Traditional Country Music – Throwback Thursday

My daughter instant messaged me last week when she was visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. She said,

This is one of my favorite places of all because of all the old school old-fashioned things. And it reminds me of dad of course.

That is all I needed to take a trip down memory lane.

My husband passed away in 2006 when our daughter was a junior in high school. Enough time has now passed that we can remember the good times with fondness, and don’t automatically get teary eyed and overwhelmed with sadness at thoughts of him. I still have my moments, of course, but the grieving process has been successful.

What my daughter’s message brought to mind was that our home used to be filled with the strains of country music. My husband was very fond of traditional country music and also appreciated some contemporary country artists, but  his preference was for the older music. That meant that my daughter was raised on country music. In her teenage years she complained about it frequently. Now as a young adult, she admits that she really didn’t hate it but it just was not cool to like it. My sister Mary who lives with me is not a country music fan (although she likes Patsy Cline and some Willie Nelson music) so we do not play it often at home.

My father had also been a fan of country music. While I was growing up, I do not recall a big connection to country music or any other music. A radio was always playing in the dairy barn on our farm (something about keeping the cows contented?) and it was tuned to a country station. When my dad retired and moved off the farm, my parents bought a console stereo and my dad invested in a lot of country music albums. I remember discussing with him which version of Delta Dawn we liked the best. He went with the Tanya Tucker version while I preferred the Bette Midler version.

My husband, my daughter and I went to several concerts of some of the old school performers including Ray Price and Mel Tillis. We also went to a John Anderson concert although he was more current than most of my husband’s favorites. I was amazed with the Ray Price concert. He had moved on from the honky-tonk style of music and had incorporated strings and developed a more orchestrated sound. In doing so, he alienated some of his traditional fans but to me the music was beautiful.

After the message from my daughter, I turned on a traditional country music station and have listened to the likes of Porter Wagoner, Vern Gosdin, Merle Haggard, Don Williams, Earl Thomas Conley and a multitude of others. I am reminded of how comfortable the music was for me, even though there is much sadness and angst. I believe I will make more time for it.

Meanwhile, my daughter and I intend to make a return visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame the next time I visit her in Nashville.

Country music, another thread of my life.


17 thoughts on “Traditional Country Music – Throwback Thursday

  1. amiewrites74 May 14, 2015 / 9:49 am

    It is so nice when something can trigger a walk down memory lane. I loved reading this. Delta Dawn brings back a lot of memories for me. I was also raised on country music. Don Williams was one of my favorites. I like to stream classic country on my music app and it always reminds me of my childhood.

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    • Good Woman May 16, 2015 / 8:59 am

      I surely did enjoy that walk and I am glad you enjoyed the post. I often have country on my car radio, but if my sister rides with me I automatically turn to something else. Don Williams is a good traditional country artist. I particularly love “Lord, I Hope This Day is Good.”

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  2. Mary-Anne at Breathing Life May 14, 2015 / 9:55 am

    I remember there was a time I had insomnia and I would tune into country stations because all the songs told a story, so it felt like someone reading to me…
    Thank you for this lovely post.

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    • Good Woman May 16, 2015 / 8:49 am

      That is an interesting story about how the music actually helped you when you had insomnia. So often music is just a background for what I am doing and I don’t listen to a lot of the words, but with country music you do get some very compelling stories.


  3. Ginny May 14, 2015 / 10:15 am

    So sorry for your loss. I am glad that you are at the point that you can remember the good times without breaking down. I’m sure there will always be those very painfully sad moments of missing him, but it is good to have things and triggers that remind you of the good times.


    • Good Woman May 16, 2015 / 8:47 am

      Clearly my life changed dramatically and I will always miss him. But I can look back at our life together very fondly. I know that in many ways I am very lucky for having what I did have.


  4. Donna May 14, 2015 / 10:39 am

    It sounds like a nice trip down memory lane I haven’t listen to any Tanya tucker in ages and I used to love listening to her songs. Maybe I will look some up thanks


    • Good Woman May 16, 2015 / 8:45 am

      I have been thinking a lot about the artists that I used to enjoy, and wondering about where they are now. Delta Dawn in particular sticks out in my mind as a favorite.

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      • Donna May 16, 2015 / 9:36 am

        Oh yes I liked that one too. So many I may have to google oldies but goodies and download some that I have missed.

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    • Good Woman May 16, 2015 / 8:44 am

      I recall that even as a young teenager–which is what she was when she started in the business–she had such a husky voice. Very unique.


  5. busy lady May 14, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    Memories! They are so good, yet can make us feel so sad. It is good to have them though!
    I want to invite you to join the Free Style Writing Challenge. I hope you will be able to.

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    • Good Woman May 16, 2015 / 8:42 am

      The memories are definitely a mixed blessing. I will always miss my husband but as with others we have lost, the memories help him to live on. I will have to think about the challenge–which automatically makes me realize that if I have to think about it then it may not be “Free Style”.


  6. rainydayreflections May 14, 2015 / 8:16 pm

    I enjoy country music also. I have many old albums that belonged to my dad. I also enjoy some of the modern country music. My daughter and I saw Deirks Bentley last summer. It was a great concert. One of my favorite performers is Vince Gil. I enjoyed reading your post. 🙂

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    • Good Woman May 16, 2015 / 8:39 am

      I loved Vince Gil. Since I have not been listening to much country lately I am not sure what kind of presence he now has. My daughter and I did go to see Jason Michael Carroll (when he was new), Alan Jackson and Brooks and Dunn when she was in college. But even that has been 5 years ago. My sister in Nashville has my dad’s old albums. She once told me she listens to them on when she is cleaning.


      • rainydayreflections May 16, 2015 / 8:26 pm

        I saw Vince Gil in concert about 2 years ago. It was a fantastic concert. We also saw Alan Jackson that year. He’s pretty good too. I don’t really keep up with what’s popular — just what i like. 🙂


  7. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature May 21, 2015 / 11:25 am

    What a sweet post. Music really brings up memories. I am glad this music brings up nice memories, though they will always be laced with loving sadness.


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