Deana Carter sings “Strawberry Wine”

Deana Carter – “Strawberry Wine”  Deana Kay Carter was born on January 4th, 1966 in Nashville, TN to Anna and Fred Carter Jr. She was named after famous Rat Pack icon, Dean Martin and had two brothers, Ronnie and Jeff. Despite her famous father, Deana did not find initial success in the recording industry. […]

The Whites sing “Needles and Pins”

The Whites sing “Needles and Pins”  “Daddy Buck,” the patriarch of the White family began his music career long before starting a family. Proficient at both piano and mandolin, Buck was a solid sideman in the 1950s–his skills on the piano landed him some gigs playing for Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb, and other artists. […]

Connie Smith sings “Loving You Baby”

Connie Smith sings “Loving You Baby”  Connie Smith was born on August 14, 1941 in Elkhart, Indiana whose musical talents were discovered in 1963. Growing up, Connie, short for “Constance,” suffered from the presence of an abusive father. At the age of seven, her mother divorced Connie’s father and married Tom Clark. With the marriage, […]

Con Hunley sings”Big Boss Man”

Con Hunley sings”Big Boss Man”  Conard Logan Hunley was born on April 9, 1945 in Knoxville, Tennessee. “Con” graduated from Central High School and began playing music with local bands. In 1965, he enlisted in the Air Force where he spent most of his time stationed in Illinois teaching aircraft mechanics, but he still […]

Johnny Cash with June Carter Cash singing “Jackson”

Johnny Cash with June Carter Cash singing “Jackson”  Perhaps one of the most influential country music artists in history, Johnny Cash hailed from Kingsland, Arkansas. He was the fourth of seven children and was taught guitar by his mother, Carrie. Cash grew up during the time of The Great Depression, which is why his […]

Exile sings “Kiss You All Over”

Exile sings “Kiss You All Over”  In 1963, members of two Richmond, Kentucky-based teenage bands, Ronnie and the Fascinations and The Digits together to form a new rock and roll  band. They called themselves the Exiles (or “The “). From 1963-65, 7-8 long-haired kids, including Jimmy Stokley, Ronnie ‘Mack’ Davenport, Paul Smith, Mike Howard, […]

Jett Williams sings “I Can’t Help It”

Jett Williams sings “I Can’t Help It”  Jett Williams, born Antha Belle Jett, is the daughter of Country legend, Hank Williams. Her fascinating story began before she was even born in Birmingham, Alabama. Her father, Hank, had a brief relationship with her mother, Bobbie Jett, before his second marriage to Billie Jean Horton. Hank […]

Larry Stewart sings “Bluest Eyes in Texas”

Larry Stewart sings “Bluest Eyes in Texas”  Larry Stewart was born on March 2, 1959 in Paducah, Kentucky. Stewart is most known for his time as the lead singer in the popular country band, Restless Heart. Surprisingly, he originally moved to Nashville, Tennessee chasing a career in baseball. However, after receiving an athletic scholarship at […]

Melba Montgomery sings “No Charge”

Melba Montgomery sings “No Charge”  Melba Montgomery was born on October 14, 1938, in Iron City, Tennessee. She was born into a musical family and spent most of her childhood growing up in Florence, Alabama. Her father played the guitar and fiddle at the local Methodist church which lead Melba to learn how to […]

Mel Tillis sings – “Ain’t No California”

Mel Tillis sings – “Ain’t No California”  Lonnie Melvin Tillis (Mel Tillis) was born on August 8, 1932 in Tampa, Florida. His family moved to Pahokee, FL, a small town outside of West Palm Beach, when he was young. As he was growing up, Tillis developed a stutter that was a result of a […]