Awards and halls of fame are often controlled by agendas and politics. Why aren’t the people who invented the electric guitar in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? The Country Music Hall of Fame has some similar head scratchers. You’d think the first country singer on radio would be in ? You’d think the first to sing country music on a record would be in? Fiddlin’ John Carson is not in the CMHOF, even though he is credited by most as both the first to sing country on radio and first to sing country on records.
Fiddlin’ John Carson learned to play fiddle on an instrument passed down in his family for generations, brought to the US from Ireland. The most detailed article I’ve read about Fiddlin’ John Carson is by Bluegrass Messengers. That’s real country music history. Many of the modern acts that the Nashville “country music industry” and the CMHOF are currently pushing have nothing to do with quality music of any sort, much less country music, and much less than that the history of country music or its hall of fame. Breland and Brittney Spencer haven’t even released a full album yet in their careers, yet they’re on every “country” award show and are promoted in the “American Currents” section of the CMHOF. They have done nothing whatsoever to deserve displays in the hall of fame.
I’ve kept this blog going for over five years, despite lack of interest. I covered many things that other blogs did not, and hopefully, I helped readers find some music and history that they might not have known about otherwise. I do plan to attend concerts in coming weeks like George Strait and Willie Nelson, Ricky Skaggs and other bluegrass acts, Doug Kershaw, and The Oak Ridge Boys. I still actively maintain hundreds of playlists, some of which are pretty different from anyone else’s. I might take a break from writing blog posts for a while, but I’m still out here listening to music and updating my YouTube channel.
Thanks for taking the time to read.