Program Notes:  ‘Sounds Like Country from Here:  Songs by Tennessee Walt’

Bay View, Michigan, July 23, 2022 1.  “A Song about You” (Gayden Wren, 2019). A year or two back, I noticed that in 2020 a country singer named Sam Grow had premiered a song called “Song About You.”  I haven’t heard it, so I don’t know if it’s anything like mine.  For the record, I … Continue reading Program Notes:  ‘Sounds Like Country from Here:  Songs by Tennessee Walt’

Program Notes:  Tennessee Walt’s ‘Three Chords and the Truth: Country’s Greatest Songwriters’

East Hampton Library, April 9, 2022 1.  “Always on My Mind” (Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson, 1970). People are often surprised to learn that Nelson didn’t write this song, and that it actually had been recorded by a number of famous singers in the decade before Nelson got to it.  In part this … Continue reading Program Notes:  Tennessee Walt’s ‘Three Chords and the Truth: Country’s Greatest Songwriters’

Program Notes:  Tennessee Walt’s ‘Riding with the Outlaws’

Voorhies Hall, Bay View, Michigan * July 22, 2022 1. “Honky Tonk Heroes” (Billy Joe Shaver, 1973). The story goes that in late 1972, after repeated efforts to corner Waylon Jennings and play his songs for him, Billy Joe Shaver had had enough.  Knowing that Jennings was going to be recording at Tompall Glaser’s “Hillbilly … Continue reading Program Notes:  Tennessee Walt’s ‘Riding with the Outlaws’