Thursday, April 25, 2013

COUNTRY MUSIC: From Hee Haw to Jug Bands, People Love It!

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YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might find your life's destination better if you remember
COUNTRY MUSIC IS THE PEOPLE'S MUSIC.  IT JUST SPEAKS ABOUT 
REAL LIFE AND ABOUT TRUTH AND IT TELLS THINGS HOW THEY REALLY ARE
Faith Hill

TRUE COUNTRY MUSIC IS HONESTY, SINCERITY AND
REAL LIFE TO THE HILT - Garth Brooks

DOLLY PARTON
We could say that people who eat grits, listen to country music, follow stock-car racing, support corporal punishment in the schools, hunt 'possum, go to a Baptist Church and prefer bourbon to scotch are likely to be Southerners -  John Shelton Reed

TRUE AMERICANS, ALL!



COUNTRY MUSIC IS 3 CHORDS AND THE TRUTH - Harland Howard


The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee was the Mother Church of country music.  A weekly country music stage concert, the Grand Ole Opry, has presented the biggest stars in that genre since 1925.  I visited this original location of the home of country music in 1959 with good friends, Jeral and Pebble Davis.





COUNTRY MUSIC IS SO RELATED TO GOSPEL - Dionne Warwick


Along with Grandpa Jones and String Bean, Grand Ole Orpy and the Old Tyme Jug Band, Opry stars of the 50's, such as The Carter Family, Charley Pride, and Lulu Belle and Scotty are what I think of as music.  

I sang such iconic songs as "The Bald Headed End of a Broom", "The Crawdad Song", and "Old Blue" to my children's amusement when they were young.

  On a trip, my singing was a sure way to get the radio turned on.  Un Huh!  That ain't changed much!  "How Many Biscuits Can You Eat This Morning?"

COUNTRY MUSIC IS STILL YOUR GRANDPA'S MUSIC
BUT IT'S ALSO YOUR DAUGHTER'S MUSIC - Shania Twain

"Hee Haw" was an American television variety show featuring country music and humor from fictional, rural "Kornfield County".  Co-hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark, the show was well known for it's voluptuous, scantily-clad women in sterotypical farmer's daughter's outfits.  Hee Haw was not limited to a rural audience but was successful in all major markets.  People liked Hee Haw.

THERE IS A GREAT ENTHUSIASM FOR COUNTRY MUSIC ALL OVER THE WORLD
Willie Nelson

"I've seen country music go up town, as they say, and I'm proud I was there when it happened" - Loretta Lynn

Go uptown, it did!  Even the "Muppets" had a jug band.  In 1979 Kermit, Miss piggy and Fozzle were joined in "Emmit Otter's Jug Band" with John Denver.  A huge hit, this Christmas program can still be enjoyed over the Christmas Holidays.




THE SOGGY BOTTOM BUNCH, JUG BAND, SINGERS & DANCERS


Just as rowdy entertainment, I put together a Jug Band for a "Welcome Spring" party.  A banjo, washtub bass, tambourine, washboard, juice harp, harmonica, kazoo, spoons, jug and whistle made up the instruments played by musicians-so-called.  We did have some great singers who carried the party.  We added a "Virginia Reel" and it was all a real big hit!  

Unfortunately, the pastor from the Dalton, Ohio United Methodist Church was present and invited the band to play the following Sunday at an old time church service she was having.  We accepted.    For the "farce" at the party, we had only practiced a couple times.  At the party it didn't matter.  Before a quiet audience at the church, it was a disaster, and that's putting it kindly.  We didn't start together, we didn't play or sing together and we didn't end together.  The congregation raved!  We were a big hit!

The band members wanted to continue so we started to practice every Monday.  Adding enough foolishness, like waving big red bloomers to songs like "She'll be Coming 'Round the Mountain", and hamming it up a lot, we did a lot of shows, which amazingly, people really enjoyed.  We had more invitations than we wanted.  It got to be work!

A television production crew came to a hoedown where we were playing, singing, dancing, and doing hog calling, and made two television shows which they said would show between 40 and 90 times.  I saw the show on TV 20 times.  They sold DVDs of our shows for $25.  We discontinued the band when my left hip went bad and lifting the equipment and the banjo became more than I could handle.  

PEOPLE LIKE COUNTRY MUSIC, EVEN BAD COUNTRY MUSIC!



   
GOD BLESS  YOU AND YOUR'S

GOD BLESS THE USA

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

I sure wish we'd seen your show! I know it was great fun!