Sound Opinions on the Career of Willie Nelson
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Show #180: 05.08.09 Jim and Greg discuss the life of legendary rock and roll outlaw Willie Nelson with Joe Nick Patoski, author of Willie Nelson: An Epic Life. Plus they’ll review the latest release from Bob Dylan.
Imagine losing your lover, mother, stepfather and sister in less than eight months. That’s what happened to country music singer/songwriter Carlene Carter. Her mother is June Carter Cash and her stepfather is Johnny Cash. Carlene Carter drew on all of this loss and tragedy to create a new album called "Stronger." In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll meet Carlene Carter. Also, the epic life of American music icon, Willie Nelson.
Carlene Carter belongs to the third generation of Country music’s ruling dynasty, the Carter Family. "Stronger" is her new album. We hear excerpts, and she talks about her music with TTBOOK producer Doug Gordon.
Dana Jennings grew up in New Hampshire during the golden age of country music from the 1950s through the 1970s. His family listened to country and their values were shaped by it. Jennings has written a book caled "Sing Me Back Home: Love, Death and Country Music." He talks about it with Anne Strainchamps, and we hear excerpts from the tunes that shaped him. Also, John Huss is the co-editor, with David Werther, of "Johnny Cash and Philosophy: The Burning Ring of Truth." In the book, 21 philosophers muse about the music of Johnny Cash. John Huss tells Jim Fleming that his own essay concerns Johnny Cash and the concept of Justice, as illustrated by the song "Jacob Green." And we hear that song.
Joe Nick Patoski has been writing about his friend Willie Nelson for thirty five years. His latest efforts include the liner notes for the new box set - "One Hell of A Ride" and a comprehensive biography called "Willie Nelson: An Epic Life." Patoski tells Steve Paulson that Willie Nelson’s first claim to fame in Nashville was as a songwriter.