Country Catalyst – A Challenge For ‘Pickers’

Today’s edition of Country Catalyst, our periodic attempt to bring new fans to country music, spotlights a song that has been recorded many times, both with and without lyrics. But it’s as an instrumental that it reaches its full impact, making “Sugar Foot Rag” a classic challenge for virtuoso guitarists in its more than sixty … More Country Catalyst – A Challenge For ‘Pickers’

Country Catalyst – Heartbroken And Haunted

For today’s edition of Country Catalyst, the recurring special feature that’s designed to bring new fans to country music, we have a quintessential tearful story-song, something that’s always been a mainstay of the genre. First recorded in 1959 by country star Lefty Frizzell in a departure from his usual honky-tonk style, “Long Black Veil” was … More Country Catalyst – Heartbroken And Haunted

Country Catalyst – A Battle Song For The Ages

For our latest edition of Country Catalyst, the special feature that presents a country music classic in the hope that it might make some new fans for the genre, we present a song with a historical subject. Originally written by country/folk legend Jimmy Driftwood, “The Battle Of New Orleans” became a huge crossover hit in … More Country Catalyst – A Battle Song For The Ages