendition of "Waltz of the Angels"

George Jones proves once again why he is hailed as the "King of Country Music." 

By: S.L. Rachel

March 6 2024

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Classic Country Love Songs: Johnny Lee's Epic 1983 Live Performance of "One in a Million"

The lyrics of "One in a Million," penned by Chick Rains, paint a vivid picture of a protagonist navigating the tumultuous landscape of life, searching for solace and meaning amidst chaos. 

By: S.L. Rachel

March 6 2024

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Johnny Cash's "What Is Truth?" is a Prophetic Anthem Amidst Today's Era of Fake News and Misinformation

In an era marked by fake news and misinformation, Cash's song serves as a timely reminder of the importance of discerning truth from falsehood and standing up for what is right.

By: S.L. Rachel

March 4 2024

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