The History Of Country Music 08 Nashville

The Nashville sound goes from strength to strength, through the records of artists such as Eddy Arnold, Brenda Lee and Jim Reeves. In the meantime, an era passes with the death of Hank Williams.

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  1. The sad thing is history repeats itself. Just when country returns to its honest, honky-tonk, traditional roots, some executives decide the bottom dollar is more important than true feelings, and manage to find mindless, singing marionettes who are willing to sell their souls to spread the gospel of synthetic, greedy, soulless trash. Examples: Jason Aldean, Sam Hunt, Kane Brown – today's Jim Reeves; Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Eric Church – today's Eddy Arnold; Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan – today's Ray Price.

  2. I've developed a certain amount of respect for Eddy Arnold, Nashville's Perry Como. At least he had the honesty to come out and say point blank that the switch from country to countrypolitan was all about the money!

  3. Violins on country records ? No. Fiddles, sure, but violins, No. That Eddy Arnold & Jim Reeves is SO Boring.
    . And a riot over Ray Price singing a ballad? True, it was painfully dull, but still–what the hell !

  4. Though I agree Nashville sound was the beginning of the end of country music, at least it was still good music with soothing melodies. Today's country garbage is just pure crap. Also the lady at 5:00 I hate to burst your bubble but Bouquet of Roses was originally recorded in 1947 when Eddy was still pure country so your statement is invalid. Country has always had good hearted pure clever lyrics. Whenever I tell someone I like old country they always say it's always about your dog dying, your grandma getting run over by a train pick up trucks, or your house burning down. I've only one heard song about a dog Old Shep by Red Foley and nothing about the other stuff. People just don't know what they are talking about.

  5. I do find it very interesting in this series of who they touch on.  They just glowed over Earl Scruggs and his "invention" of the banjo but they forgot to remember Uncle Dave Macon.  He was a very formative banjo player and on the Opry.  And which singer did they say was the precursor to Elvis?  PISH POSH!  It was nowhere NEAR the style Elvis brought in the early days.  They completely omitted The Maddox Brothers and Rose which really kicked off the whole rockabilly sound with slap bass.  Just very interesting where they dit and dot around and chose to showcase.  This is really a skim of country music.  Not the history.  It's good though!  And gives a wonderful amount of historical information.  I've enjoyed it.

  6. This is when producers had their way and almost killed country music, it took 20 years till Waylon, Willie & others took it back, now the producers have their grip back again…but Shooter, Lukas and Jamey are taking it back to the real stuff again…

  7. Corporal Henshaw ~  Thank you SO much for all your work.
    I just love this series and am delighted that you have you have exhibited such care and (obvious) love in your work. In my opinion, you have created and shared a national treasure 

  8. t minus 10 minutes until i either see a good chunk of johnnie cash amongst this disgusting nashville tripe, or i fast forward until i hear some actual country… not mentioning him AT ALL in this is utter blasphemy. contempt, really.

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