Sunday, September 22, 2019 09:05 PM

OFF THE COUCH: TENNESSEE TOURISM READY FOR 'COUNTRY MUSIC' TRAVELERS - CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS

Photo by Brad Cansler / Kayoko Dan is music director and conductor of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, which opens its 87th season on Thursday night. Photo by Brad Cansler / Kayoko Dan is... Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. LISA DENTON: Barry, I know we try to give people reasons to get off the couch, but Ken Burns' new PBS documentary, "Country Music," is a good reason to hunker down at the house. I've learned a few things watching it. Like Bonnie Parker - of Bonnie and Clyde - used her bank-robbing money to buy up Jimmie Rodgers' records. That the women of the Carter Family - Maybelle and Sara - bought motorcycles when their records began to sell. That there are photos of Hank Williams without a hat. That Roy Acuff wasn't always old. BARRY COURTER: It's pretty terrific whether you enjoy the music form or not, though how anybody could not hear the truth or poetry in Merle Haggard's "Hungry Eyes" or Loretta Lynn's "Fist City" is beyond me. Do you doubt for a second that Lynn didn't give that woman a whoopin'? LISA: I reckon that home wrecker might have got what was coming to ...

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