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About Me

Music has been a lifelong passion, for me.  I love all kinds, from classic Beatles to Dean Martin to classic Motown to 80′s top 40.  My favorite, though, is country music.  I have spent most of my adult life as an air talent at various country radio stations, spinning hits from artists as diverse as Hank Snow to Shania Twain.  And I love to blog about this great genre of music, particularly the classics.

Now, if you’re like me, you likely grew up listening to much of your music on the big 33 1/3 long-playing albums, or their 8-track or cassette counterparts.  Myself, my first exposure to music, came barely as a toddler, to the sounds of “Dean Martin’s Greatest Hits”, Eddy  Arnold’s “My World”, and Roger Miller’s “Golden Hits”.  Then, a few years later, as a birthday gift, I got my first “real” album, a 2-record set of the life and music of Hank Williams, with the story told by Hank Williams Jr.  That started me on a course that I’m still on, music and records, with a few CD’s, mixed in, too.

The majority of this blog is about classic country music albums.  The Ultimate Twang Classic Album Review is intended to give just due to all of the great (and not-so-great) country albums of the past 50+ years.   Unlike other formats, such as rock and jazz, where the album is revered; country music has been more about the artists and individual songs, but not often the album.  But, of course, you’ll notice that I haven’t totally ignored the 45′s and 78′s, as we have our Single Of The Day feature, as well.

My goal is to get country music fans, worldwide, to look back at these wonderful collections of 10-12 songs, and more closely examine them to fully comprehend the incredible works of art that albums are.

In addition, I also host a weekly radio show titled (appropriately enough) Ultimate Twang.  The show is online, at our fine community radio station, here in Asheville, Asheville Free Media.  It’s 3 hours of classic country music, from 2005 back to the beginnings, and you can hear it, live, every Thursday afternoon at 4pm, EST, on the Asheville Free Media site (just click here).  And if you can’t join me for the live broadcast, then you can always catch the show in the archives for a week, beginning Friday morning.  Just go to the Ultimate Twang page, at the the Asheville Free Media site, and click listen. (Click here, to go to the UT page)

I hope my reviews will give you an idea of what each album represents, both positive and negative.  What did it do for the artist? How well did it sell?  Is it still available?  Just some of the questions I try to answer.

On occasion, I will deviate from the music and albums, and talk about two of my other passions; radio and railroads.

I hope you will enjoy the time you spend on my blog.  You are always welcome to leave comments about each post, and you are always welcome to email me, as well, at michael@ultimatetwang.com.