Wilburn Brothers

If it wasn’t for child labor laws, The Wilburn Brothers would have had a serious head start on their career. They were 5 and 6 years old when Roy Acuff had them on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. But federal law said that had to stop.

No matter. They went on to not only become legends but also help create legends. But if I tell you about that here then I’ll have to repeat myself in the below episodes of the podcast.

Jeannie C. Riley

CR008 Harper Valley PTA, Part 2: Jeannie C. Riley

1200 630 Cocaine & Rhinestones

Jeannie C. Riley’s debut single sold over a million copies within ten days of being released but she never wanted to record the song. She’s often considered a one-hit wonder. We can easily disprove that.

In the late ’60s, Jeannie C. Riley became country music’s most blatant sex symbol to date but she never wanted to wear those clothes. Small town girl with big dreams goes to the city and lets it break her in order to make her. Total cliche, right?


Except Jeannie’s choice to bury the story in lie after lie turns it into a mystery tale of obscured identity, infidelity and blackmail. In this episode, some truth sees the light of day, maybe for the first time ever.

Recommended for fans of Johnny Paycheck, Johnny Russell, The Wilburn Brothers, Tom T. Hall, Little Darlin’ Records and mystery novels.

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