Thursday, July 14, 2016


Well, folks, we’ve made five years and somewhere around eighteen hundred posts. Time for a rest. Hope to see you all soon . . . “the good times aren’t over for good.” 

Get it: Big City

Album Cover: All Music

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Los Lobos • One Time One Night • 1987

Get it: By the Light of the Moon

Album cover: All Music

Monday, July 11, 2016


Well, it’s goodbye baby, guess I better go,
Well, I ain’t gonna play these worried blues no mo’. . . .

Otis Hinton • Walkin’ Down Hill • 1953

LP cover: Discogs

Note: no idea why, as of last night, all my images are flush left instead of centered. It just “happened” and I have no idea why . . . maybe a Blogger issue . . . hopefully they’ll revert because it looks like sh*t! (It could be that it’s only appearing this way on my browser. . . ? Maybe somebody out there could let me know via comment how it’s appearing in the wider world. Thanks.)

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Well, folks, today’s post brings us to the end of our year-long exploration of David Cantwell and Bill Friskics-Warren’s wonderful book Heartaches by the Number: Country Music’s 500 Greatest Singles. Special thanks to David for allowing us to use excerpts from the book; anybody “within the sound of my voice” who wants to go further with this should pick up a copy, it shouldn’t be too hard to find. Thanks for listening. . . .

“Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life;
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way,
If we keep on the sunny side of life.”

499.  Keep on the Sunny Side • Carter Family • 1928

A. P. Carter, vocal; Sara Carter, vocal/autoharp; Maybelle Carter, vocal/guitar. Camden, New Jersey, 9 May 1928

Sheet music: Wikipedia

Friday, July 08, 2016