Forgotten Artists – The 1980s
Thus far, the thrust of the Forgotten Artists series has been artists whose salad days occurred before 1980. While Brady tells me that many of the articles have received a lot of hits, relatively few comments have been left. I suspect that this is because few of the readers actually recall the artists of whom I’ve written. I hope at least a few people have gone back and discovered some of these artists for themselves.
While there are literally dozens of other artists from the distant past worthy of articles, for them I will refer you to a couple of excellent websites where you can obtain information about the real pioneers of country music.
At this time, I am turning the wagon around and pointing it toward artists of the 1980s. I must confess that I do not have the same affection for the 1980s as I do for some other decades, particularly for the first half of the ’80s, the so-called “Urban Cowboy” era. I do believe that the second part of the decade more than atoned for the first part by kicking off the New Traditionalists Movement that ran from about 1986-1995. I also believe that even the worst of periods (such as 1961-1964 or 2001-2009) produced some really great music, and even the best of periods (1949-1956 or 1966-1975) produced some abysmal schlock.
I will NOT be writing about artists such as George Strait, Garth Brooks, Clint Black, Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson and Ricky Skaggs–if you want to read about them, pick up a copy of Country Weekly–they are hardly forgotten. I plan on including Eddie Rabbitt, Lacy J. Dalton, John Conlee and Earl Thomas Conley in the series. After that, I’m open to suggestions. If there’s someone you’d like featured, let me know about them.
Paul W. Dennis
- bob: Thanks Barry. Just reserved the Adam Gussow book. Sounds interesting.
- Barry Mazor: It may be over-stated, in arriving at practically a single explanation of everything, but Adam Gussow's book on lynching and …
- Leeann: Wow! Heavy topic and horrifying indeed! "Beer for My Horses" was all fun and games until that reference, I'll have …
- Barry Mazor: Everything else aside, the way that reporter fills us in, with must-have, pointless generational snark included, about who this "Little …
- luckyoldsun: "The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia" seems to be about a lynching--even if there's something about a judge …
- Arlene: Sorry. I meant to give the link for "Supper Time." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ58Kfe41kI
- Arlene: Another song sung by Ethel Waters: Irving Berlin's "Supper Time"
- bob: Powerful songs. I read the book "A Lynching in the Heartland" by James H. Madison about a dozen years ago. …
- Ron: Sky Above, Mud Below by Tom Russell is another.
- Jack Williams: Another Othis Taylor song from White African is "My Soul's in Louisiana."