8 episodes

Holding Things Together is an unofficial aftershow to Country Music: A Ken Burns Film. Your hosts Don, Becky and Nick bring years of experience as classic country music radio DJs for a spirited conversation about the series. In every new show you can expect a breakdown of the episode, in-depth discussion, music clips, missed opportunities and recommendations for further listening.

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    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

Holding Things Together is an unofficial aftershow to Country Music: A Ken Burns Film. Your hosts Don, Becky and Nick bring years of experience as classic country music radio DJs for a spirited conversation about the series. In every new show you can expect a breakdown of the episode, in-depth discussion, music clips, missed opportunities and recommendations for further listening.

    Aye, There's The Rub

    Aye, There's The Rub

    Holding Things Together is an unofficial aftershow to Country Music: A Ken Burns Film. Your hosts Don, Becky and Nick bring years of experience as classic country music radio DJs for a spirited conversation about the series. In every new show you can expect a breakdown of the episode, in-depth discussion, music clips, missed opportunities and recommendations for further listening.

    In our first episode, you'll get some background on your hosts, thoughts on Country Music: The Rub, which includes who the Shelby Foote of this series is, Jimmie Rodgers, commerce, The Carter Family and a handful of recos to complement the soundtrack.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Lonely, But Free, I'll Be Found

    Lonely, But Free, I'll Be Found

    The unofficial aftershow to Ken Burns' Country Music continues with an analysis of the 2nd episode, "Hard Times" covering the years 1933-1945.
    Your knowledgeable, trained radio professionals talk about the influence of border radio, singing cowboys, western swing, western wear, the Opry, infused with personal anecdotes, historical tidbits, hits and misses, sound bites and more great country music recommendations. All this and World War II!

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Cattle Call Is OK, But Slim Whitman Is Better

    Cattle Call Is OK, But Slim Whitman Is Better

    It's really kicking into gear as the Ken Burns Country Music series hits the Hank Williams years. We talk about holograms, the wonderful insanity of Maddox Bros and Rose, Chet Atkins & the Carters, Bill Monroe and Hank Hank Hank. Plus, recommendations for further listening.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    There's 132 Songs That Are Better Than El Paso

    There's 132 Songs That Are Better Than El Paso

    In this 4th episode of our Ken Burns Country Music aftershow*, not only do we have our first kerfluffle because Don doesn't care for Ray Price as a Hank Williams imitator, but we have another over a book called Heartaches by the Number: Country Music's 500 Greatest Singles because it's all kinds of wrong. 

    We also touch on Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Lefty Frizzell, The Louvin Bros, and lots and lots of rockabilly...Sun Records, The Collins Kids, Janis Martin, Wanda Jackson and more.
    *unofficial

    • 1 hr 12 min
    A Mason Jar of Webb Pierce's Pool Water

    A Mason Jar of Webb Pierce's Pool Water

    The unofficial aftershow to Ken Burns' Country Music keeps chuggin' along as we cover episode 5: The Sons and Daughters of America which covers the years 1964-1968. 
    We talk fandom, the Nashville Cats, the Kings of Bakersfield...Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, the pivotal scene from where we took our show's name, the outspoken Loretta Lynn, Jack White's hair, Nashville Creeps, the visionary Dolly Parton, the charm of Charley Pride and as always, our recommendations of country artists who were not mentioned in the show.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Always Nice To Get A Letter From Home

    Always Nice To Get A Letter From Home

    Episode 6 of the unofficial aftershow to Ken Burns's Country Music is loaded for bear as we take on "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" (1968-1972). Your hosts try to stay on topic when it comes to the crazy origins of Kris Kristofferson's career, Mr. & Mrs. Country Music: George Jones & Tammy Wynette, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band sessions, everyone's favorite: politics!, Don's favorite: Hee Haw, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, the authenticity debate and as always...our recommendations that the series didn't cover. 

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

ohgirl ,

I want more!

Loved hearing insight from these three. Would love if I could keep hearing them talk about country music in whatever capacity they desire

dawniemichael ,

I’m IN

I’m only now finishing up watching the series so I’m only just now here to tell you what a friggin’ JOY it has been to listen to you all along with it. I’ve been learning from Becky’s show for a long time and I trusted Don to bring the good stuff. Nate has such nice, SUPER well-informed insights...I just love it. The show scratches so many itches the doc left me with, and to hear three dj’s discuss it! The focus on the role of radio throughout the podcast thrills me, and if this trio continues to produce content, I’ll be listening.

The Man in Brown ,

Someone needs to hold this stuff together

Glad you did these shows. A nice companion to the Ken Burns Country Music documentary. Nice to hear Cowboy Nick on a show talking country music again. If you keep these shows going, I'll be listening.

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