Keith Whitley

He had 19 country hit singles in his all-to-brief career — 12 before and 7 after he passed in 1989. He was a ‘traditional country” guy in both his singing and writing. He could turn a phrase with the best of them and leave you a mess.

If you want a little more background on Keith, check out Lorrie Morgan’s book, “Forever Yours, Faithfully.”

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At San Quentin

Johnny Cash is just 25 and releases his thirty-first album — “At San Quentin” — on June 4, 1969. Legendary rock photog Jim Marshall shot the cover and also the infamous “One Finger Salute.”

JC explained it in the 2000 reissue liner notes as an angry reaction to a film crew from the UK there to record the concert for broadcast on television. They were blocking Cash’s view of the audience and when they ignored his ask to “clear the stage,” they got the middle finger which turned into one of Johnny’s — and Jim Marshall’s — most famous photos.

The Master of Smoothness

He’d seen it all. Rest in peace, sir.

R.I.P. Jimmy Capps, “The Gambler” Guitarist and Grand Ole Opry Member Dies at 81

Capps was part of The Nashville A-Team, a collective of session musicians who backed artists like Elvis, Patsy Cline, Bob Dylan, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Brenda Lee throughout the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. In Capps’ case, he famously played on Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler”, George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today”, and George Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning”. He also shared time in the studio with Johnny Cash, Reba McEntire, Ray Charles, Andy Williams, and Alan Jackson.

Source: R.I.P. Jimmy Capps, “The Gambler” Guitarist and Grand Ole Opry Member Dies at 81 | Consequence of Sound

Taking The Long Way 

May 23, 2006 ~

Never was I so happy to see an album as I was this one. Dixie Chicks release their first album since the controversy that followed Natalie Maines’ comments on then-President George Bush in 2003.

Natalie and the band didn’t deserve the hate. And, country radio for the most part were perfect assholes.

So when The Chicks came back, they came back with a vengeance. They teamed with Rick Rubin to produce and with the help of some heavy-hitters like Sheryl Crow, Gary Louris, Mike Campbell and Neil Finn, the album wins 5 out of the 7 nominations for Grammy Awards.