60 Seconds Of Country Music History For March Fourteenth

60 Seconds Of Country Music History For March 14th

Gene Autry’s movie “Back In The Saddle” debuts in theaters. In the film, Gene sings “Back In The Saddle Again,” and “You Are My Sunshine.”

Merle Haggard gets pardoned by California governor Ronald Reagan for a 1957 attempted robbery that landed the singer in San Quentin prison,

Elvis Presley gets a posthumous number one hit when “Guitar Man” written by Jerry Reed, hits the top of the Billboard Country Singles Chart.  Jerry Reed’s version was a very minor country hit in 1967.

After a nine-year drought, John Anderson is back at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Straight Tequila Night”

Shania Twain’s album “Come On Over” is certified platinum by the RIAA for the 17th time.

Cynthia May Carver is born in Lamb, Kentucky. Known by her stage name “Cousin Emmy” she becomes one of country music’s first successful female artists. Her song, “Ruby (Are You Mad)” was a Top Five hit for Buck Owens in 1971.



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Live In Studio Interview With Tony Jackson

A Performance By Country Star Tony Jackson

United States Marine Corps veteran-turned-singer-songwriter Tony Jackson stopped by the 95 Country studios this afternoon for an interview and performance of his current single “Old Porch Swing.”  I really love songs that paint a mental picture, and Tony’s song is one of my favorite ones on my station’s playlist.  His song is currently sitting at #27 on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart.

I’ll grab the audio from the full interview tomorrow.  Meanwhile, check out the Facebook Live video of his performance this afternoon.  Stop by Tony’s website and pick up a copy of his new album and some merch too.  Stream songs all you want, but if your want your favorite artists to keep making music, it’s very important that you support them with your wallet too.

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Radio Show Notes From February 22 2018

In Case You Missed It:

– The very talented and fun country group Southern Halo stopped by for an interview and in-studio performance.  They are a super traditional country group, and you really hear those Mississippi Delta roots in their music.

– The Natchez Board of Aldermen approved funds to build a monument dedicated to the Parchman Ordeal.  An incident largely ignored by history, it was one of the most egregious treatment of African-American civil rights workers from the 1960s.  First time you’ve heard of it?  Learn more.

– New Orleans Saints & Pelicans owner Tom Benson is hospitalized with flu symptoms.  Sending positive thoughts and healing vibes his way.

Kelsea Ballerini dropped a new single from her sophomore album Unapologetically.  I love the first line:  “I hate Shakespeare and Gosling and cakes with white frosting.”  Country radio so wanted Kelsea to be the “next” Taylor Swift, which is just such an unrealistic expectation to place on any new singer.  I’m glad to hear Kelsea finding her groove as an artist.


– Right before I got off the air, Cole Swindell released a new single from his next album.  It’s called “Break Up In The End” and it definitely has some serious feels.


– Viral Video:  UK nursing home hires pole dancers to keep residents entertained (more-or-less SFW)


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In-studio Interview With Southern Halo

My interview with Southern Halo

Super excited to finally get to interview Natalia, Hannah and Christina from the group Southern Halo.  They’re from the Mississippi Delta, and you can really hear that history and tradition come through in their music. Check them out and buy some new merch on their website!  Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Instagram.

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