“Earl is to the five-string banjo what Babe Ruth was to baseball. He is the best there ever was and the best there ever will be.” ~ Porter Wagoner
Earl Scruggs. b. January 6, 1924
If you’re a hardcore Americana/Country fan, the day is kind of melancholy.
Townes Van Zandt, one of the greatest songwriters of his generation and a long-suffering alcoholic, died of a cardiac arrhythmia after hip surgery at age 52.
And, the man who many consider the most significant singer/songwriter of the 20th Century and one of the most important country music artists of all time — Hank Williams — died of a heart attack brought on by a lethal cocktail of pills and alcohol aged 29.
Thirty-five of his singles (five released posthumously) were placed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, 11 of which ranked at No.1, including ‘Cold, Cold Heart,’ ‘Hey, Good Lookin’, ‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive,’ and ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart.’ During his last years Williams’s consumption of alcohol, morphine and painkillers severely compromised his professional life.
So, while you’re recovering today, play some Townes and Hank and listen to the words.
December 31, 1930 ~ Blues and folk singer Odetta is born Odetta Holmes in Birmingham, Alabama. Named the “Queen of American folk music” by Martin Luther King Jr., Odetta sings “O Freedom” at the 1963 March on Washington.
Happy birthday to Michael Nesmith …
b. December 29, 1943. It’s a holiday for some …
My new musical obsession ~ Billy Strings
Jump ahead to the 22:00 mark …
Billy Strings shared pro-shot video of the first set from his November 15 concert at the Brooklyn Bowl.
The future of country/alt-country/Americana music is in good hands …
Tyler Childers swung by CBS This Morning to perform for the program’s Saturday Sessions live music series. The singer-songwriter offered up a trio of songs from his 2019 album, Country Squire.
Childers’ appearance included a live rendition of his Grammy-nominated single, “All Your’n.” The Grammy nominee — with an acoustic guitar slung on and backed by a band of pedal steel guitar, drums, bass, keys, electric guitar and fiddle — would also deliver takes on “Bus Route” and Country Squire’s title track. Check out all three performances below: