My fellow hick music fans are to strangers to the Internet... or, apparently, to my silly little website! Here are a few of the choice e-mails that had trickled in over the years... Turns out I needed to create a whole separate page for letters about my Webb Pierce section... Here's the best of the lot though:
Audra Davis wrote:
> Hey...The fact that you have a web site devoted to Webb Pierce has made
> my day. He was a wonderful person, and I wish he were still here. I was
> fortunate enough to have known him for a good portion of my life. He was
> the greatest grandfather anyone could ever have. Thank you so much.
Wow... thank you. I'm truly honored.
From: "Ron and Karen Brown" (email@example.com)
Subject: thanks for the map to some great music
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2000 20:44:18 -0600
Joe Sixpack, I owe you a cold one. I'm a 41 year old life-long country music fan. Like most country music fans that means I didn't buy country music, I turned on the radio and let it play. Even though I did finally venture into Sears one day when I was 11 and actually buy a Johnny Cash greatest hits album. It was my first record. I loved the music from the 60's but I turned away from it in the mid 70's to listen to rock and roll exclusively. Now, I'm returning to my roots only to discover that there's a whole lot of great music that I didn't hear on the radio. I had Hank Williams. Who could not love country music and not have all the Hank Williams they could afford? But the 50's country sounds were little known history to me. Thank God for the Internet and Napster and Joe Sixpack. I found your website after discovering that every Webb Pierce song I song was just a little bit greater than the one before. After four or five I dived right in and just grabbed anything he recorded. What a goldmine. Can you imagine stumbling into that treasure trove unaware? I downloaded as much as I could and laughed at how great the songs were. I wanted to find out what I had been missing all these years and did an internet search for Webb. I found your site at the top of the list and checked it out. Very nice. I like your writing, buddy. You sounded like someone I could trust so I took a cue from you and checked out your other favorite artists and I'll be damned if I haven't fallen in love with the Maddox Brothers and Rose and the Louvin Brothers as well. I'm almost ashamed to admit that I hadn't heard either before tonight, although I recognized "I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby" from Allison Krauss. What a night of music discovery. Damn, I love country music and I had to wait until I was 41 to hear "Sally Let Your Bangs Hang Down" for the first time! I can't stop playing it! Incredible. If you were attempting to perform a public service with your web site, well, you have. I'm in debt to your Internet road post. I'll be checking out other country artists you're suggesting as well. You've got a hell of a track record so far. I'll check out more of your site later. I just wanted to write and say thanks a bunch! Ron Brown
Hey, glad to be of service... though with Napster getting the big heigh-de-ho from the Feds, it looks like you folks might be stuck with just little old me for a while. Welcome to my world.
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2001 03:38:20 -0700 (PDT)
From: Edith Frost
Hi Joe! I just love your hick music site, not to mention all
the rest of the great stuff you've got up here. I could sit
here reading for hours, but I guess I'll have to come back since
it's 5am and my eyeballs are starting to burn a little. You have
amazing taste in music!! And I love your honest approach to
reviewing all these records.
I never thought I would run into somebody who has *more*
Skeeter Davis albums than I do, my gawd!!! By the way I'm not
totally sure that "Blueberry Hill" album (which is my all-time
favorite Skeeter record) is actually a compilation per se...
I think it's an original album that happens to contain a bunch
of cover songs, but I could very well be wrong. Also, you
typo'ed her song "Can't Get Used to *Losing* You" as
"...Loving You", just thought I'd mention it, though I don't
think it's likely that many people would notice. Oh yeah, and
I believe the Bear Family 2-CD set by the Davis Sisters is
actually entitled "Memories", not "I Forgot More..." though of
course that's the biggest hit on there so it's probably splayed
all over the cover. I feel very lucky to have gotten a copy
of that, awhile back, but I'm too lazy to go double-check
the title at the moment.
Well, keep up the great work, it's a truly spectacular site, I
really enjoyed myself here. Your rantings are hilarious and
right on the money.
Aw, shucks... thanks!
By the way, for those of you who don't already know, Edith Frost rocks... check out her website and tell her I said "Hi!" PS - Edith: I'll try and add some reviews of your stuff to my Alt.Country Guide sometime soon!
Subject: Your website
Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2002 00:06:41 -0400
Just discovered your website....thanks for it. Nice job, nice reference
place. Finally....somebody who thinks that Jeff Tweedy and Wilco are
way, way overrated!
Yeah, except he finally won me over with that dumb old "Yankee Foxtrot Hotel" album, which was pretty brilliant...
Subject: Re: Western Swing pages
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2002 18:09:12 -0700
Larry Slavens wrote:
> I stumbled across your site a while back and was very impressed! I've used
> your western swing pages as a guide for seeking out some great old material
> (just picked up the Patsy Montana collection yesterday)-- but now it looks
> like they're gone! Will they come back in the archives section or anything?
> Purty please?!?!?
Hi -- thanks for the nice feedback. Glad Slipcue's been useful for you! And don't worry; the western swing section is still there, I just reorganized the country section (today!) and now it has a slightly different address:
coming out of the new "Real Hicks" pages... Sorry for the confusion!
Subject: Your Website
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2000 23:39:46 -0400
From: "David Skinner" [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Hey Joe, I really enjoyed your website! I've been on the web digging up stuff on the Louvin Bros., and your site has given me more info. than any other so far. I had no idea that Ira drank that bad. I grew up listening to my mother's country music; Louvin Bros., Lefty Frizzell, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Kitty Wells, the list goes on. The Louvin Brothers were always my favorite. My Mama had 2 albums that I remember the most, one had a blue background with the brothers sitting back to back in white suits, and Weapon of Prayer. I've been on Napster downloading like crazy and have gotten a few songs, mostly the more popular songs. I've looked for Weapon of Prayer, but got nothing. My mother really wants "I Won't Have To Cross Jordan Alone"on mp3, but can't find it.
I remember growing up, that my siblings eventually learned to ignore my Mama's music and went about their business. That stereo came on and blared through the whole house and half way down the block. She didn't care if you were watching TV or what, it was time to turn on the music. I guess it stuck with me. Then I became a teenager and album rock caught my attention, but I always loved the old country music secretly.
She has one album in particular that I really liked but dared tell no one. It was "Fifty Stars and Fifty Hits", country artists from the 40's and 50's. I can't even begin to remember who is on there but I remember the "Duke of Paducah", Hylo Brown, and Lord knows who else.
Anyway, just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your site. Sorry, can't help you out with any cash at this time. My brother just confiscated our old Admiral radio that blared country music most mornings when I was a kid, so can't help you out with any artifacts either, lol.
Take care, Teresa Skinner
Subject: Love those Louvins!
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 1999 22:56:16 -0500
From: "Robbie Grice"
Great info. Thanks. My partner and I are getting ready to record a new CD called Hillbilly Gospel and plan on covering a coupla Louvinsongs.
Check out my website.
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 14:06:59 -0600
From: "David Cornell Hurd"
Love the website.
Would you be interested in a copy of our slightly awkward new CD?
By the way, Cornell Hurd is another one of those great, aw-shucks indie country artists that too few people have every heard of... I'm pleased to review and recommend several of his albums in my Alt.Country guide... Also check out Cornell's website for more info about him and his band...
Subject: Binge and thanks
Date Mon, 20 Aug 2001 10:57:36 -0700
From: Paul Costigan
It's a mystery to me... I've never heard anyone have anything but nice things to say about Hank Thompson... But who knows? I guess everybody has their dark side. By the way, as far as Binge Disc records go, they still don't have their own website, but you can find many of their amazingly great records at Down Home Music, in El Cerrito, CA. Check out Down Home's website for more info...
Subject: Decca website
Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2002 00:11:17 EDT
I saw your Decca website on the net. I just wanted to say
I also sort of have a fetish with the Decca label. When I was a kid
in the early 1970s, and folks still used console stereos,
it seemed that everybody had a Decca LP on top of the stack.
Nice to know I'm not the only crazy kid out there.
Nope. Not by a long shot! #8-)
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