Country Music · Cowpoke Legends

Mel Tillis (1932-2017)

It’s a sad and solemn Sunday here in the KWPX studio, with the news that magnificent M-M-Mel Tillis has gone to his great reward. According to a statement issued by his publicist, Mel, who was 85 years old and resided in Ocala, Fla., had “battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered.” Mel… Continue reading Mel Tillis (1932-2017)

Country Music · Cowpoke Legends

Songwriting Legend Curly Putman (1930-2016)

If you’ve listened to Cowpoke Radio for any significant length of time — let’s say ten or fifteen minutes — then you’ve heard a song written by Claude “Curly” Putman. There’s Tammy Wynettes’s “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” He wrote Dolly Parton’s breakthrough 1967 hit “Dumb Blonde” and “My Elusive Dreams”… Continue reading Songwriting Legend Curly Putman (1930-2016)

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Willie Nelson, Disc Jockey

Around about the same time that he was working on becoming one of the greatest legends in American music history, Willie Nelson was also gainfully employed behind the microphone as a disc jockey for several Country radio stations, spinning records during the day, then singing his own tunes at night. As recounted in his must-read… Continue reading Willie Nelson, Disc Jockey

Country Music · Cowpoke Radio

New On The Cowpoke: “Gotta Travel On”

Just added to the KWPX Cowpoke Corral of Country Classics is the 1959 recording of “Gotta Travel On” by local legends Rose and Cal Maddox, backed by the fabulous Black Jack Wayne Band. Rose and Cal are part of the Alabama-born, Modesto-based Maddox Brothers & Rose, known far and wide as “The Most Colorful Hillbilly Band… Continue reading New On The Cowpoke: “Gotta Travel On”