(NASHVILLE SKYLINE is a column by CMT/CMT.com Editorial Director Chet Flippo.)
Thanks to the many readers
who embraced my modest suggestion for subjecting wannabe country singers and budding superstars to a rigorous grilling about
country music’s history and legacy.
Also thanks to those who upbraided me for including several more recent artists,
instead of just concentrating on the older stars and musical antiques. Anything that has happened in country music is now
country music history. To me, it doesn’t matter if it happened three hours ago or 30 years or 70 years ago.
way, I hope everyone saw the latest excited article lauding Nashville as the current it city in The New York Times.
How interesting it is these days to live and work in the middle of a virtual amusement park.
Here are the quiz questions
1. Who is the acknowledged Father of Country Music?
2. Why is there no acknowledged Mother of Country Music?
Because the Father was out tomcattin’
around too much. Mainly because solo female artists were not encouraged by society.
3. Who is the acknowledged King
of Country Music?
4.Who is the acknowledged
Queen of Country Music?
5. Who is the First
Family of Country Music?
The Carter Family
Who is the King of Bluegrass?
is the Father of Bluegrass?
is Patsy Cline‘s real name?
Virginia Patterson Hensley
In what car did Hank Williams die?
A 1953 powder blue Cadillac
11. What is the “Mother Church of Country Music”?
Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium
What did Little Jimmy Dickens advise to do with an “old cold
“Take an old cold tater and wait.”
14. What is Little Jimmie Dickens’ advice about green bananas?
“At my age, I don’t buy green bananas.”
What does the name “Rascal Flatts” signify?
Nothing. It was
supposedly the name of an early garage band, and the three members liked the name.
16. What is Gary LeVox’s real
Gerald Wayne Vernon Jr.
17. Whatever happened to the Dixie
They pretty much self-immolated after Natalie Maines’ infamous statement about George W. Bush, although
they still remain a group and are playing two Canadian gigs this year.
18. What did Roger
Miller say that you cannot do in a buffalo herd?
19. What was Faith
Hill‘s first hit song?
20. Who was Stringbean?
Akeman, a famously funny comedian and banjo player on the Grand Ole Opry
21. What happened to him?
his wife were murdered at home by robbers.
22. What country star claimed to be country “when country wasn’t cool”?
23. Did Johnny
Cash ever serve any time in prison, apart from recording live albums in Folsom Prison and San Quentin Prison?
He was once jailed in El Paso, Texas, for possession of amphetamines. He was also arrested in Starkville, Miss., for trespassing
and picking flowers. He was arrested or detained five other times and released.
24. In which prison was Merle
Haggard an inmate when he saw Johnny Cash perform?
25. What was Tammy
Wynette‘s first occupation?
26. What was Tammy Wynette’s real name?
27. Why was George Jones nicknamed “No-Show Jones”?
infamously missing so many shows
28. Who was George Jones famously married to?
On what vehicle was George Jones once riding when he was pulled over by police?
A riding lawn mower
this song title: “Stand by Your …”
31. What is the story behind Dolly
Parton‘s song “Coat of Many Colors”?
Her mother sewed her a patchwork coat and told her the Bible story of Joseph and
his coat of many colors.
32. Who is Dolly Parton married to?
Nashville businessman Carl Dean
To which institution did Taylor Swift donate $4 million?
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
is Tim McGraw married to?
36. What do Tim McGraw and Kenny
Chesney have to do with an infamous horse theft in New York State?
Chesney rode off on the horse backstage, and
McGraw scuffled with deputies who were trying to catch him.
37. What was Kenny Chesney’s first record label?
38. Why are the Ernest Tubb Record Shops named after
He opened his first store on Nashville’s Lower Broadway in Nashville in 1947.
40. Why is Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium called the Ryman?
It was built by steamboat captain Thomas
Ryman in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle and was the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974.
41. Why is
Nashville called Nashville?
It was named for Francis Nash, a Revolutionary War hero.
42. Why should Atlanta
or Chicago have been the real Nashville?
Actually, several cities were prominent early on, primarily because of their
barn dances. Chicago had the National Barn Dance, Shreveport had the Louisiana Hayride and Dallas had its Big D Jamboree.
Cincinnati was an early recording center, as was Atlanta. Nashville won out mainly because it became a music publishing center
after Acuff-Rose Music was founded in 1942 by Roy Acuff and Fred Rose.
43. Who was Fred Rose?
mentor, producer and co-writer
44. Who was Luke the Drifter?
Hank Williams alter ego for gospel songs
Who was Simon Crum?
Ferlin Husky‘s alter ego. He also recorded
under the name Terry Preston.
46. Who was Chris Gaines?
Brooks‘ alter ego
48. Who is Connie Britton?
of the TV show Nashville
49. Who portrayed Loretta Lynn
in the movie Coal Miner’s Daughter?