I get "Music Choice" on Comcast,they have a "classic country" channel (Ch.534 on my listings),that plays a lot of the older artists and Earl Thomas Conley's songs get played at least once an hour,along with dozens of others by George Jones.Merle Haggard,Johnny Paycheck,Crystal Gayle,Judy Rodman,Kathy Mattea,Holly Dunn,The Sweethearts Of The Rodeo,Statler Bros,Alabama,T Grahm Brown,dozens more--no commercials either..
They don't have videos,they just play songs and put a photo of the artist and some trivia on the screen while they play..
That channel will be the only one I'll miss when I cancel my cable later this month--I cant see wasting $70 a month to watch only Discovery & History and few other channels--the rest have absolutely nothing that interests me..
I'm looking into getting "Philo",a streaming TV app that for $16 a month,has 44 channels,including many that I have had lost when Comcast decided to change my package without any refunds or options to get another channel in their place..
The line up includes History,Discovery,and dozens more,including Motor Trend TV--the only drawback is having to use your computer to watch,or leave it on to stream to your smart TV..
I have given up watching the country award shows too--I used to tape them every year,up until 2003 or so--after that,"country" took a nosedive as far as being what it used to be.
I no longer listen to "country radio" either,for at least 10+ years,when the "Bro Country" Hick Hoppers started getting all the airplay..we have 4 "country" stations and all have identical playlists..only the "newbies" get played,if anyone calls in a request for George Jones or Merle,they'll just laugh at you..not one "classic country" station exists in New England that I know of,that I can pick up here any more..
I read more sad news on facebook this morning--Hal Ketchum has decided to retire,he has been suffering from Althimers and Dementia for awhile now,but is otherwise healthy,but he can't continue performing in that condition..
I think he had MS also,I read back in the late 90's after he had several big hits..
It is sad to see all our favorite artists get old,sick,and pass away..reminds us our turn may not be far off..
..the artists I went to see in concert and got to meet many times and know very well,really affected me deeply,when they became ill and passed away--I knew Holly Dunn very well,and since she passed away at age 59,from ovarian cancer in 2016,I find it very hard to listen to any of her songs now...
Ditto for Lari White,she passed away about a year after Holly,and from a similar cancer,she was only 52..
..Joey Feek was another great talent we lost far too soon..