Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Country Music at The White House

Worlds of Country Music Fill a White House Bill
by Jon Pareles, New York Times, July 21, 2009

Under the crystal chandeliers of the East Room of the White House, it was a big night for twang and heartache.

The White House Summer Music series presented “A Country Music Celebration” with the bluegrass-rooted singer and fiddler Alison Krauss, the songwriter and guitarist Brad Paisley and the country singer Charley Pride, all members of the Grand Ole Opry.

“I know folks think I’m a city boy, but I do appreciate listening to country music,” President Obama said as he introduced the concert. “It’s about folks telling their life story the best way they know how.”

The program was Web cast at and videotaped for the Great American Country television network. It was by no means the first country performance at the White House, said the M.C., the Nashville radio patriarch Eddie Stubbs. That was by the Coon Creek Girls, for Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939.

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