My sister found an old scrapbook of hers--back in the late 70s when she started getting into country music.

Lots of little gems made a reappearance in my consciousness like this lyric sheet for Kenny Rogers' "Coward of the County."

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Yep, back in the day, if you wanted to know the lyrics of a song and you didn't have the album, you had to buy lyrics magazines.

There was also a certificate WBKR used to give out that would designate your address as an "official WBKR listening post."


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And then the mindblower.

At the height of Waylon Jennings' superstardom, he played Owensboro's English Park and the tickets were just SIX DOLLARS.

There was even shuttle service from the Sportscenter parking lot.

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And, by the way, if you're thinking, "Six dollars. Yeah, but it was 1979," understand that I ran that amount and that year through an online inflation calculator and learned that those tickets would only be $20.71 today.

That would be like seeing Luke Bryan or Jason Aldean in 2018 for that amount.

The times have really changed, haven't they?