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  1. Perhaps someone who is not really talked about is Lefty Frizzell. Lefty Frizzell was once a big country music star in the 40s, 50s and 60s; he at one time was competing with Hank Williams in the top charts, and toured with him many times. Lefty had a distinctive voice that influenced the likes of George Jones, Randy Travis, and many others. Leftys singing style was unique from the other singers from his time, he would sound out syllables for a longer amount of time than most singers, a vowel bending style is what it has been called too. How does someone try and attempt a singing style like this? Lefty was from Texas, so he had a distinctive accent, and then you add he had a distinctive singing style. One of the people that influenced Lefty Frizzell was musician named Jimmie Rodgers. Jimmie Rodgers is not to be confused with the Jimmie Rodgers who record Honeycomb, but the Jimmie Rodgers who yodeled, sangs songs like "Hes in the jailhouse now", and he sang a series of songs he called Blue Yodels. He influenced numerous people in Rock n roll, Country music, and Blues music, one of them being Lefty Frizzell. Do you think it is possible Lefty borrowed some of his style from Jimmie Rodgers?
  2. Hello, I am a new member of this group, and I am seeking some guidance, and help with my singing. I am a solo. gigging guitarist and singer; I sing songs that were made back in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, and I need some help. I started out learning how to sing in the Blues style, I mastered the Blues scale, achieved Vocal Resonance, and could sing all the Blues songs I've ever wanted to sing. I could sing some songs that Jimmie Rodgers, the first country music star could sing because he was heavily influenced by the blues. About Two years ago, I seriously got into the music of Hank Williams Senior, George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Lefty Frizzell; I thought it would be easy to sing their songs, and its not, its a different style from what I was accustomed to. I know there are fundemental differences in Country and Blues music. Country music involves a twang, has a change in accent, and has a set melody that the singer sings along to, while the Blues is more free flowing, with no set melody, except the "blue notes" from the Blues scale, and the feeling you put into the music. Country music revolves around the Major scale, while the Blues is built off of a scale that is made up of what are called "blue notes" My biggest issue is, I want to be a performer who can sing Blues and Country music, specifically the old stuff from the 1940s and 1950s, and I have issues switching from Blues to Country music. What should I do? I feel like the issue is changing my vowel usage, my accent, and the scale I use. if someone could let me know, and maybe give me some advice, I would appreciate it! Creighton