July 17, 2005 |
The name Charlie Poole could cause even a lot of country music aficionados to plead ignorance, yet he's described as "the patron saint" of the genre in liner notes for the new three-CD box set "You Ain't Talkin' to Me: Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music" (Legacy Recordings, www.legacyrecordings.com).
November 19, 1993 |
"They didn't know it, of course, but their (1927 recordings) would change American music," Charles Wolfe says of the Carter Family, whose body of work stands as one of the cornerstones of country music. Wolfe's detailed and entertaining liner notes add greatly to the appeal of Rounder Records' valuable nine-volume series of Carter Family recordings, the first two of which have just been released.
March 31, 1999 |
Imagine a record executive going on a talent search at the outset of the rock era and discovering Elvis Presley and the Beatles within two weeks of each other. Ralph Peer came close. In 1927, when the New York talent agent traveled to Bristol, Tenn., he discovered Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, who were every bit as important to country music, artistically and commercially, as the King of Rock 'n' Roll and the Fab Four were to rock.
March 21, 2004 |
Joanna Kerns, who played journalist-mother Maggie Seaver on the ABC sitcom "Growing Pains" (1985-1992) and will direct and co-star in the "Growing Pains" TV movie to air in May, has sold her Brentwood home for $3.4 million. Kerns and her husband, architect Marc Appleton, plan to build a new home in the area. Appleton renovated the Brentwood house in 1993, after he and Kerns were married. Kerns had purchased the home in late 1988.
August 10, 1997 |
Two notable things happened on Oct. 7, 1927: Babe Ruth hit a World Series home run and Jimmie Rodgers' first record went on sale. Even though Ruth was at the pinnacle of his fame and Rodgers was unknown, the intersecting events form a neat symbolic link between two defining figures of the century. Ruth's prowess and charisma transformed the game of baseball. Similarly, Rodgers single-handedly changed the shape of American popular music.
July 6, 1997 |
Ridin' on that midnight train, Lord, my head's ahangin' low. These awful blues will follow me Wherever I may go. --"Ridin' That Midnight Train" * When the Inheritance Bluegrass Band sailed into this Stanley Brothers classic to open their Saturday night show at the Carter Fold, the broad concrete slab in front of the stage was empty.