Today in History for February 13th
Reggie Young, renowned guitarist for Elvis, Waylon, has died
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Guitarist Reggie Young, a Memphis- and Nashville-based session player whose signature licks defined hit records from Elvis, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and many more, has died. He was 82.
Friend and fellow Nashville Cats session musician David Briggs said Young died Thursday at his home in Nashville, Tennessee.
Country bluesman, hit songwriter Tony Joe White dies
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A record label representative says Tony Joe White, the country bluesman and hit songwriter behind such successes as "Polk Salad Annie" and "Rainy Night in Georgia," has died. He was 75.
Shooter Jennings makes a left turn back to ’80s country
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As the son of two iconic country musicians, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings was always trying to be unpredictable in his own career as a musician and producer.
He's recorded psychedelic metal and hard rock, released a concept album written with horror writer Stephen King and a tribute album to electronic disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder. So maybe the most unexpected thing he could do was make a classic, honky-tonk country record.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If the term "outlaw country" evokes images of Willie Nelson's hippie braids or Waylon Jennings' "Honky Tonk Heroes," then you'll want to see a new museum exhibit offering a deeper look at the poets, pickers and characters that revolutionized country music in the 1970s.
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1938 - Born on this day in Scottsville, Kentucky, was Norro Wilson, country music singer, songwriter and producer. Wilson has written numerous hits including songs for Charlie Rich, Charley Pride, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, and has also produced artists, including Joe Stampley, Margo Smith, Sara Evans, Kenny Chesney and Shania Twain
Country music journalist Hazel Smith dies at age 83
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music journalist, publicist and songwriter Hazel Smith has died. She was 83.
Her granddaughter Tara Bruchas said she died at a Nashville hospital on Sunday.
Robert Earl Keen will be performing at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Friday, March 23. Tickets are available now.
One of the pioneers of the live music scene in Texas, Keen is the inaugural recipient of BMI's Troubadour Award, which honors songwriters. The Houston native has been recording for more than three decades, beginning with 1984’s “No Kinda Dancer.”
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1943 - Born on this day in Corinth, Mississippi was Bobby Emmons who as a songwriter wrote hits for George Strait ("So Much Like My Dad"), Waylon Jennings ("Luckenbach, Texas," "Women Do Know How to Carry On" and "Wurlitzer Prize") and Tanya Tucker ("Love Me Like You Used To"). Emmons who was a member of Bill Black's Combo from 1960-63 died on February 23rd 2015
Willie Nelson may have been forced to take January and February off to recover from the flu, but that’s not affecting his studio output. His new album, Last Man Standing, is set to be released April 27, just two days before his 85th birthday.
The all-new collection is made up of eleven tracks Willie co-wrote with his longtime collaborator and producer, Buddy Cannon, who’s also well-known for his work with Kenny Chesney.
Today in History for February 13th
This year's Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo has all the dirt.
Red Dirt, that is.
Kadee Hande, marketing manager for the stock show, said the musical entertainment will be a highlight of this year's event, which runs from Jan. 26 to Feb. 4 at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City.
This year's musical acts favor "Red Dirt" country music, a sub-genre closely associated with "Texas Country."
ASHLAND — Songwriter Steve Earle has made his mark on the roots music scene since the 1980s. A multi-Grammy Award winner, Earle has found many outlets for his original music, recording albums in genres that range from rock to folk to bluegrass. His current album, "So You Wannabe An Outlaw," recorded with his band The Dukes, finds Earle firmly planted back in the outlaw country category.
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1948 - Roy Acuff loses the Tennessee governor's race by a 2-1 margin to his friend, Democrat Gordon Browning
1968 - Conway Twitty collects the first of his #1 country singles with "Next In Line"
Review: Lukas Nelson delivers soulful, striking songs
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, "Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real" (Fantasy Records)
First, let's just get this out there: Lukas Nelson sounds a lot like his famous dad, the red-headed stranger better known as Willie Nelson.
Secondly, don't let the striking similarities in their vocal styles and deliveries cloud your judgment of the younger Nelson. At 28, he is the real deal and deserves to be treated seriously independent of his father's legacy.
On his day off in Airway Heights, harmonica player Mickey Raphael won’t be checking out the casino or any other local sites for that matter.
Equipped with his newly updated portable recording rig (engineer Brando Marios was installing ProTools onto Raphael’s new laptop when he spoke with The Spokesman-Review), Raphael will instead be holed up in his hotel room, “or a shower stall at the venue,” to work on other musicians’ projects.
Steve Earle and the Dukes, "So You Wannabe An Outlaw" (Warner Bros.)
Steve Earle bills his new album as the philosophical heir to "Guitar Town," and the DNA connecting it to that landmark 1986 record can't be missed. Texas-born and Nashville-raised, at least musically, Earle reconnects with his roots in all the best ways.
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JEN: I've done a little time travel this week. Jay bought me a record player — which I guess all the cool kids now call a "turntable." I've been playing records all week.
MISSIE: I had a record player growing up. It had a faux blue jean pattern on the outside. I still have a slew of 45s and albums. I bet the Elvis 45s would be worth something now.
Looking back at country music history >>>
1936 - Born on this day in Olive Hill, Kentucky, was Tom T. Hall, country music singer-songwriter. Hall has written 11 #1 hit songs, with 26 more that reached the Top 10, including "Harper Valley PTA" a hit for Jeannie C. Riley in 1968. He became known as 'The Storyteller,' due to his storytelling skills in his songwriting.
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1962 – George Jones hits #1 on the Billboard country chart with "She Thinks I Still Care"
1965 – Roger Miller received a gold single for "King Of The Road", which was was Miller's fifth single for Smash Records
1974 - Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US Country chart with Behind Closed Doors
Album: "Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind"Artist: George StraitProducer: Jimmy Bowen, George StraitLabel: MCA RecordsAdditional Nominees:- "Five-O" - Hank Williams Jr.- "Forty Hour Week" - Alabama- "Highwayman" - Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings- "Why Not Me" - The Judds
Here come the hyperpartisan hounds.
A new nonprofit called American Oversight launched this week to combat President Trump's "culture of impunity." The outfit declared itself "nonpartisan" and claims its crusaders will fight for a "transparent and ethical government."
But like Waylon Jennings once crooned, "Baby, that dog won't hunt."
These Democrat operatives aren't interested in accountability. Their mission is to attack, obstruct and destroy their political opponents at all costs.
Today in History for February 13th
The Woodlands could become a destination for film enthusiasts as the Inspire Film Festival kicks off its inaugural event in February.
The festival, which stretches over four days, will show 20 films with the common theme of portraying the positive impact that one person can have on the world.
The lone female on the seminal Wanted! The Outlaws album is releasing her autobiography. Jessi Colter, singer, songwriter and the widow of Waylon Jennings, has announced An Outlaw and a Lady: A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon, and the Faith That Brought Me Home. The memoir will be released April 11th, 2017.
Bentley promises album experience at Sunday concert
If you want to get Dierks Bentley going, ask him to name a few favorite albums from his childhood.
The first record the country superstar ever owned was Waylon Jennings’ “Good Ol’ Boys” from the “Dukes of Hazzard” TV show, and through his teens, the Arizona native accumulated a vast collection of vinyl that included Hank Williams Jr.’s “Lone Wolf,” Van Halen’s 1978 debut album, and just about everything produced by Alan Jackson, Marty Stuart and Clint Black.