I have been watching the numerous promotions for the Documentary on various news sites on YouTube. They are sickening. Burns and Duncan admittedly go from knowing nothing about Country Music to being the last word on the subject. One promotion featured Vince Gill who is a known Jim Reeves Fan, yet nothing is said.
Nothing about South Africa and the black population there adoring Jim's songs, even though black history is a big theme of the series. Nothing about Jim getting Dottie West her start with RCA even though empowering women is a big theme in the series. I could go on and on.
It appears that the musically ignorant Burns and Duncan have relied too heavily on the documents of Marty Stewart and the Carter Cash family.
I never thought Johnny Cash had that good a voice like George Jones in my first posting. However I saw him in Springfield Massachusetts and live on stage he sounded very good. Not so good as to dominate this documentary. His show was opened by the late Johnny Russell (Catfish John) who was fabulous. An aside.
As I said in my first posting the pseudo intellectual mindset of the liberally educated college set shows brightly in the Burns promotional spots.
Burns revels in the glow of now being the alpha and omega Country Music Historian. Believe me these people do not accept input from those not worthy. Believe me we are not worthy.
I have not lost all hope however. Burns joked in the CBS promotion about future endeavors.
Perhaps PBS could be encouraged do a Jim Reeves Documentary in the future.
Lord knows they owe it to Jim Reeves Fans and to themselves to fill the void and complete the record missed in this offing.
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