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Country Roads is an album by The Osborne Brothers, released in 1971.
  • Shelly's Winter Love (Written by Merle Haggard)
  • Take Me Home, Country Roads (Bill Danoff, John Denver, Taffy Nivert)
  • Oh, The Pain Of Loving You (Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner)
  • Color Me Lonely (Jimmie Helms, Bobby Osborne)
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In 1963 at age 20, Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. dropped out and moved to California. He changed his name to “John Denver” after being told that “Deutschendorf” would not fit on a theater marquee. His producer was Milt Okun, who also produced the major folk group Peter, Paul and Mary. Okun took an unreleased song by Denver and gave it to Peter, Paul and Mary. Leaving on a Jet Plane, was a colossal hit for Peter, Paul and Mary in 1969 – it became their only #1 pop hit.

Take Me Home, Country Roads was initially written by Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert, who were then a husband-and-wife songwriting team. In fall 1970, while they were traveling along small rural roads in Maryland, Danoff drafted a ballad extolling the beauty of the American countryside. Ironically, Danoff had never even been in West Virginia. He used that state because it fit the tune’s rhythm (according to Danoff, “Massachusetts” would also have worked). Later that year, Danoff and Nivert were opening for John Denver at the Washington, DC folk club The Cellar Door. After a performance, the three headed back to Danoff’s apartment to jam a bit. Danoff and Nivert played their song to Denver, explaining that they intended to offer it to Johnny Cash.

However, as soon as John Denver heard it, he was entranced – “I flipped,” he said. The three stayed up all night re-writing the song, and moving verses around. The song is filled with nostalgia, listing memorable images of West Virginia. On Dec. 30, 1970, Denver, Danoff and Nivert performed the song for the first time at an encore following Denver’s set at The Cellar Door. The song got a terrific reception, and Denver then included it on his next album Poems, Prayers and Promises. The song was released as a single in April 1971.

Since 1972, the song has been played at the end of every home football game at West Virginia University. In 2014, the state officially adopted it as a state song. Denver's "Rocky Mountain High" was also adopted as the Colorado state song.

Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert formed the Starland Vocal Band, which had one major pop hit, the 1976 Afternoon Delight.

The Osborne Brothers were a famous country combo that originally came out of Kentucky. Bobby Osborne was born in 1931 and his brother Sonny in 1937. In the early 1950s, Bobby served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, while Sonny joined Bill Monroe’s bluegrass band. After Bobby returned from Korea, they became part of the WWVA Jamboree weekly country music broadcast.

They were one of the first bluegrass bands to incorporate both electronic instruments and percussion. In 1960, they were the first bluegrass group to perform on a college campus when they appeared at Antioch College. And in 1964, the group was inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry. In 1967, the Osborne Brothers released what would become their signature hit, Rocky Top, written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. The Bryants also wrote "Muddy Bottom" on this album. In 1983, Rocky Top was adopted as the Tennessee state song.

In 1973, the Osborne Brothers became the first bluegrass band to perform at the White House.

Sonny Osborne retired in 2003, while Bobby Osborne continues to perform with his group Rocky Top X-Press.
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Johnny's Greatest Hits is a compilation album by vocalist Johnny Mathis, released in 1958.

The LP collected all but one of the songs from the first six singles he recorded, including eight A- and B-sides that made the Billboard singles charts as well as three B-sides that did not chart and one new track ("I Look at You") that was co-written by Mathis but not released as a single.

The album made its debut on the Billboard's Best Selling Pop LPs chart in 1958 and spent three weeks at number one. It had its 490th weekly chart appearance in 1968; a record for the most number of weeks on the magazine's list of the most popular pop albums in the US that it held for 15 years until Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon reached 491 weeks in 1983.

John Royce Mathis (age 83) has sold well over 360 million records worldwide making Mathis the third biggest selling artist of the 20th century. Mathis has received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for three separate recordings.

Born in Texas and raised in San Francisco, his ethnic origin is African American and Native American. Mathis was a star athlete at George Washington High School in San Francisco. He was a high jumper and hurdler, and he played on the basketball team. In 1954, he enrolled at San Francisco State College on an athletic scholarship. While there, Mathis set a high jump record of 6’-5 1/2”. This is still one of the college's top jump heights and was only two inches short of the Olympic record at the time. in 1956 he was asked to try out for the U.S. Olympic Team. Mathis had to decide whether to go to the Olympics or to keep his appointment in New York City to make his first recordings. On his father's advice, Mathis opted to embark on a professional singing career.

He has had five of his albums on the Billboard charts simultaneously, an achievement equaled by only two other singers: Frank Sinatra and Barry Manilow. He has released 200 singles and had 71 songs charted around the world. Mathis, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, and Bruce Springsteen carry the distinction of having the longest tenure of any recording artist on the Columbia label.

Mathis continues to perform live, but from 2000 forward, he limited his concert performances to about fifty to sixty per year.
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Live the Love Beautiful is the 18th album from Drivin' N Cryin', released in June 2019.

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Live the Love Beautiful roster consist of Kevn Kinney on lead vocals, guitar hero Laur Joamets — an Estonian-born instrumentalist who first moved to America to perform with Sturgill Simpson, making his debut on the singer's Grammy-nominated Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, bass-playing co-founder Tim Nielsen, and longtime drummer Dave V. Johnson. The lineup may be revised, but the beating heart of Drivin N Cryin has just as much edge today as it did in 1985, when Kinney and Nielsen played their first show together.

Live the Love Beautiful captures the energy and electricity of DNC's live shows. Most of the 11 songs were captured in a series of live takes at Welcome to 1979 Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. There is always the hip spice of southern rock in DNC’s sound, which can be heard throughout the album.

Starting with the opening track, "Free Ain't Free," a populist anthem about everyday Americans, capitalist corporations, and the widening gap between the two. The album celebrates a life free of addiction with "Step by Step," gets political with "Spies," and takes a simple turn during "Over and Over." The driving force behind any great rock album is the guitar and Live the Love Beautiful has plenty of crunch, harmonized guitar solos, solid riffs, and some skilled slide guitar from Joamets. “Step by Step” strikes a solid balance of acoustic sounds with crunch guitar riffs set to a moving Southern Rock vibe.

The band’s sound is cohesive and balanced. The songwriting is strong with plenty of subtleties to bring a rewarding listening time and time again. Enjoy an American rock tradition built from experiences of decades on the road, live shows and rockin’ southern style with DNC’s Live the Love Beautiful. That’s the short of it!
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I Hope You're Happy is the ninth studio album by American band Blue October, released in 2018.

The album was recorded during the winter of 2017–2018 at Justin Furstenfeld's Up/Down Studios. Although Furstenfeld had co-produced every Blue October album since 2006's Foiled, I Hope You're Happy marks the first Blue October album which Furstenfeld completely produced without any outside co-producers.

Yvonne Glasgow of Side Stage Magazine gave the album five stars, commenting that "I Hope You're Happy" has a "creative edge that borders on gothic darkness and synth pop" and yet is consistent with "today’s pop and rock stylings". She also felt that although Blue October's sound had changed somewhat over time, even the album's more pop-oriented songs have some of the edge found in their older work, and that there is "still something deeper here, even in the love songs". She described the album's songs as "lyrically magnificent", and felt that readers should "expect to be inspired" when listening to the album.

Blue October is an American alternative rock band originally from Houston, Texas. The band was formed in 1995 and currently consists of Justin Furstenfeld (lead vocals, guitar), Jeremy Furstenfeld (drums, percussion), Ryan Delahoussaye (violin/viola, mandolin, piano, backing vocals), Matt Noveskey (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Will Knaak (lead guitar). The band has had eleven top 40 singles over their past seven studio albums and is best known for their platinum singles "Hate Me" and "Into the Ocean" from their 2006 platinum album Foiled.

The band made their network television premiere in 2006, performing "Hate Me", the first single from Foiled on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. They appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. On November 14, 2006 Blue October opened for the Rolling Stones in Boise, Idaho. Hate Me was released to Modern Rock radio stations and quickly climbed to number two on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. Hate Me remained in the top five of the Modern Rock chart for 20 straight weeks. While in the number two chart position "Hate Me" was jumped by Pearl Jam and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. "Hate Me" would never reach number one.

Twilight author Stephanie Meyer is a fan of Blue October, and their music has helped inspire part of the popular book series.

Their fifth album, Approaching Normal, was produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2, Peter Gabriel, Dave Matthews Band). The album debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart.

In 2009, Blue October's show in Pittsburgh was cancelled by the Fire Marshal and the Pittsburgh Police Department due to overcrowding and unsafe conditions. Not wanting to disappoint fans, the band set up their gear on the corner outside the venue and played a mini-set to the delight of fans. Later in 2009, Blue October announced that the rest of the tour had been canceled due to Justin Furstenfield suffering a severe mental anxiety attack. He returned a month or two after his attack.
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Pete Seeger Sings Little Boxes, Broadside Ballads 2 is an album by Pete Seeger, released in 1963.

"Little Boxes" is a song written and composed by Malvina Reynolds in 1962, which became a hit for her friend Pete Seeger in 1963, when he released his cover version. The song is a political satire about the development of suburbia, and associated conformist middle-class attitudes. It mocks suburban tract housing as "little boxes" of different colors "all made out of ticky-tacky", and which "all look just the same."

Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was an American folk singer and social activist. Seeger's father established the first musicology curriculum in the U.S. at the University of California in 1913, helped found the American Musicological Society, and was a key founder of the academic discipline of ethnomusicology. Pete's mother was a concert violinist and later a teacher at the Juilliard School. His parents divorced when Pete was seven and in 1932 his father married his student assistant, Ruth Crawford, now considered by many to be one of the most important modernist composers of the 20th century. Deeply interested in folk music, Ruth had contributed musical arrangements to Carl Sandburg's extremely influential folk song anthology the American Songbag (1927).

Despite being classical musicians, his parents did not press him to play an instrument. On his own, the otherwise bookish and withdrawn boy gravitated to the ukulele, becoming adept at entertaining his classmates with it while laying the basis for his subsequent remarkable audience rapport. During the summer of 1936, while traveling with his father and stepmother, Pete heard the five-string banjo for the first time at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in western North Carolina. Experiencing the beauty of this music firsthand was a "conversion experience". Pete was deeply affected and spent much of the next four years trying to master the five-string banjo.

Seeger enrolled at Harvard College on a partial scholarship, but as he became increasingly involved with politics and folk music, his grades suffered and he lost his scholarship. He dropped out of college in 1938. Seeger took a job in Washington, D.C., assisting Alan Lomax, a friend of his father's, at the Archive of American Folk Song of the Library of Congress. Seeger's job was to help Lomax sift through commercial "race" and "hillbilly" music and select recordings that best represented American folk music.

A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, Pete Seeger had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of the Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly's "Goodnight, Irene", which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. Members of the Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. In the 1960s, Seeger re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture, and environmental causes.

To earn money during the blacklist period of the late 1950s and early 1960s, Seeger worked gigs as a music teacher in schools and summer camps, and traveled the college campus circuit. Martin Luther King's March on Washington in August 1963 brought the Civil Rights anthem "We Shall Overcome" to wide audiences where he sang it on the 50-mile walk from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. along with 1,000 other marchers.

Seeger was a senior figure in the 1960s folk revival centered in Greenwich Village, as a longtime columnist in Sing Out!, the successor to the People's Songs Bulletin, and as a founder of the topical Broadside magazine. Seeger toured Australia in 1963. His single "Little Boxes", written by Malvina Reynolds, was number one in the nation's Top 40s. That tour sparked a folk boom throughout the country at a time when popular music tastes, post-Kennedy assassination, competed between folk, the surfing craze, and the British rock boom which gave the world the Beatles and The Rolling Stones, among others. Folk clubs sprung up all over the nation, folk performers were accepted in established venues.

A prolific songwriter, his best-known songs include "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" (with Joe Hickerson), "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)" (with Lee Hays of the Weavers), and "Turn! Turn! Turn!". "Flowers" was a hit recording for the Kingston Trio (1962). "If I Had a Hammer" was a hit for Peter, Paul and Mary (1962). The Byrds had a number one hit with "Turn! Turn! Turn!" in 1965.

Pete Seeger was one of the earliest backers of Bob Dylan and was responsible for urging A&R man John Hammond to produce Dylan's first LP on Columbia, and for inviting him to perform at the Newport Folk Festival, of which Seeger was a board member.

At the 1969 Vietnam Moratorium March on Washington, DC, Seeger led 500,000 protesters in singing John Lennon's song "Give Peace a Chance" as they rallied across from the White House. Seeger's voice carried over the crowd, interspersing phrases like, "Are you listening, Nixon?" between the choruses of protesters singing, "All we are saying ... is give peace a chance".

Inspired by Woody Guthrie, whose guitar was labeled "This machine kills fascists"photo Seeger's banjo was emblazoned with the motto "This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces It to Surrender."

In 2009, Seeger and his grandson joined Bruce Springsteen and the crowd in singing the Woody Guthrie song "This Land Is Your Land" in the finale of Barack Obama's Inaugural concert in Washington, D.C. In 2013, Pete Seeger performed at Farm Aid at Saratoga Springs, New York. Joined by Wille Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews, he sang "This Land Is Your Land".

Seeger married Toshi Aline Ota in 1943, whom he credited with being the support that helped make the rest of his life possible. The couple remained married until Toshi's death in July 2013. Pete died six months later in New York City on January 27, 2014, at the age of 94.

Bruce Springsteen said of Seeger's death, "I lost a great friend and a great hero last night, Pete Seeger", before performing "We Shall Overcome" while on tour in South Africa.
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No kidding. The subdivision I grew up in California, all the houses were the same size and shape with two available floorplans. You could get an optional great room over the garage, but only 2-3 houses in the whole subdivision of about 100 houses had that. Subdivision was built in 1960.

Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses
All went to the university,
Where they were put in boxes
And they came out all the same,
And there's doctors and lawyers,
And business executives,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And they all play on the golf course
And drink their martinis dry,
And they all have pretty children
And the children go to school,
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university,
Where they are put in boxes
And they come out all the same.

And the boys go into business
And marry and raise a family
In boxes made of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
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And they all look just the same.
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Willie Nelson - Ride Me Back Home, 96/24 FLAC. Have to agree with Class A as to the excellence of this one. Have enjoyed Willie's music as long as I can remember, but never really paid much attention to him either. But, I picked-up Last Man Standing a few years ago and very much enjoyed it, so picked-up his Sinatra tribute, My Way, when it came out which was also great. This one is also first rate. A casual vibe with a bluesy, Country Swing tinge to a lot of it. It's kinda like a pleasant evening with good friends. As usual, well recorded and well mastered.
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Bossa Nova Style is the 37th and final studio album by Joni James, released in 1965.

Joni James (age 88, born Giovanna Carmella Babbo, September 22, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American singer of traditional pop music. Executives at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) spotted her in a television commercial, and she was signed by MGM in 1952. Her first hit, "Why Don't You Believe Me?" sold over two million copies. She had a number of hits following that one, including "Your Cheatin' Heart" (a cover of Hank Williams' hit) and "Have You Heard?".

She was the first American to record at London's Abbey Road Studios, and recorded five albums there.

James had seven Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as well as sixteen other Top 40 hits from 1952 to 1961. She has sold more than 100 million records.

In 1964 she retired from the music industry in part because her husband, composer-conductor Tony Acquaviva, was in bad health and needed her attention. She cared for him until his death in 1986.

For many years she was out of the public eye, but began touring again in the mid-1990s, performing memorable concerts at New York's Town Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

In 1997, she married retired Air Force General Bernard Adolph Schriever, 20 years her senior, the leader of the program that developed U.S. ballistic missiles. Schriever died in 2005, at the age of 94.

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Like many vocalists of her time, Joni James embraced the Latin and South American rhythms that musically invaded North America in the mid-'60s. Her sublimely tempered intonations, coupled with Chuck Sagle's equally enchanting arrangements, were firmly behind the critical and artistic success of Bossa Nova Style. The dozen sides which comprise this long-player reflect James' versatile performance intonations on some of pop music's most sinuous and sensual compositions.

Without a doubt, these lushly orchestrated tracks reveal the singer's penchant for passionate material. This may also account for her successful performances in Cuba, Mexico, as well as Central and South America to primarily non-English-speaking audiences.

Much like her decidedly more masculine pop vocal counterpart, Frank Sinatra, James' inspired interpretations of these standards became the hallmark for those who followed their respective leads. From the gentle and languid readings of "While We're Young" and the haunting "Dindi" to the breezy samba of "Once I Loved" or the delightfully lilting "I Could Have Danced All Night," it seems that Joni James has rarely been more in her element than she is here.

Even the rich and mellow arrangement of seminal sides such as "Girl From Ipanema" or "My Romance" and "You're Nearer" -- a pair of Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart tunes that conclude this album -- are unmistakably amended to suit James' trademark easygoing and unencumbered style.
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