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Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith gets a New York Times obituary

Last weekend, I wrote about the death of Arthur “Boogie” Smith, a pioneering country music figure, great guitarist, and songwriter.  Today, he got a New York Times obituary.

Country guitarist Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith has died

Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith has died at 93. Probably his most important recording (as opposed to his most famous) was “Guitar Boogie,” which was close to the first country record with guitars playing straight-up boogie woogie parts.  There’s a nice obituary on the Charlotte Observer site.

He said it was not anything he learned […]

Charlie Rich demonstrates what he thinks of John Denver

1975:  John Denver wins Country Music Entertainer of the year, beating the likes of Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Conway Twitty, and Ronnie Milsap.

Charlie Rich, who had obviously had a drink or two, in presenting the award finds a special way to express his opinion about who won.  After they go back from Denver […]

Some annoyed comments on NPR’s seeing what it wants to see in southern country music

NPR has a long story about the controversy over Brad Paisley’s Confederate flag song (which, as I am writing this, I’ve yet to hear, an odd thing given I’ve read about this flap in a New Yorker post, and in a number of other places.

The NPR piece is just plain bizarre. It covers […]

RIP, Kitty Wells, “The Queen of Country Music

Kitty Wells, the first major solo female country music star, has died at 92.  Here she is singing the greatest country music answer song (and her first and biggest hit), “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” which was the first song by a female artist to top the country charts, which it […]

“Nobody owned it, nobody’d know who wrote it. The music just told a story.” Wade Mainer

“What we was playin’ in the ’30s was true country music — no electric instruments, no copyrights,” he once said. “Something’d happen and someone’d write a song about it — nobody owned it, nobody’d know who wrote it. The music just told a story.”

There’s a very fine obit for Wade Mainer in the […]

RIP Wade Mainer

Today would have been Bill Monroe’s 100th; there was a great NPR story last night.  Listen to it in particular for Del McCoury’s account of how Monroe showed him the importance of the words to Monroe’s song about his parents.

And, as the headline notes, Wade Mainer died at home in his sleep […]