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Sometimes truth can be more amazing than fiction, and this certainly seems to apply to the career of Stonewall Jackson, one of the true living legends of Country Music. First, Stonewall Jackson is his real name. Second, he became the first and only totally unknown artist ever signed to the roster of the Grand Ole Opry.
Stonewall was raised in southern Georgia where he spent his childhood working on an uncle's farm. At sixteen he falsified his birth certificate and joined the Army, but he was discovered and discharged. As soon as he turned seventeen he joined the Navy. It was there that he learned to play the guitar. Combining this with his natural singing talent. Stonewall decided that the music business was just the career for him.
After his discharge, Stonewall, wearing his farm clothes, drove to Nashville in an old pick-up truck. He asked a pretty girl for directions into town. Little did he know that one day she would become his lovely wife, Juanita.
Finding his way to Acuff-Rose Publishing Company, the firm that handled the legendary Hank Williams, Stonewall got an audition with Wesley Rose. His authentic appearance and original songs so charmed Rose that he arranged an audition with "The Solemn Old Judge", George Hay, the manager of the Grand Ole Opry. That weekend Stonewall was heard across the country on clear channel WSM as the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.
It wasn't long before Stonewall charmed the rest of the nation as well with his number one best selling recording of "Waterloo". He followed this with countless other top hits such as "I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water", "A Wound Time Can't Erase", "Why I'm Walking", and "Don't Be Angry".
Through it all Stonewall has remained just as warm, honest and authentic as he was the day he first arrived in Nashville. His amazing career marks him as one of the true legends and genuine stars of Country Music.
This album is part of the very special and unique project: First Generation Records "Stars of the Grand Ole Opry" record series. This series consists of albums by members of the "Grand Ole Opry", the great songs of their past, present and future, all recorded under the direction of producer and "First Generation" founder, Pete Drake.
"The Grand Ole Opry" is the longest running live radio program in the world. Ever since its inception over half a century ago on clear-channel Radio WSM, the Opry has entertained a world-wide audience numbering in the millions, bringing the greatest stars of the of Country Music into their living rooms.
During its long and illustrious history, the "Grand Ole Opry" has striven to be a mirror of country Music, the native music of America's great heartland. It has embraced all forms of Country Music, preserving the traditional forms as well as encouraging the newer sounds originating in the creative minds of its member. To be a member of the "Grand Ole Opry" is perhaps the highest honor a Country entertainer can achieve.
The "Grand Ole Opry" is more than a radio show. It has become an American institution for the millions who attend the live shows every weekend. It's name is synonymous with the outstanding qualities of the American Way of Life. Its music reflects the heartbeat of America. "First Generation Records " is proud to present this series and honored to be working with the "Stars of the Grand Ole Opry".
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