Ralph Peer popularized the genres of country, blues, jazz, gospel and Latin. His story begins in the era of the wind-up crank cylinder and ends in the age of color television and is told in the new book, “Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music.” Continue reading
As the Federal Reserve’s policy committee ends its two-day meeting Wednesday, Nashville money manager Jon Shayne (aka econo-crooner Merle Hazard) releases his latest music video bemoaning the central bank’s “Dual Mandate” to, on the one hand, keep prices stable, and, on the other hand, maximize employment. Continue reading
Valerie June may be a full-time singer-songwriter now, but, like most musicians, she has worked a series of different jobs to support herself. She cleaned houses, walked dogs, cared for kids, serviced coffee, made soaps and the list continues. Continue reading
Country legend Willie Nelson, 81, is still on the road. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Nelson to talk about the burst of songwriting behind his new album, “Band of Brothers,” controlling his temper and how he stays fit on tour. Continue reading
Country music legend George Jones had a distinctive voice and the ability to convey heartbreak and sorrow in song. He is best known for chart-topper "He Stopped Loving Her Today." Jones died at age 81 in Nashville, Tenn. Jeffrey Brown talks with Larry Gatlin, a fellow singer-songwriter who knew Jones. Continue reading
Rosanne Cash is a songwriter, a bestselling performer and a chart-topping success. Her latest release is “The List,” a compilation of songs her father held up as examples of “must know” music. And now she has written “Composed,” her memoirs and self-portrait.