Roy Acuff

100 Greatest Men: #26. Roy Acuff

June 1, 2014 // 3 Comments

100 Greatest Men: The Complete List Roy Acuff is responsible for not only some of the genre’s foundational recordings, but for helping to put Nashville on the map as a star of the Grand Ole Opry, a music publishing tycoon, and even a candidate for governor of Tennessee. Not bad for a middle child from rural Tennessee, the son of a prominent family from the small town of Maynardville.  Though both of his parents were skilled musicians, his passion was baseball, and he got as far as minor league tryouts before sunstroke ended his budding career.   He chose to hone his skills with the fiddle, and began performing around the south as part of a touring medicine show.  Incorporating the southern gospel song, “Great Speckled Bird”, into his performances caught the attention of the record companies.   By the end of the thirties, he had several hits and a Grand Ole Read More

Discussion: Kennedy Center Honors

December 7, 2008 // 28 Comments

Since 1978, the Kennedy Center Honors have recognized outstanding contributions to the cultural arts.    Presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, each year’s honorees attend a ceremony at the White House, and then a performance at the center honoring their work.   The president and first lady attend the performance. This year, George Jones is among the five honorees.   He joins the elite list of country artists who have received the honor: George Jones (2008) Dolly Parton (2006) Loretta Lynn (2003) Willie Nelson (1998) Johnny Cash (1996) Roy Acuff (1991) Given the criteria of the award, it’s no surprise that the above names have been honored.  The primary criteria is excellence, presumably over a long period of time.  Among those making recommendations this year for who should be honored were country music artists Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, and Reba McEntire. Tonight’s question is fairly obvious.  Take a Read More