September 17: Hank Williams birthday

It can be explained in just one word: sincerity. When a hillbilly sings a crazy song, he feels crazy. When he sings, ‘I Laid My Mother Away,’ he sees her a-laying right there in the coffin. He sings more sincere than most entertainers because the hillbilly was raised rougher than most entertainers. You got to know a lot about hard …

September 13: The late Bill Monroe was born in 1911

I’m a farmer with a mandolin and a high tenor voice. ~Bill Monroe “To me there’s no difference between Muddy Waters and Bill Monroe.” ~Bob Dylan (to John Pareles, Sept 1997) “Uncle Pen” from 1956 at the Ryman Auditorium:

September 12: George Jones was born in 1931

By most accounts, George Jones is the finest vocalist in the recorded history of country music. ~Stephen Thomas Erlewine Be real about what you do. Stay true to the voice inside you. Don’t let the “business” change what it is you love because the people, the fans, respond to what is heartfelt. They can always tell when a singer is …

September 8: Jimmie Rodgers was born in 1897

“Jimmie Rodgers’ name stands foremost in the country music field as the man who started it all.” – brass plaque at the Country Music Hall of Fame “The most inspiring type of entertainer for me has always been somebody like Jimmie Rodgers, somebody who could do it alone and was totally original. He was combining elements of blues and hillbilly sounds before …

September 6: Happy Birthday Buddy Miller

A showman’s life is a smokey bar and The fevered chase of a tiny star It’s a hotel room and a lonely wife From what I’ve seen of a showman’s life Nobody told me about this part They told me all about the pretty girls and the wine and The money and the good times No mention of all the …

September 3: The late Hank Thompson was born in 1925

Hank Thompson was perhaps the most popular Western swing musician of the ’50s and ’60s, keeping the style alive with a top-notch band, tremendous showmanship, and a versatility that allowed him to expand his repertoire into romantic ballads and hardcore honky tonk numbers. ~Steve Huey (allmusic.com) The glamour of the gay night life has lured you To the places where …

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