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The B Westerns/singing cowboy films TNN
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Cowboy Joe    Posted 05-29-2001 at 08:04:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I always wonder why The Nashville Network won't air, at least on weekends, some of the classic singing cowboy flicks (movies). Several come to mind such as Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Bob Wills, Tex Ritter, etc. Often those B Westerns had no real plot. They were designed to highlight the singing talents of the performers rather than their acting skills. My favorite B-Western film features Johnny Mack Brown and is titled (you guessed it) RAGTIME COWBOY JOE, made in 1941. I wish there would be an alternative to The Nashville Network where they would program more traditional fare such as classic cowboy films (& old TV Westerns) as well as singing cowboy & country music films, concerts (including cajun, bluegrass, western swing, etc). I'm tired of watching tractor pulls and crashes and fishing shows on TNN. Why not MORE real country & WESTERN? I would venture a guess that the kind of TV fare I'm suggesting is not commercially viable. Same goes for the sorry state of commercial "Country" (is it really Country?) radio. DON'T WE DESERVE BETTER? ANY COMMENTS?


Hogman    Posted 05-31-2001 at 19:15:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Cowboy,ain't watched TNN in years,We get two stations and cable is still far far away (tho They say someday,mabe). Just a bit of trivia.Back some 50 years agone We had a bread delivery truck,door to door type.(When I lived on the "LEFT" coast) I asked the driver once as to how come He drove the route part time. "said it pays and I get lots of bakery goods for free and it's one way of eatin between pictures.
Name? Jonny Mack Brown,real nice feller


Hogman    Posted 05-31-2001 at 19:21:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
OOPS ,sorry bout tha double,usin netscape stead of yahoo,gets tha old man cornfussed-up


Hogman    Posted 05-31-2001 at 19:14:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Cowboy,ain't watched TNN in years,We get two stations and cable is still far far away (tho They say someday,mabe). Just a bit of trivia.Back some 50 years agone We had a bread delivery truck,door to door type.(When I lived on the "LEFT" coast) I asked the driver once as to how come He drove the route part time. "said it pays and I get lots of bakery goods for free and it's one way of eatin between pictures.
Name? Jonny Mack Brown,real nice feller


Ole Cuss    Posted 05-29-2001 at 16:22:48       [Reply]  [No Email]

When I tuned in to rodeo the other night on TNN, I saw where the channel now sports a small logo in a corner of the screen where it touts itself as "The Pop Network" or somesuch. I think TNN is trying to sell itself to a market group different from those of us who like traditional western & country music. It's that way with "country" programming everywhere: I must have a dozen supposedly "country" stations within range of my radio but do I ever get to hear Willie Nelson, Lefty Frizzell, Vaughn Monroe, Sons of the Pioneers? (In my dreams.) Thank goodness for a little university station that plays some real bluegrass a few hours each week.


Cowboy Joe    Posted 05-29-2001 at 17:58:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ole Cuss - I agree with you 101%.


Dreamweaver    Posted 05-29-2001 at 08:30:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get satellite Cowboy Joe. I'm sick today with a cold and fever, and am watching Shane as we speak. They have several channels devoted to just Westerns, back to back.


S. Griffin    Posted 12-19-2003 at 11:19:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ken Curtis starred as the lead character in at least one B-Western as a singing cowboy. I can't find any statistics to prove it. If anyone has info to prove this, I'd like to hear about it. I know it is true because I saw the movie. One of the titles was probably "Over the Santa Fe Trail." Other titles may include something like music or singing.


Cowboy Joe    Posted 05-29-2001 at 10:26:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dreamweaver - First of all, I hope you feel better real soon. I'm just getting over a bad cold myself. I guess I must be missing something by not subscribing to satellite TV. What am I missing? What are the channels you mentioned?


Dreamweaver    Posted 05-29-2001 at 11:58:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey CJ - Thanks for the get well wishes. Actually, I never thought I could afford satellite TV. But Dish Network has a pretty good deal, free install and top 150 channels which includes both Western channels for 39.95/mo. My cable was more than that.

The channels I'm talking about on the DN are West - channel 343 and ENC-West - channel 341. I'm looking at my guide for any given day, like today, when they played Shane, The Desperados, The Pony Express, Tex, The Oaklahoman and the Fighting Cavanans. They also have an Action channel that has a lot of westerns and war stuff. Anyway, check into it. The reception is better than cable (and more reliable) and they maintain and own the equipment and it is very reasonable.

Take care....


Cowboy Joe    Posted 05-29-2001 at 18:12:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dreamweaver - Glad to know that you can get some channels which feature Westerns. What I'de be particularly interested in is a channel devoted exclusively to traditional forms of Country & WESTERN music; movies or performances of old timers such as Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Bob Wills; and contemporary artists such as Asleep at the Wheel and others, perhaps even GS?


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