Time for a new edition of The World Famous Ultimate Twang Radio Show. It comes your way, beginning at 4p ET, this afternoon, online, exclusively at the Asheville Free Media website. This week, it’s a special edition, as we are playing all hits that have yet to appear on the show. Today, every song is one not previously heard on Ultimate Twang. Make sure you’re a part of today’s edition of Ultimate Twang. If you can’t join us, live, today, remember, you can listen, anytime, over the coming week on our page at Asheville Free Media.
Greetings from Asheville, where we have completed yet another edition of the World Famous Ultimate Twang Radio Show. This week’s edition, as it almost always is, was an ecclectic mix of country gold from all eras, going as far back as 1927, this week. If you have yet to listen to the program, it’s three hours of solid classic country music from 2005 on back to the beginnings of country music. It comes your way, live, every Thursday at 4p ET, online at the Asheville Free Media website. Just click their name to go there. If you can’t catch the live edition, simply go to the Asheville Free Media Ultimate Twang page, scroll down and 1) Click listen to listen via Windows Media, ITunes, etc., or 2) Look for the gray play button below the list of dates, to simply listen directly from the site. And, there is also an encore performance of the show on the station, beginning 9a ET, on Monday.
Thanks to you, Ultimate Twang is the most popular show on Asheville Free Media, with nearly five thousand listeners!
And don’t forget, next week’s show is a special show, as we are going to play all songs that have yet to air on Ultimate Twang. Amazing as it seems, after well over two years, there are still numerous hits that have yet to make an appearance on the program, and we’re going to play some of them.
Here’s this week’s playlist, of what made this week’s show.
|Ronnie Milsap||I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For The World||1982; #1 hit!|
|Johnny Cash||Home Of The Blues||1957|
|Don Gibson and Dottie West||Rings Of Gold||1969|
|Bellamy Brothers||Redneck Girl||1982; #1 hit!|
|Moe Bandy||The Champ||1980; Almost Hit|
|Stonewall Jackson||I Washed My Hands In Muddy Waters||1965|
|Jerry Reed||Down On The Corner||1983|
|Glen Campbell||Gentle On My Mind||1967|
|Tammy Wynette||How Great Thou Art|
|Porter Wagoner||I’ve Enjoyed As Much Of This As I Can Stand||1963|
|Gene Autry||Back In The Saddle Again||1939|
|Kris Kristofferson||Josie||1975; Classic Album Track|
|Waylon Jennings||I’ll Go Back To Her||1976; double-sided hit with “Can’t You See”|
|Don Williams||I’m Just A Country Boy||1977; #1 hit!|
|Roy Drusky||White Lightning Express||1965; Almost Hit|
|Kitty Wells||Paying For That Back Street Affair||1953; Answer to Webb Pierce’s “Back Street Affair”|
|Eddy Arnold||That’s How Much I Love You||1946|
|Sammy Kershaw||Third Rate Romance||1994|
|Vaughn Monroe||Ghost Riders In The Sky||1949; his only country hit|
|Tim McGraw||Just To See You Smile||1998; #1 hit!|
|Bill Haley and The Saddlemen||Sundown Boogie||1952; Almost Hit|
|Donna Fargo||It Do Feel Good||1975|
|Charlie Poole and His North Carolina Ramblers||Leaving Home||1927|
|Merle Haggard||Carolyn||1972; #1 hit!|
|T. G. Sheppard||You’re My First Lady||1987|
|Jim Ed Brown||Pop A Top||1967|
|George Jones and Travis Tritt||The Race Is On||1994; Classic Album Track|
|Reba McEntire||Sunday Kind Of Love||1988; 1947 pop hit for Jo Stafford|
|Bill Anderson||Walk Out Backwards||1961|
|Walter Brennan||Old Rivers||1962|
|Davis Daniel||Picture Me||1991; Almost Hit|
|Bobby Bare||New Cut Road||1982|
|James and Michael Younger||Nothing But The Radio On||1982; their only hit.|
|Buck Owens||I Don’t Care (Just As Long As You Love Me)||1964; #1 hit!|
|Bill Monroe||Uncle Pen||1951|
|Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn||It’s True Love||1980|
|Restless Heart||That Rock Won’t Roll||1986; their 1st #1 hit!|
|Dwight Yoakam||Thinking About Leaving||1999; Almost Hit|
|Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson||Everthing’s Beautiful (In It’s Own Way)||1983|
|Ronnie McDowell||I Just Cut Myself||1982|
|Unknown||Gilligan’s Island Theme|
|Randy Travis||Deeper Than The Holler||1989; #1 hit!|
|Tennessee Ernie Ford||The Church In The Wildwood|
|Marty Robbins||Don’t Let Me Touch You||1977|
|Marty Robbins||Ain’t I The Lucky One||1958|
|Sons Of The Pioneers||Cool Water||1941|
|Kenny Rogers||Why Don’t We Go Somewhere And Love||1977; Classic Album Track|
|Ernest Ashworth||The D J Cried||1965; his last top 10 hit|
|Ray Price||Invitation To The Blues||1958; double-sided hit with “City Lights”|
|Mac Wiseman||Kentucky||1990; Almost Hit|
|Jody Miller||Queen Of The House||1965|
|Joe Stampley||Baby I Love You So||1977|
Greetings from Asheville, where much is going on, so much so, I’ve hardly been around to blog! I am back, though, with a diligent attempt to keep some new content, here, about classic country music, my online radio show, an occasional classic album review, and who knows what else. Speaking of the show, a new edition is up, today, beginning at 4p ET, at the Asheville Freemedia website (click Asheville FM | Community Radio). If you’ve not listened, before, it is 3 hours of classic country music, commercial free (except for a few vintage ones thrown in), all pre-2005. And if you can’t join me for the live edition, you can go to my Ultimate Twang page, there (click Asheville FM/Ultimate Twang), anytime beginning Friday morning, and listen via the archive. And, there is also the encore performance, heard on the station, beginning Monday at 9am ET.
One more thing of note is that Asheville Free Media has had their application for a low-power FM signal approved by the FCC. We have now begun a fundraising campaign to raise the needed funds in order to get the equipment and get it operable. If you’d like to make a donation, just click the following link, AFM Power The Tower, to donate any amount. Ever dollar helps our goal of reaching the city of Asheville, NC, with the best community radio!
Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always on the turntable. Today, we look back at one of the many releases from the legendary Loretta Lynn. Woman Of The World/To Make A Man was Loretta’s fourteenth Decca release (excluding compilations). Released in June, 1969, it was also her final release of the decade. The album did well, peaking at number two on the bestseller lists, while also just breaking into the Top 150 on the Pop side. The album features two hit singles, which, in this case, are both of the title cuts.
One of the title cuts lead off the album, Loretta’s number one hit from Spring of 1969, “Woman Of The World”. One of Loretta’s best, right here. It’s that simple.
“Johnny One Time” is a song that both Willie Nelson and Brenda Lee had singles on, and while Loretta’s version was only an album cut, I would argue it’s as good as the other two versions. Great vocal job, in fact, you’d swear it was written with Loretta in mind, it’s that good.
I also like the ballad “If You Were Mine To Lose”. The song isn’t quite as strong as the first two, but it’s still a very good track, and Loretta’s performance is excellent.
Pretty good, is how I would describe “The Only Time I Hurt”. A steady track that may not stand out, but not likely to skip over, either.
“No One Will Ever Know” was already an old song, when Loretta recorded it for this album, having been released back in the late 1940’s by Roy Acuff. The song would eventually enjoy hit status in 1980, when Gene Watson just missed the top ten with his version. For me, Gene’s is the definitive version, but I really like Loretta’s take; a fine performance.
Side one ends with “Big Sister, Little Sister”, which starts with how the big sister would always make way for the little sister, so the little one could have her way, now they’re adults, a man’s involved;…do you know where this is going? Yep, big sister loves the man, but little sister marries him. That said, for a song that’s pretty easy to peg, it’s not as bad as one might think. Not the album’s best, but not a terrible track.
Side two opens with the album’s other hit single/title track, “To Make A Man (Feel Like A Man)”, which became a top five hit in late Summer, 1969. A bouncy track that I would describe as a typical Loretta song; in this case telling women how they should treat their men.
Next, Loretta Lynn covers the Merle Haggard classic “Today I Started Loving You Again”. A little quicker paced than most version, it almost feels a little rushed, which is unfortunate, because her vocals are good, and with a pace closer to the Haggard original, I think this could have been a killer track. Still decent, though.
Another cover track features Loretta giving her take on the Tammy Wynette classic “Stand By Your Man”. While no one will ever come close to Tammy’s version, this one is decent.
“Ten Little Reasons” is classic Loretta. The self-penned tear-jerker is a great album cut; one of the highlights of the album.
The album has a fine wrap-up with “I’m Lonesome For Trouble Tonight”, which Loretta co-wrote with Doyle Wilburn of the Wilburn Brothers. Good, solid track to put the wraps on this album.
Somewhat surprising that this album has yet to join the ranks of reissues; having been out of print for many years. Used copies are relatively numerous, most that I saw were in the $10 to $15 range.
“Woman Of The World” gets my Standout Track nod, while “Johnny One Time” is the Hidden Gem of this disc. Weakest Track? “Big Sister, Little Sister”; not a terrible track, but lags a bit behind the other ten.
Overall, a solid performance from one of the great legends of the genre. While I wouldn’t consider this to be her best long-play, it’s still a worthy collection of tracks that if you like Loretta Lynn, you’ll most likely enjoy this album. I rate it a 4 out of 5.
The father/daughter duo from St. Louis, were a fixture on the Country charts from 1977 through 1985, scoring eleven top ten hits (out of twenty-four Country 40 entries), including today’s Single Of The Day. They had been recording since the early 1970′s, having released singles on the Dot label, but failing to break into the Country 40, until they had switched to the Ovation label, where they finally scored with what would turn out to be their biggest hit, “Heaven’s Just A Sin Away”. While they had their greatest success at the Ovation label, Ovation would eventually fold, which caused the Kendalls to switch to Mercury.
“Teach Me To Cheat”, today’s Single Of The Day, was their first release for their new label. Released in July, 1981, the single made it’s Country 40 debut in September, and became one of the big hits of the Fall, as it climbed into the top ten, peaking at seven.
The single is a pretty typical Kendalls’ formula. Jeannie sings lead, the song features an adulterous theme, the arrangement is a strong country beat with a quick-paced tempo. This was the sound that worked so well for the duo, and you know, sometimes, it’s better to stay with what works. And it works well, here.
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