Photo by "Wet Plate Work"Country western music has a long history in northwest Kansas. Whether it was listening to the Grand Ole Opry, tuning into KFDI radio, or watching Hee-Haw, people have heard many a country-western singer and many memorable tunes. While the locals in senior living communities may talk about big bands, they can belt out many country tunes.

With harvest completed and cooler temperatures inviting us to gather around the fire, I’m grabbing my guitar and preparing to “corral the crowd” for a country western sing-along. Here’s some of what we’ll be sharing.

  • Don’t Fence Me In
  • Home On the Range
  • Hey Good Lookin’
  • Tennessee Waltz
  • I Walk the Line
  • Happy Trails to You

Some of these and many other senior living community crowd favorites can be found on this playlist: 

What crowd favorite did I forget? Please share it in the comments below.

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6 thoughts on “Corral the Crowd for a Country Western Sing-along

  • 9 November, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Hi JoAnne,
    Growing up in the Northeast, I always pooh-poohed C&W, but I’ve come to appreciate it of late. An old friend who grew up in Oklahoma shared Johnny Cash, Willy Nelson, and Iris Dement with me. The songs have good stories and real feelings. I imagine they are quite evocative in a music therapy session.
    Best, Carolyn
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    • 9 November, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      Some are great stories to discuss. And, some are predictable – the horse died, my wife ran off, my husband died a drunk.. It was fun discussing the stories good and predictable this week.

    • 12 November, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Maybe while you are waiting for more time you can put on your favorite tune and dance away free style for a couple minutes. It can be great exercise and help reduce stress.

  • 15 September, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    One that always gets requested with my folks is “Back In The Saddle Again”.

    • 15 September, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      You’ve gotta crowd pleaser on your hands, partner.


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