The Troubadour and The King: The History of "Blue Christmas"

While it's hard to find much artistic common ground between Ernest Tubb and Elvis Presley, the Texas Troubadour and the King of Rock & Roll share a connection with the Christmas classic "Blue Christmas." While Elvis would be the one…

December 2, 1947: The Tennessee Waltz

December 2, 1947: Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys record the original version of "Tennessee Waltz" at RCA Studio A in Chicago, Illinois. While the Pee Wee King recording would be a hit, peaking at #3 on the…

November 14, 1951: Hank Williams on The Perry Como Show

November 14, 1951: Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys made their nationally televised debut on the Perry Como Chesterfield Show. 

1951 had proved to be a banner year for Williams and is considered by many to be the pinnacle of…

Remembering Johnny Horton (1925-1960)

On New Year's Day 1953, Johnny Horton was still trying to get his career off the ground. He was working on KWKH and performing regularly on The Louisiana Hayride when he learned from a radio account that Hank Williams had…

October 10, 1969: Okie from Muskogee - The Album & The Song

 

October 10, 1969: Merle Haggard gives a performance at the Muskogee, Oklahoma Civic Center that would be recorded and released as the live album, “Okie from Muskogee,” on December 29 of that year. The studio version of the song had…

The Truth About Hank Williams' Middle Name

 

Thousands of people around the world will make posts on social media paying respects to one of the most celebrated figures in country music history and rightfully so. Nearly seventy years after his death, he remains one of the most…

Hank Williams' Greenville Homecoming

August 15, 1952: With word of his release from radio station WSM and the Grand Ole Opry just starting to hit the newspapers, “Hank Williams Day” was celebrated in the city of Greenville, Alabama with a Homecoming parade and two…

Remembering Buck Owens (August 12, 1929)

Most people will tell you that “outlaw country” began with Willie, Waylon and all those guys in the 1970’s, but I would put forth that it started in the late 1950’s. Not in Nashville, not in Texas, but in California…

Remembering Don Helms (1927-2008)

Born in New Brockton, Alabama on February 28, 1927, Don first joined Hank Williams’ Drifting Cowboys band in 1943 when he was 17 years old. He continued playing with Hank until he joined the U.S. Army in September of 1945…

Hank Williams Jr. vs. Ajax Mountain (August 8, 1975)

August 8, 1975: Hank Williams, Jr. suffered a nearly fatal fall on Ajax Mountain in Beaverhead County, Montana. The peak of Ajax Mountain stands at 11,000 feet and guards the edge of the continental divide on the Montana and Idaho…

The Big Bang: Jimmie Rodgers' Bristol Session (August 4, 1927)

The Jimmie Rodgers Entertainers rolled into Bristol, Tennessee in a 1925 Dodge on the afternoon of August 3, 1927 with intentions of auditioning to record a few songs with Ralph Peer, a representative with Victor Talking Machines Company. Peer had…