All Hail Whitey Shafer!

Whitey Shafer

Sanger D. "Whitey" Shafer might be a name you've only encountered in liner notes, but the running buddy of the late Lefty Frizzell and writer of hits for Merle Haggard, Keith Whitley, George Strait, and many others is a remarkable singer in his own right. A 1989 inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Shafer celebrated his 80th birthday last year. The latest news online is that he was in a Nashville hospital "with acute respiratory distress along with pneumonia" early last … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 02/08/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. a sub-genre of country music sung by young white men, featuring songs with macho themes such as trucks, drinking, and partying ● --- Cambridge Dictionaries Online definition of "bro-country." There so little of this left. At one time, there was so much gold it was falling off trees, and now we're down to a handful of doubloons. ● --- Marty Stuart, listening to Merle Haggard perform from backstage. This fine Garden & Gun feature on … [Read more...]

February 2015 Show Calendar

From our Northern California Concert Calendar, a listing of shows for the month ahead. If you have friends in the area, please invite them to receive our monthly roundups by email. Are these roundups worth a couple bucks a month to you? Support them on Patreon at the "Concert Buddy" level to make sure they continue! 02/02/15 - Willie Nelson - Wells Fargo Center for the Arts - Santa Rosa, CA 02/03/15 - Willie Nelson - Bob Hope Theatre - Stockton, CA 02/03/15 - The Devil Makes Three w/ … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 02/01/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Though every now and then, unfortunately, I’m the guy who says what everybody else is thinking, but won’t say! I know for a fact that I can get away with a lot more than a lot of other people can, just because of whatever I’ve been — and the same with Jimmie Dickens. The beauty of his humor, to me, was that it was always kind of pointed at him. That gives you the freedom to cross lines a little bit, because it’s not mean-spirited. If I’m … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 01/25/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I mean, if there’s one thing that you know about me — and hopefully people watching at home — it’s I am absolutely comfortable with making a complete ass out of myself. I’m a natural at that. ● --- Blake Shelton, before hosting "Saturday Night Live." the Justin Bieber of country music, just a little trouble making cutie ● --- Blake Shelton, introducing himself while hosting "Saturday Night Live." But I’ve never really let myself … [Read more...]