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    I saw some of those guitars in the Country Music Hall Of Fame in Nashville a couple years ago. Along with Bill Monroe's 1924 Lloyd Loar Gibson F-5 mandolin.
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    All three are waiting on the TiVo. I'm so sick right now that I've mostly been sleeping, but looking forward to this. Much more than Ken's "Vietnam" series, which I found impossible to watch.
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    Sandy, I thought the Vietnam series was very interesting.

    Sadly, I can't see the C&W doc yet over here.

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    He looked at least 50 in the film...

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    Yeah, the coverage of his life story was pretty grim. And Jimmy Rodgers. And A.P. Carter. So much sadness and self destruction!
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    Seems like most of them grew up poor as dirt, a real common thread among the artists spotlighted in this series.
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    That S/B "Jimmie Rodgers" -- the most frequently misspelled name in country music!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreadnut View Post
    Seems like most of them grew up poor as dirt, a real common thread among the artists spotlighted in this series.
    Agree and seems Kris Kristofferin (sp) was one of a very few who had "younger years" advantages.
    But how in the world did Don Williams ( not a controversial person, I guess) get left out. He, certainly, had the record sales to garner some attention - USA and Europe.
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    I enjoyed the parts of the special that I saw, but a friend of mine who makes a living playing western swing music says that a lot of the actual history was left out, as if 'they' got schooled early on by a relatively small group of country music sources with a particular point of view.

    To the Writers of Revisionist History: "Nothing's worse than being damned with faint praise."
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    And I like Harry's approach.
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    I was also surprised they barely mentiond Jim Reeves, he was huge, and he was another one who went down in a private plane crash.

    I suppose cramming 100 years of country music history into 8 episodes is going to be somewhat sketchy, but I still enjoyed it. It confirmed many things I already knew, and I learned a lot of new stuff as well.
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