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The Night Country Got Its Soul Back: Chris Stapleton & Justin Timberlake Resurrect Country’s Great Rhythm & Blues Legacy

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“Sing it,” you could hear someone shout from the bandstand urging Chris Stapleton on during “Tennessee Whiskey.”

“Break it down one more time,” Justin Timberlake commanded the rhythm section during “Drink You Away.”

It was the night Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake took Nashville to church at the Country Music Association Awards. The two pretty much upended the formula of country pop and made Jason Aldean with his pyrotechnics and Florida Georgia Line, trying hard to be coiffed, seem downright silly. As Nashville producer Buddy Cannon said later on Facebook, “the pendulum swings.” It only took about eight minutes for it happen.

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The Buddy & Jim Show Recap: Dallas Frazier’s Fifty Years Of Nashville Hits

The cover of Dallas Frazier’s 1966 debut album “Elvira” 

One morning songwriter Dallas Frazier awoke to look out of the big picture frame window overlooking the Cumberland River in Madison. It came to Frazier how peaceful the river looked under the fog covering its surface. But Frazier remembered something a friend had said about the undertows and the idea came to him about how treacherous the water can be under that surface.

That’s love, he thought to himself. It looks good on the top but underneath it’s falling apart.

The idea became the song “Beneath Still Waters” and one of the biggest of the nearly 500 he’s written over more than 50 years in Nashville, covered by George Jones, Emmylou Harris and most recently by Rhonda Vincent. The song’s origin was just one of the revelations on what may have been the best Buddy & Jim Show on Sirius XM Outlaw Country.

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