This is one of those things people like to argue about and when you get into the specifics of this or that it all kind of falls apart. The thing is, I don’t really care. Yeah, I’m calling bluegrass country music because it all comes from the same place and it’s awesome and I want to talk about it.

If you’re new to all this and trying to figure out what bluegrass sounds like, start with the first wave of Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, Flatt & Scruggs with The Foggy Mountain Boys and The Stanley Brothers. That’ll get you hip to the sound.

Harper Valley PTA, Part 3: Tom T. Hall

CR009 Harper Valley PTA, Part 3: Tom T. Hall

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They call him The Storyteller because he distills life into words. Behind any story worth telling, you’ll always find another story. Maybe if we can get behind some of his best stories, we can reverse engineer the alchemy of Tom T. Hall. Maybe we’ll find the story about who he is and how he’s able to do what he can do with the English language…

Probably not but, worst case scenario, it will be an incredibly entertaining waste of time. Beginning with a condensed history of country music radio, we follow Tom T. from his early days as a young DJ into a seemingly effortless realization of his destiny to become one of country music’s greatest songwriters ever.

This episode is highly recommended for fans of songwriting, arguing about music, Net Neutrality, the music business, Bobby Bare, Dave Dudley, Jimmy C. Newman, Hank Cochran and songs for children.

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