Shot Jackson

A steel guitarist, who also played some dobro. Shot Jackson’s resume reads like a country music purist’s list of favorite acts – Johnnie & Jack, Roy Acuff, Kitty Wells, Melba Montgomery w/ George Jones. Shot played with ’em all and he also got together with the wildly talented Buddy Emmons to create a new pedal steel guitar design, branded as the Sho-Bud pedal steel guitar. If you’ve ever gotten drunk at Robert’s Western World in downtown Nashville, you were standing in the room where Sho-Buds used to be made.

Hear more about Shot Jackson in the following episodes of Cocaine & Rhinestones.

Louvin Brothers in cabin

CR006 The Louvin Brothers: Running Wild

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The Louvin Brothers are widely regarded as the most influential harmony duo to ever cut a country song. The way Charlie and Ira could sing together is downright otherworldly. There’s even a special term we had to invent for family (it’s always/only family) who can sing this way: blood harmony. That being said, it’s possible we’ve never heard what they could really do.

By the way, do you believe in evil?

This episode delves in to exactly what blood harmony is and how the magic of it can’t save you from beating the living hell out of each other at every opportunity. Here is the story of two dirt-poor brothers who fought for fifteen years to achieve their lifelong dream and what happened after that. (Hint: it involves whiskey and bullets.)

This episode is recommended for fans of: singing, physics, the Radiolab podcast, mandolins and Roy Acuff.

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