David Samuel "Sam" Peckinpah
(February 21, 1925 – December 28, 1984) was an American film maker who directed 15 major motion pictures, and created the television series The Westerner
, starring Brian Keith and John Dehner. His second film Ride the High Country
, " [Starring aging Western stars Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott in their final major screen roles, the film initially went unnoticed in the United States but was an enormous success in Europe. Beating Federico Fellini's 8½ for first prize at the Belgium Film Festival, the film was hailed by foreign critics as a brilliant reworking of the Western genre.] [more inside]
Close Harmony is one of the most distinctive sounds in traditional country.
Hank Wangford's A to Z of Country and Western
looks at the Louvin Brothers music in this style. [more inside]