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100 Greatest Men: #3. Willie Nelson

August 15, 2014 // 1 Comment

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List He started out as an unconventional songwriter trying to be a conventional artist.  But when Willie Nelson let his hair down, he became a country legend for the ages. Nelson was raised by his grandparents in Texas, who encouraged him to play the guitar and to write songs.  When his sister Bonnie married fiddle player Buddy Fletcher, Nelson joined his band as the frontman, staying with him until he graduated high school and did a brief stint in the Air Force.

Grammy Flashback: Best Female Country Vocal Performance

January 25, 2009 // 23 Comments

Revised and Updated for 2009 While the Grammys have honored country music from the very first ceremony in 1959, they did not begin honoring by gender until 1965, when the country categories were expanded along with the other genre categories. This is a look back at the Best Female Country Vocal Performance category. It was first awarded in 1965, an included single competing with albums until the Best Country Album category was added in 1995. When an album is nominated, it is in italics, and a single track is in quotation marks. I’ve often made the case that female artists were making the best music in the 1990s, and the Grammys did a great job nominating songs and albums that were ignored at the CMA and ACM awards, which is not surprising, given that those shows have so few categories that are actually for songs and albums. As usual, we Read More

iPod Check: They Call it Country

January 3, 2009 // 32 Comments

We’re making iPod Check a weekly discussion feature this year, with a bit of a different spin each week. This week, check out the “Country” genre on your music list and post the first ten songs that play. Here are my ten, out of 5,626 in total: 1. k.d. lang, “Pullin’ Back the Reins” 2. Johnny Cash, “I’m Going to Memphis” 3. Sugarland, “Already Gone” 4. Dolly Parton, “Don’t Let Me Cross Over” 5. Trisha Yearwood, “Nothin’ About You is Good For Me” 6. Carlene Carter, “Two Sides to Every Woman” 7. Johnny Cash, “Thirteen” 8. Kenny Rogers, “I Don’t Call Him Daddy” 9. Emmylou Harris, “Tennessee Waltz” 10. Loretta Lynn, “I Believe”

100 Greatest Women, #60: k.d. lang

May 6, 2008 // 8 Comments

100 Greatest Women #60 k.d. lang One of the most unconventional female country stars in history, right down to the all-lowercase name. lang was drawn to country music during college, primarily due to her infatuation with the work of Patsy Cline. She discovered Cline when she had to perform in a stage musical based on the legend’s life, and it led her to a professional music career. She put together a backing band called the Reclines in 1983, and started to play country bars across her native Canada. Two independent albums followed, and she garnered enough exposure to win the Juno award for Most Promising Female Vocalist, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy. During her acceptance speech, she made a long list of promises for the future, so she could truly call herself the “most promising.”