Old Habits

Today’s post was written by Chatter.


I’ve always had a great love for classic country music. In the early years of my musical endavors I had three main influences: Pap and Paul and their traditonal Appalachian music, the music of John C.Campbell Folk School, and classic country that was played on a regular basis in my home…and in my daddy’s truck 🙂

When I first decided to play guitar it was those classic country songs that really inspired me to try my best. Somewhere mom’s got some pretty embarrassing videos of me attempting a couple of those old country songs. I had braces and could barley chord a guitar.

During the craziness of 2020 most all of our gigs were cancelled. Even though I love music, regular performances keep me motivated to play and learn more because no one wants to take the stage unprepared.

In late fall I began to look for some motivation to ensure I wouldn’t lose dexterity in my fingers. I quickly decided to dust off those old songs I used dream of playing. Since then I’ve been uploading my favorite country songs to our YouTube channel.

I hope you enjoyed the video. Some of my favorite classic country performers are Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr., Marty Robbins, Gene Watson, Dwight Yoakam, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, and more! If you like classic country music who are your favorites?


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    February 23, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Well that was a lovely entry, and the song made me cry. Didn’t know your girls had a channel, now I am enjoying it along with yours. Seems clearer every day that I was born (and have remained) in the wrong location. At 51, that’s a tough realization, but better late than never. Hubs and I now looking to move to TN. Never too late, or so I am told. Thank you for the inspiration.

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    Liz Hart
    February 22, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Jim Reeves was was one of my favorites.

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    February 21, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Yes a good job ,so nicely sung and played 🙂 … ( not sure if all these fall into the classic Country category). I like Ricky Skaggs, Clint Black, Patty Loveless, Tracy Byrd….Alison Krauss…. Johnny Cash, George Strait… and others over the years….I’m kinda like one who said above, it’s the song or tune or both, or the way they sing and play it that usually gets my attention, way down deep inside…. I like ballads.. my Mama liked Patsy Cline 🙂

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    Ron Bass
    February 21, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Great job!!! Love Hank Jr. And Sr.

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    Ann Applegarth
    February 21, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Oh, my! Super! My favorites: Hank Williams (not Jr.), Hank Thompson, Lefty Frizell, Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, Webb Pierce, Loretta Lynn, Tom T. Hall, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Alan Jackson.

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      Ann Applegarth
      February 21, 2021 at 10:36 pm

      P.S. Also Stuart Hamblen!

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    Karen Barnett
    February 21, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Beautiful! My husband grew up with this style of country music, but I was more on the folk/rock spectrum. After sitting down and watching the Country Music documentary from Ken Burns, I have a growing appreciation for the country classics and want to learn more. As a guitarist, I’m wondering how you manage to play outside in the chilly weather. I have trouble with my fingers freezing up!

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    Dona DiBernardo Silver
    February 21, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Hi Chatter
    I’m praying my grandchildren will have an interest in playing a musical instrument. Unfortunately I do not play any but I make sure to always have all kinds of music streaming through my home when they visit.
    Michael who is 3 years olds favorite song at the moment is yo ho ho and a bottle of rum and blow the man down from the fabulous movie “The fisherman’s friend”
    I think you might enjoy the film. It is of course filled with songs handed down by the fisherman in the British Isle for decades

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    February 21, 2021 at 11:41 am

    That was a true delight to hear your beautiful singing and playing! I come more from the old 50’s, early 60’s rock & roll, southern quartet singing, doo whop, and classical music. I did like some of classic country artists like Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins, Loretta Lynn, Faron Young and Tammy Wynette. Tammy grew up just about maybe 10 miles from where I am right now. Many years ago we stopped at her grandparents farm and they graciously invited us in and showed us the piano she learned to play and right across the road they pointed to a field she worked in when she was just a young kid. She went to high school in Tremont, MS. Her grandparents were precious people.

    Thanks Chatter, I really enjoyed your singing!

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    Wanda Devers
    February 21, 2021 at 11:34 am

    You did a fine job!

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    Margie Goldstein
    February 21, 2021 at 9:25 am

    Chatter, you sing and play guitar wonderfully! Keep singing, keep playing, keep going and remember tough times make for tough people!!! You are talented, smart, nice and pretty. Thanks for sharing Bocephus song this morning. ( Most country makes me sad. This song is on the sad list. No wonder he drank a lot in his past.)The best way to kick a habit is never take it up…God bless you, sweet young lady!!!

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    February 21, 2021 at 8:34 am

    Chatter, I ‘m around 2 generations older than you so my list will be different. I guess my all time favorite would be Hank Williams Sr. I think I like every song he recorded. Some others would be Earnest Tubb, Kitty Wells, Merle Haggard, Emmy Lou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Don Williams and the bluegrass groups. My two favorite newer singers are Allan Jackson, and Randy Travis especially these new gospel albums they have recently recorded. I never listened to country music until I married, that is all my father would play and sing and I begin to like the old true country music. I loved and still do the old rock and roll of the 50’s and 60’s. Now days I very seldom turn the radio, I care nothing about this new so called music.

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      Wanda Devers
      February 21, 2021 at 11:32 am

      Me, too, Randy!

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    Ron Stephens
    February 21, 2021 at 8:24 am

    Very nice. Thank you Chatter.

    I am not a regular listener to any kind of music but I do like country best because the best of it is about the life I know. I prefer songs that fit with my life experience and are what I wish I would have written if I had the talent and/or that teach me something. I like Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Dwight Yoakum to name a few. But for me, it is the song that gets my attention and sticks with me.

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    Don Byers
    February 21, 2021 at 7:55 am

    This may be a stupid question… old song was running through my head yesterday..
    “I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight”……is it on your set list?

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      Larry Paul Eddings
      February 21, 2021 at 12:24 pm

      A classic country song beautifully played and sung by a beautiful young lady.

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      March 1, 2021 at 11:59 am

      Don-Pap and Paul used to do the song-here’s a link: I have their version set as a ringtone on my phone. I really love the song!

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    Don Bsyer
    February 21, 2021 at 7:52 am

    Keep up the good work!

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      Don Byers
      February 21, 2021 at 7:53 am

      OOps….typo! My last name is Byers!!!

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    Cindy Pressley
    February 21, 2021 at 7:43 am

    Good job Chatter! Being confined for so long isn’t easy and it seems that you found a very productive way to fill the time. Of course music is a central point in your life so where else would you turn in times of strife!
    I love the hat, one of Grannies creations or did you make it?

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    Carol Roy
    February 21, 2021 at 7:28 am

    Loved this….I am with you Chatter on favorite music being Classic Country nothing compares to it… really sound good tx. for sharing!!

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    Donna W
    February 21, 2021 at 6:37 am

    One of my favorite songs to listen to and to sing!

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