In 1923, Dr. John R. Brinkley built himself a radio station in Milford, Kansas to hawk his signature impotence cure between Bible-thumping and shows like the Shut-In Program for Invalids and Roy the Lonesome Cowboy. When the government became leery of his goat testicle implant operations, the good doctor picked up and moved just south of the Texas border to Villa Acuna, Mexico. In this dusty Chihuahuan desert outpost, Dr. Brinkley set up XERA-AM, a “border blaster” radio station with the power to broadcast to every corner of the United States. To help him get in good with the small town folks he hoped would buy his snake oil, he hired acts like the Carter family to move down from the Virginia hills and play good old-fashioned hillbilly music. It’s been said that while these broadcasts were blazing away inside the studio, a nearby iron gate could be angled just right to pick up that high lonesome sound. I’d like to sound something like that.