I gobbled up all eight episodes of Ken Burns Country Music along with countless other fans watching to see what we’d hear about our favorites. I’m among a huge population of transplanted Southerners all over the world watching and making connections between the music and the writers and performers and the places in our hearts
As soon as the first episode aired, I began to hear from people asking how this telling of country music history connects with The Glory Road and the music my family recorded during some of the times depicted in the series. In every episode, there are people and places and songs and trials and triumphs connected to my parents’ own musical history
The Joneses in The Hollywood Reporter when The Glory Road play came out right after “Oh Brother Where Art Thou.”
Brother Ray and Sister Fern’s Southern Gospel and country music are part of the same family. If country music is a place, The Glory Road runs through it. If country music is a community, they’re next door neighbors. It’s all one big, colorful quilt.
There’s much about this in my book, but until that comes out, I’ll put some of the pieces together and in a couple of days I’ll post specifics.
The Joneses in the Hollywood Reporter
American Roots music on stage and screen
From The Glory Road manuscript, here’s a front porch homecoming.
1956: On our way to California we stopped outside Shreveport to visit Daddy’s people.
Paw Paw’s little white house on the banks of the Red River overflowed that summer with kinfolks coming to visit because our Daddy, Raymond, the firstborn of ten, was in town. With his brothers and sisters and their wives and husbands and kids, we took up a lot of room, inside and out. The front steps stacked up with Joneses and their instruments, buzzing with music and storytelling and chicory-coffee and sweet tea and biscuits and ham. Sometime during every visit, Daddy would insist everybody sing, “This World is Not My Home.”
Here are some things these two shows below have in common.
They’re both on Netflix now.
Their soundtracks are outstanding.
Both feature that song recorded by my parents.
I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore, a movie released last year, has a title that echoes the lyrics. The End Of The F***ing World is a Netflix series. In the first season, the show featured an outstanding soundtrack including vintage tracks from Hank Williams, Rick Nelson, Tom T. Hall, Brenda Lee, my parents, and many more.
Brother Ray and Sister Fern Jones “This World is Not My Home” From the album Fern Jones/The Glory Road