Country Connections

Answer Key

Patty Loveless: No Trouble with the Truth 

  • Porter Wagoner
  • Ryman Auditorium

Sing Me Back Home

  • Harmonica; “Pan American Blues”, “Fox Chase”
  • Jimmie Rodgers; 1961
  • Radio Stations: Origins and Styles of Country Music Radio and Recording Centers; WSM
  • Roy Rogers, Sons of Pioneers and Solo career; Was in TV and Movies
  • Webb Pierce; Nudie Cohn
  • Elvis Presley; Diamond Dust Pearl
  • Martin 00-18, Jimmy Rodgers, has an inscription “8-4-27 B. VA-TN” written in India ink inside the sound hole, documents Rodger’s recording debut at the Bristol Sessions.;
    • Gibson L-5, Maybelle Carter, She paid $275 for the finest guitar she could find. The first f-hole, arch-top guitar, it was designed to be twice as loud as any flat-top guitar of the period. She used the instrument to develop her signature “Carter Scratch”.
    • Gibson F-5, Bill Monroe, In 1985 an intruder broke in and smashed the mandolin with a fireplace poker. The instrument was reconstructed by Gibson from about 150 slivers of broken wood.
    • Gibson RB-Granada Mastertone, Earl Scruggs, Over the years, Scruggs modified and repaired the instrument, refitting the hardware, adding “Scruggs tuners” then Mechanical “D tuners” and in 1988 Givson restored the resonator to its original sunburst finished and installed a curly maple neck in the style of the original.
    • Martin D-28, Lester Flatt, Marty Stuart described the guitar as “possibly one of the greatest rhythm instruments ever made”
    • Martin D-28, Hank Williams, After Hank Williams death Hank Williams Jr. used the guitar in his performances, carrying on his family tradition.

Western Edge: The Roots and Reverberations of Los Angeles Country-Rock

  • Jarana, Bajo Sexto
  • Chris Hillman, Groups listed: Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, Manassas, Flying Burrito Brothers (x2), The Byrds (x2), Golden State Boys/The Hillmen, Scottsville Squirrel Barkers
  • The B-string bends when the musician pulls on the guitar strap. This makes it sound more country.

Dreaming My Dreams: The Journey Continues, 1960s to the Present

  • Don Gibson, Cindy Walker, Hank Williams; Reintroduced Country Music to a whole new audience
  • Black; Man in Black
  • Dottie’s outfit is blinged out, fringe, feathers, even a sparkly cowboy hat; George’s outfit is a plain button up dress shirt, large belt buckle, jeans, hat.

Chris Stapleton: Since 1978

  • Football, baseball, scouts
  • Papa John’s employee, ice truck driver, or car salesman
  • Answers may include “Your Man” – Josh Turner, “Learn to Live” – Darius Rucker, “Love’s Gonna Make it Alright” – George Strait, “Never Wanted Nothing More” – Kenny Chesney

American Currents: State of Music

  • Frankenstein
  • Violin and Cello
  • Hee Haw

Hall of Fame Rotunda

  • Hat with a price tag; “Howdy”
  • “The Singing Brakeman”
  • The Sources of Country Music; Thomas Hart Benton; answers vary

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