Down Every Road

While traveling in a rural area, have you ever had the sense that, if you turned on the radio, you’ll find a local station that played real classic country music? Shawna has and her show, Down Every Road, will provide a classic country experience. Exploring some well-worn highways and forgotten, or less traveled, backroads of country music, we’ll exit off the main road and enjoy the ride with a soundtrack that includes cultural and historical context on the artists and music. Music featured on Down Every Road will span the first recorded country music (1927) through the early 1980s, with emphasis on the 1960s and 70s.

Join Shawna Dooley every Monday at 7 p.m. for the great tales of classic country music.

Episodes

September 25th, 2017: Hank Williams, Hillbilly Shakespeare Part 2: The Tragedies

In part two of her Hank Williams, Hillbilly Shakespeare series. Shawna continues to honor the father of country music during his birth month by playing some of his sad songs. Episode 30 features the man himself and some interesting and unlikely covers of some of his most beloved songs. Shawna also shares details of Hank's last ride from Montgomery, Alabama, to Oak Hill, West Virginia, where he died at the advanced age of 29 en route to a New Year's show. In a 1952 powder blue Cadillac, he paid the price on the lost highway.

September 11th, 2017: Hank Williams, Hillbilly Shakespeare Part 1: The Comedies

Hank Williams was born on September 17, 1923 in Mount Olive, Alabama. Though he couldn't read or write music, in a span of six brief years recording country music, he created approximately 125 compositions that have become classics of popular music, including 35 singles and 11 #1 hits. He was often called the Hillbilly Shakespeare. In a two-part series during the month of September, Shawna will break Hank's songs into two categories: comedies and tragedies. Episode 29 will feature funny or clever songs by the man himself, along with Hank covers by other artists.

August 28th, 2017: Angel/Devil

In John Milton's "Paradise Lost", Satan, formerly known as Lucifer, was one of the most beautiful angels in Heaven. He and his fallen angels were cast into Hell after leading a rebellion to take control of Heaven from God. In Episode 27, Shawna explores two sides of a coin. From an "Angel on Paper" (Dottie West) to a "Borrowed Angel" (Mel Street) to a "Devil Woman" (Marty Robbins) to the "Devil in a Sleepin' Bag" (Willie Nelson), this episode showcases ways angels and devils are portrayed in country songs.

August 14th, 2017: Crime & Punishment

From a simple speeding charge, to a crime of passion fueled by jealousy or infidelity, to cold-blooded murder, every offense has its punishment. In Episode 27, Shawna includes songs that detail crime and reflect on jail time and capital punishment.

July 31, 2017: Games

In the lazy, out-of-school days of summer, being able to entertain yourself is a must. In Episode 26, Shawna rewinds to simpler days—before cable television and electronic devices—when games such playing house, cards and dice, were fun ways to pass time.

July 17th, 2017: Anniversary Favorites

Shawna celebrates the first anniversary of Down Every Road by featuring some of her favorite songs. Episode 25 is also organized around some of her favorite themes in country music—honky tonks, drinking, cheating and love.

July 3, 2017: Texas Troubadours

The classic country music bench is deep with talent in the Lone Star State! In Episode 24, Shawna plays songs by some of her favorite singers and songwriters who were born in Texas.

June 19, 2017: June Birthdays

All songs featured in Episode 23 were sung, written or played on by an artist who was born in the month of June.

June 5, 2017: My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You

In Episode 22, Shawna once again borrows inspiration from a Ray Price song title and assembles a playlist about shoes and walking. From Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" to Jerry Lee Lewis' "He Can't Fill My Shoes" to Stonewall Jackson's "Why I'm Walking" to Bill Monroe's "Walk Softly on this Heart of Mine," Episode 22 includes songs where shoes sometimes describe relationships and walking the line is one way to stay in that relationship.

May 22, 2017: Mama and Daddy

Intending to fit in the space between Mother's Day and Father's Day, Shawna plays songs that mention Mama and Daddy in Episode 21. From Kitty Wells' "Mommy for a Day" to Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried" to Conway Twitty's "The Games that Daddies Play" to Loretta Lynn's "They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy Anymore" Episode 21 explores the importance of parents in our lives.

May 8, 2017: Time

In Episode 20, Shawna explores another precious resource we never seem to have enough of—time. With songs from Waylon Jennings' "This Time" to Connie Smith's "Once a Day" to Kris Kristofferson's "Come Sundown" to Mickey Gilley's "Don't the Girl All Get Prettier at Closing Time," this week's selection of songs focus on the present and future.

April 24, 2017: Nature

Episode #19 Nature After last week's commemoration of Earth Day, Shawna highlights some of the finite resources on which our planet depends. From water and wind to the sky and ground to animals, Episode 19 encourages you to be good to your Mother Earth!

April 10, 2017: Merle Haggard Tribute

April 6, 2017 would have been Merle Haggard's 80th birthday. It is also the first anniversary of his death. In Episode #18, Shawna remembers Merle by playing some of his major influences—specifically Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills and Lefty Frizzell—his influential contemporaries, those who were influenced by Merle and his genius and some of her favorite of his songs.

March 27, 2017: Workin' Man/Woman's Blues

Exploring some of the hard-working occupations of folks from a previous generation, Shawna plays songs that cover jobs ranging from working with animals to shining shoes to sawmills to carpenters to firemen. She wraps up Episode #17 with some thoughts on working in general, including a memorable example of how to quit a job.

March 13, 2017: Heart Over Mind

When it comes to love—and matters of the heart—sometimes the mind gets overruled. In Episode 16, which was inspired by the Ray Price classic, "Heart Over Mind," Shawna plays songs that explore the contrast and (sometimes) conflict in emotion and logic.

February 27, 2017: Fire & Ice

From a blazing fire to embers to ashes to an old flame to the cold shoulder or icy treatment, Shawna explores the extremes of love. In Episode 15, a cold heart or old love can seem as frigid as springtime in Alaska.

February 13, 2017: Roses, Hugs, Kisses, and Love

Shawna prepares for Valentine’s Day by drawing a big red heart around songs that mention roses, hugs, kisses and love. From “Eleven Roses” (Hank Williams, Jr.) to “Candy Kisses” (George Morgan), Shawna compiles an affectionate playlist in Episode 14.

January 30, 2017: Transportation

Inspired by the title of a movie from the late 1980s, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Shawna plays songs about trains, automobiles, trucks and planes. Whether your favorite mode of transportation is a mythical train—"Wabash Cannonball" (Roy Acuff)—or a jet airplane—"Silver Wings" (Merle Haggard)—Episode 13 moves you on down the road.

Down Every Road Episode 12: A Woman's World

In Episode 12, Shawna plays songs that explain things from a woman's point of view or offer relationship advice, including "Just Because I'm a Woman" (Dolly Parton), "I'm Only A Woman" (Dottie West), "Do Right Woman" (The Flying Burrito Brothers), "Woman to Woman" (Tammy Wynette) and "You Ain't Woman Enough" (Loretta Lynn). She plays two songs that conceal a woman's identity—"Noboby" (Sylvia) and "Her Name Is" (George Jones)—and closes with several songs that mention women's names in the titles, including "Carolyn" (Merle Haggard), "Linda On My Mind" (Conway Twitty), "(Margie's at) The Lincoln Park Inn" (Bobby Bare) and "Black Rose" (Waylon Jennings).

Down Every Road Episode 11: Classic Country Christmas

Getting in the holiday spirit, Shawna reminisces about her childhood Christmas memories and plays hymns, carols and songs to celebrate the season in Episode 11. She acknowledges that Christmas is not a happy time for all while playing "Blue Christmas" (Elvis Presley) and "If We Make It Through December" (Merle Haggard), but closes the show with a Southern favorite, "Christmas In Dixie" (Alabama).

Down Every Road: Episode 10 "Story Songs"

Shawna spins yarns and plays some of her favorite story songs. From songs that were truly autobiographical—"Coat of Many Colors" (Dolly Parton)—to those inspired by actual events—"Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)" (Merle Haggard), "Mr. Bojangles" (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and "(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine" (Tom T. Hall) to those that introduce memorable fictional characters—"Good Ole Boys Like Me" (Don Williams), "Harper Valley PTA" (Jeannie C. Riley), "El Paso" (Marty Robbins), "Seven Spanish Angels" (Willie Nelson and Ray Charles), "Long Black Veil" (Lefty Frizzell) and "Delta Dawn" (Tanya Tucker)—Episode 10 fills your cup with good stories.

Down Every Road: Episode 9 "America"

On the eve of the 2016 presidential election, Shawna expresses the mood she's been in and her thoughts about the candidates via country music, with titles such as "Stand By Your Man" (Tammy Wynette), "Am I Losing You" (Jim Reeves), "Rave On" (Buddy Holly), "Once More With Feeling" (Jerry Lee Lewis), "It's All Wrong, But It's All Right" (Dolly Parton) and "I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love" (Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers). Shawna also plays futuristic songs such as "One Hundred Years from Now" (The Byrds) and "Rainbow Stew" (Merle Haggard) and ends Episode 9 with her favorite patriotic songs, including "America" (Waylon Jennings), "Living in the Promiseland" (Willie Nelson) and "This Land Is Your Land" (Woody Guthrie).

Down Every Road: Episode 8 "Night Life"

Shawna presents an overindulgent hour of night life. From drinking in the honky tonk, to playing the jukebox, to the next morning's inevitable hangover, Episode 8 pours up a favorite and well documented theme in country music—drinking away one's problems.

Down Every Road: Episode 7 "Radio Roadtrip"

In Episode 7, Shawna takes her listeners on a radio roadtrip from Macon, Georgia, all the way to Southern California. Traveling on highways, byways and backroads, the songs meander through Muscle Shoals, Tupelo, Galveston, San Antonio, Amarillo, Lubbock, El Paso and Hollywood on the journey west.

Down Every Road: Episode 6 "Duets"

Episode 6 doubles the country star power by exploring themes of love, marriage, cheating, heartache, Hank (Williams) and drinking through country duets. Shawna features well known duet partners from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, including Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, and highlights some from the 1950s, such as Kitty Wells and Red Foley and Tennessee Ernie Ford and Kay Starr.

Down Every Road: Episode 5 "Favorites Pt. 5"

Shawna explores fools, blues and cheating, while also showcasing the contributions of singer-songwriters from Texas, including Guy Clark and Cindy Walker, and beyond. Episode 5 features commentary on Playboy, as Shel Silverstein, a former illustrator at Playboy, illustrator and author of children's books and songwriter, composed three songs featured. Mickey Gilley's "Power of Positive Driving" was released by Playboy Records.

Down Every Road: Episode 4 "Favorites Pt. 4"

Episode 4 corrals some of Shawna's favorite cowboy ballads, features sibling harmonies of country duos, contains songs about car accidents, such as "The Carroll County Accident" (Porter Wagoner) and "Wreck on the Highway" (Roy Acuff), and features songs about cheating.

Down Every Road: Episode 3 "Favorites Pt. 3"

Shawna lays more groundwork on the founders and pillars of country music, from Ernest Tubb to Ray Price to Carl Smith to Wynn Stewart, explores some of her favorite singer-songwriters from the 1970s, including Townes Van Zandt, Willis Alan Ramsey, Gram Parsons, Jerry Jeff Walker and Billy Joe Shaver, and introduces the common theme of overindulgence in country music in Episode 3.

Down Every Road: Episode 2 "Favorites Pt. 2"

Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, country music's first recorded stars of the late 1920s, through legends and hitmakers of the early 1980s appear in Episode 2. Shawna sets up more of her favorite singers, songwriters and songs, with historical context and personal stories.

Down Every Road: Episode 1 "Favorites Pt. 1"

From Conway Twitty's "Hello Darlin'" to Charlie Rich's "Rollin' with the Flow," Shawna sets the stage for the types of singers, songs and styles of country music she'll feature on Down Every Road. Spanning 1952 to 1978, Episode 1 visits "The Bargain Store" (Dolly Parton), takes a peek at "Watermelon Time in Georgia" (Lefty Frizzell), a "Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town" (Charley Pride) and the "Town Where You Live" (Mel Street), gets back to "Tulsa Time" (Don Williams), considers the honky tonk, Hank Williams and "Hungry Eyes" (Merle Haggard). From "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)" (Gary Stewart) to "We're Gonna Hold On" (George Jones and Tammy Wynette), Shawna introduces both her taste and some of the plentiful paradoxes in country music.