• My heroes have always been cowboys

    Lug 25 2009, 20:05 di alacy52

    Today is the National Day of the American Cowboy, so The 9513 posed the question: What's your favorite cowboy song? Since I haven't done one of these lists in a while, I figured I'd put together my favorite songs about an American icon. Turns out that's not an easy task. The others receiving votes would make a pretty good list in their own right.

    It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that my list is dominated by Chris LeDoux. LeDoux was probably Wyoming's most famous resident not named Dick Cheney, a world champion bareback rider, a major influence on Garth Brooks and was the first concert I ever attended. He died in Casper in March 2005 due to complications from liver cancer, but his legacy lives on.

    25. Happy Trails - Roy Rogers
    1952

    I'm going old school to start with the king of the cowboys. "Happy Trails" was written by Roy Rogers' costar and later wife, Dale Evans as the theme song for his radio show in the '40s and '50s and was always sung over the end credits of his TV show in the '50s.
  • A Brief History Of...Hillbilly Music

    Gen 26 2008, 23:50 di BadgerJohn31

    The description and playlist below are from the weekly radio show (A Brief History Of…) that my friend and I host on WSUM 91.7fm Madison. We selected songs we felt were either historically important or just representative of each specific topic. Please comment if you feel we missed something or just to give your opinion. Remember, however, that we do this show in an hour (about 50 minutes of music). Track length is a major factor in our decisions (shorter is usually better). Thanks!

    Until about the time of The Carter Family’s break-up in the mid-1940s, what we know as country music was called "Hillbilly Music." A Brief History of…Hillbilly Music traces American traditional music from the first million-selling hillbilly record in 1924 to the first major televised country music performance in 1953. Major themes of the show include the Afro-, Anglo-, and Scotch-Irish origins of this traditionally white music, the impact of the 1920s radio boom in the creation of the first superstars…