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Country music is full of rags-to-riches stories, like the one about how Virginia Wynette Pugh became Tammy Wynette. In a way, it's true. Even after becoming the most successful woman country singer at that point in history, the life she lived was hard and painful. But if you want to know what actually happened in that life then she's the last perso…
 
Some of the best songs you've ever heard were written by Dallas Frazier. Don't recognize the name? Don't worry. You'll remember it forever after this episode, especially those of you who love Charley Pride, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, Connie Smith, Charlie Rich, George Jones, The Oak Ridge Boys, Emmylou Harris, Gene Watson, Tanya Tucker, Bobby Ba…
 
This whole story began with a pinball machine and jukebox mogul in Texas jumping over to the independent record business of the 1950s. When he hitched his wagon to a Singing Marine who became the Greatest Country Singer Ever, it served Pappy Daily well through the following decade. Then, out of nowhere, the ride suddenly ended. "What went wrong?" i…
 
There are some personalities who would embrace being called The Greatest Country Singer Ever or, at least, settle into the role once it became clear the brand was eternal. George Jones did not have one of those personalities. The fame and fortune generated by his talent made him want to run away, so he spent decades running... toward something even…
 
In North Carolina, way back in the hills, there's a centuries-old tradition of cooking illegal liquor. Whether you feel that's right or wrong, good or bad, may be determined by any number of factors but the objective truth is moonshine whiskey greatly impacted the course of United States culture on several occasions. Ever wonder why so many people …
 
Now that we've established Owen Bradley as the single most important producer in the history of Nashville, let's take it further and acknowledge he's one of the most important figures in the history of all recorded music, even if for no other reason than assembling the first group of musicians to become known as the Nashville A-Team. Were we to era…
 
What if the first serious books about country music contained a few massive errors which were then repeated by nearly everyone who's since used those books as a source? How long do you think it would take for society to build a fundamentally flawed history of an entire genre on top of such a foundation? Fifty years? Well, that's exactly what happen…
 
The story of a little independent record label in Texas becoming "a force" in the Nashville country music industry brings an outsider's perspective to the anatomy of a machine. Going from backwoods honky tonks and roadhouse jukeboxes to stretch limos and private planes takes a lot of crooked deals and shameless hustle. When confronted by a powerful…
 
https://proseandconsdotorg.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/hope_pc.mp3 “HOPE WHITBY is a poet, fiction writer, and haiku aficionado. She is the creator of Art in the Shop and Books in the Bay book club supporting the local Richmond art scene since 2012. Hope has received awards for her poetry from the Virginia Poetry Society and Richmond magazine. She …
 
Did you know that a contingent of extremely talented and wonderful women just got back from the FIRST EVER Life in 10 Minutes retreat in San Miguel, Mexico? This episode features two of these fantastic writers, who also happen to be dear friends of mine. They talk about their experiences, past and present, and give a piece of themselves into their …
 
Who doesn’t love a good podcast in the morning? Maybe you’re munching Cheerios. Maybe you’re on your way to work. Maybe you’re chugging coffee. Whatever you’re doing, might it not be improved by listening to a short, delightful podcast? We keep these episodes to around 10 minutes specifically so there is NO EXCUSE not to listen. Also, it’s very on-…
 
We don’t normally have themes for these episodes, but I think the theme for this one is “retreat.” Not surrendering or giving up, just… going on vacation. Pam gets herself into quite a pickle at a trip to a monastery. Lee tells us about her time with friends in a cozy cabin. Snuggle up by the fire. Get away from the daily grind. Unwind with us.…
 
https://proseandcons.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Crows-and-also-Pawns-part-III_mixdown.mp3 Nerds, assemble! Let your geek flag fly, I say. Prose & Cons is cool and all, but how would you like to be transported to a world where anime is the sole source of entertainment? Where hentai, fan service, and camera angles are praised and condemned in the…
 
https://proseandcons.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Crows-and-Pawns-ep-3.-top-anime-moviesss.mp3 Who loves anime? Nerds love anime! And yeeeees, we are giant nerds. Although, to clarify, Dom, Douglass, and I are not the cool kind of nerd that has come into vogue in recent years (you kids don’t know how good you have it!), we’re slightly grown up ve…
 
https://proseandcons.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/ashley-jada-podcast.mp3 How do we erase institutional bias? Great question! Read Erasing Institutional Bias to find out. I don’t want to spoil anything for you, geez… …All right, all right, fine. I’ll cover the basics for ya, but you’d better still go out and buy this friggin book! This friggin bo…
 
The moon brings out the best in us, and the worst. Branches reach up to the sky, warning us of what is to come. A list of things to do before you die seems contrived. The only real joy comes from observing the everyday phenomena alive within all of us. Stopping to smell the roses. Shouldn't we already be doing that? Come slow dance with us. Howl at…
 
https://proseandcons.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/PC_11.12.18_Murals.mp3 Here’s a tidbit of info you might not know: there’s a bleep-ton of murals in our fair city! There are many of them, and they are awesome. Now, FOR THE FIRST TIME, a collection of these murals has been curated by one of Richmond’s most celebrated muralists, the Night Owl (aka…
 
“Am I a writer?” Gently pull the threads of self doubt tied to all those who venture onto the empty page. Taste the sweet, summer juices of Hanover tomatoes and learn the ultimate recipe from a seasoned sandwich chef. Journey through the years as a mother persistently passes on troubling body image issues to her daughter. Feel the cool autumn breez…
 
https://proseandcons.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/c-and-podcast.mp3 If you’re thinking, “that’s a stupid name for an episode,” you’re right! That’s why it’s the title of our new show-within-a-show. Crows & Pawns is where we take a break from the poetry and the novels and the writing process and simply shoot the breeze about the things we love. If…
 
Funky houses, daughters of divorce, and weapons? Sign me up! This is the first episode since the launch of the Life in 10 Minutes Press and the release of Valley's much anticipated new book, Surrender Your Weapons. You can listen to Valley reading the first chapter right here, along with the wonderful voice of Ali and the return of Mark. Was it wor…
 
https://proseandcons.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Prose-and-Cons-epiosde-29_mixdown-1.mp3 Two local, experienced writers each wrote a book about the lasting effect on slavery from the same local publisher. You’d think they’d be pretty similar, right? You’d think they’d be pals, right? Wrong! These two fine books are in fact very different, and th…
 
How much of your life does your dog actually see? Do you remember leaving your parents' home for the first time? Where you ever shamed for participating in a peaceful protest in the 60s? So many questions, so little time! Running at a cool 8 minutes and 20 seconds, this episode is sure to spark your imagination and satisfy your curiosity. Let's tel…
 
If you like stories about college deadlines, lost friends, and/or the darker side of families, then this episode is for you! If you like stories that will tickle your fancy and tug at your hearstrings, this episode is for you! If you like stories that are brave and true... then you're in the right place. 10 more minutes. 3 more fantastic writers. E…
 
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