Are YOU Talking to ME?
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Are YOU Talking to ME? Chicken painting oil on canvas 8x8 inches
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Reading Country Music's Greatest Lines
I can't seem to stop promoting our book. Truth be told, I like reading it myself, because Bobby Braddock does such a good job telling inside stories about the songs and songwriters. Also, I have to realize that we are competing with newly published books by Dolly Parton, Bob Woodward, Mary Trump, and some of the great historians of our time. If your brain gets tired from all that reading, maybe you need a book just for entertainment, with lots and lots of illustrations.
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Back to Basics
After six months of quarantine I started becoming very uninspired artistically, and one thing always gets me going again--a good class. I signed up on Sktchy.com for a class on drawing the head, and even though I have been doing that for years, this class is very illuminating. I'm loving it. This is one of my drawings, of a woman who is beautiful in spite of her prominent nose--kind of like Madame X.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
I Can't Stop Loving You by Ray Charles from Country Music's Greatest Lines
SAMPLE PAGE from Country Music's Greatest Lines by Bobby Braddock, illustrated by Carmen Beecher
THEY SAY THAT TIME
HEALS A BROKEN HEART,
BUT TIME HAS STOOD STILL
SINCE WE'VE BEEN APART
"I Can't Stop Loving You"
Written by Don Gibson
Recorded by Don Gibson for RCA Victor, by Kitty Wells for Decca, by Ray Charles for ABC Paramount, and by Conway Twitty for MCA
In 1957 Don Gibson checked into the York Motel in Nashville and wrote "Oh Lonesome Me" and "I Can't Stop Loving You." He soon recorded both songs for RCA Victor and had a two-sided hit, as well as a major career as a country star for the next fifteen years. Kitty Wells's version of "I Can't Stop Loving You" went to #3 in the country charts. In 1962 Ray Charles, famous for infusing rhythm & blues and rock 'n' roll with soul music from the church, decided to record an album of country songs. Although his recording contract guaranteed him artistic freedom, his record label tried hard to talk him out of it. They need not have worried. Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music was America's #1 album for fourteen weeks, and "I Can't Stop Loving You" became the biggest record of Ray Charles's career. The most famous words in the recording were probably not Don Gibson's lines but "brother Ray's" nod to the vocal group: "Sing the song, children."
Published by the History Press Charleston, SC. Copyright (C) 2020 by Bobby Braddock
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