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RKSTRAT
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"Clapton is Good"
Sep 17th, 2019 09:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Enjoying this.....so much to discuss!

I think I need to own this.

Nawlins Dawg
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There's no place like tone
Sep 17th, 2019 09:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I can’t say that I’m a fan of country music in general, but Burns has done a masterful job of covering the history of it with this series. Very interesting

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Tone is in the lingers
Sep 18th, 2019 03:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just watched his Civil War series! Awesome! I learned a lot. He's good at what he does.

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Sep 18th, 2019 04:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’ll start it sometime in the near future. I’m a big fan of his work.

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Wait, what?
Sep 18th, 2019 06:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

I need to make my obligatory comment that Burns' hairpiece is pretty bad. :D

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Sep 18th, 2019 07:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've caught a bit. Pretty interesting stuff but the segments are long and Peter Coyote's voice can get tedious to my ear. Last night's segment about Hank Williams was depressing.

Having watched much of several episodes I also wonder about the frequent return to the bigotry and racism underlayment of the culture. It's not that I take issue with the undeniable facts or stark reminders, but Burns seems to systematically circle back to it so frequently that it appears to be a glaring asterisk for viewers who are country music fans.

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larryguitar
Sep 18th, 2019 08:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's well done. A lot of the content is already well known to most passionate musicians but I didn't mind the journey. There is a lot of spoon fed history there.

I lived in East Tennessee so I was aware of the origins in the Bristol/Knoxville region.

One thing I thought was interesting that I didn't know that much about was the development of BMI and Rose Publishing. I wouldn't mind more on the business side of things.

littleuch
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Sep 18th, 2019 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, the Ascap/BMI thing was interesting to me. Also the radio and endorsements of nefarious products. Ahhhhhh, snakeoil elixirs with alcohol and lead.

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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Sep 18th, 2019 08:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Bill Monroe feud with Flatt and Scruggs was new to me.

Also the attempts to keep young Chet Atkins out of the Grand old Opry and the Carter's admirable loyalty to him in that regard.

RKSTRAT
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"Clapton is Good"
Sep 18th, 2019 10:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, last night’s episode had lots of interesting stuff.

And Peter Coyote is a too familiar plug-in
voiceover specialist for Burns.

The program is largely artist-focused.

I was disappointed that the whole Fender thing
was not mentioned yet......or maybe I missed.

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Don't fear the peat
Sep 18th, 2019 10:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm enjoying it. I'm not a huge country listener and I don't know much of the history, but it's still really interesting.

And I agree on the Chet Atkins thing, crazy how they tried to keep him out of Nashville!

(but understandable, he was a monster)

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Sep 18th, 2019 11:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

Last night - the Hank Williams saga - amazing, inspiring and oh so sad.

larryguitar19
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larryguitar
Sep 18th, 2019 11:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yup--they were 'afraid' of Chet that once he got to Nashville he would take over.

And they were right because that's what he did.

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GospelBilly!
Sep 18th, 2019 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Excellent stuff’

Timmer
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There I was one night...
Sep 18th, 2019 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have caught small snipettes. Looks very interesting. Saw some stuff on the Hayride from here in Shreveport. I'm looking to learn more about that.

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I now have four seasons!
Sep 18th, 2019 09:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Recording it so I can watch at my leisure sans the wife. She loves to ask ancillary questions which may or may not be evident in the future, but she needs a google Pegoo device to answer and review her questions.


RKSTRAT
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"Clapton is Good"
Sep 18th, 2019 09:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

So no mention of Fender?
Bob Wills band was using Leo’s amps in the late 40’s, right?
Created the sound.

reverend mikey
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Sep 19th, 2019 08:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

No mention of Fender...but I've heard no mention of Martin or Gibson, either (I could've missed it - I haven't seen every minute of every episode).

They seem to be staying focused on the artists, and that's fine - most people's eyes (who aren't us gee-tar-ists) would start to glaze over with talk of Telecasters and D-18's and J-45's...

As to changes in country music ("hillbilly" music; "country & western"; just "country" etc.), last night's episode did talk about the move to strings and softer arrangements that became "that Nashville sound". (Jim Reeves is still one of my favorites; I'm hoping they'll do more on him, but they may already be moving on...)

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Sep 19th, 2019 01:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Seems to me Leo deserves at least a tip of the hat;
Without his electronic advances a lot of country would just be 'folk.'

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larryguitar
Sep 19th, 2019 03:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

They did mention both Martin and Gibson, albeit briefly, in the first episode. They talk about Jimmie Rodgers "$1500 Martin Guitar".

But I don't recall discussion of Tele's or much else for gear heads.

(This message was last edited by larryguitar19 at 08:13 PM, Sep 19th, 2019)

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