Gene Autry

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. In the new Ken Burns PBS series on the history of country music, my guest, Doug Green, talks about the era of the singing cowboy as epitomized by the most popular one, Gene Autry. Cowboy lore, folk ballads, jazz, Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood are all ingredients of the music of the singing cowboys who were movie staples in the '30s and '40s and then on TV in the '50s.

DJ Sessions: Christmas Music Old And New

Dec 24, 2018

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with one of his favorite childhood DJs, Mike Haile (@mitmradio) of WHMS in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, about favorite holiday tunes.

Oklahoma Rock Show: Rewind is your home for the music of Oklahoma’s past.

On this episode, we're exploring Oklahoma's impact on hillbilly music and singing cowboys. Hillbilly music was a label used from the 1920s to the 1950s, and placed on what is now known as country music. Meanwhile, Singing Cowboys was a term used to describe actors and singers that appeared, usually as the role of hero, in early Western B-movies in the 1930s and 1940s.