That bastion of Eastern elitism, the New York Times, features another great interview with country music legend and master story teller Tom T. Hall entitled “Who Needs Country Radio? Not Tom T. Hall.” Hall talks about the state of country music industry, he and his wife – Miss. Dixie’s – song writing collaberation and his recent involvement with bluegrass music.
A great quote on the queasiness of today’s pop-country consumer.
“There’s not much call for dead-people songs in today’s suburbanized country music, but bluegrass audiences still love to hear about murderous outlaws, suicidal lovers and family ghosts. It’s the ghost of a dead mother who dials the phone in “The Midnight Call,” luring her estranged son down to a railroad depot that had been torn down years before. The Halls wrote the song for Ralph Stanley after he revitalized his career by singing “O Death” in the 2000 movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Tom T Hall – Clayton Delaney