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By Dave Williams
FCE Contributing Writer 

Dave's Country Corner


Last updated 5/2/2016 at 2:59pm | View PDF

Johnny Lee

So last month we lost a country legend, Merle Haggard. Yes we'd known he'd been battling with his health since late 2015 but he seemed to be doing alright and looking forward to getting back out on the road. Then on what was supposed to be a happy occasion, his 79th birthday we had to say goodbye. It caught the country world off guard to say the least. Merle had always been around making music that we all could relate to and told our very own story. I think that's why so many people, including country artists loved him. He told it like it was and didn't care what anybody thought, he even not long ago called the current crop of music on country radio "crap", who else has the nerve and clout to come out and say that without it hurting their career? I remember listening to 45's of Merle when I was growing up along with other greats we've lost like Johnny, Buck and Waylon. I cut my teeth on these amazing artists along with old rockers like the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Elvis and others. For that I'm thankful that I had such an amazing musical education early on! Shortly after his passing I found a copy of Rainbow Stew live from Anaheim Stadium on vinyl at the Salvation Army...a great score and addition to my vinyl collection for sure.

Something I'm looking forward to is seeing some live music this year. In fact by the time this column hits the streets I'll have seen Alan Jackson in Sioux City. He's someone I've been hoping to see in concert for many years, so it's going to be exciting to say the least. We're coming up on that time where there will be many more concert dates, music festivals and fairs. It's always a fun time especially when they are featuring one of your favorite artists. I'm looking forward to hopefully catching Martina McBride, Hank Williams Jr., Jon Pardi and Mo Pitney this summer. Who knows who else I may get to see, anyone else would just be a bonus. But I encourage you to keep your eyes open and get out and see some live music as the weather gets better. There's nothing like a live music experience even if it's someone you're not familiar with they just might surprise you and win you over by the end of the show.

It's always fun to learn a little bit about some of our favorite artists. Well Cole Swindell not only is a crooning country singer but he's also a songwriter. Something he was doing while still working the Merch table for Luke Bryan back in the day. Anyway, Cole wrote a song several years called "Flatliner" and sent it off to Dierks Bentley in hopes of at the least getting it on one of his albums. Well apparently along the way something got messed up and never ended up hearing back from Dierks about the song. So finally Cole got around to it himself and decided to record it. He decided once again to reach out to Dierks, this time to see if he'd join him on the song. This time he heard was a yes and you can hear the song on Cole's latest record coming out at the end of the month - You Should Be Here.

Gene Watson

This month I've had the opportunity to interview a couple of Country Music Legends and Texas Country Music Hall of Famers in Johnny Lee & Gene Watson on 106 KIX. They are a couple of great guys still making albums and out touring doing what they love! Keep an eye open and see if they are coming to your area to try and see them live. For more info on them go to; or, and to hear my interviews with them you can visit to listen.

Thanks for checking out Dave's Country Corner. I invite you to join me each month as we catch up on all thins country coming out of Nashville and wherever great country music is found. You can find me on Facebook – Big Daddy Dave Williams, and free to drop me a line anytime; and I invite you to join me weekday afternoons from 2 - 6 p.m. (CT) on 106 KIX, you can listen online Remember to keep it real & keep it country!


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