Program Notes: Tennessee Walt’s ‘An Afternoon in the Country’

Tappan Library, Tappan, NY * November 9, 2022 1.  “Night Train to Memphis” (Roy Acuff, 1942). Roy Acuff It’s impossible to say for sure who did what on this song, since it has three co-writers: Owen Bradley, Marvin Hughes and Beasley Smith.  However, Bradley and Hughes were both best known as musicians, while Beasley was … Continue reading Program Notes: Tennessee Walt’s ‘An Afternoon in the Country’

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Program Notes: Tennessee Walt’s Bristol and Beyond: The Birth of Country Music

Voorhies Hall, Bay View, Michigan, July 18, 2022 “Keep on the Sunny Side” (Carter Family, 1928) Songwriters get their ideas from all over, but the best ones keep their ears open, knowing that any random phrase they hear might be the germ of a great song.  In the case of lyricist Ada Blenkhorn, she had … Continue reading Program Notes: Tennessee Walt’s Bristol and Beyond: The Birth of Country Music