Country music … Three chords and the truth

On Sunday, Sept 8, we watched “Live at the Ryman”, a concert special celebrating the upcoming 8-part documentary,  Country Music, A Film by Ken BurnsAfter listening for two hours to one great song after another performed by a stellar line-up of country Western musicians, Bill began to reminisce about his introduction to country…

1. Holm ranch“I was born in 1925 and grew up on a cattle ranch on the Montana Hi-Line during the hardscrabble years of the Great Depression. In the thirties, to listen to the radio, the battery in the Model T Ford was disconnected and hooked up to a small radio on the kitchen table. Listening was limited to 30 minutes a day to preserve the car battery. The first country music I heard was Hank Williams. When I was older, I left Montana and cowboying, trading in my Levis and boots for Brooks Brothers suits (as I like to say). However, to this day, at age 94, I’ve never forgotten my raisin’ and still love listening to country … three chords and the truth.”

We highly recommend watching this 8-episode series which premieres on September 15 on PBS. Click for the dets

(Photo from the cover of Montana Memoir: The Hardscrabble Years, 1925-1942. Bill, age nine, is in the center. Taken on the Holm ranch, Bennett Lake community, Montana, circa 1935.)

4 thoughts on “Country music … Three chords and the truth

  1. Once again, another great story about your life including music which has always been a passion of mine. Thanks for sharing and “three chords and the truth” sound like a song waiting to be written! When will we hear the lyrics?

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  2. Once again, another great story about your life including music which has always been a passion of mine. Thanks for sharing and “three chords and the truth” sound like a song waiting to be written! When will we hear the lyrics?

    Like

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