Country Videos – Through The Ages


Country Videos – Through The Ages

This is a simple monthly blog dedicated to the history of country music shown through video using videos of footage going back as far as the 1920’s.I will be covering all styles of Country Music and if I miss any out please let me know and I will try to include them.

The Blog will be broken up into the following video sections.

.  ‘New Country’ Featuring Some Of Today’s Videos

.  ‘Blasts From The Past’ pre 2017

• ‘Raves from the Grave’ pre 1960.

There will also be a Country Quiz for all you music quiz lovers.Information on the History of Country Music can be found on the excellent web sites listed below.

I would be particularly interested in featuring some videos by lesser, or unknown artists and bands so if any of you can help me out here I would be most grateful though for obvious reasons I may not be able to feature all suggestions as I need to have a balance.


I am country songwriter and artist myself and release my music under the band nom de plume of Mountain Rio on my own Mountain Rio label. Many of Mountain Rio songs and videos are featured on my website. I hope you will take the chance to have a peek and let me know what you think.

There is a shop available for browsing through country related products such as cd’s and mp3 downloads, cowboy boots, cowboy hats, T shirts and musical instruments.


New Country Albums

Brad Paisley, ‘The Devil Is Alive And Well’ from the critically acclaimed hit 2017 album ‘Love and War’.Included on the album are collaborations with Mick Jagger, John Fogerty, Timbaland, and Bill Anderson.Brad has eleven studio albums, one Christmas album, three compilation albums, and 42 singles. All but one of Paisley’s singles have hit the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, he is one of Nashville’s greatest all time  recording artists and performers.

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Luke Combs, ‘Hurricane’ from Luke’s 2017 hit debut album, ‘This One’s For You’.’Hurricane’ is the debut single from this exciting Nashville newcomer.

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John Pardi, ‘Heartache On The Dance Floor’ from his hit Album ‘California Sunrise’.John’s second album has already produced two Number One tracks, including the Platinum-selling “Head Over Boots” and Gold-certified “Dirt on My Boots.” “Heartache” is the album’s third single

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Maren Morris, ‘This Is My Church’ the lead single from her debut hit album ‘Hero’.

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Brett Eldredge, ‘Somethin I’m Good At’ was the lead single from Brett’s self-titled fourth studio album, peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Country Airplay.The Album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, Brett’s highest charting album.

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lady Antebellum, ‘Heartbreak’.

Heart Break is the seventh studio by Lady Antebellum. It was released on June 9, and reached number 1 in the US Top Country Albums (Billboard).Heart Break, was released as a digital promotional single on May 12.

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Chris Jones and The Night Drivers, ‘I’m A Wanderer’

Great song from the album ‘Made To Move’.

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Blasts From The Past


Don Williams, ‘Your My Best Friend’ (1975)

Number 1 in Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in June 1975.

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Glen Campbell, ‘Country Boy, (1975)

It was released in October 1975 as the second and final single from the album, Rhinestone Cowboy.
It was Glen’s fifth number one on the Easy Listening chart and went to number 11 in early 1976 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] “Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.)” also went to number three on the country chart.

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Brad Paisley, ‘Welcome To The Future’ (2009)

Nearly six minute single from 2009’s ‘American Saturday Night’ Album.A mid tempo country rocker showcasing Brad’s stunning guitar skills.Number 100 in Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest country songs of all time.Reached number 2 in US Hot Country Songs (Billboard).

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Charlie Daniels Band, ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ (1979)

The song was the band’s biggest hit, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Gretchan Wilson, ‘Redneck Woman’ (2004)

The lead-off single to her multi-platinum debut album ‘Here for the Party’.Number one single on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, and also earned her a No. 22 pop hit in the U.S.Ranked 97 in Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest country songs of all time.

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Martina McBride, ‘God’s Will’ (2004)

The fourth single from the album ‘Martina’ about a crippled boy.Reached number 14 in the US Hot Country Songs (Billboard).

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Alabama, ‘Mountain Music’ (1982)

Classic-rock guitar riffs, country harmonies and fiddle, all go to make this a great track.Title track from the album of the same name.In 1998, the album was certified 5× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.Reached number one in US Hot Country Songs (Billboard).

What do you think of these blasts from the past? Let me know in the comments below! Are there any songs which you would like featured in the next blast from the past blog post?

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The Osborne Brother’s ‘Rocky Top’ 1967.

The Osborne Brothers, Sonny Osborne and Bobby Osborne, were an influential and popular bluegrass act during the 1960s and 1970s. They are probably best known for their No. 33 1967 country hit song.

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Garth Brooks, ‘The Dance’.Reached number 1 in the US and Canadian country charts and 36 in the UK charts.The tenth and final track from his self-titled debut album, from which it was also released as the album’s fourth and final single in April 1990. It is considered by many to be Brooks’ signature song.The album reached number 2 on the Top Country Albums.To date, the album has sold ten million copies in the US and thirteen million copies worldwide.

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Toby Keith, ‘I Love This Bar’ 2003

It was released in August 2003 as the lead off single from his album Shock’n Y’all. It became a Number One hit on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, keeping the top spot for five weeks. Keith wrote the song with Scotty Emerick.
The song’s title inspired a chain of restaurants owned by Keith named Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill.

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Raves From The Grave

Jimmie Rodgers, ‘Waiting for a train’ (1928)
Among the first country music superstars and pioneers, Jimmie was also known as ‘The Singing Brakeman’.

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Louvin Brothers, ‘I Can’t Keep You in Love with Me’

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DeZurik Sisters, ‘Arizona Yodler’ (1938)
The DeZurik Sisters (also known as The Cackle Sisters) were two of the first women to become stars on both the National Barn Dance and the Grand Ole Opry, largely a result of their original yodeling style.

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Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, ‘San Antonio Rose’ (1938)

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Stringbean, ‘Hillbilly Fever’”Stringbean”_Akeman

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Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys, ‘Bluegrass Breakdown’

Bill Monroe. Known as the father of Bluegrass music, Monroe played the mandolin and sang, and many of the songs he sang were his own compositions. The original recording of Bluegrass Breakdown by Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys, featuring Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and Chubby Wise. Earl Scruggs was about 21 at the time of this recording. One of the great things about this song is that no one had ever heard a banjo played in that style before. It absolutely blew people away. Also, listen to Earl in the background. Like the original Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Earl plays the whole way through. One of the all time great instrumentals.

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Hank Williams, ‘Hey Good Lookin’

Written and recorded by Hank in 1951.Recorded by numerous artists including ‘The Maverick’s and ‘Jimmy Buffett, Hank’s original reached number 1 in the Billboard Hot Country Singles.

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The Carter Family, ‘Wildwood Flower’.

The original Carter Family first recorded “Wildwood Flower” in 1928.

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Retro Country Quiz

Hello country friends!

Think you know all about Country music? Then why not take this little country quiz! The answers you will find below. No Googling! Let me know in the comments how many you scored. – No cheating!

Country Quiz Questions
1.Who had a number 1 hit in 1965 with ‘King of the road’.
2. What year was Kenny Chesney’s ‘No shoes, no shirt no problem’ released?
3. How many number 1 singles have Alabama had.?
4. In what year did Jimmie Rodgers die?
5. In what year was Dolly Parton born?
6. In what year was Dolly Parton inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame?
7. What is Brad Paisley’s real name?
8. What year was Brad Paisley born?
9. What was Brad Paisley’s 1999 debut album called?
10. Who sang ‘Ode to Billy Joe’ in 1967?
11. Who sang ‘Lookin’ for love’ in 1980?
12. What number did ‘Lookin for love’ reach in the US Hot Country Songs chart?
13. Who had a number 1 hit with ‘Big Bad John’ in 1961
14. What year was Dwight Yoakam born?
15. What was Dwight Yoakams 1997 Christmas Album called?
16. From what album did Bob Dylan’s ‘I’ll be your baby tonight’ come from?
17. Who did Bob Dylan duet with on ‘I’ll be your baby tonight’?
18. What is the top selling country album of all time?
19. What is the second top selling country album of all time?
20. What year was ‘Better things to do’ by Terri Clark’ released?


Country Quiz Answers
1.Roger Millar
2. 2002
3. 21
4. 1933
5. 1946
6. 1999
7. Brad Douglas Paisley
8. 1972
9. Who Needs Pictures
10. Bobby Gentry
11. Johnnie Lee
12. Number 1
13. Jimmie Dean
14. 1956
15. Come On Christmas
16. John Wesley Harding
17. Johnnie Cash
18. ‘Come on over’ Shania Twain
19. No Fences’ Garth Brooks
20. 1995