October 15, 1985 |
How true is "Sweet Dreams," the film starring Jessica Lange and Ed Harris, which is billed as country singer Patsy Cline's "true life and love story"? The answer depends on the person queried. "Dreams" presents the relationship between Cline and her husband Charlie Dick (Ed Harris) as a loving, though stormy one. Dick, who is still living, is portrayed rather unflatteringly, as a hard-drinking womanizer who had no qualms about hitting his wife occasionally.
September 12, 1999 |
The technology-driven outing (in stores Tuesday) allowing nine contemporary country singers to duet seamlessly with Cline 36 years after she died would be more than a curiosity if all the performances were as strong as those by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings--top-drawer singers whose voices can hold their own with anyone's. The others--including John Berry, Glen Campbell, Crystal Gayle and Michelle Wright--largely come off as dressing on a window that needs none.
October 5, 2001 |
S ally Struthers was a vital contributor to a national cultural landmark, the '70s TV comedy series "All in the Family." The Oregon-reared actress played Gloria, daughter of Carroll O'Connor's and Jean Stapleton's Archie and Edith Bunker, and wife of the rebellious Mike Stivic, played by Rob Reiner. Struthers, 53, is now playing Louise Seger, a fan and friend of country star Patsy Cline, in "Always Patsy Cline."
March 28, 1999 |
Budding country star Mandy Barnett smiles when she recalls how Owen Bradley, the legendary record producer who worked with such country divas as Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, described the young singer as "a strange hillbilly." "He thought it was weird that I was 21 years old and I knew so many pop standards and that I sang like I'd started out in the big-band days," says the raven-haired Barnett, a self-confident, straight-talking former homecoming queen from nearby Crossville, Tenn.
September 17, 1990 |
In the parlor below the deck of her houseboat docked on the Potomac, a youngish woman--blond and dressed in white--recounts the dream and nightmare of her search for her long-hidden legend-filled past. Among the framed old photographs decorating the wood-paneled room, there is only one that really matters to Jett Williams: a black-and-white picture of a handsome young man in a cowboy hat with a dreamy expression on his face. It is no ordinary face, no ordinary family photograph.
February 21, 1994 |
It's 4:30 p.m. and the Mavericks are in the middle of a sound check at In Cahoots country nightclub. Sound check is the time when a band's main order of business is to be sure the stage monitors are on, that the bass drum doesn't overpower the guitars in the house sound system, and that all the microphones are plugged in.
October 16, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. A new book from the Band's lead guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson, “Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World” (Tundra Books, $29), is impressive both for the concisely illuminating text and richly evocative illustrations, both of which are designed to help entice young people into the world of influential pop music. But on a level few kids will be aware of, much less appreciate, it's equally if not more imposing for the accompanying double-CD set featuring tracks from each of the 27 profiled artists, a broad range of heavy hitters including the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, the Beach Boys, Hank Williams, Sam Cooke and others.
August 22, 1993 |
A set of four postage stamps honoring legends of country music will be issued Sept. 25 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. The set of 29-cent stamps will honor Patsy Cline, the Carter Family, Hank Williams and Bob Wills.
June 18, 2000 |
Actor Henry Gibson remembers that the country music community wasn't thrilled with Robert Altman's "Nashville." "Minnie Pearl was outraged," recalls Gibson, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as a pompous country superstar. "I remember on opening night, someone asked her how she would rate the picture and she said, 'I give it two closed nostrils!' " Despite the misgivings of the denizens of Nashville, the movie is arguably Altman's masterwork.
October 6, 1991 |
Loveless (who headlines the Crazy Horse Steak House on Monday) does a great Patsy Cline turn on "Can't Stop Myself From Loving You," a show-stopping ballad full of broken syllables and broken register drops that exquisitely echo the love addict's pain. Her song selection is otherwise solid, if not always inspired, her vocals consistently sincere and colorfully spirited.