Years ago, the legendary steel guitar player Don Helms said to me, “Hoss, if you start liking that hand-tooled leather stuff, all of a sudden everything you see needs it.” Helms went on to say, “I went to see the Statue of Liberty with Hank Williams when we played New York City one time. We were standing there looking at it and I told Hank, ‘Wouldn’t it be pretty if the whole base of that thing was covered in leather and hand-tooled like a western saddle?’
Well, if it is ever decided that such a thing is to happen, I know exactly who should be called. His name is Terry Lankford.
~ Marty Stuart
When Eddie Stubbs wasn’t at the Opry, he had a long-running radio show at WSM, where he interviewed many of the greats of country music, from Ray Price and Reba McEntire to Merle Haggard and Marty Stuart.
Many toss around the “Legend” term but this guy earned it. I’ll miss the voice and the incredible knowledge of country music. Well done, Eddie. Thank you!
When The Band of Heathens heard a very tall tale about a man who immigrated to New York in the early 1900s, they were so mesmerized by the imaginative story that they wrote a song about it near moments later and recorded it the very next day. And it would develop to be an even greater contender, fairing as an essential track on their upcoming album Stranger, due for release on September 25.
Artists like Yola and Rhiannon Giddens are blowing up what Giddens calls a “manufactured image of country music being white and being poor”
By ELAMIN ABDELMAHMOUD
Happy birthday, George …
It’s appropriate that The Matriarch of the First Family of Country Music ~ Mother Maybelle Carter’s birthday ~ fall on Mother’s Day 2020.
b. May 10, 1909
Hank Snow ~ (May 9, 1914 – December 20, 1999)
Happy birthday, Loretta …
Merle Haggard is born on April 6, 1937 — he dies on his ranch in California 79 years later, April 6, 2016.
He loved the harmonies …
One of the first country artists to sell out arenas, Mr. Rogers sold more than 100 million records in a career that spanned decades.