Stone Cold Country
We feature New Traditional Country, Folk and Americana.
Good music needs to be heard! We love hearing the legacy Hank,Waylon, Lefty, and others have left in the voices, and songwriting craftsmanship of today's up, and comers.
It is truly about the music, and moving forward in a fresh, authentic, and inspiring way. We believe authenticity can be defined in a phrase coined by noted songwriter Harlan Howard "Three chords, and the truth".. Our aim is to bridge the old with the new, on these pages, you will find interesting stories about the golden years of honky tonk music. Additionally, we share our passion concerning artists that are holding the torch high for traditional forms of country music right now.
There is still some amazing country music to be heard. We hope we can bring more to you, and maybe learn a thing or two along the way.
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It also re-aires on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 7-9:30 PM (EST).
Just when you think you’ve heard all the best honky tonk singers, the universe reveals yet another golden nugget just waiting to be discovered. That was the case for me with Vernon Oxford. I had never heard of this stone cold country singer, whose vocal intonations are raw, but soulful, and harken back to early Hank Williams. I know that is a big statement, but trust me, I do not draw the comparison lightly.
But first some background information. Vernon grew up in Wichita Kansas a favorite stop for cattleman driving longhorns up to the Wichita railhead. That’s important to note as I shared on Installment II of Honky Tonkin. Originally, the honky tonks started springing up all along the cattle drive trails.These establishments provided work for the locals, and influenced the culture. By the way, Vernon’s dad was a fiddler.
Vernon got his first break in1960 at a Utah club, and spent several years cutting his teeth in the Kansas honky tonk circuit.. Now seasoned by the rough, and tumble dive bars throughout Kansas, he made the big move to Nashville in 1964. It wasn’t exactly a warm reception as The Nashville Sound was full throttle, but true talent sometimes has a way of reaching the right set of ears. Read more here:
Here you will find the latest episode of our podcast streaming on Spotify, ITunes, Sound Cloud, and all major platforms. Our featured artist for the month of June is Jesse Ebaugh whose song narratives are a bit thought provoking.
Jesse has had an enormous amount of success. As the bassist for rock band Heartless Bastards, he reached the #9 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Jesse Ebaugh might be a Modern Day Poet, Philosopher, and Musical Sage with wisdom well beyond his years.
Having gone through loss, life’s transitions, and the battle with the bottle Jesse can easily be viewed as a beacon willing to shed a light on a path forward. The Tender Things-Jesse’s latest project is about reconnecting with the soulfulness of irreverent emotional transparency in an earthy setting of country rock, electrified folk, and psychedelic honky tonk. In this interview we talk about songwriting, slaying your demons, and realistic optimism.. A must listen for fans of good music, and real- life.
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We are happy to report that traditional country music is alive, and well! These are the hand-picked artists we feel are keeping it real. The songs are short story narratives about life's many ups, and downs. Some don’t have a happy ending just like in the real world. For many of us there’s that one song that helped pull us through, nursed our broken heart, and gave us hope for the future.. You know what I’m talking about.
Please listen through, and support these artists that are writing, recording, and playing honest music with heart. Many are independent, and make a living from their craft. Visit their websites, and buy direct, if you can. We are always adding new artists to the list, so check back weekly. If you have any suggestions feel free to drop us a line here.