Posts Tagged ‘country music’

On my 3 Chords a Day blog …

June 11-13
“Jolene” — A haunting melody and a great acoustic arrangement, along with Dolly Parton’s singing and songwriting talent, combine to create an undisputed classic.

June 10
“Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)” — a duet that never was, from Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline.

June 9
“The Letter (That Johnny Walker Read)” — Asleep At The Wheel’s biggest hit.

June 8
“Blues Stay Away From Me” — A classic from the influential Delmore Brothers.

June 7
“Green, Green Grass Of Home” — Porter Wagoner considered this tale of nostalgia with a twist to be his career hit.

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Classic country … once a day, every day

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That’s the theme of a blog I just started, 3 Chords a Day. It’s an outlet for me to share my lifelong love of country music.

I find free audio streams on the Internet (at Blip.fm or Last.fm), or occasionally songs in my own collection, and each day link to one. I also provide a little history, commentary or both.

In the nearly three weeks I’ve been posting songs to Twitter and Facebook, I’ve included works from the ’30s through the ’80s, and artists from Jimmie Rodgers to Kitty Wells to Connie Smith to Ricky Skaggs. Today’s installment is my favorite George Strait song, “You Look So Good In Love” from 1983.

Check it out, and keep coming back if you love what Hall of Fame songwriter Harlan Howard termed “three chords and the truth.”

They may be good, but they’re no Ray Price

Congratulations to Carrie Underwood and all the other winners at Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards show in Las Vegas.  With all due respect, my taste in country is a little older — in the case of this song, almost a decade before the ACM was even born.

This is one of my favorite artists, Ray Price, singing one of my favorites of his, Invitation to the Blues.  And the harmony singer is no slouch himself.  Roger Miller, then a member of Price’s great Cherokee Cowboys band, also wrote the song. Both are in the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Price is still going strong in his 80s.

Hope you enjoy.

Dan Seals, RIP

The music world has lost another talented artist with the death Wednesday in Nashville of Dan Seals, half of the ’70s pop duo England Dan and John Ford Coley and also a country star in his own right. Of his many good and memorable songs, this is my favorite. It was his, too.