Archive for September 12, 2007

CONTEST Emmylou Harris’ Songbird: Rare Tracks And Forgotten Gems

Posted in contest with tags on September 12, 2007 by takecountryback

Enter to win a copy of this treasure — by emailing info@takecountryback.com with the subject line: Emmylou One entry per day per person. Deadline: October 10th

12-time Grammy Award-winner Emmylou Harris retraces the back roads of her remarkable musical journey that spans more than three decades with a highly personalized, far-reaching boxed set spotlighting her favorite tracks and difficult-to-find or previously unreleased gems. Rhino lets one of the most instantly recognizable voices of any genre call the tunes for this four-CD and one-DVD collection of career favorites, difficult-to-find material and live performances from her days with Gram Parsons and, later, the Hot Band to her bluegrass material and her fascinating concept album to her more recent solo albums and her most recent work Mark Knopfler. Songbird: Rare Tracks And Forgotten Gems will be available at all physical retail outlets and at http://www.rhino.com for a suggested list price of $74.98.  

Emmylou Putting Together Songs for Songbird Streaming Video

Emmylou’s Favorite Things on Songbird Streaming Video

Songbird E-Card:

http://www.rhino.com/flashcards/emmylouharris

Emmylou Harris Official Website:

http://www.emmylou.net  

Songbird: Rare Tracks And Forgotten Gems

Track Listing

Disc One

1. “Clocks” — Alternate Version *

2. “The Angels Rejoiced Last Night” — Gram Parsons

3. “The Old Country Baptizing” — Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels

4. “Coat Of Many Colors”

5. “For No One”

6. “Ooh Las Vegas”

7. “Satan’s Jewel Crown”

8. “Tulsa Queen”

9. “My Songbird”

10. “Green Rolling Hills”

11. “One Paper Kid” — with Willie Nelson

12. “Sorrow In The Wind”

13. “Rough And Rocky”

14. “Jordan” — with Johnny Cash

15. “Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn”

16. “Ashes By Now” — with Dr. John

17. “How High The Moon”

18. “Spanish Johnny” — with Waylon Jennings

19. “The Last Cheaters Waltz”

20. “Racing In The Streets”

21. “Like An Old Fashioned Waltz”

Disc Two

1. “The Sweetheart Of The Rodeo” — with Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt,

Vince Gill & Gail Davies

2. “When I Was Yours”

3. “My Father’s House”

4. “Bright Morning Stars”

5. “When He Calls”

6. “Lonely Street”

7. “Brand New Dance”

8. “Get Up John”

9. “If I Could Be There”

10. “Ballad Of A Runaway Horse”

11. “Going Back To Harlan”

12. “Sweet Old World”

13. “All My Tears” — Live

14. “Prayer In Open D” — Live

15. “Bang The Drum Slowly”

16. “Boy From Tupelo”

17. “Lost Unto This World”

18. “Man Is An Island”

19. “Cup Of Kindness”

Disc Three

1. “Falling In A Deep Hole” *

2. “1917” — Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris

3. “Palms Of Victory” — Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris *

4. “Softly And Tenderly” — Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris *

5. “My Dear Companion” — Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris

6. “Mary Danced With Soldiers” — Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

7. “I Don’t Love You Much Do I” — Guy Clark

8. “All I Left Behind” *

9. “I Remember You” — Steve Earle

10. “Golden Ring” — with Linda Ronstadt and Anna & Kate McGarrigle

11. “Sonny” — Emmylou Harris, Dolores Keane, Mary Black

12. “In The Garden” *

13. “Love Still Remains”

14. “Snake Song”

15. “Hobo’s Lullaby”

16. “Wondering”

17. “Immigrant Eyes” *

18. “Juanita” — Sheryl Crow & Emmylou Harris

19. “She” — Pretenders & Emmylou Harris

20. “Sin City” — Beck & Emmylou Harris

21. “Wheels” — The Seldom Scene

Disc Four

1. “Beyond The Blue” — Emmylou Harris & Patty Griffin

2. “First In Line” — Emmylou Harris & John Starling *

3. “Highway Of Heartache” — Emmylou Harris & Carl Jackson *

4. “Alone And Forsaken” — Emmylou Harris With Mark Knopfler & His Band

5. “Child Of Mine”

6. “Heaven Ain’t Ready For You Yet”

7. “Wish We Were Back In Missouri”

8. “Mama’s Hungry Eyes”

9. “Here We Are” — George Jones With Emmylou Harris

10. “Waltz Across Texas Tonight” *

11. “Snowin’ On Raton” *

12. “Gone” *

13. “Don’t Let Our Love Die” *

14. “The Pearl” — Live

15. “Wildwood Flower” — Randy Scruggs With Emmylou Harris & Iris DeMent

16. “Love And Happiness” — Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris

17. “When We’re Gone, Long Gone” — Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly

Parton

DVD

1. “Together Again” — with The Hot Band, featuring James Burton        (1975)

2. “Making Believe” — with The Hot Band, featuring Albert Lee (1977)

3. “Blue Kentucky Girl” — from PBS’ “Soundstage” (1978)

4. “Satan’s Jewel Crown” — from PBS’ “Soundstage” (1978)

5. “Mr. Sandman” — Promotional video (1981)

6. “I Don’t Have To Crawl” — Promotional video (1981)

7. “I Ain’t Living Long Like This” — with Spyboy (1998)          

8. “Love Hurts” — at the Grand Ole Opry, with Elvis Costello (2005)   

9. “Imagine” — from CMT’s “Crossroads (200?)

10. PSA: Emmylou Harris On Animal Rescue

           

* Previously unreleased

VIDEO: Terri Hendrix – If I had a Daughter

Posted in Video, YouTube with tags on September 12, 2007 by takecountryback

If I Had a Daughter
By Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines

If I had a daughter, I’d tell her that the first breath of life is the easiest. From then on out it takes years of practice. Cause if you know how to keep air in your lungs then you’ll survive when fate tackles you, rubs your face in the Astroturf, and grinds its cleats into your back. I’d tell her that it’s better to be out there on the field of life takin’ hits and makin’ touchdowns than bitchin’ about the game in the bleachers.

If I had a daughter, I’d teach her how to face life and its peaks and valleys with grit, modesty, hope, compassion, and love. I’d want her to accept herself. I’d want her to watch the stars instead of her weight, love her body, feed her soul, dance with her curves, see those blue veins as a masterpiece, howl at the moon instead of her hair, and to live inside out.

If I had a daughter, I’d teach her to hold her head high and strut through this world as a “more than” instead of a “less than.” She’d trust her voice, speak her mind, and seek the truth. Cause if it talks like a duck and walks like a duck then yes, it might be a skunk.

If I had a daughter, she’d know that gay or straight, pin-striped or polka-dotted, tye-dyed or solid, straight-laced or bent, she’d have my acceptance and blessing in regards to whomever she gave her heart to. If I had a daughter, I’d give her a compass so if she was lost, she could find her way back to reality. And when her soul hit the low notes and her heart was a kick drum, I’d teach her how to turn it into song.

If I had a daughter, I’d want her to be willing to venture into the great unknown. But I’d make sure she had the blueprints to build her own universe. If I had a daughter, I would carry her with me in every breath of every moment. I would wake with her name on my lips and go to bed with her dreams in my heart. If I had a daughter …

Hank Thompson to be honored

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on September 12, 2007 by takecountryback

Country Music Legend Hank Thompson will be honored in his hometown  whenhe performs at 5:30pm  on October 8th at The Heart  O’ Texas Fair in Waco. Governor Rick  Perry and Mayor Virginia DuPuy have declared  October 8, 2007, “Hank Thompson Day” in The State of Texas and in The City of Waco.

Few country music artists can claim a longevity and track record to equal that of Hank Thompson. Between 1948 and 1974 he scored no less than twenty-nine Top Ten hits, with another nineteen in the Top Twenty, and continued to chart into the 1980s. Many of these, including “Green Light,” “Whoa Sailor,” and “Waiting in the Lobby of Your Heart,” he penned himself, thus proving his stature in country music’s great singer-songwriter tradition. Along the way Thompson forged a potent blend of honky-tonk and western swing that has long served as a source of continuity amid country’s experimentation with rock and pop sounds.

Like many country stars, Henry William Thompson took an early interest in music, winning several amateur contests on the harmonica. After he became enthralled by cowboy movie idol Gene Autry, however, the guitar became Thompson’s instrument of choice. With a Christmas present from his parents, a four-dollar guitar bought at a secondhand store, young Hank was on his way. By the time he finished high school he was broadcasting over radio station WACO as Hank the Hired Hand, sponsored by a local flour company.

After graduating, Thompson enlisted in the U.S. Navy. While stationed in San Diego, he persuaded his superiors to let him play area clubs, and after putting out to sea, he entertained his shipmates as well. He kept on broadcasting, too, over a network of small stations organized by American military personnel in the South Pacific. While in the navy he also took advantage of training programs and studied electrical engineering at Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas, and Princeton University—making him one of country music’s better-educated stars.

Although he pondered an engineering career after his navy stint was over, radio work and his first hit record, “Whoa Sailor,” kept him on a show business track. Assisted by prominent DJ Hal Horton of the 50,000-watt KRLD in Dallas, this Globe Records release became a minor regional success. Thompson also recorded four sides with the Blue Bonnet label before Tex Ritter, then a prominent star on Capitol Records, helped him gain a contract with this larger, major label. During 1948–1949 Thompson justified Ritter’s faith in him with hits such as “Humpty Dumpty Heart” (based on the children’s nursery rhyme), “Green Light,” and a remake of “Whoa, Sailor.”

During the 1950s Thompson’s  songwriting talents,  smooth baritone, precise diction, and powerful combination of western swing and honky-tonk sounds helped him continue his string of hits. The year 1952 brought his first #1 disc, “The Wild Side of Life,” a song that inspired the hit that launched Kitty Wells’s career: “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels.” Subsequent Thompson chartmakers of the 1950s included “Waiting in the Lobby of Your Heart,” “Rub-A-Dub-Dub,” “Yesterday’s Girl,” “Wake Up, Irene,” “Honky Tonk Girl,” “Most of All,” “The Blackboard of My Heart,” and “Squaws Along the Yukon,” all in the Top Ten.

During these years Thompson also made inroads into television, hosting a variety show on WKY-TV in Oklahoma City from 1954 to 1957. In addition, he was one of the earliest country performers to entertain in Las Vegas showrooms, and he recorded one of country’s first live albums, Live at the Golden Nugget, there in 1960. Meanwhile, he brought his engineering knowledge to bear on his stage show and built top-flight sound and lighting systems that heightened his drawing power at the more than 250 show dates he typically played each year. Thanks to his musical and technical leadership, his Brazos Valley Boys were Billboard’s top-ranked band from 1953 to 1965, a record that has yet to be equaled.

Into the 1960s and beyond, Thompson’s easy manner made him a welcome guest on network TV variety shows, as did a dynamic stage presence magnified by his size (he stands six feet, two inches tall); a rough-hewn, handsome appearance; and custom-made western outfits for which he became famous. But following “A Six Pack to Go” (#10, 1960) and “Oklahoma Hills” (#7,1961), he didn’t make the Top Ten again until 1968’s “On Tap, in the Can, or in the Bottle” and “Smoky the Bar,” both recorded early in his association with Dot Records, which he began after a brief stay at Warner Bros. in the late 1960s. Two more Top Ten hits came in 1974, but the 1970s belonged to country pop, and Thompson’s chart success dwindled to the point where he pared down his road schedule and spent more time hunting or tending to his various real-estate, broadcasting, and music publishing interests.

In the 1980s, however, as harder-edged sounds enjoyed renewed popularity, Thompson hit the road again in earnest, playing dates in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America as well as in the United States. He also kept recording, and he signed with Nashville’s Step One Records in 1987. In 1997 Curb Records released Hank Thompson and Friends, a critically acclaimed collection of duets pairing Thompson with Lyle Lovett, Vince Gill, George Jones, Kitty Wells, and others. Thompson’s 2000 HighTone Records album Seven Decades featured his sure handling of both new material and classic country songs he’d never recorded before. Thompson’s hard-core honky-tonk–western swing sound—marked by a strong rhythm section of piano, bass, guitar, and drums; lead and fill parts supplied by twin fiddles, electric guitar, and steel; frequent shifts from 2/4 to 4/4 time, and above all his powerful vocals—continues to influence country artists such as George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, Asleep at the Wheel, and others among country’s newer generation.

Hank Thompson was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989. He still performs  throughout the world.   He and his  wife of 37 years,  Ann, reside in the Fort Worth area.

For ticket information to the event, please contact the Heart O’ Texas Fair ticket office at  254.776.1660

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