Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 1, 2013

Realities of life told in country music


A minister phoned to tell me he was stumped for a sermon topic for Sunday morning. I suggested he use the words of “Wings of a Dove” by Ferlin Husky.

I was having girlfriend issues that summer and Patsy Cline didn’t help much with the likes of “I Fall to Pieces.”

Not surprisingly, I had trouble balancing my social life and my work schedule so the station manager showed up one morning with my replacement … and fired me.

The friendly stranger told me his name was “Peewee” and that someday he was going to Nashville to be a songwriter and musician.

The new DJ wasn’t kidding about his ambitions. Country music fans know him today as Tom T. Hall.



Keith Kappes is a columnist for The Morehead (Ky.) News. Contact him at

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