When it comes to the Grand Ole Opry and country music, the Q & A Lady is the first to admit she hasn’t seen and done it all. She’s equally quick, however, to add that she’s been lucky to see and do quite a little bit, and she’s happy to share her country insight with readers each week. She knows her Con Hunley from her John Conlee and her “Your Cheatin’ Heart” from her “Achy Breaky Heart.” If you have a question about country music you’d like to submit for her to consider answering, you’re welcome to do so here. Or you can just drop by to read her responses to other inquiries from across the country and around the globe. You just might learn a fun fact or two along the way.
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I grew up in Ontario, Canada. I’m 80 years old, but I can remember a song that started, “There’s an old hollow tree down the road here from me where I laid down a dollar or two.” If you could identify the name of the song and the singer or singers of the era, I would greatly appreciate it.
Ashmore Queensland Australia
The song you remember from your days as a strapping young lad in Canada is “Mountain Dew.” The tune was sung for years on the Opry stage by Opry legend Grandpa Jones. Grandpa’s good friend Jimmy Dickens has been known to dust off the tune these days, with the song often accompanied by a joke about Dickens’ “drinkin’ uncle.”
You sound like a man after my own heart, Marven, what with your love of a country classic and a clear taste for the medicinal effects of some Mountain Dew. I’ll bet you and I could have had some fun under that old hollow tree had our paths crossed there 60 years ago or so.
Thanks for asking,
The Q & A Lady