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Music History #11: “The Ballad of Ira Hayes”

“The Ballad of Ira Hayes” Written by Pete La Farge (1963) Performed by Johnny Cash The Music Folk singer and songwriter Peter La Farge packed a lot into his thirty-four years on Earth. The son of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist was a Korean War vet, a rodeo cowboy, an actor, and a singer who was part of [...]

11 Cool Places in Nashville You Really Must Visit

This summer, I started a walking tour of downtown Nashville (walkinnashville.com). After twenty years of writing about music, and interviewing the likes of Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson, I figured it might be fun to share some of what I’ve learned, along with a few backstage stories. There are a number of tours on [...]

The Missing Links: How the Class of ’16 Sees the World

I Can’t Believe “Walk the Line” & “Wear Black” Aren’t On Here It is, after all, a to-do list written by Johnny Cash. * Bringing Down the Big Red Giants Check out these awe-inspiring shots of lumberjacks chopping down gargantuan California redwoods nearly a century ago. * The Class of 2016 Lives in a Weird World This year’s new [...]

11 TV Theme Songs That Secretly Have Lyrics

Chances are, you’ve been humming these classic TV theme songs for years. Now you can get their lyrics stuck in your head, too. 1. We mentioned last week that Andy Griffith recorded a version of “The Fishing Hole” – AKA the theme song to The Andy Griffith Show – that was replaced by the all-whistling version. [...]

11 Country Stars and Their Cookbooks

1. Kitty Wells Country Kitchen Cookbook by Kitty Wells (1964) The Queen of Country Music published three volumes of cookery over thirty years. In addition to down-home delights like 7-Up Poundcake (which contains a full can of the soda), she also offered Tex-Mex and Hawaiian recipes. 2. Cooking With Kenny Rogers by Kenny Rogers (1987) Rogers was a [...]

PooPrints Uses Canine DNA to Discover Which Dog is Pooping in Your Yard

Criminals can run, but they can’t hide forever. Like Johnny Cash sang, “what’s done in the dark will be brought to the light.” Eventually, the poop of rogue poopers catches up with them. For some dog owners, scooping up poop is just too much work. This can be a serious problem at apartment complexes. That’s why [...]

The Late Movies: Shel Silverstein

We’ve mentioned before that acclaimed children’s poet Shel Silverstein wrote “A Boy Named Sue,” the song popularized by the great Johnny Cash. I was thinking about Silverstein the other day and realized you guys would probably like more Shel Silverstein in your lives. So here you go, folks. Six excellent, memorable moments from his poetry [...]

The Late Movies: Arresting Music

A video showing a fellow who had been arrested, took the internet by storm today. He was confined to the back of a police car and sang Bohemian Rhapsody in its entirety, while completely snoggered. Robert Wilkinson had a little too much and decided the squad car was the perfect place for karaoke. How did he [...]

Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” Was Written by Shel Silverstein

To celebrate what would have been Johnny Cash’s 80th birthday, let’s look behind the scenes of his classic hit about a boy seeking revenge on the father who gave him a girl’s name. © Chris Hoffmann/dpa/Corbis / © Jeff Albertson/CORBIS In February 1969, Johnny Cash had a party at his house in Hendersonville, TN. As the evening [...]

From Tubas to Guitars, 4 Famous Stolen Musical Instruments

Sonic Youth’s Guitars Fans of the rock band Sonic Youth were shocked to see an online letter from guitarist Lee Ranaldo in July 1999 complaining that a thief had broken into the band’s truck and stolen its equipment before a gig (warning: some NSFW language). The stolen goods included everything from guitars to amps to drums, [...]