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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Taste of Country

Behind all the southern drawls, guitars and cowboys is an affluence of emotion. Country music reaches deep into real life, real emotion that you not only hear but you feel. It hits you right in the gut so to speak, close to home. Almost any situation in life, good and bad, has found a place in the lyrics of country music. It embraces people from all walks of life.

Traditional country music song writers/performers delved into heartfelt melodies with thought-provoking but subtle messages about life, love and loss. It evolved from fold ballads brought to America by immigrants.

Fourth Generation (1970s - 80s)

The late 60s and early 70s became witness to the resurgence of country music on Music Row. Country music in the 70s brings to mind songs from such legendary artists such as Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Ronnie Milsap, Kenny Rogers, Charlie Pride, and many more whose legends had already been established in prior decades. New singer/songwriters like John Conlee and Dolly Parton were moving fast up the ladder making a name for themselves. John Conlee, however, curtailed his recording activities, instead devoted his time to charity work, raising his family and running his own farm outside Nashville. As for Dolly Parton, it is difficult to find a country performer who has moved from her poor country roots to international fame more successfully than she has. 


10 Best ’70s Songs

George Strait emerged in the early 80s as the most predominant in staying closest to traditional country music. His music drew from honk tonk and Western swing traditions where instead of refashioning the music he simply revitalized that which had already been successfully established. In 1986, Randy Travis made a generational shift in country music much the same as the Beatles in rock. (Can you imagine being compared to the Beatles...in ANY fashion?) Another that must be mentioned is Barbara Mandrell, who was arguably the biggest female star in country music in the late '70s and early '80s, attributable to a string of hit singles and a popular television variety series.


Best Country Songs of the 1980s

Bit of Country Trivia: "He Stopped Loving Her Today" brought the flaggling career of George Jones back to life. When the song began being played on the radio in the spring of 1980 just about everyone who heard it was floored. It is consistently voted as the greatest country song of all time, along with "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" by Hank Williams (1949) and "Crazy" by Patsy Cline (1961).

With the plethora of country genres, recording artists and songs, it is virtually impossible to address them all. Here is some additional tastes of country from the 70s and 80s: 


Outlaw Country



Urban Cowboy

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...