Ray and Hank, Up Close 

For those interested in the fast evolution of country music in the 1950s, Saturday's program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum should prove instructive. WSM announcer (and country-music historian) Eddie Stubbs sits down with the great singer and bandleader Ray Price, whose unique shuffle rhythm became part of country's vocabulary in the '50s. Where Price got it—at least in part—was from Hank Williams, and Price and Stubbs plan to talk about that process. Williams and Price roomed together when the Texas musician first moved to Nashville, and Hank helped Price secure a spot on the Grand Ole Opry. Their relationship was fruitful and all too short—Williams died on New Year's Day 1953, leaving Price to carry on. Stubbs and Price go way back, so it should be a fascinating chat, complete with the museum's usual first-rate visual materials as supplements to living history.
Sat., March 7, 1:30 p.m., 2009


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