I did not watch the ABC special “15 Songs That Changed Country Music” Monday night. But I did look up the list online the next day. I can honestly say I don’t have a lot of problem with it as a whole. There are a few songs and artists I would like to have seen added. Maybe a change of the number 15 to 20 would have solved any question I had with it.
First I would like to have seen Eddy Arnold represented. Maybe “Make The World Go Away” and Ray Price’s “For The Good Times”. “Change” is the key word here. They brought strings into country music and made them acceptable for all of us to use; and by including “For The Good Times”, that would have represented the songwriting of Kris Kristofferson who changed the tone and art of putting together a song and raised the bar for everyone who ever owned a piece of paper and a pencil.
Then I would have included Roger Miller. He was the best performer/songwriter the industry has ever known and he had a style that married the pop charts to the country. So let’s include “King of the Road” and pay him the respect he so deserves. Finally it would have to be Waylon. The Statlers and Waylon were good friends back in the very early days when he was still a suit and tie act on stage. We traveled a lot of miles together and sat up a lot of nights singing songs to one another all over the country. But when he, looking for a commercial hook, took off the tie, put on the hat and invented the Outlaw chapter of country music, that sparked the change that can still be heard in the music that is being recorded today.
And there you have my view from the valley. That and $5.50 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbuck’s.
Everyone is asking about the STATLER BROTHERS TV SHOW series from TNN and when it will be available. Well, all I can tell you is we have rounded second base with it and are heading hard for third. The shows are in the hands of the attorneys who are securing licensing and doing all the legal dances it takes to get them ready for the final marketing. I will honestly try to keep you updated as we are as excited about getting this done as all of you who have asked.
A new Christmas package has just been released containing the only two Christmas albums the STATLERS ever did. The double album consists of CHRISTMAS CARD (1978) and CHRISTMAS PRESENT (1985).
Check out the Statler website for more info at statlerbrothers.com
There are also other new and Christmas items you will find there.
Yours truly reading Heroes and Outlaws of the Bible never before on CD; WILSON/FAIRCHILD’S CHRISTMAS GUITARS and JIMMY’S albums.
Riddle: What is the one thing we all will have for Thanksgiving dinner?
If you said turkey, you’re wrong. It’s relatives. And most people like turkey better than they like their relatives. But I wish you and all of yours the most peaceful and restful Thanksgiving day ever. God’s blessings to you all.
DSR – 11/6/14
- The most asked question I get in the mail, email, and Facebook these days is “When is the next book coming out?”
That’s the same question my literary agent is asking me, also and I really don’t have a good answer.
I have about three partial scripts in process but nothing that I feel is truly inspired. I feel so fulfilled by the seven books that I have published that I don’t want the next one to be anything short of what I think they were.
And to be honest, I’ve been doing a lot of public and private speaking engagements the last couple of years and I write each one of those and all that cuts into my writing time. Even Debbie asked me the other day when I was going to write another book. So I guess maybe I really do need to lock myself in my office and not come out until the last chapter is finished…..or dinner is ready!
- Dailey and Vincent, who did a wonderful Statler Brothers salute album a few years ago, recently did a live concert for PBS which will be an on-air special and a CD and a DVD. They asked me to introduce them and bring them on stage that night at the Hylton Center just outside Washington, D.C. It was a sweet and rewarding experience.
When I walked out on stage, before I even said a word, I was greeted with a standing ovation from their overflowing and beautiful audience. I know this generous sharing of love was not just for me but for all the Statlers and I was touched that the group is still so loved and so missed. It warmed my heart and fogged my vision.
It continued to be a very special night and I wish those guys the very best with this latest project. Watch their website for release dates.
- My sons won’t let me completely retire. They record all my speaking engagements whether it’s a banquet or a Sunday morning service and now they have put together a CD called “Don Reid – Speaking from the Heart”.
It contains three different engagements and they even put a new picture of me on the front that I had never seen before. You can find out all about it on DonReid.net or StatlerBrothers.com.
(This is not a plug, but just something else that I’ve been doing.)
- My first book, “Heroes and Outlaws of the Bible” was available from the very beginning with a cassette of me reading the book. But now, those same two slave-driving sons, have released it on CD for the very first time.
(It’s a sure cure for insomnia.)
- And of late, it seems my second most asked question in interviews and from folks on the street is, “What are you reading?” So I’m going to share that and maybe even make it a regular item in future blogs.
Years ago I discovered Michael Connelly. He writes police procedurals set in L.A. and writes them very well I might add. I liked his work so much that I bought all his books, about 25 of them, and I’m reading them in order. I’m on the eighth one, “Angels Flight”. If this kind of fiction appeals to you, I think you’ll agree he’s one of the best at his craft. (If you watch “Castle”, he’s one of the novelists that plays poker with him from time to time.)
Love the lazy days of summer but looking forward to the sweater days of autumn. God love you all.