Records can change your life. As kids growing up we were exposed to a varied collection of vinyl records, from the likes of Al Jolson, Bing Crosby and Glenn Miller through to Jim Reeves and Johnny Cash. It was from Cash we got our first taste of the history and geography of the United States. ‘Ride This Train’, recorded in 1960, imagines a journey by train around America, taking the listener on a tour through space and time, and features a narration by Cash which is as absorbing as the songs themselves.
The Nelson Brothers were always drawn to the music of Ireland, perhaps because our Granddad’s name was Patrick Corcoran. Continue reading →
There was always music in the Nelson house. We had our first Radiogramophone in the early ’50s. I was three years old. Continue reading →