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Willie Nelson: the first guest on PBS's Austin City Limits (1975)

By DAVID WRANGLER

Willie Nelson: the first guest on PBS's Austin City Limits (1975)
Willie Nelson's performance aired as the first of many live musical performances on the PBS series Austin City Limits. Check out Willie and The Family as they run through classic tunes from his catalog of hits.

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Rest in peace, Hank Williams

By DAVID WRANGLER

Rest in peace, Hank Williams

Hiram King "Hank" Williams was an American singer-songwriter and musician regarded as one of the most significant country music artists of all time. Williams was born with a mild undiagnosed case of spina bifida occulta, a disorder of the spinal column, which gave him lifelong pain—a factor in his later abuse of alcohol and drugs. In 1951, Williams fell during a hunting trip in Tennessee, reactivating his old back pains and causing him to be dependent on alcohol and prescription drugs. This addiction eventually lead to his divorce from Audrey Williams and his dismissal from the Grand Ole Opry.

Williams was scheduled to perform at the Municipal Auditorium in Charleston, West Virginia. Williams had to cancel the concert due to an ice storm; he hired college student Charles Carr to drive him to his next appearance, a concert on New Year's Day 1953, at the Palace Theater in Canton, Ohio. In Knoxville, Tennessee, the two stopped at the Andrew Johnson Hotel. Carr requested a doctor for Williams, who was feeling the combination of the chloral hydrate and alcohol he consumed on the way from Montgomery. A doctor injected Williams with two shots of vitamin B12 that contained morphine. Carr talked to Williams for the last time when they stopped at a restaurant in Bristol, Virginia. Carr later kept driving until he reached a gas station on Oak Hill, West Virginia, where Williams was discovered unresponsive in the back seat. After determining that Williams was dead, Carr asked for help from the owner of the station who notified the police. After an autopsy, the cause of death was determined to be "insufficiency of the right ventricle of the heart."

Tributes to Williams took place the day after his death. His body was initially transported to Montgomery and placed in a silver coffin shown at his mother's boarding house. The funeral took place on January 4 at the Montgomery Auditorium, where an estimated 15,000 to 25,000 attended while the auditorium was filled with 2,750 mourners.

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Dolly Does Elvis

By DAVID WRANGLER

Dolly Does Elvis
Dolly Parton shows are always a riot. Saw here a few years back when she was doing the Queen Latifah flick. Check out this clip of Dolly doing an Elvis Presley impersonation at a live show during the Dolly From London tour.

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Waylon & Johnny on Late Show (1983/1985)

By DAVID WRANGLER

Waylon & Johnny on Late Show (1983/1985)
Waylon and Johnny take to The Late Show with David Letterman. Great to see these two legends in their prime.

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Celebrating 9th Anniversary in NYC, Houston, Nashville

By DAVID WRANGLER

Celebrating 9th Anniversary in NYC, Houston, Nashville
Nine years ago we celebrated the very first Vinyl Ranch classic country DJ party in Houston, TX. We've been all over the map since, spreading the country music gospel. Link up this August as we bring the Vinyl Ranch Country Club to Ladybird's on August 5th (Houston), Skinny Dennis on August 13th (Brooklyn) and Tin Dog Tavern on August 20th (Nashville). Poster artwork by Carlos Hernandez!

Vinyl Ranch Country Club 9th Anniversary

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Happy 80th birthday Kris Kristofferson

By DAVID WRANGLER

Happy 80th birthday Kris Kristofferson
Born in Brownsville, TX in 1936, Kris Kristofferson is a celebrated singer, songwriter, musician and actor known for too many creative projects to list. Wishing him a very happy 80th birthday! Check out this performance of "Me and Bobby McGee" from August of 1979.

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Rockin' Your World on Acme Radio, Tuesday June 14th

By DAVID WRANGLER

Rockin' Your World on Acme Radio, Tuesday June 14th
Tune in to Acme Radio from 6-8pm CST for a 2 hour live mix by Vinyl Ranch. Check out last month's mix here.



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Dolly Parton "I Will Always Love You" live 1979

By DAVID WRANGLER

Dolly Parton
On June 13th of 1973, Dolly Parton records one of her biggest hits, "I Will Always Love You," in Nashville, TN. It was written as a farewell to her one time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner as they parted ways professionally. The track was released as a single in 1974, reached #1 on the country Billboard charts and hit again in 1982 on the soundtrack for "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." 

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