Cecil Daniels hosted â€œCountry Style USAâ€ and did it make the country hoot and holler with excitement over the radio airwaves. The show did one and it did it very well. It played the top country music of the day, and the guest stars that performed were Nashville proud. if you pulled on your boots and plunked your 10 gallon head covering on when the radio started playing the â€œCountry Style USAâ€ program, you could not help but galavant around your living room as if you had just gotten of your caloose.
But why? Why was this program,and others like it, such a game changer with the multitudes that preferred it over other radio programs of its day? One word…patriotism! People had gotten out of a couple of major world conflicts and people wanted to remember the greatness of this country. People found the simplicity of â€œCountry Style USAâ€, Red Foley and Roy Rogers comforting and rewarding. Much of the music of the day was either heady and sophisticated or hard to understand. But country music paid attention to the greatness of this country. It made people remember what God meant and what family meant and how it all added up to â€œred,white and blueâ€.
“It’s time for Country Style USAâ€¦
stay all night, stay a little longer,
dance all night, dance a little longer,
pull off your coat and go a little longer,
don’t see why you don’t stay a little longer.”
Patriotism, Country Style USA and the radio added up to a party and America was ready to kick up its heels. Hank Snow might make the romantics get into the mood with â€œHello Loveâ€ and Gene Autry brought the holiday cheer with â€œRudolph the Red-nosed Reindeerâ€. But whatever the theme and whatever the season, country music made people aware of how fortunate they were living in this land and celebrating that fact was always a good thing.
Country music is timeless and it resonates to the memories of so many. Radio allowed the memories to be stirred and to be thrilled. It encouraged people Â to want to â€œstay a lil longerâ€.