Shell's Musical Memories:  Old Country and Bluegrass Gospel Music

Shell's Musical Memories: Old Country and Bluegrass Gospel Music

Issue No. 11:  Shell's Retail & Fashion Blog
Written and Compiled by Shell of Shell Design Boutique
Updated on August 13, 2023


I recently celebrated my birthday. After a certain age, you find that you would rather be reminiscing about your younger days, rather than partying. I guess it's a matter of perspective and old age. I decided to write a blog post about my favorite songs and include a playlist that I have compiled on Youtube. None of these are my songs, of course, but I try to include videos in my playlist where the original artist is given credit.  Also, I need to say that I am an affiliate for Amazon, Ebay, and Shopstyle. This means if you click on one of my links and make an eligible purchase, I will receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support!!

I grew up in the 70's & 80's, so the pop and rock songs from that time frame are my favorites. However, my father was a pentecostal preacher who played the guitar and banjo in church, while my mother was a huge rock 'n roll and country music fan. She loved Elvis and the Beatles. Both my parents were a large influence on my appreciation for certain types of music.

Growing up, we lived in a fairly isolated location. For example, I was grown and married before they put cable tv up by our house. I grew up watching 2 channels and 2 channels only, WATE the ABC affiliate out of Knoxville and PBS, out of Sevierville, Tennessee. Those were the only 2 channels we could pick up on our tv antenna. One of my favorite tv shows at that time was the Lawrence Welk show. I know, that's wonderful!

Now to be clear, I don't mean the kind of antenna found on the back of your tv. I mean a 6 - 8 foot long antenna that was planted on top the huge mountain in front of our house in Kentucky. Needless to say, my sister and I spent more time in the hills, clearing debris off of the wire and rotating the antenna to improve our reception, than we actually did watching television. This meant we had lots of free time on our hands.

In order to relieve the boredom, my parents bought a floor model stereo system with an am/fm radio, 8-track player and record player. The radio never did pick up a radio station, but we had a huge record collection and a few 8-track tapes. My dad would pay us a few cents to listen to Gospel songs from his collection and write them in a single subject notebook. He used this as his "song book" to help learn new songs and to help remember all the words to them in church. None of the churches we attended at that time had actual song books, so he found a way to make his own.  By the way, I still have most of the notebooks that we wrote them in. My mother treasured them and took good care of them until she passed away. Now, I do the same.  If you are interested, here is a listing for a record player from Amazon.

We listened and wrote down a lot of songs, because at our school, it was 15 cents for a small cup of pop (soda) and 25 cents for an ice cream. It would take a week or two, but I'd eventually save up enough money to purchase one or the other. :)  But those were the songs I grew up listening to. I love the memories I have of that time, but I love the songs too, especialy since becoming a Christian. My favorite songs to sing in church are "I Saw the Light," and "Child of the King." I hope you listen to these old Bluegrass and Country songs and enjoy them as much as I do. I'd love to hear from you if you have a comment or suggestion, plus I would love if you liked and subscribed to my Youtube channel found here:




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