Regular visitors to the GMC might remember that Country Catalyst is a Special Feature that presents classic songs in an attempt to bring new fans into country music. Today's candidate is about an unforgettable horse, and it was written by legendary troubadour Jimmie Driftwood, who also wrote a song that was the subject of a … Continue reading Country Catalyst – A Very Special Steed
One of the things I enjoy most about musical history is how often you can find interesting connections. I ran across one recently while reading a piece about a currently popular folk/country group, Old Crow Medicine Show. It seems that the legendary Doc Watson (who died last year) helped the group get its start. That … Continue reading It All Started With Clarence – Or Was It Tom?
I was saddened to read that country music legend Doc Watson, who popularized the flatpicking style of guitar play, has passed away at age 89. He was the subject of a GMC piece several years ago, so I have repeated it below and reactivated the music in the left column. (The following was originally posted … Continue reading The Legacy Of Doc Watson
Whew. I just listened to a little piece called "Nashville Pickin'," by a multiple Grammy winner who is among the best to ever pick up a guitar, and yet he remains a relative unknown to many modern country music fans. Maybe that just says something about the direction country music has moved in recent years, … Continue reading Doc Watson Is Still Pickin’