Saturday, June 9, 2012

Country Music Crossroads (1988) (TV)

Great music knows no boundaries. CMT Crossroads shows the far-reaching roots of country music by pairing country artists with musicians from other genres. Each episode will feature a different set of stars playing together, swapping stories and sharing their common love of music.

In this compilation episode jointly hosted by The Oak Ridge Boys and Marie Osmond you'll see professional opera singer and soap opera actor Gary Morris prove that fashion is a bitch. Two nice ballads then on to Texas rocker Steve Earle, long hair and headband with a sleeveless black t-shirt making nice with the multi-generational country music audience by singing about a '66 Chevy. In another segment the legendary songwriter Harlan Howard introduces one of his proteges, Nancy Griffith who sings, "Never Mind", a new song by Mr. Howard. A couple of songs later Lee Greenwood sings a cover of The Four Tops hit, "Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch" and it's white like a snowstorm. Next is a little "Touch and Go Crazy" and then the great Ricky Scaggs takes the stage and it's "Bluegrass Time". After an intermission the young and beautiful Marie Osmond takes the stage with her band and sings a ballad called "I Only Wanted You" and it's just as pretty. Ms. Osmond is a '59er as am I (and my wife also) so I pretty much grew up with her and she's always been a big crush. After her stint she introduces one of the "new" country music stars, Randy Travis. Funny thing about Randy, he still looks the same today! Over 20 years later and his boyish good looks still ring true. Fun stuff even if the songs aren't recognizable, at least by this guy. The band Restless Hearts plays two of their hits before the boys from Oak Ridge take the stage to close the show with some of their four part harmonies. Good stuff and great nostalgic fun.

Country Music Crossroads (1988) (TV)
Hosts: The Oak Ridge Boys, Marie Osmond

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