I had the real pleasure of writing with a Nashville songwriting legend today @bobdipiero. Such a genuine and inspiring person to hang out with, and we had a lot of fun in this session. Bob was telling me that he wrote Blue Clear Sky, recorded by George Strait, after watching Forest Gump. How cool is that!
Left to Right: Brittni Talley (Nashville Songwriters Association International), Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, Erika Wollam Nichols (General Manager of The Bluebird Cafe), Bettye Crutcher (songwriter), Sen. Rusty Crowe, Kevin Triplett (Commissioner of Tennessee Dept. of Tourist Development), Dickey Lee (songwriter), Pat Alger (songwriter and board chair of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation), Rep. David Hawk, Mark Ford (Executive Director of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame)
Today at the historic Bluebird Cafe, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development celebrated the state statute passed, annually designating the last full week of February as “Tennessee Songwriters Week.” Go to: www.focusonthe615.com or click on the link in bio above to find out all the details. ==========================================
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Swipe left for clip with the ending to “The Prisoner’s Song”. No matter who penned it, the song is one of the saddest tearjerkers ever recorded, down to the final word and note, where Dalhart drags out the line “…and there I’ll be willing to die.” Vernon Dalhart was posthumously inducted in the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 1970, the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1981, and the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame in 1998.
Swipe left for clip! Another, and more familiar song from the pen of Stephen Foster. All you Kentuckians stand up and put your hand over your ❤️! This baritone solo of "My Old Kentucky Home" by George Alexander dates to about 1910 and it's another single-sided Oxford record. The song was written in 1852 and was another that was spread widely during the Civil War. "Good Night" was dropped from the end of the title after the War.
Swipe left for more pics! Stephen Foster was a true American treasure and he figures prominently in the history of pop and country music. Many of his well-known standards have been recorded as country songs and he's even a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. "Massa's in de Cold Ground" was published on sheet music in the early 1850's. The sheet music image includes a banjo and the lyrics even mention a banjo. Of course, the banjo is actually an African instrument which was popularized here by slaves. It was played in minstrel shows and was a big part of ragtime and early jazz before it ever appeared on a "country" record. The song was spread widely during the Civil War and a second "Cold" became part of the title. This is an early instrumental version by the Taylor Trio from about 1910 on a single-sided Silvertone disc.