Re:sound # 140 The Country-Western Show

This week: every country song tells a story and has a story behind it.

2011 / TCF/WBEZ 91.5, USA


This week: every country song tells a story and has a story behind it.

He Stopped Loving Her Today

by Devon Strolovitch and Ben Manilla (Studio 360, 2010)

He Stopped Loving Her Today, by George Jones is one of country music's most famous tunes. It was chosen as the Country Music Association's Song of the Year two years in a row. But this iconic tune barely made it to the recording studio. Here is the story of the song that almost wasn't.

Woodie Guthrie

by Stacey Abramson with Meagan Howell and David Isay (Weekend Edition, 1996)

In March of 1940, a young Woody Guthrie sat with folklorist Alan Lomax at the U.S. Department of the Interior studios for a series of oral history interviews for the Library of Congress archives. They offer a rare glimpse of Guthrie's early music style and a frank account of his harrowing past.

Abilene Jukebox

by Sherre DeLys (ABC, 2009, excerpt)

In country western music, there are an awful lot of songs about love. And about heartbreak. And, of course, revenge. But there are also a surprising number of songs about Abilene. And we don't mean Kansas.

From Sagebrush to Steppe

by Hal Cannon and Taki Telonidis (Weekend Edition, 2005)

When you think about country and folk music, you probably think of the southern or western United States, but one place you probably don't think is: Mongolia. Nevertheless, in September of 2005 a group of American cowboy-musicians traveled to Mongolia to compare notes with the herder-musicians of the Mongolian steppe.

Gregory Warner Sings Johnny Cash in Afghanistan

featuring Gregory Warner

A few years ago our friend and colleague Gregory Warner traveled to Afghanistan as a reporter – not speaking the language he decided to bring his accordion as a means to connect with people through music. Then, one night, he got the chance to do just that.

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Katie Mingle

produced by

Devon Strolovitch

Born and raised in Montreal, Devon Strolovitch earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics before pursuing radio professionally.

David Isay

David Isay is the founder of Sound Portraits Productions and StoryCorps.

Sherre DeLys

Sherre DeLys' work has included sound sculpture and installation, improvised vocal music, sound designs for theater and film, radio art and documentaries.

Hal Cannon

Hal Cannon is the founding director of the Western Folklife Center and its famous child, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Taki Telonidis

Taki Telonidis has been producing public radio for more than 20 years, first with NPR in Washington D.C. and more recently with collaborator Hal Cannon of the Western Folklife Center.


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