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Minnie Pearl: from Grinders Switch to Seoul

I am a huge Minnie Pearl fan. So much so that I keep a copy of her 1953 book Minnie Pearl’s Diary on my desk to open when I feel the need for Minnie’s down-home, dead-on philosophy. The life lessons … Continue reading

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The music of McDill

Amanda. Good Ole Boys Like Me. Don’t Close Your Eyes. It is hard to read those song titles without their melodies and the voices of the singers who made them famous coming to mind. The songwriter who built those works … Continue reading

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The Mississippi-Nashville music connection

The list of Mississippi musicians and songwriters who have made their way to Nashville over the years would almost stretch the length of the Natchez Trace. The Mississippi Country Music Trail recognized that legacy on June 4, 2015 by unveiling … Continue reading

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Music in Music City

Living in Nashville is a wonderful thing, especially if you love music. After all, it’s Music City, USA. I’m sure I speak for other music business professionals when I say that even though you may pick, sing, write or produce … Continue reading

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Phone call from Hank

“Hello?” I said when I picked up the telephone receiver. “Is this Les Kerr?” drawled the voice I heard. “Yes, it is,” I said. “This is Hank Snow.” Stunned, I took a deep breath and said, “Hello, Mr. Snow. I’m … Continue reading

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Needed: a little more Jack

Knowing that I am in the music business, an air-conditioning service technician once asked me if I knew Cowboy Jack Clement, one of Nashville’s great music industry personalities. I said, “No, but I see him around town, now and again.” … Continue reading

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The Nashville-New Orleans musical connection

Two things I saw this week brought the long-time musical connection between New Orleans and Nashville to mind. First, the PBS series Austin City Limits featured the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performing duets with other musicians, including bluegrass artist and … Continue reading

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