Skeeter Davis

There’s a long list of country artists who started off in a duo act cut short by a fatal car accident. This time it’s Skeeter Davis of The Davis Sisters. (They were both Davises but not related.) Skeeter’s subsequent solo career dwarfs the accomplishments of the earlier act.

“The End of the World” is one of the all-time great crossover hits and it wasn’t her only one. Skeeter’s story intersects with many other stories, so you’ll be hearing more about her in these episodes of Cocaine & Rhinestones.

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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