Last month, the Old Crow Medicine Show became members of the Grand Ol Opry. They were joined on stage by some country greats like Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, and Dierks Bentley with a great renditon of the gospel classic " Will the Circle Be Unbroken/I Saw the Light" and I was blown away by their performance. SO here is a little Monday Inspiration for ya..enjoy
31 years ago (OMG has it REALLY been that long ) Dolly Parton had the number one song that she had ALREADY taken to number one in 1974. This version included on the soundtrack of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and touted as one of the greatest love songs of all time...Dolly Parton and "I Will Always Love You" As a deejay, I have come to realize that there is no in between...people either love the song or absolutely hate it. I have been specifically asked at weddings to NOT play that song perhaps because it's so cliche OR because people realize it's not REALLY a wedding song. lol. Dolly wrote the song as a tribute to her mentor and professional partner at the time, Porter Wagoner, once she decided to pursue her own endeavors.
..is the ORIGINAL Texas Country genre that I am huge fan of today. One of the innovators of the Outlaw/Texas movement, his "story" is absolutely fascinating..from his beginnings as a radio dj to playing bass for Buddy Holly on that fateful "Winter Dance Party Tour". As history tells us, he gave up his seat on the plane so that JP Richardson (the Big Bopper) who was suffering from a cold could be more comfortable in the plane instead of the bus that had no heat! Talk about a life changing decision...it was the Day the Music Died when Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Richie Valens perished in the plane crash that he WOULD have been on.
He established himself as one of the greatest in, not only the "Outlaw Movement", but COUNTRY Music period. Always one of my musical heroes, the late great Waylon Jennings!! This video shot at the Ryman in Nashville 2 years before he died from complications caused by diabetes in 2002. Here is his cover of the Marshall Tucker Band hit that he took to #4 on the Billboard Hot Country Chart in 1976...One of my ALL TIME faves...."Can't You See"