Different Drum " is a song written by American singer-songwriter Michael Nesmith in 1964. It was first recorded by the northern bluegrass band The Greenbriar Boys and included on their 1966 album Better Late than Never! . Nesmith offered it to the Monkees , but the producers of the TV show, who had wide control over the group's musical output early on, turned him down (though Nesmith did perform a short comic version of the song in an episode of The Monkees ).  The song became popular in 1967 when recorded by the Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt , who took their version of "Different Drum" to No. 12 on the Cash Box Top 100, No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and No. 16 in Record World magazine. "Different Drum" did best in New Zealand, where it reached No. 5.  In 1972, Nesmith recorded his own version. "Different Drum" has since been covered by other artists.
It’s Like Circling and Can’t Land Jimmy Carter Labor Day is gone and we are in football and award season. The Fall shows are almost back on the four “main” tv networks. VMA’s, now Emmy’s, CMA’s and Oscar buzz. It sounds like such a busy,fun time of the year but WAIT!!!!!!!!!! As you read the press coming out of Music City and Hollywood something just doesn’t feel right. Covid worries and ignorance surrounds us. And we can’t break out. On broadcast/cable news, sample a half hour local or national. Local: covid stories, the weather and maybe one crime story. National: its Covid, Afghanistan, Trump something. It’s pretty much a steady diet of the same thing over and over. From Nashville, there is a Dolly story of some kind every day. We went many months between Dolly headlines in some years. George Strait is announcing a pretty busy Fall schedule of shows. The CMA nominations really didn’t create a lot of reaction. Award shows in general just seem to fall of deaf ears these days. Tru
A Ten Year Overnight Success Jimmy Carter How many of the artists on Country radio today came to Nashville with a few bucks and a dream? Probably most of them. Reading the back story of Baskin, Louisiana’s Lainey Wilson who is celebrating her first number one, “Things a Man Oughta Know”. She is one of those 10 year overnight successes. Came to Nashville after high school…lived in a camper trailer for three years parked outside a family friends recording studio. She tried a lot of pathways to stardom. How many times did she have talks with herself about calling it a day and going back home? Can’t imagine what the odds are for a new artist getting a number one song. But think about how many people have come to town with a dream and got sent home. Garth went home once and came back. Sold boots at Rivergate. Still think someone should make a movie about Tim, Kenny and Tracy as roommates in an apartment complex near the Nashville airport. And all three made it to number one…what were t