John Michael Montgomery — a true country legend
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 — Some of my first country music memories rise from the ashes of my grandfather’s beer joint just outside Ft. Worth in the mid-1950s. I remember he had an old jukebox, but he refused to let the serviceman put any Elvis 45s on it. Nope, Grandpa want wanted real country artists like Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, George Jones, Eddie Arnold, Kitty Wells, Red Sovine and Johnnie and Jack.
It worked. Sure enough, every afternoon those wrinkly, squinty-eyed, sun-parched Texas cowpokes rolled up in their disposable pickups (that’s a Texas term, I think), scraped the mud and manure off their boots, dropped a couple of nickels into the old Wurlitzer and enjoyed a little music with a few bottles of salted beer poured in skinny little glasses.