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dVerse — impermanence — Three Chords and the Truth*

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The Carter Family. l. to r. Maybelle Carter (nee Addington) Alvin Pleasant (A.P.) Carter, Sara Carter (nee Dougherty)

The Carter Family
Gatherers and Transmitters
Jimmie Rodgers
Broadcasting Seeds
Bill Monroe
Father of Bluegrass
Minnie Pearl
“Howdy!” Millionairess
Hank Williams
Troubadour of Broken Hearts
Ray Charles
The Genius morphed country to soul
Patsy Cline
Queen who hopped country to pop
Brenda Lee
Rockabilly, Pop, and country darlin’
Charlie Pride
Resonant-Voiced Star who shocked the Opry when he stepped on stage
Johnny Cash
Iconic Country Legend Reborn Again and Again
Bob Dylan
Minnesota Folkie who dabbled country
Loretta Lynn
First Lady of Country Music and Feminist
Merle Haggard
Dirt poor ex-con Okie with a silver pen
George Jones
Possum’s voice can’t go wrong
Tammy Wynette
Blonde troubled angel
Townes Van Zandt
Lived (and cried) every lyric he wrote
Waylon Jennings
Nashville His Way
Willie Nelson
Texas Yo-Yo and Trigger Too
Buck Owens
Bakersfield Pioneer
Dwight Yoakum
Following Buck, Hillbilly Proud
Emmylou Harris
Harmony Angel Saves Ryman
Ricky Skaggs
Bill Monroe’s protege
Steve Earle
Copperhead with a Guitar
Vince Gill
Reluctant Superstar
Garth Brooks
Created Arena Country
Billy Strings
New and Now

Hillbilly music
ballads and old hymns
singing cowboys
honky tonk
the common man
lyrical poets
new traditionalists

Though its forms are impermanent, country music endures.

Long live country music!



I just finished watching the 8-disk (16 hours) Country Music series created by Ken Burns.  My “poem” is based on gleanings and impressions from it (for the most part.)

*“Three chords and the truth” is attributed to Harlan Howard.


Merril D. Smith is today’s host of dVerse.  Merril says:
So, today for Poetics, I’d like you to think about impermanence, things that are transient, or things that have passed their time. If you want to stick to the seasons, nature, or the weather, that’s fine, but I’d like to challenge you to try to come up with something different or unusual.  Your poem can be in any style or form.

35 thoughts on “dVerse — impermanence — Three Chords and the Truth*

  1. Wow, the strength of this is overwhelming, it rushes over me like a tsunami of words and images. By the last line I was exhausted and thankful. Country music has always sung truth to power.

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    1. Glenn, I’m glad you felt that. I condensed 16 hours of viewing into one poem. I could do a series on country stars and the starmakers. So true on truth to power. Did you ever see the clip where Nixon invited Johnny to The White House to sing? What did you think of Billy Strings’ performance?


  2. Love “Three chords and the truth.” You can just hear the notes vibrating in this.
    I’m not a big country fan–though I do like some of the traditional. We saw Doc Watson perform a few times at a club in Bryn Mawr, and he was amazing.

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    1. The series started from the beginning and went up through country music in the 90’s. I added Billy Strings at the end to show country is still going strong. So yes it is a museum with one new exhibit 😉

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    1. I did also, with an eclectic mix (we belonged to a record club so new and varied music arrived each month.) I was hanging out at a small town dive during the era of Waylon and Willie and so came back to it then. Since blogging for the past couple of years, I’m being drawn back to it.

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    1. I figured I would take some heat for leaving somebody off of the list. Dolly has bigger accolades than she knows what to do with. I can’t choose a favorite, but Johnny Cash and George Jones are near the top.


    1. Parker, if you get a chance to watch that series, you’ll be delighted that Dwight’s commentary and insights get a lot of screen time. He’s one of my favorites also, and so is his predecessor, Buck.

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      1. Oh really? Well I need to watch it, then! I think Dwight is a very smart man, along with being an unbelievable musician and singer and a fine actor as well. I love hearing his insights and will definitely check this out!

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