Matt Powell
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Ken Schmierer commented on Matt Powell's blog post 'Most Men Only Dream: Merle Haggard, Saban Theater, December 11, 2013'
"Who will replace these giants of the earth:  Price, Cash, Nelson, Jones and Haggard.  No one ever can or will and I am sorry to even have to think that......  "
Dec 23, 2013
Christopher Coolidge commented on Matt Powell's blog post 'Touch My Heart: The Artistry of Ray Price'
"I had the pleasure of seeing him a few years ago on a triple bill with Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, Ray did his set, then Hag did his, then Willie did his, then there was a series of songs where two of them duetted together(Willie and Hag did…"
Dec 22, 2013
Michael Helwig commented on Matt Powell's blog post 'Touch My Heart: The Artistry of Ray Price'
"as I recall, Wills' drums weren't allowed on the stage at the Opry...they had to hide behind a curtain...thanks for the clarification"
Dec 20, 2013
Matt Powell commented on Matt Powell's blog post 'Touch My Heart: The Artistry of Ray Price'
"Thank you all for the nice words. Linda: fantastic "City Lights" anecdote - have never heard that! Michael: Tubb probably was not literally the first country musician to use an electric guitar, but he was certainly one of the first…"
Dec 20, 2013
Des McMahon commented on Matt Powell's blog post 'Most Men Only Dream: Merle Haggard, Saban Theater, December 11, 2013'
"Great article about a really iconic American musician. Hag is a true genius."
Dec 20, 2013
Michael Helwig commented on Matt Powell's blog post 'Touch My Heart: The Artistry of Ray Price'
"Matt, a moving and insightful piece on one of my all time favorites as well as one of the all time giants...I am curious about your remark that Ernest Tubb was the first superstar to plug in...thanks for your superb effort"
Dec 20, 2013
Linda Hill commented on Matt Powell's blog post 'Touch My Heart: The Artistry of Ray Price'
"Thanks so much for this beautiful eulogy and tribute to a true Country Legend.  I was lucky enough to attend the Songwriting Workshop at the Hank Williams Museum led by the one and only "Whispering" Bill Anderson and to hear him speak…"
Dec 20, 2013
Dave Crotts commented on Matt Powell's blog post 'Touch My Heart: The Artistry of Ray Price'
"Matt, after reading the overview for the 10th time, I had to comment again.  This might be the best eulogy I've ever seen for a musician.  You not only captured the essence of the man, but you provided some wonderful examples with the…"
Dec 20, 2013
therewolff commented on Matt Powell's blog post 'Touch My Heart: The Artistry of Ray Price'
"A very beautiful tribute to a very classy man."
Dec 18, 2013
Larry Looney commented on Matt Powell's blog post 'Most Men Only Dream: Merle Haggard, Saban Theater, December 11, 2013'
"Very nice piece -- almost felt like I was there.  Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts."
Dec 17, 2013
James Walpole commented on Matt Powell's blog post 'Touch My Heart: The Artistry of Ray Price'
"This is really well done. Thank you for the history. Any artist would be lucky to have this kind of tribute."
Dec 17, 2013
Kathy Anderson commented on Matt Powell's blog post 'Touch My Heart: The Artistry of Ray Price'
"Thanks for such an in-depth overview of Ray Price's evolution as an artist. It was a nice way to end the day after feeling so saddened about his death.  "
Dec 17, 2013
Dave Crotts commented on Matt Powell's blog post 'Touch My Heart: The Artistry of Ray Price'
"Great bio Matt. Ray was my all-time favorite country singer and I absolutely love the 4/4 shuffle beat. Too bad we do not hear it much more. I still wonder if Ray was influenced by the shuffle used by Texas blues artists of the time."
Dec 17, 2013
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Touch My Heart: The Artistry of Ray Price

Ray Price died yesterday afternoon, one day after initial false media reports surfaced, creating a sort of accidental vigil as tributes flowed upon hearing the erroneous news of his passing on Sunday. I think the error, while certainly distressing to his family, was a wonderful gift. Having literally watched loved ones pass away before me, I am fully aware of the power of sending energy to those on the threshold. All that energy and love does make a difference in the comfort of the afflicted in…See More
Dec 17, 2013

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Touch My Heart: The Artistry of Ray Price

Ray Price died yesterday afternoon, one day after initial false media reports surfaced, creating a sort of accidental vigil as tributes flowed upon hearing the erroneous news of his passing on Sunday. I think the error, while certainly distressing to his family, was a wonderful gift. Having literally watched loved ones pass away before me, I am fully aware of the power of sending energy to those on the threshold. All that energy and love does make a difference in the comfort of the…

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Posted on December 17, 2013 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

Most Men Only Dream: Merle Haggard, Saban Theater, December 11, 2013

Merle Haggard is a national treasure; an artist whose weight and importance rank him among the icons of country music: Hank, Cash, Jones. His oeuvre is a testament to American music, rooted in an authenticity that seems born of great fiction: his birth in a boxcar in Oildale, CA, his migrant childhood of cotton fields and freight trains, his incarceration in San Quentin State Prison, right down to his name - Merle Haggard is practically mythical.

He opened strong with "Big…

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Posted on December 13, 2013 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

An open letter to the CMA and Country Music Hall of Fame on behalf of Johnny Horton

Last week the newest members to the hallowed Country Music Hall of Fame were officially inducted. The three artists selected by the CMA for induction this year are all unquestionably deserving of the honor. And yet I find myself, as with every year, in utter disbelief at a continuing, inexcusable oversight. One of the most popular, influential, innovative, and lasting country music stars of the 1950’s and early 1960’s remains excluded. That artist is Johnny Horton.

Johnny Horton died…

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Posted on November 4, 2013 at 6:00am — 20 Comments

Porter Playing Poker: The Transcendental Kitsch Art of an American Icon

Revisiting an earlier piece in honor of what would have been Porter Wagoner's 86th birthday:

Elvis Costello looked at me as if I had produced the Holy Grail. His eyes lit up like a schoolboy at the sight of the Porter Wagoner figurines we had on the shelf in the store. After the initial shock had worn down, he confided in me that he was in the midst of an internal crisis and sought my counsel. “I’m rather unsure if I should get the large one or the small one.” I…

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Posted on August 12, 2013 at 4:00pm — 12 Comments

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