Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, country music’s first recorded stars of the late 1920s, through legends and hitmakers of the early 1980s appear in Episode 2. Shawna sets up more of her favorite singers, songwriters and songs, with historical context and personal stories.
Honky Tonk Hell #1
Down Every Road Ep #1
From Conway Twitty’s “Hello Darlin’” to Charlie Rich’s “Rollin’ with the Flow,” Shawna sets the stage for the types of singers, songs and styles of country music she’ll feature on Down Every Road. Spanning 1952 to 1978, Episode 1 visits “The Bargain Store” (Dolly Parton), takes a peek at “Watermelon Time in Georgia” (Lefty Frizzell), a “Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town” (Charley Pride) and the “Town Where You Live” (Mel Street), gets back to “Tulsa Time” (Don Williams), considers the honky tonk, Hank Williams and “Hungry Eyes” (Merle Haggard). From “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles)” (Gary Stewart) to “We’re Gonna Hold On” (George Jones and Tammy Wynette), Shawna introduces both her taste and some of the plentiful paradoxes in country music.