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.
(Swipe left to see a cool night of history in the making) 🔊🎵 on! #Nashville, you’ve been so good to me! ❤️🙏🏻 #LeeAnnWomack and all of the rest of these guys are so talented and I’m so blessed to be inspired by them for so many years. I sang @leeannwomack’s song at my best friends wedding back in #NC. ...and I sang #WhenYouSayNothingAtAll written by #DonSchlitz (which Don happened to be the 1st person I met when I moved to Nashville - ridiculous talent). I have a funny story to tell about the moment in the 1st pic (lol) but I’m gonna save it for the day that I am hopefully on that same stage receiving an award for my own songwriting. #SquadGoals It’s a funny one and hopefully I’ll get to make the crowd laugh with that story down the road, just as @lukebryan & @officialalanjackson made me laugh that night! 😂 Until then, most days, I still can’t believe this is the life I get to live. Nashville, I can’t thank you enough for being so good to me & believing in me. Thank you to all of those who have taken me under your wing, taught me, invested in me & presented me with endless & countless legendary opportunity. 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻 Thank you Nashville, the man above and the rest of the world, for blessing me with incredibly talented friends, colleagues, mentors, and honorable talent who inspire me and motivate me daily to keep pushing myself, as well as the pushing the envelope. You truly are special, you are majestic in your own way. There’s a special kind of magic in this city and I’m grateful to be here. I love you #Nashville! Thanks for making me a part of your family! Congrats @timnicholstn on being inducted into the #NashvilleSongwritersHallOfFame & congrats @OfficialAlanJackson and #DonSchlitz on being inducted into the #CountryMusicHallofFame! 🙌🏻🔥🙏🏻❤️🎸🎤🎥🏆🎬