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Re: Ken Burns' Country Music [Re: El Lobo] #3008243 09/16/19 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by El Lobo
First episode spent a lot of time on the Carter family and Jimmie Rogers. It did acknowledge the contributions and influence of black musicians. But my main question is: what's the deal with Marty Stuart's hair?


laugh Yeah... and all the pancake makeup? He sure fixed himself up pretty good to be spokesman for the humble beginnings of country music. Looked ready to hit the stage somewhere in Vegas...

After watching the first episode, I was surprised at how rich (for the time) and famous the Carter Family and Jimmie Rogers were. I always thought there were obscure backwoods artists toiling away... quite the opposite.

And how little of their music they wrote themselves. It was frustrating to watch at times because the documentary didn't play very much of what it's supposed to be about... the music.

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Re: Ken Burns' Country Music [Re: drawback] #3008448 09/17/19 04:26 PM
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Border blaster AM radio stations were briefly mentioned in Part 2 as having a huge influence in making the Carter Family's popularity so big nationwide. I wanted to know more about them, and found this... if anyone else is interested in this stuff.

http://www.theradiohistorian.org/xer/xer.html

Fascinating reading... the cutting edge water cooled power tubes cost $36,000.

Re: Ken Burns' Country Music [Re: El Lobo] #3008622 09/18/19 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Synthaholic
Whenever I hear of a new Ken Burns doc my mind immediately turns to “I wonder what he will leave out/neglect to include?” For this one, I’m betting he doesn’t mention Hank Thompson, whom the public seems to have collective amnesia over.

Originally Posted by El Lobo
I remember Hank Thompson. He's best known for the song "The Wild Side Of Life." Even better known is Kitty Wells' answer song, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." Country classics.

He mentioned Hank Thompson in episode 3 and "Wild Side Of Life" and Kitty Wells' answer song, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." It was Kitty Wells' first hit. It made her the first female country singer to top the U.S. country charts, and turned her into the first female country superstar. To the documentarian's credit, it also mentioned that the melody of both Wild Side and It Wasn't God was taken from the earlier Carter family song "I’m Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes." I had figured that out myself while listening to episode 2 and I was pleased to see it acknowledged when they mentioned Hank Thompson and Kitty Wells' recordings.
I’m Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4tBmpRdZ94
Wild Side Of Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFXB5cJDmp8
It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2gVW2Xyeb4

Re: Ken Burns' Country Music [Re: El Lobo] #3008664 09/19/19 12:20 AM
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Originally Posted by El Lobo
Originally Posted by Synthaholic
Whenever I hear of a new Ken Burns doc my mind immediately turns to “I wonder what he will leave out/neglect to include?” For this one, I’m betting he doesn’t mention Hank Thompson, whom the public seems to have collective amnesia over.

Originally Posted by El Lobo
I remember Hank Thompson. He's best known for the song "The Wild Side Of Life." Even better known is Kitty Wells' answer song, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." Country classics.

He mentioned Hank Thompson in episode 3 and "Wild Side Of Life" and Kitty Wells' answer song, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." It was Kitty Wells' first hit. It made her the first female country singer to top the U.S. country charts, and turned her into the first female country superstar. To the documentarian's credit, it also mentioned that the melody of both Wild Side and It Wasn't God was taken from the earlier Carter family song "I’m Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes." I had figured that out myself while listening to episode 2 and I was pleased to see it acknowledged when they mentioned Hank Thompson and Kitty Wells' recordings.
I’m Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4tBmpRdZ94
Wild Side Of Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFXB5cJDmp8
It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2gVW2Xyeb4

Great! I’m watching episode 3 later tonight. I’ve been doing Hank Thompson songs for years and whenever I ask if anyone knows who he is I get mostly blank stares. He had a great sound and a highly respected band.


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Re: Ken Burns' Country Music [Re: drawback] #3008668 09/19/19 01:09 AM
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I didn't see the documentary yet, but I did see Marty Stuart's hair a few weeks ago when he and his band opened for Steve Miller at the Oregon State Fair.

He is an extremely skilled mandolin player, but what he really seems to want to do these days is re invent the Ventures or the guy who recorded the American release ( not the Shadows version) of " Apache".

The audience who came to hear Steve Miller wasn't too excited about it. Steve also had him sit in for a few bluegrass inspired tunes.

The main event for me of that gig was hearing ( first time for me) Joseph Wooten on keyboards. His organ solo on " Fly Like an Eagle " brought the house all the way down. Miller doesn't feature him nearly enough.

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Re: Ken Burns' Country Music [Re: LX88] #3008674 09/19/19 01:58 AM
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Originally Posted by LX88
He is an extremely skilled mandolin player, but what he really seems to want to do these days is re invent the Ventures or the guy who recorded the American release ( not the Shadows version) of " Apache".
He showed off some of his mandolin skills in episode 3. Yeah, he's got 'em. And he knows it. Nothing wrong with that.

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