Sunday, February 18, 2007
Introducing Gran'pa H.M. Crittick
Howdy friends and neighbors!
Folks, there's a web site getting a bit of attention from folks who are recording music and think they're good enough to be a part of what many of you folks would consider traditional country music. You know what I mean, a song with lyrics you can understand, includes instruments that Nashville seems to want to bury such as the steel guitar, fiddle and guitar and a distinctive sound that tells you instantly who you're listening to.
Folks, that hillbilly-music.com site gets its fair share of attention and mail and CD's from the new generation trying to get some attention as well as the artists that made the history.
So, they've given me the chance to let y'all know what I think of the current crop of music. Keep in mind that if they sound like a group of folks singing in unison in the local bar restroom we're going to tell you so.
In short, if they don't measure up to the traditional sound of country music - we're going to tell you up front.
No syrup. No apologies. If a singer or group is game enough to send us a CD, old Gran'pa is gonna let y'all know whether it's worth opening a wallet and buying that album.
Folks, just because they put it on a CD doesn't mean it's good ole country music. We're here to let you know if they're the real deal. Before you open your wallet, you'll want to hear what we think.
Now excuse me while I pull out my dobro and pluck a few tunes...
Gran'pa H. M. Crittick
Country gets its turn in Grammy week
Country took its turn in the Grammy week spotlight with LeAnn Rimes, Marty Stuart, Charley Pride and Porter Wagoner among the stars calling attention to efforts to preserve vintage country audio and video performances.
Rimes on Thursday night kicked off the "The Soul of Country," this year's Grammy Foundation Music Preservation Project with a rendition of the Patsy Cline classic "Crazy."
"It's so important to preserve music history," she said. "I want my kids to know all these great artists of the past."
Porter Wagoner, known for his duets with Dolly Parton, made his Los Angeles debut at age 79 at the Wilshire Ebell Theater, performing "Men With Broken Hearts" while Stuart accompanied him on guitar.Pride credited Wagoner for being one of the first musicians to give him a break as Wagoner's opening act when he toured with Parton. Wagoner is marking his 50th year as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Besides the live performances, the event featured film footage from the archives of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, including Richard Nixon's 1974 piano-playing appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
Pride hobnobbed with actor Terrence Howard, who will portray the groundbreaking country singer in an upcoming movie. The two men plan to spend a couple of months together before filming.
"I had a chance to play Bob Marley or Rick James or Charley Pride and I chose Charley," Howard said. "I'm so ready and so excited."Read the article
Fort Worth Star-Telegram