KEEPING CLASSIC AND TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC ALIVE
Early Artists 1940's- 1960's
Some of the early artists whose songs I cover include: Ernest Tubb; Red Foley; Hank Williams; Johnny Cash; Hank Thompson, and Lefty Frizzell. These were second generation country singers who were influenced by the likes of Jimmie Rogers; Vernon Dalhart; and The Carter Family. Some of my favorite tunes from this period are Thanks A Lot; Waltz Across Texas; Chattanooga Shoeshine Boy; Move it On Over; Folsum Prison Blues; Jambalaya, and Saginaw Michigan.
From the early 60's through the 1970's country music was in a battle to survive. The major share of the market belonged to rock and pop artists. Nashville record producers Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley deveolped the "Nashville Sound" which moved country music closer to pop with lush orchestra arrangements and back-up singers in a successful attempt to gain a larger share of the market. This new concept resulted in country songs by artists such as Eddie Arnold; Ray Price; Patsy Cline, and Jim Reeves crossing over onto the pop charts. Some of my repertoire from this era incudes: Make The World Go Away; For The Good Times, and Am I Loosing You.
From the 1970's into the early 80's to protest the "Nashville Sound", artists such as Willie Nelson; Waylon Jennings; Jessie Colter; Jerry Jeff Walker, and Tompall Glaser abandoned Nashville, spawning the Outlaw Movement. Many traditional artists that stayed in Nashville were still recording with steel guitars and fiddles. Some of my songs of this period include Good Hearted Woman; Okie From Muskogee; On The Road Again; Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain, and Today I Started Loving You Again.
I perform songs by later artists who have stayed with the Traditional Country sound including Randy Travis; George Strait; Alan Jackson, and Asleep At The Wheel. My crowd pleasers from these guys include: All My Ex's Live In Texas; Forever And Ever Amen; Don't Rock The Jukebox; Love Without End Amen; I Just Wanna Dance With You; Livin' On Love, and Miles And Miles Of Texas.