Lost Highway The History of American Country ● Beyond Nashville

“The peace of the world for generations maybe centuries to come would depend on just on America’s military might which is the greatest in the world…” Republican presidents have often visited the spiritual home of country music, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, because country has always been seen as representing the forces of conservatism and tradition. “…our willingness to not only wear the flag but first and up for the flag and country music does that.” But its safe image hides an independent spirit; a maverick streak that constantly refreshes this mainstream It’s (inaudible) for music to have these disparate voices challenge Nashville Country worships cowboy pride; those who’ve gone their own way and taken chances They talked about drinking and cheating and going to jail Eventually I got involved in all those activities myself. This is the story of the outsiders who’ve taken country music beyond Nashville They’ll always be a (inaudible). There’s a bit of Jesse James in it The man who for many defines the term outsider burst onto the scene in the fifties He became a country legend; a man in black, Johnny Cash Johnny Cash had that straight-ahead “Hi, I’m Johnny Cash” and if you don’t like that, I’m sorry Hello, I’m Johnny Cash He was like this dark, dangerous, exciting looking thing Johnny Cash took on the toughest gigs in town, like San Quentin prison where he left a lasting impression on a convicted burglar set to be a country legend himself. “They were convicts. He had a lot of competition, he had good looking ladies singing, and there were strippers… he was the most arrogant son of a bitch, I think I’ve ever seen on stage But somehow he pulled it off. And just stole the entire spotlight. No convict in that audience could tell you who else was on that show that day. It didn’t matter Johnny Cash recorded at the Nashville studio of Columbia Records. An aspiring young songwriter worked there as a janitor. “I was probably a big pain in the ass for a while for John because I I gave him every song I ever wrote, and I wasn’t supposed to, because I worked there you know but I would give them to him through Luther Perkins, his guitar player and Luther used to tell me John loves your song he was singing it on the way to the airplane. I always hoped that John was gonna cut one of my songs and he had never got around to doing that till Sunday Morning Coming Down Woke up Sunday morning with a way to hold my head that didn’t hurt Well it was straight autobiography for me I was living a condemned apartment and had lost my family and Sunday was a day when bars were closed and there was not

a day to be alone When you hear an artist like Johnny Cash recording Sunday Morning Coming Down, you see an enormous barrier being broken The grand man of country music doing a song that’s basically about drinking and smoking dope And then it goes on, you know. Talked about smoking your brains out you know, and it said ‘on a Sunday morning sidewalk wishin’ Lord that I was stoned…’ Now that line, they wanted John to take out when he recorded it. He recorded it on a TV show and they wanted him to take it out for a record. But I remembered he didn’t know what he was gonna do. Some songwriter suggested “Wishin’ I was home.” And he looked at me and i said, that’s not the same thing. And I didn’t know what he was going to do until he got up on stage that night. And I almost fell out of my chair Well it was an honest thing that needed to be brought out there and spoken about intelligently. Timing is everything. He came along just when we needed him. “…song of the year for 1970s, Sunday Morning Coming Down!” Kris Kristofferson was propelled into the spotlight at the Country Music Awards but his unorthodox appearance caused uproar that day What happened was I was sitting behind Merle Haggard and I thought he was gonna win it and when they said that my song won, I fell back against the pew and banged my head on the wood there and I hadn’t listened to how I was supposed to get up on stage, where you’re supposed to go, I didn’t think that I had a prayer, so I kind of stumbled up on the stage and I was trying to think of something to say. (inaudible) That was the shrewdest move you made you said you got more publicity out of that than anybody on the whole show just because you looked like you were stoned up there. But I wasn’t. I might’ve been drunk Nashville was used to doing things in a more sober way In the early seventies Nashville’s Music Row is a creatively stalled place obsessed with trying to marry country to pop Country music is basically conservative Conservative means you don’t want, in essence, a lot of changes Throughout the sixties and seventies Nashville came to be completely a producers’ town. There were a handful of producers that literally ruled the town. They signed the artists, they decided what songs they would record, decided what musicians they’d put on it, pretty much it was a real feudal system here, and the artists were the peasants you can imagine what that does to a true artistic spirit Well you pretty much put your career in their hands and you did that voluntarily when you signed a little piece of paper for four years so you were pretty much locked in Willie Nelson come to in Nashville in 1960 but he had never quite been able to turn his success as a songwriter into a recording career. He’d written classics like Crazy but couldn’t seem to save the right song for himself People in Nashville didn’t believe that Willie had a commercial voice. They

didn’t see him as established as he is I had a pretty good following on the road, traveling But what I was doing wasn’t coming out on the record and I felt like if we could have got into the studio with the band and do it the way we’re doing it every night we would have had a better chance Willie had to get out. He chose to go to Austin in his home state of Texas, a town with a thriving live music scene, a melting pot of musical styles where Willie could explore his freewheeling instincts away from the limits of Nashville and the best place to play in town was the newly-opened Armadillo World Headquarters, a willfully subversive venue. I opened a place for us: the counter-culture. first year we sold no beer, I promised land lord I won’t do that he was a school board member and he didn’t want to get in trouble so we just took LSD and smoked a lot of pot. I was determined to get Willie to play at Armadillo and turned around one night and there he was looking at me with his hand sticking out. Said I’ve been have been looking for you and he said well you found me. And I said I want you to play here. He said well I don’t wanna play here. We had a hard time getting along. I almost get mobbed one night when I said to a Hebe crowd of rock and rollers, and in three weeks we’ve got Willie Nelson coming! And nobody said a damn thing. I said it again real loud and about three or four people clapped and screamed, he’s only the Bob Dylan of country music you hippie asshole! first time I saw Willie there I thought he was an insurance salesman. He had short hair and was wearing polyester sports clothes. I had no idea that that was the Willie Nelson Willie was so far ahead of anything those kids associated with country music At the time the audience was split in two: hippies and rednecks, and each kept very much to themselves. But Willie Nelson’s music brought them together Willie Nelson changed my life in more ways than music. Willie Nelson moved to Texas I stopped getting my ass kicked so much they were all these cowboys you know kickin, you know, longhairs that were sitting down on the dance floor trying to watch the show and Willie stopped the show and said, there’s only room for some to listen and some to dance I had a feeling that once they got together everything would be really good And sure enough, it was This newfound freedom spilled over into the studio where Willie produced two distinctive albums. His records started to sound like the lives shows, which is what the audiences wanted. He didn’t want the sort of sterile, antiseptic studio that he had to sing before, so it began to have a kind of organic flow and feel like a live good time show in Texas. But it was with the release of Red Headed Stranger in 1975 that the public finally caught up with Willie Nelson. An atmospheric concept album, its linked songs and ballads tell an epic story of love and betrayal in the Old West The first time I heard Red Headed Stranger I was just devastated by it I couldn’t believe that he had actually pulled the song He had pulled together old songs and new songs in a very spare sort of sound and had really produced a southwestern hippie song

what was on radio at the time, it was these big productions, these thick productions so sparse that when Willie’s record company first heard it they thought they were listening to a demo. The guy who was the head of Columbia Records at time walked down to tell Willie that CBS – Columbia was not going to release the album, it was just gonna be scrapped. and he got in the room and basically willie talked him out of it, insisted that it be released that’s what he wanted out and Columbia said well we don’t think it’s very good but it’s got your name on it so there it goes. It’s one of the standard albums of all time now Austin wasn’t the only town to challenge Nashville Bakersfield, California was the original capital of alternative country. Migrants from the Texas and Oklahoma dust bowls in the thirties depression had kept their music alive there. The Bakersfield sound shot to prominence in the fifties with the music of Buck Owens I couldn’t stand all that silky, syrupy stuff that was shown on Nashville. You know everything’s oh, don’t play too loud there Harry, somebody might think you got some personality. It’s awful to be. But here, you immediately had these edgy musicians. They played on the edge of speed, edge of making a bid go faster but not sure… (inaudible)… dance baby Nashville felt that Bakersfield was a bad smell that they wished would go away. It really had nothing to do with the scene in Nashville but country radio loved that music was a certain coexistence that had to go on. Country radio has always dominated country music It’s often the only way for the music to be heard. Buck made sure his songs burst out of car radio speakers AM radio was all we had. But the bass like what they have when they record and when they put in the bass and it takes up 40% of the VU meter, then you got 60% left for everything else, so I said you know get that bass outta here At many times it’s just rubbing around all over the records. So that’s that’s really what happened. You’d say boy, he hated bass, didn’t he. Well I didn’t really hate bass, I liked bass but I like to bass in accordance with everything else. My music had a little pizzazz as my good friend Harlem Howard would say. I remember the day we wrote Tiger with a Tail We’d drive down the road in Texas and he picked the lyrics off the front seat said, (inaudible) …what he meant was freight train sound, the old top of the beat some people play Back to Beat real laid back, others played it kind of medium, get up and move, I played it

up on top of whatever the top was. I just felt it like that That sound was called the Bakersfield sound because those musicians living in and working there in nightclubs but ironically the sound that was the Bakersfield sound was recorded for the most part in Hollywood at the beautiful Stacker Records building around Bine Street, Capitol Records tower. It was here that the unique talent of record producer Ken Nelson was instrumental in Buck Owens’s success. What made Buck a great performer was that he he loved the public, number one and he felt that he was giving them something and he would get out there and just wow the audience. When buck and those guys went on to record those songs the music had a very immediate connection to the honky-tonk and assholes because they were playing in the following Thursday and Friday and Saturday nights again and they were writing some of those songs on the way to and from those shows We would get to the studio and he knew one sound he wanted, he knew what kind of arrangement he wanted, he was Buck Owens. To his knowledge, all the records I ever made for him he never heard one of them before it was published. He never knew if I was shorting him three trombones and a (inaudible) Ken Nelson and his hands off approach was the very opposite of the Nashville system and it gave Bakersfield freedom to create its unique style. It had many followers. The Beatles were fans of Buck and they would they ask me to send them dubs of everything that Buck recorded. If I recorded a session by Buck, I’d send it to the Beatles and they recorded one of his songs Act Naturally I believe and they were fans of Buck. And They want Little Richard… Buck Owens… I thought, man, (inaudible) The music scene in Bakersfield essentially grew out of the western migration of the the Okies from Oklahoma primarily in the Midwest after the Dustbowl. They were country people and they took their music with them The dust bowl past of the okies was given by another great Bakersfield artist, Bo Haggard I think Merle Haggard was the next hank Williams because he was the most articulate songwriter The voice of that generation. Bob Dylan was a voice of college students’ generation. Merle Haggard was the voice of the working man. How do you survive day to day. He spoke for those people Mama’s Hungry Eyes was written about a period in America when there were places like labor camps; there was a lot of people who were in these labor camps, they weren’t ignorant, they weren’t a lot of things that Steinbeck thought they were My aunt and Uncle Lester lived in a canvas-colored cabin beside the railroad track in Houston, California. I got got to visit them in a while and really get to know those people and really see the impact that the depression had on them and Mama’s Hungry Eyes finally tells that story bout it

When I first started recording Merle I became so enamored with his singing that I would forget what else was going on and I saw her hey wait a minute there are things you got to worry about but his songs, he was a great writer. Merle haggard drew inspiration from every aspect of his life. My dad passed away when I was 9 I don’t know if you’ve ever thought about somebody you’ve lost and say, I wonder what so-and-so would think about this I was driving on Interstate 40 so a sign said nineteen miles til Muskogee. Muskogee was always referred to in my childhood as back home. So I saw that sign and my whole childhood flashed before my eyes and I thought I wonder what Dad would think about the the youthful uprising that was current at the time, the Janis Joplin’s and I got along with it but what if he was to come alive this moment and I thought what a way to describe the kind of people in America that are still sitting in the center of the countryside. What is going on these campuses? The song struck a chord with the diehard traditional audience of the Country Music Association. But somehow it also appealed to younger fans like the crowd at the Armadillo in Austin We all sang it, we adopted it. It was kind of funny. It was like it was like we knew Merle better than them Merle Haggard was also a surprisingly inspirational presence for another much younger California bass performer Gram Parsons whose Flying Burrito Brothers were early pioneers of country rock Gram Parsons was passionate about country music, simply poetry He was equally passionate about rock music. At a time when they were poles apart, he alone thought they belonged together. His songs and his voice had an almost childlike vulnerability

Gram was a good song writer who had lived another three or four years would have been a great songwriter I really do believe that there probably never would have been a country rock movement if there hadn’t been Gram Parsons, and there wouldn’t have been Linda Ronstadt, there wouldn’t be The Eagles There would possibly not have been a Fleetwood Mac There might not have been the Rolling Stones music And there wouldn’t have been Emmylou Harris In his brief solo career, Gram Parsons’ affinity for country in its fullest expression in his duet with Emmylou Harris. I would say until I met Gram and started working with him, didn’t really understand or have a real love or feel for country music. Like most of my generation you know country music was politically incorrect for us at that point. It was associated with a Republican right wing sort of thing. He taught me beauty in the poetry, simplicity, honesty in the music, and the love of harmony came from singing with him When I listen to Gram Parsons sing, I feel the kind of melancholy that only comes from youthful innocence It was not just music of the jaded whiskeys though, it was also able to be the music of the disillusioning experiences with you It came very naturally. Gram really don’t have to tell me what to do I was Ginger Rogers to his friend stair He was leading and I was following but it just was as natural as breathing No one will ever know what Gram’s collaboration with Emmylou could have achieved. In 1973 just before the release of his second album, Gram was found dead of a drug overdose in a Joshua Tree Motel, California. He was 26 years old. His story ended with a macabre twist. Gram’s road manager had made a pact with Gram in which ever one of them died first, the other would cremate his body at Joshua Tree, the place they loved in the desert They stole the hearse, drove out into the desert, all drunk as church mice, and set the body and the coffin on fire It didn’t burn completely and I think police started arriving and they fled but what was partially burned enough for him, it was certainly one of the oddest ends to a country star we’ve ever seen Emmylou Harris was now committed to country and picked up where Gram Parsons had left off. My whole artistic life was bound up and working with him and that’s all I really wanted to do, so I had to figure out a way. It was almost like what would Gram do? One of the things you have to admire about Emmylou, first of all, is the voice. It’s one of the finest, most soothing instruments in country music history It’s an incredible respect for her songs

All the things in her music represents She finally wrote about Gram’s death in 1975. (inaudible) Birmingham is Emmy dealing with something very very personal and her why I suppose it was dealing with Gram’s death. It was cathartic for me I don’t know I still don’t know where songs come from. It’s a mystery By the mid-seventies, it seemed as if Nashville was under siege by alternative voices with different ways of doing things. Even artists inside the system were beginning to demand independence. Waylon Jennings was an ex-rock and roller who had played with Buddy Holly. His resentment of the Nashville system was soon coming out in his songs He was from West Texas, he grew up with all that independence people normally have. It’s a good trait. I think that’s what got him labeled as an outlaw. Outlaw was a term that was being applied to Willie, Waylon, and any other renegade Willie and Waylon were sort of doing the same thing on different trails. Willie was in Austin plotting out what he was going to do, and Waylon was kicking ideas around the same time figuring out it’s time to kick over the traces and take over the school. Waylon had a reputation as the gun toting tough-guy of country. It took another Texan to write the songs that gave shape to Waylon’s outlaw music. You had to be just as tough to get through to Waylon I went to Nashville Finally I caught him in the studio A RCA he came out of the control booth and he had the couple of markers backers hung around with some pretty tough looking customers and I’d had enough, you know, finally I just said Hey Waylon! And he turned, glared at me. I got these songs that you claimed you was gonna listen to. If you don’t listen to ’em, I’m going to whip your ass right here in front of everybody. Boy, man everything got quiet and them boys started for me and Waylon stopped them, you said Hobbs, you don’t know how close you came get killed I said well I’ve had enough. He went and tell me he’s gonna do this I’m full songs and I want you listen to them. So I played Honky Tonk Heroes and then He scared me because he came up with that the ending, started and went real fast, I’ll tell ya that was a brain child Waylon knew a good song when he heard one but he needed an independent studio that would give them freedom to make his own sound. It was provided by Hillbilly Central. Just can’t believe how different everything sounded when he moved from RCA. …the bottom is fair… on the road you could hear the drum, it went a little tick in the back

Marvelous Once Hillbilly Central really became Waylon’s headquarters it was a twenty four hour operation, people coming and going all hours of the night, recording when you want to, so it was a very loose operation, not the sort of thing you can do at RCA studios Waylon, what are you doing? The Outlaws were defined by their looks, their music, and their attitude, but it was never an organized movement. As far as I’m concerned, someone wanting to play their music the way they want to play their music has nothing to do with anything else. It was sort of a boys club of Willie, Waylon, Tom Paul and their friends of raising hell, sticking their tongue out at the establishment, and being pleasantly surprised that they can get away with it Anyone in Nashville who double parked on Music Row began calling themselves outlaws. RCA saw this, packaged some old recordings by Waylon, Willie, and Tom Paul and called it Wanted: the Outlaws. The appearance and the marketing of the album were extremely important in making a Nashville album look hip for the first time That’s the way we all looked at that time anyway. We just have to clean up some time. More by accident than design the Outlaws had revitalized the home of country music. People were so hungry for something different than was on the radio that they just ate it up, and it filled a million the first two weeks Went on at five million. The winner is Wanted the Outlaws! At the 1976 Country Music Association Awards it was voted album of the year That was the first gold record come out of Nashville strictly country. All the sudden it broke the barrier. Said hey, we can get gold records out of here! Also musically it took… it broke some rules because musically Nashville fit into a formula. The Outlaws produced a record that wasn’t manufacture factory line and people reacted to that On behalf of Wayland, and Nelson and Tom Paul, thank y’all very much! After the Outlaw album hit, you suddnely saw everyone wearing a cowboy hat with feathers in it, and then it gradually morphed into what became the urban cowboy movement, which was a sort of ridiculous extreme of dressing up and playing cowboy. If you’re trying to get that authentic Texas look with the official Western hats, boots, belts, buckles, jackets, you can find it just about anyplace in the country now, even the east side of New York, right here at the corner of 68th and Madison Country was in danger of becoming a fashion item. Everyone wanted to buy the clothes and adopt the look but the music itself struggled to be heard For 10 years artists like Dwight Yoakam had to fight to find an audience. He may have looked like he’d been dressed by Madison Avenue, but in country music terms, Dwight Yoakam was the real thing The band that I formed got hired and fired from a lot of different places. In Quick repetition, I wasn’t doing what was urban cowboy music. I was going to do traditional country music We tell them what we’re gonna do. I guess they just didn’t hear what I said or didn’t believe that I meant what I said when I said we’re going to show up and play hardcore country music. That’s the term I would use Hardcore country music. I don’t know how much more graphic I could be Dwight Yoakam grew up in Kentucky and when he was 22 he moved to California where he developed his own slant on the classic Bakersfield sound Buck Owens. We were reinterpreting the kind of Bakersfield shuffle sound of Buck Owens and what he was doing with that very terse kind of shuffle. His singing style you know, that elongated times, you know, pronunciation of a word. For instance in the song Tiger with a Tail “High God! Tiger by the tail!” It had an impact on me

when I was a kid Before I came to California I was listening that was on pop radio and so I wrote a song Little Ways By the mid-eighties, outsiders like Dwight Yoakam were creating a new mood in country music by reinventing the traditional sounds they’d grown up with for a contemporary audience. They became known as the new traditionalists. who you Randy Travis was part of this movement He brought classic vocals back to the music I remember coming up to a stoplight at Trousdale and Harding Place. I still remember it. And he came on the radio with on the other hand, it was like whoa, finally, country again. And Randy Travis is the real thing. He’s got a juvenile delinquent background and he can sing like crazy When Randy Travis came out it was like new traditionalism and people went oh, this is cool, and it was really what country music had been twenty years before My favorite singers of all time have always been and always will be Merle Haggard, George Jones, Lecter Verselle, Hank Williams When I was a kid at eight years old, when I started singing and playing, their style of singing and an impact on me. Probably didn’t know what I was singing about lot of times. There was just something about that sound I liked it and I tried to copy what they did That was the first time I had heard music that reminded me of my parents’ music, but it was updated and modern and very cool But yeah, it seemed like something very fresh and very new They always want me, Randy Travis, and Dwight Yoakam together because our records came out, our records first came out literally the same month, Dwight and I’s on the same day and we really were doing three completely different things. What I was doing was completely original material My intention when I came here was to be a singer songwriter Steve Earle was one of the first national artists to embrace mainstream rock When I saw Springsteen do Born in the USA, it just became very clear to me that there should always be a song that’s a really personal statement. That’s where the reason for the song to exist comes from something I really need to say about myself. I think to truck drivers it sounded familiar. They thought it was about them even though about me Anyone who travels for a living can relate If he’d only known it, Steve Earle’s rock leanings held the clue to the next assault on the country citadel. A one-man ten ton truck of an act from Oklahoma was about to smash its

way into the business I remember his audition day very well because he ran in here late and I still have his application from that day and I remember writing “late” across the top. He sang a song and the audience went crazy for it It was one of those magic Bloomberg moments. In years of Sunday night writers’ nights we have had very very few standing ovations and that’s the first one I remember. Not at the end of his performance but at the end of the song. So if anybody ever asks whether he’s really talented I can tell you oh yeah he really is. In this small room with no band and no trapezes and everything else he really came across He is Garth Brooks, and his music go so popular so quickly that he didn’t just come to dominate the industry, before long, he was the industry. He took the barriers of country music and busted them I remember watching rock-and-roll. I remember watching Kiss and those theater glamour glam rock groups you know Most country artists before that time had just walked out on stage and sang. Nothing flashy, just a spotlight on you and that was pretty much it He turned the show part into a rock show but kept the music country. And that appeal to young fans. because young fans don’t just wanna see music, they wanna see an event. He fulfilled that. He had a degree in marketing and was savvy enough to get Capital Records to back his album with a whole year’s promotional budget. The gamble paid off as Golf’s brand of country swept all before it Where the rest of us are in the country music industry he’ kind of in the business of (inaudible.) His sales rocketed. Thirty million. Forty million. Comparisons with all those who’d gone before were meaningless. In terms of all time record sales Garth Brooks was soon second only to the Beatles. But there was a downside for country music as a whole. The people who made Garth Brooks a big star are not country music fans. They’re pop music fans who have found pop music in a country setup. He’s the only country artist they’ve ever bought. That’s the only country show they’re going to go to. You can’t market to those people, you can’t build an industry on those people In the rush to repeat the success of Garth Brooks, the record companies took fewer risks and spent more and more money promoting a handful of artists. The costs were just too high for new voices to stand a chance Ask yourself you’re the head of the company, you got a huge overhead, and you’ve gotta meet it every quarter or else you’re outta business. Would you go for some guy who’s gonna take three albums in three years to break, or do you want to put out something where within three months it sold a million copies? By golly, you go with something that’s already proven, hit it, and then if they don’t hit again drop them, go on to something else For the first time in the economic history of country music they cut off the past. All of a sudden the radio adverts said it’s not your father’s country music. We got rid of all the twangy stuff. There’s no crying in your beer music. Well then what the hell is it? The problem is, it’s just another form of a pop and as we know, pop music comes and goes like that But even in a desert, new shoots will find a way to grow. In the nineties, country was forced into extremes to try and find a way to create an alternative, any alternative, as alt country was born It’s a catch off of good songwriting. It’s anything that’s too old, too loud, or too weird for country radio

and in America that leaves us an awful lot of territory we can cover Alt country was as much about the outsider attitude as it was about the style of music. It was spearheaded by bands like Wilco and Ryan Adams with a mixed heritage of punk and country The alt-country movement has been one of the best things that’s happened to country in terms of finding new audiences, breaking the molds, and loosening the music up. It was loose enough to embrace the return of Johnny Cash as he played hit rock venues like the Viper rooms in Los Angeles on his comeback in the nineties Today, there’s a lot of kids walking around with Johnny Cash tshirts on, some Hank Williams t-shirts, it’s bringin’ a lot of people together It’s encouraged a lot of younger musicians to delve into the roots of music and to see what can be done with bringing that music into the modern era, making it sound contemporary. When alt country does that, it’s wonderful Few better place to do that than the grandson of the man regarded as the founder of modern country, Hank Williams You need to pay respects to what made country what it is today and all these guys in business suits and all these lawyers that outsmarted all the musicians, they’re not the ones that really made this whole thing happened There’s definitely have a passion that you feel inside. You gotta eat it, breathe it, live it Hank Williams the third typifies an attitude that goes right back to his grandfather. It’s that same outsider cowboy streak of independence that’s seen country music through the good times and the bad Well, the Nashville sound’s kind of changed back and forth with commercialism. What sold yesterday doesn’t necessarily mean it’s gonna sell tomorrow, but I think the good stuff always manages to come to the top and always will I wouldn’t worry about country music. I wouldn’t worry about it when they said it was dead before. It’ll never die. It’s about reality, about harmony, about, you know, it is natural and beautiful as the landscape Next week on Lost Highway. The story of women in country. Once bit players in Nashville, women performers now dominate the country music business Stay with BBC for the Eagles in concert