Sept. 8, 2014
A few weeks ago one of our fan club members, a lady named Cheryl Cato out in Oklahoma, wrote and asked me an interesting question:
“If you were about to introduce country music to a person who had never listened to country music before….but who agreed to listen to three songs….what three songs would you play for them?”
I was caught totally off guard, and began making a list….then erasing that list and starting on a new one. I fumbled and stumbled trying to come up with a good answer when the thought occurred to me that I should open that question up to the fans….and specifically to our fan club members. So, in our August newsletter, I asked them to send me their three choices, and the floodgates swung open wide. And I mean VERY wide!
I had well over 100 different titles submitted to me, and posted the Top Three vote getters last week in our September fan club newsletter. People have been writing ever since wanting to know more, so here goes:
The Top Three songs sent in by our members were 1) He Stopped Loving Her Today; 2) He’ll Have To Go; and 3) Still. I was not surprised at #1, and must tell you it won by a large margin. I was a bit surprised by #2, and figured a lot of people were just being nice to me when they voted for #3.
The remaining Top Ten songs (in no particular order) were: Stand By Your Man, Amarillo By Morning, Wabash Cannonball, Your Cheatin’ Heart, Grandest Lady Of Them All, City Lights, and Slippin’ Away. Again, some were being ‘way too nice to me.
At first, I found it interesting that the vast majority of songs mentioned were the older, more traditional country songs. But then, I realized had this question been aimed at Kenny Chesney’s or Garth Brooks’ fan club, the answers would obviously have been vastly different and skewed heavily toward the newer material.
Titles submitted ranged all the way from Cool Water and Happy Trails to Blueberry Hill and Tennessee Waltz. Funny, but I never thought of Blueberry Hill as a country song!
So what did I learn from all this? Well, for one thing, I learned that our fans are very passionate about their music and I love that. “How could you possibly not include ‘Hello Darlin’?” one wrote. Others cheered just as loudly for I Walk The Line, Detroit City, and Lovesick Blues.
Second, I learned that many of you are truly procrastinators. I was still getting votes the day after I posted the winners. I didn’t put a deadline on this, but folks, you don’t vote in an election after the winners have already been announced. Well, unless you live in Chicago maybe.
Next, more of you need to be in our FREE online fan club so you can take part in craziness like this. It’s easy to join. While you’re on our website today, go to the Fans icon at the top of our Home page and sign up.
There’s no telling what kind of foolishness we’ll come up with next.