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 01, 2016


That held note. . . !

Jimmy Reed • Found Love • 1961

Find it: Found Love