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    On May 15, Spotlight channel 4 began airing a countdown of the Top 100 Country Songs. It will repeat several times and run through May 31. I figured the music of the 1920s and '30s would be ignored. I was not expecting that most of the 1940s-50s music would be ignored as well. Eleven Hank Williams songs are on the list but there is nothing by Gene Autry, Bob Wills, Red Foley or Bill Monroe and only two songs by Ernest Tubb and only one song by Kitty Wells.

    Eddy Arnold had 146 country hits. Ninety-two of those made the top ten and 28 went to number one. I'll Hold You In My Heart was number one for 21 weeks in 1947. A year later, Bouquet Of Roses spent 19 weeks at number one. Don't Rob Another Man's Castle topped the chart for 12 weeks in 1949. There's Been A Change In Me and I Wanna Play House With You each spent 11 weeks at number one in 1951. Only one – one! – Eddy Arnold song made the list. Make The World Go Away, which was number one for three weeks in December 1965, was #154. Here is the top 30:

    1. Friends In Low Places - Garth Brooks
    2. Crazy - Patsy Cline
    3. Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
    4. I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton
    5. Springsteen - Eric Church
    6. He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones
    7. The Devil Went Down To Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
    8. King Of The Road - Roger Miller
    9. Dirt Road Anthem - Jason Aldean
    10. El Paso - Marty Robbins
    11. I Fall To Pieces - Patsy Cline
    12. The Dance - Garth Brooks
    13. On The Road Again - Willie Nelson
    14. Mountain Music - Alabama
    15. How Forever Feels - Kenny Chesney
    16. Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette
    17. Livin' On Love - Alan Jackson
    18. Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
    19. Live Like You Were Dying - Tim McGraw
    20. Your Cheatin' Heart - Hank Williams
    21. When You Say Nothing At All - Keith Whitley
    22. Drink In My Hand - Eric Church
    23. Luckenbach Texas - Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson
    24. Play It Again - Luke Bryan
    25. God Bless The USA - Lee Greenwood
    26. Hello Darlin' - Conway Twitty
    28. Lookin' For Love - Johnny Lee
    29. Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn
    30. It’s A Great Day To Be Alive - Travis Tritt

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    I'm not the only country music fan complaining that SiriusXM's Top 1000 ignored hundreds of number-one hits by major artists of the 1940s-50s-60s-70s and included way too many songs from the 2000s and 2010s. KRIS-Channel 6 in Corpus Christi acknowledges the confusing country classics compilation consternation:

    https://kristv.com/entertainment/201...n-eric-church/

    The entire list can be viewed at

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...8hIVEkbCTSfvY/

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    Sheryl Crow, best known for her pop hits All I Wanna Do, Strong Enough, Soak Up The Sun and Every Day Is A Winding Road, has a new country single, Prove You Wrong, which features Stevie Nicks and Maren Morris singing harmony and Vince Gill, Joe Walsh and Waddy Wachtel on guitar. The single was released on June 5 and is already #33 on Billboard's country airplay chart. It will likely reach the top ten. Hurry and listen!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYu0jmqeAVU

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    Sideline, a sextet from Raleigh, North Carolina, released their first album, Front & Center, in 2018. It included Thunder Dan, which turned out to be the year's most-played bluegrass song. Bluegrass Junction just added Sideline's new single, Crash Course In The Blues, which features guitarist Skip Cherryholmes on lead vocals. The song was originally a #32 country hit for Steve Wariner in 1992. Country stations should be playing Sideline's version too. Hurry and listen!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yruz69iBxkI

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    I concede that Jason Aldean, Morgan Wallen, Kelsea Ballerini and Lady Antebellum have little in common with Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb and Kitty Wells and I admit I'm dismayed to see duets featuring Justin Bieber and Gwen Stefani on the country chart – but I certainly wouldn't say country music is "dead."

    Loretta Lynn: I'm not dead – but country music is

    https://nypost.com/2020/01/31/lorett...ntry-music-is/

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    On May 1, the Dixie Chicks, whose hits include Landslide, Goodbye Earl, Ready To Run, Wide Open Spaces and Cowboy Take Me Away, will release their first new album since May of 2006. The title track, and first single, is Gaslighter. The video begins with an excerpt of an old television commercial for Mr. & Mrs. Potato-Head and it gets increasingly bizarre. Here it is:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbVPcPL30xc

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    Willie's Roadhouse just played It Makes No Difference Now by Bob Wills, Tommy Duncan and the Texas Playboys. It was one of nearly 400 songs Wills recorded in 1946-47 for Tiffany Music Inc., a radio transcription service founded by Wills, songwriter Clifford Sundin and KLX-Oakland disc jockey "Cactus Jack" (Cliff Johnson). The recordings were distributed to radio stations but not released commercially. One hundred fifty of the songs finally appeared on a 10-CD set in 2009 and fifty more, including It Makes No Difference Now, were released on a two-CD set in 2014. Hurry and listen! "Aaahhh! Yes, yes."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk-v9oGyjBk

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    Tom T. Hall wrote and recorded How I Got To Memphis for his 1969 album Ballad Of Forty Dollars. Willie's Roadhouse just played Bobby Bare's version, which reached #3 on Billboard's country chart in October 1970. The song has also been recorded by Kelly Willis, Lee Hazlewood, Rosanne Cash, Deryl Dodd, Ronnie Dunn, Solomon Burke, Scott Walker, Buddy Miller, Otis Williams, Bill Haley & His Comets (!), the Avett Brothers and the Charlie Sizemore Band.

    Here is Bare's version:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veijB78t4Yo

    And here is Tom T. Hall's original:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDHV4PUZvgY

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    The Bakersfield Beat debuted in April 2018 on SiriusXM Channel 349. The channel is curated by Dwight Yoakam and, not surprisingly, plays a lot of Dwight Yoakam songs – but the channel also plays many artists who are not well-known outside of Bakersfield. Here is a dinky sample of the playlist. Jimmy Thomason, a fiddle player and country singer from Waco, performed regularly in the 1950s on the weekly Homefolks program on KERO-Channel 10 in Bakersfield. Herb Henson hosted The Trading Post, a daily variety show on KERO-TV in the 1950s. From 1960 until his death in 1963, he managed country music station KUZZ. Rockabilly singer Bob Ross recorded only one single, for Falcon Records in Bakersfield. Vancie Flowers, an Oklahoma-born singer/guitarist, recorded for Pike Records in the small town of Arvin, east of Bakersfield.

    SiriusXM 349 – The Bakersfield Beat

    A Thousand Miles From Nowhere - Dwight Yoakam (2/1993)
    Ain't That Lonely Yet - Dwight Yoakam (2/1993)
    Always Late - Dwight Yoakam (9/1988)
    Blame The Vain - Dwight Yoakam (58/2005)
    For Love's Sake - Dwight Yoakam (LP/2000)
    Heart Of Stone - Dwight Yoakam (LP/1995)
    High On A Hilltop - Buck Owens (LP/1963)
    I Love You More & More Each Day - Tommy Collins (--/1955)
    I Wish I Had Died In My Cradle - Tommy Collins (--/1956)
    I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better - Byrds (--/1965)
    Louisiana Rain - Nashville West (LP/1978)
    Now Hear This - Jimmy Thomason (--/1956)
    Okie From Muskogee - Merle Haggard (1/1969)
    One Of These Days - Emmylou Harris (3/1976)
    Papa Gene's Blues - Monkees (LP/1966)
    Please Please Baby - Dwight Yoakam (6/1987)
    Stingy Daddy - Bob Ross & His Teens (--/1959)
    Stood Up - Ricky Nelson (8/1958)
    Streets Of Bakersfield - Dwight Yoakam/Buck Owens (1/1988)
    The Back Of Your Hand - Dwight Yoakam (52/2003)
    The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde - Glen Campbell (LP/1968)
    The Old Country Waltz - Neil Young (LP/1977)
    Throughout All Time - Dwight Yoakam (B/1987)
    Travelin' Band - Creedence Clearwater Revival (--/1970)
    Truckin' - Dwight Yoakam (LP/2003)
    Up The Path & In My Door - Herb Henson (--/1957)
    What A Man - Vancie Flowers (--/1959)
    Worried Mind - Wanda Jackson (LP/1965)

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    The Bakersfield Beat channel is a fun channel. That's because it's so unpredictable. I just heard Carmelita by Warren Zevon. In 1972, Zevon wrote the song about a heroin-addicted writer in love with a girl from Ensenada and recorded two demo versions. Canadian singer/guitarist/pianist Murray McLauchlan recorded the song for his 1972 debut album. Zevon finally recorded his own version in 1975 for his second album, cleverly titled Warren Zevon. He of course is best known for his 1978 hit Werewolves Of London. Here is Zevon's version of Carmelita, featuring the Eagles' Glenn Frey on rhythm guitar and harmony vocals:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeb0OI8wXN4

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