Wall 2 Wall Country Music

Casey has been a "cowgirl" as long as she can remember. Working as a horse trail guide, line dancing to the latest country tune or just playing her favorite country misic; Casey has always had that country lifestyle in her heart! As a DJ here at PPR, she has the opportunity to not only hear all the country music she can handle, but she gets the chance to play it for her listening audience live every Wednesday with the show re-airing on Sundays! Don't miss getting your country request in with her new show, "Wall 2 Wall Country Music" starting at 1! Hang up the spurs and stay a while. Not only does she showcase some of the newest country selections, but she also visits years gone by and features some of the best classic county hits for you! Shoot her an email, like her on facebook or give her a ring... she plays wall to wall country, right here on PPR!

SOMETHING NEW AND EXCITING! Penn's Peak Radio and the Wall 2 Wall Country show is now a part of a nation TV show! That's right, Casey had the opportunity to the on set for a taping of a segment that will air on he Joey Canyon show. The  air date was Friday, July 22nd! Feel free to check out the show, it airs on Blue Ridge Communications channel 130 on Friday nights at 10 PM ET! JUST ANNOUNCED, the Joey Canyon Show will also now be airing on Comcast Entertainment Television on XFINITY Channel 900 (HD) and will air Sunday evenings at 10:30PM ET, Tuesday evenings at 9:30PM ET, with at least 2 additional airings on CET each Week.  A fun 30 minute variety show with music and special guests.

If you missed it - CLICK HERE! 

Here is what you need to know:

Veteran singer/songwriter Joey Canyon brings you a contemporary version of a traditional country music variety show. Originating out of Colorado, The Joey Canyon Show will feature performances and interviews from veteran country music artists including Mark Wills, TG Sheppard, Moe Bandy, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, as well as many other top artists from the country music industry.

Joey grew up with musical influences spanning from country’s Waylon Jennings, Marty Robbins, Vern Gosden and Alan Jackson to Frank Sinatra. With roots deep in country, Joey has established himself with a lifetime of accomplishments ranging from recording artist, performer, singer/songwriter to executive producer, co-director and actor.

In 1978, Joey was awarded Colorado’s Governor’s citation for writing its anti-pollution song, “Save Our Colorado.” Later in 1991, he produced, wrote and co-directed for his own video, “Take My Money,” which became the most-added country music video nationwide at top country music nightclubs for three straight months.

The show will exemplify the way Joey weaves together genuine heartfelt down-home values with the experiences he’s had growing up in a small town in California to 40 years in the Rocky Mountains and recording over 23 years in Nashville. Joey began singing at the age of 8 and playing guitar at 11. Did you know he had featured billing in several NFL videos alongside the likes of Hank Williams Jr., George Strait, Lorrie Morgan and Reba McEntire?


Special Guest for Wednesday, May 24, 2017: Bobby Bare!

In 1962 Bobby Bare stood in RCA’s Nashville Studio and recorded his first hit “Shame on Me." That song was a hit in both the pop and country fields; it rose to number 18 on Billboard’s Country Chart and number 23 on the Hot 100 Chart.


During the ensuing years, Bare won a Grammy (for “Detroit City”), had 70 chart records, including landmark recordings of Shel Silverstein songs, hosted a TV program and performed in concerts all over the world.

Fifty years after his first RCA recording, Bare stood in that same studio—now named Historic RCA Studio B—and recorded this album. During the half-century between those two recording sessions Bare has had one of the most incredible, enduring careers in American music.

Bobby Bare recorded a number of folk songs in his early years and was labeled “folk country.” For this album, he wanted to do some old folk songs—not as “folk music” but as great songs. There are songs that were sung by Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, The Weavers, Eddy Arnold, Tex Ritter, The Kingston Trio as well as songs by U2, Merle Travis, Shel Silverstein and Dennis Linde. Additionally, Bare had a hand in writing several new songs.

“Going Down the Road” is part of Woody Guthrie’s legacy of songs. John Ford, director of the film The Grapes of Wrath asked Guthrie for a song that Dust Bowl migrants might know and Woody suggested “Going Down the Road,” a song he had heard from his fiddle playing Uncle Jeff Guthrie. Uncle Jeff had learned those lines, “goin’ down the road feelin’ bad” and “they fed me on corn bread and beans” with the refrain “and I ain’t gonna be treated this a-waym” around 1910 in Olive, Oklahoma.

Many folk songs began as sea shanties and “Shenandoah” probably began this way. The first time “Shenandoah” was printed was in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine in 1882.

“John Hardy” was first recorded by Eva Davis in 1924 for Columbia Records. The lyrics changed through versions done by artists including Leadbelly and the Carter

Family. The real John Hardy was a railroad worker in West Virginia who killed a man during a craps game and was hanged on January 19, 1894.

The origin of “The Banks of the Ohio” may be traced back to the nineteenth century. First recorded by Red Patterson’s Piedmont Log Rollers in 1927, the song tells the story of a young man who kills the woman he loves after she rejected his marriage proposal.

“Dark As a Dungeon” was written by legendary guitar player, singer and songwriter Merle Travis. His “Travis picking” guitar style influenced Chet Atkins. Capitol Records signed Travis and he recorded “Dark As a Dungeon” and “Sixteen Tons” on his album Folk Songs of the Hills, which was released in 1946.

“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” was written and recorded by the Irish group U2 on their Joshua Tree album, released in May, 1987.

Bob Dylan wrote “Farewell Angelina” and it was the title of a 1965 Joan Baez album. This song came during a very productive period of Dylan’s life, just before his motorcycle accident.

“House of the Rising Sun” is about a New Orleans brothel. The most popular version of the song was recorded by The Animals and became a number one hit in 1964. The earliest recording of this song came in 1934 by Clarence “Tom” Ashley and Gwen Foster. The origin of the song is unknown but it probably came from the British Isles with the New Orleans setting adapted by American singers. Folklorist Alan Lomax recorded the song in Kentucky, sung by Tilman Cadle.

The boll weevil was a bug that fed on cotton; it migrated from Mexico to the United States and wreaked havoc on the cotton industry in the South. In 1929 Charley Patton recorded a version and in 1934 Alan Lomax recorded Leadbelly’s version. The song became a pop hit for Brook Benton in 1961. Bobby Bare learned “Boll Weevil” from Tex Ritter, who recorded it and used to sing it during his show.

Dennis Linde (1943-2006) wrote “Lookout Mountain.” Linde was one of the premier songwriters in Nashville and Bare knew him for a number of years. Linde wrote classics such as “Burning Love” for Elvis, “Bubba Shot the Jukebox” and “It Sure Is Monday” for Mark Chesnutt, “Goodbye Earl” for the Dixie Chicks, “Had a Dream (For the Heart)” for The Judds, “Tom Green County Fair” and “Where Have All the Average People Gone” for Roger Miller and “John Deere Green” for Joe Diffie.

“Tom Dooley” is about a man named Tom Dula who murdered Laura Foster in Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1866. The most popular version of this song was recorded by the Kingston Trio and became a number one pop hit in 1958; however, the first recording of this song goes back to 1929 when Grayson and Whitter recorded it. It was also recorded in 1939 by Frank Proffitt.

“I Was Drunk” was written by Alejandro Escovedo. Born in Texas, Escovedo was a member of the Austin-based group “Rank and File.” He began his solo career in 1992 with his album Gravity. He was named “Artist of the Decade” by No Depression magazine in 1998 and has recorded with Willie Nelson and Bruce Springsteen. Escovedo's harmony vocal was added at the Quonset Hut, another historic studio in Nashville, about a block away from Historic RCA Studio B.

Arkansas native Jimmie Driftwood's most famous songs are “The Battle of New Orleans,” which won a Grammy for the recording by Johnny Horton, and “Tennessee Stud.” The son of a folk singer, Driftwood played a guitar whose neck was made from a fence rail with the head and bottom from his grandmother’s bed. The guitar was made by his grandfather. Eddy Arnold’s version of “Tennessee Stud” was a hit in 1959 and is Bobby Bare’s favorite version of that song.

“The Devil and Billy Markham” was a poem written by Shel Silverstein and first appeared as a six part series in Playboy beginning in January, 1979. It was later presented as a play at Lincoln Center and as a short film.

“Woody” was written by Bobby Bare and is a fictional account of the singer meeting Woody Guthrie.

“I Was a Young Man Once” was written by Don Cusic and Bobby Bare. – Don Cusic

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Don't miss my next guest! Wednesday, May 31, 2017: CJ Solar!

The Pickup Video Segment

The Pickup Video Segment is a brand new segment here on the Wall 2 Wall Country Show page! Every few weeks watch a new video featuring the latest news from your favorite legendary performers. This audio will also be played on every show in the 4th hour of the show! Don't miss it! Big thanks to HOT Seat On line for partnering up with PPR and allowing our listening audience to enjoy this great segment!


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