Tuesday, August 31, 2004


National Old Time County and Bluegrass Music Festival starts today

From the Atlantic (IA) News Telegraph
It's a long name, but then it's a big festival: the 29th annual National Old Time Country and Bluegrass Music Festival, and Pioneer Ag Exposition of Arts and Crafts opens today.

The festival which runs Monday Aug. 30 through Sunday, Sept. 5, is planned annually for the week before Labor Day, and held at Missouri Valley at the Harrison County Fairgrounds.

This big event includes a week of old-time and traditional acoustic music, with performers on 12 different stages.

The huge festival is actually a fund-raising event which has become known as "America's finest and foremost old-time music festival."

Profits support the Pioneer Music Museum, America's Old Time Fiddlers Hall of Fame, America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Oak Tree Opry in Anita. The festival director is Bob Everhart of Anita.

This year the main stage will offer several bluegrass and traditional country acts including The Wilders, Railroad Roy Harper, Sarah Davison, Joyce Leonard, the Berge Family, Bob and Sheila Everhart, Jackie Shewey, Bill Craven, Pat Boilesen, Terry Smith, the Kenaston Family, Albert Brumley, Jr., and Claude.

Also new this year is Andy Glandt the Vice-Chariman of the European Bluegrass Music Association, who will be looking for acts that might do well in Germany.

Over 600 guests perform throughout the week, sharing their talent in over 250 scheduled programs.

Some of those shows are: Music Treasures; Long Ago Music Show; Harmonica Heaven; Sentimental Journey Music Show; Radio Daze; Northwoods Country Show; Fiesta Show; Shindig; Midwest Jubilee; Nishnabotna Riverboat Show; Snowbird Show; Hootenanny; Late Late Show; Cowboy Church; Cowboy Tribute Show; Harms Gospel Gathering; Prairie Gospel Sing; Sawdust Trail; Tender Hearts for Jesus; Fall Fling; Prairie Music Hayride; Troubador Show; Texas Jack Show; Old Time Music In The Kitchen Show; Great Plains Cowboy Show; Dusty Attic Music Show; Cimmaron Show; Timeless Treasures Show; Recollection Show; International Bluegrass Show; Texas Show; Hillbilly Music Show; Old Dixie Music Show; Sonny Rodger's Yodeling Paradise Show; Brush Arbor Show and many many more including several days of "one-on-one" workshops.

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Atlantic (Iowa) News Telegraph


Tim's tots get back-to-school clothes

From The News Virginian - Waynesboro, VA
WAYNESBORO - A little helps a lot, the Waynesboro father said as his stepdaughters went on a back-to-school shopping spree for clothes Sunday at Kmart.

For 23 years, Waynesboro musician Tim Spears has raised funds to give back-to-schoolers a chance to get some new threads. Fifty children received $50 each to buy duds and shoes early Sunday.

Dozens of parents and children gathered in front of Kmart at about 8 in the morning to drop $50 on wardrobe additions. Spears stood at one of the cash registers, like a summer's day Santa, collecting price tags and thank yous by the dozen.

Spears can play guitar with the best, but when it comes to fund-raising, he's a one-man band. Through an annual fall concert at Expoland in Augusta County, Spears raises thousands for children. Ticket sales to see bands such as Heather Berry and the Berry Pickers brought in about $6,000 at the Augusta County Country Music Opry last year, he said. The next concert takes place Oct. 17 at Expoland.

"The community backs this real good," Spears added. "It's good that they see how it's spent."

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The News Virginian (Waynesboro, VA)


Moving Downtown? Bristol musical heritage group plans move

From the TriCities
BRISTOL, Va. - The Twin City’s musical heritage may have a new downtown showcase - near where it all began.

Officials with the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, a Bristol-based organization dedicated to promoting that history, plan to eventually move their museum into the former Goodpasture Motor Co. building, Executive Director Bill Hartley said Monday.

The non-profit group plans to remodel the two-story brick building at the intersection of Cumberland and Moore streets, which until recently housed Tate’s News and the Palace Barber Shop.

"One of the organization’s goals is a permanent facility to showcase the music and further our mission," Hartley said. "The site is about a block from where the Bristol Sessions took place and where the ‘WCYB Farm and Fun Time’ radio shows later showcased the region’s music."

In 1927, record company executive Ralph Peer made the first recordings of Hall of Fame performers The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers in a State Street warehouse. Music historians have labeled those recordings as the "Big Bang" of commercial country music. A congressional resolution formally declared Bristol the birthplace of country music.

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Monday, August 30, 2004


Loretta Lynn always sure bet

From The Republican via Masslive.com
Country music legend Loretta Lynn closed out a two-night stay at Mohegan Sun Wednesday night with a one-hour performance in the casino's Wolf Den music stage.

Fans were lined up three deep around the circular venue, jammed between the one-armed bandits and pai-gow poker tables to catch a glimpse and listen to a bit of country music history.

It took some time for Lynn to actually get to the stage, as her band, The Coalminers, dressed in tuxedo whites, opened the show with the truck-driving anthem "Six Days on the Road," before introducing Lynn's twin daughters Peggy and Patsy.

Loretta Lynn appeared in a pink, sequined evening gown and joined the band in "Hey Loretta," which segued into "You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)."

She may have been dressed like Glenda the Good Witch, but her songs were from the dark side as Lynn sang of catfights and carnal knowledge, vowing that if she ever ran into the woman who inspired "Fist City," she would make sure to finish her off.

After "When The Tingle Becomes a Chill," and a chug-along version of "I Wanna Be Free," Lynn asked for requests.

"This is your show," she said. "I just sneaked in the back. So if there is something you want to hear, just shout it out."

While the acts on the Wolf Den stage usually compete with the sounds of the casino, from the clanging of slot jackpots to the shrill whine of winners, Lynn seemed to have command of the room. For a moment, the progressive slots stopped progressing and the bells and whistles of the gaming aisles were quieted.

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The Republican / MassLive.com


Bluegrass at Summerfest - Ricky Skaggs

From the Fredericksburg Free Lance Star
Ricky Skaggs , Kentucky Thunder, the Sam Bush Band, Mountain Heart and the Mark Newton Band will play Fredericksburg Summerfest at the fairgrounds on Saturday

On the Web: Visit http://haymaker.net for ticket information and other concert details.

LAST YEAR's show by Alison Krauss and Union Station at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds was so successful that the folks at Haymaker Productions decided to make it an annual tradition.

This year's Fredericksburg Summerfest will feature prominent bluegrass acts Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, and the Sam Bush Band, along with up-and-comers Mountain Heart and Fredericksburg's own Mark Newton Band. It will take place Saturday at the fairgrounds.

Proceeds will benefit the Dreamfield Foundation, which raises money for the George Beals Leadership Foundation and the Dr. Jocelyn Leighty Rodgers Scholarship.

Skaggs, hailed by some as the savior of country music, got his start in bluegrass at age 15, when he backed Ralph Stanley. He moved on to play with Tony Rice, J.D. Crowe and the New South and The Country Gentlemen.

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Fredericksburg Free Lance Star


Country Music Retirement Center coming closer to reality

Williamson County Review Journal
Katie Gillon is a patient woman. She has had to be.

The executive project coordinator for the Country Music Retirement Center (CMRC) is working on a plan that has slowly unfolded over 10 years — though the need for it probably goes back to the very first generation of country music stars.

“We’ve been looking for land — 40-50 acres, preferably in Williamson County — for 18 months now,” Gillon said. “Once that land is acquired, we can move ahead toward building the first phase of our retirement center, which is modeled after the Motion Picture and Television Fund Retirement Community near Los Angeles.”

The CMRC is needed because the career life of the average country musician is usually short.

For every great star who becomes a legend and a product forever, there are dozens of backup singers, session musicians and recording engineers who are not going to be financially secure when their final note is played, according to industry observers.

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Williamson County Review Journal


Loretta lives on

From the Calgary Sun
Rumours of Loretta Lynn's impending death have been greatly exaggerated. Despite the Aug. 9 cover of the Globe supermarket publication that declared: "Loretta Lynn Risks Death: Just out of hospital, she's killing herself for her fans!" the 69-year-old country music icon says she's on the mend from a recent bout with double pneumonia, her second this year.

RENEWED INTEREST ... Loretta Lynn's new album Van Lear Rose, produced by Jack White of The White Stripes, has put the legend back on top.

"I'm feeling great — just mean, a little ornery," says Lynn, down the line from her tour bus this week somewhere in Connecticut. "You know, to have to spend three weeks in a hospital, you got to be ready to die, ain't you?"

Lynn, who is suddenly in vogue again due to Van Lear Rose — her new critically-acclaimed album produced by Detroit garage-rocker Jack White of The White Stripes — saw the Globe piece, and her biggest complaint was the unflattering photos.

"I look like I was a fat pig from country music," she says in that unmistakeable twang that comes when you're from a place called Butcher Holler, Ky. "I look so bad on that cover. I look like somebody had taken my skin and was pulling it off. I said, 'Can you believe that? The Kate Smith of country music!' I could not believe it.'

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Calgary Sun


Record crowds at Gympie Country Music Muster

From Australia
Another record crowd has packed the six day Gympie Country Music Muster to see some of the country's best musicians.

Lee Kernaghan, Sarah Storer and Jimmy Barnes were among the performers on the muster's 13 stages at the south-east Queensland venue.

The money raised by this year's event will go to the charity, Transplant Australia, which helps rural people waiting for organ transplants.

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Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Independence getting ready for festival

From The Examiner
ndependence has the limelight this coming weekend with its Santa-Cali-Gon celebration.

Country music stars Marty Stuart, Amy Dalley, Dierks Bentley, Craig Morgan and Jean Shepard are scheduled to appear at the Labor Day weekend annual festival in downtown Independence.

The event is sponsored by the Independence Chamber of Commerce.

Marty Stuart headlines the Friday night concerts, which begin after the 5:30 opening ceremonies. Tim Pardee opens the Friday music at 6 p.m., followed by Amy Dalley and Stuart.

Saturday's entertainment kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with DeLisa Dawn & Route 66, followed by Craig Morgan and Dierks Bentley.

On Sunday, Country By Choice begins at 5 p.m., followed by Northtown Opry, country legend Jean Shepard and Spike Blake.

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The Examiner


Fame came quickly, but riches did not for the Carters

From the Virginia Pilot
HILTONS -– Joe Carter walks stiff-legged out the back door of the Carter Fold, then braces himself with a cane to ease down the stairs.

Hey, Joe, a woman calls over, mind if I get a picture with you?

“Not at all.”

Joe, good to see you, another greets him, you’re getting around a little better.

“Yeah, I got it in low range now,” he jokes. He is 77 years old, and wears the look of the men he was around growing up in Scott County: the round ruddy nose of his ancestors sitting above a thick hangdog mustache.

He is famous for his parents’ fame and doesn’t mind that a lick. He was born in February 1927, six months before his parents A.P. and Sara Carter, along with his aunt Maybelle, came out of the hills and changed the musical landscape forever.

But Joe, along with his older sister Janette, sweated nearly as much to keep mountain music alive through the lean times of Elvis, the Beatles and even today’s sparked-up country -– rock ’n’ roll in a cowboy hat.

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Virginia Pilot Online


CMA Announces Newest Members Of Country Music Hall Of Fame

From the Country Music Association
Kris Kristofferson and Jim Foglesong To Be Inducted On The CMA Awards In November

NASHVILLE – The Country Music Association has announced that former music industry executive Jim Foglesong and legendary singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson will become the newest members of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame. Formal induction for the pair will take place during “The 38th Annual CMA Awards,” which will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network, Tuesday, Nov. 9 (8:00–11:00 PM/EST) from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.

Foglesong is to be inducted in the “Non-Performer” category, which is awarded every third year, while Kristofferson will be inducted in the annual “Open” category. All inductees are chosen by CMA’s Hall of Fame panel of electors, consisting of more than 300 anonymous voters appointed by the CMA Board of Directors. Fogelsong and Kristofferson will become the 91st and 92nd members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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CMA Announces Newest Members Of Country Music Hall Of Fame

Saturday, August 28, 2004


GOP tribute to Johnny Cash stirs debate

From the Associated Press / Modesto Bee
WASHINGTON (AP) - Was the man in black a Democrat or a Republican?

The son of the late singer Johnny Cash, who captured the hardscrabble life of those on the margins in songs such as "Folsom Prison Blues" and "One Piece at a Time," says his dad never hinted about his party choice.

"He wouldn't say if he had any political affiliation," said John Carter Cash.

Uncertainty aside, Republicans plan to pay tribute to Cash at Sotheby's auction house in New York Tuesday night, one of many convention-related celebrations. Sotheby's will be auctioning Cash memorabilia Sept. 14-16.

Cash's daughter, Rosanne Cash, who has been linked to Democratic causes, released a statement saying the Cash estate did not object to the Sotheby's party. She said the party was approved based on the "personal relationship between our family and (Sen. Alexander), NOT as a show of support for the Republican agenda."

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Modesto Bee


Thomas Fraser Tribute Concert - Jimmie Rodgers relative to appear!!

Rick McWilliams, the Grandson of Elsie McWilliams, will perform at the Thomas Fraser Memorial Concert in November 2004! Rick hails from Meridian, Mississippi and has released two CDs 'Cold Winter Rain' and 'Rick McWilliams'. Jimmie Rodgers' fans will know his Grandmother well. She was Jimmie Rodgers Sister in Law and the main songwriting talent behind The Singing Brakeman's biggest hits. The McWilliams-Rodgers songwriting partnership has gone down as one of the most important in American musical history and Elsie is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in Nashville. Tickets for this unique show are expected to sellout earlier than usual - details of how to buy will be announced soon...

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Thomas Fraser


Fiddlin' Sid Harkreader

Fiddlin' Sid Harkreader

From our feature archives:
One of the early country music fiddling legends; a remembrance by one of today's singers, Mark Brine who knew him as a friend.

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Fiddlin' Sid Harkreader


George Menard

George Menard

From our feature archives:
Long time announcer for WLS National Barn Dance; sang as "WLS Prairie Singer". And do you remember "Junior Newsroom" in Chicago?

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George Menard

Friday, August 27, 2004


Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame Annouces 2004 Inductees

Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame
The Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame is please to announce its 2004 Induction Nominees.

Entertainer Nominee's - Doug and Shirley Sinclair

Builder Nominee - Art Jamieson

Citation Nominee's - Joe Teevens, Eddie Pigeon

Please join us on September 26, 2004, at Centerpointe Theatre in Ottawa Ontario, for a night of Celebration!! Tune in soon to the site to get show details!!

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Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame


CCMA Awards Nominee Ballot Showcases Canada’s Stars

From the CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association)
August 4, 2004 - Along with a stellar showing from Canada’s stars Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Jason McCoy and Terri Clark – many new names are found on the Canadian Country Music Awards Nominee Ballot for 2004 indicating a strong year of growth and a major influx of newcomers to the Awards level.

Alberta’s Carolyn Dawn Johnson dominates the final ballot with a total of 6 nominations. Next is rising star band Doc Walker, with a total of 5 nominations, including the Manitoba group’s first in the Kraft Cheez Whiz Fans’ Choice category – the coveted nomination that is the only CCMA Award decided on by the fans. Equaling Doc Walker’s number is Jason McCoy, who is also a 2004 Fans’ Choice nominee.

Multiple Fans’ Choice winner Terri Clark received 4 nominations including the Fans’ Choice category, tying in number with B.C. rising star Aaron Pritchett. Pritchett, a former CCMA talent contest finalist, had a strong year of performance in the format, along with 4 time nominee Ontario’s Beverley Mahood.

Host of the CCMA Awards show Paul Brandt earned 3 nominations, as did Shania Twain, who included the Fans’ Choice category among her nominations. Also with 3, Chevy Trucks Rising Star nominee Ontario’s Deric Ruttan, and Independent Edmonton band Corb Lund.

A full list of nominees for both the CCMA Awards and CCMA Industry Awards can be found at www.ccma.org. Beginning this month fans will be able to join in the voting for the Kraft Cheez Whiz Fans’ Choice nominee of their choice at www.cmtcanada.com.


The CCMA Awards close the annual Country Music Week conference, this year in the City of Edmonton from September 10 – 13, a part of that city’s 100th birthday celebrations.


Events: Bob Fuller's Hillbilly Night

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live oldtime country music

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DATE: Mondays
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Charley Pride couldn't make it in professional baseball, but he's a hitmaker in song.

Charley Pride thought baseball would be his ticket out of the cotton fields of Sledge, Miss., where he was born in 1938 into a family of sharecroppers with 12 children. Between 1955 and 1960, Pride was found regular work in the American Negro baseball league. He also tried to break into the majors with the hapless New York Mets and the newly formed Los Angeles Angels.


In April, Pride was forced to cancel his first Canadian tour in more than a decade when he was rushed to hospital for brain surgery to remove a blood clot. His recovery is complete and he has rescheduled his tour with performances in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Pride plays a sold-out show the RBC Theatre at the John Labatt Centre tonight in the arena's 3,200-seat format.

Since releasing his first single in 1966, Pride has sold more than 70 million records, making him second only to Elvis Presley in RCA sales.

His hit Kiss an Angel Good Morning is one of the best-loved country songs of all time. He's also done well in business -- he owns a bank near his home in Dallas, as well as a recording studio and a real estate company.

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London Free Press (Ontario Canada)


Emmylou Harris teams with roots revue at the Fillmore

"This Is Americana" debuted last week at No. 46 in Billboard's Top 75 Country Albums and No. 28 on the magazine's independent chart. Not bad for what essentially is a campaign to recognize Americana as a musical genre worthy of its own row of bins in the nation's record racks.

Yes, the compilation CD offers an outstanding lineup of 21 varied artists, ranging from newcomers to old-timers: Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Fairfax, King Wilkie, Tift Merritt, Slaid Cleaves, Jim Lauderdale, Alison Krauss & Union Station, and Ray Price.

But there's also the CD's can't-beat-it-with-a-hay-rake price: $1.98. That tells you more than just the cost of the album, said J.D. May, executive director of the Americana Music Association.

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Denver Post - By Ed Will

Tuesday, August 24, 2004


New Set Of USAF Shows On TCM Radio

TCM Radio is featuring a new set of 15-minute shows on the Country Channel. The shows were recorded in the mid-1970s in Nashville, Tennessee, and sponsored by the United States Air Force.

The first shows spotlight such stars as Johnny Paycheck, Red Sovine, Rex Allen, Jr., and Gene Watson. At any given day, more shows will be added, so check regularly. Additional artists will include Justin Tubb, Charlie Walker, Stu Phillips, Roy Drusky, Ray Pillow, Ferlin Husky, Jeanne Pruett, Del Reeves, Billie Jo Spears, Ray Stevens, and many others.

For more details:
Dusty Owens and TCM Radio


CBS News’ “The Early Show” and CMT To Air CMA Awards Nominations Live From New York and Nashville Monday, Aug. 30

From the CMA:
CBS News Anchor Hannah Storm Will Join Country Icon Kris Kristofferson in New York

CMT Personality Katie Cook and Hot Country Newcomers Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson Will Make Announcements on "CMT Insider: CMA Special Edition" in Nashville

"The 38th Annual CMA Awards" to be Broadcast Nov. 9 on the CBS Television Network

NASHVILLE – For the first time in the history of the CMA Awards, the announcement of the final nominees for the 2004 CMA Awards will be carried live Monday, Aug. 30, on network and cable television from New York during “The Early Show” on the CBS Television Network and on "CMT Insider: CMA Special Edition" on CMT from Nashville. "The 38th Annual CMA Awards" will be broadcast live from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tuesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM; live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Read the Press Release:
38th Annual CMA Awards Press Release


Hall of Fame benefactor pays $575,000 for Mother Maybelle's guitar

From the Tennesseean:
A Murfreesboro benefactor has put up $575,000 to purchase "Mother Maybelle" Carter's guitar and return it — permanently — to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

The 1928 Gibson L-5 guitar had been on loan to the museum since 1998, but it was put up for sale by its anonymous owner three months ago.

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The Tennesseean

Monday, August 23, 2004


Hank Williams: The Lost Highway; Capturing The Williams Persona

From the Louisville Scene:
"If a single line in Actors Theatre of Louisville's current production of "Hank Williams: Lost Highway" sums up the title character, it's the one in which Williams says that when a hillbilly sings crazy, he feels crazy, and when he sings about his mother, he can see her lying there.

That was the very quality that separated Williams from most country singers who came before him, as well as from most who have emerged since his death in 1952: Williams sang with total conviction, whether the song was about fun on the bayou or the lovesick blues. ..."

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The Lousiville Scene


International Country Music Day - September 17, 2004

From CMA Spain:

For the second consecutive year the next September 17 we celebrate The International Country Music Day. We want this date to become a musical and an human bridge between worldwide people that love Country Music.

The 2003 edition was successful, the congratulations and the replies to it arrived from all around the world: USA, Germany, France, Argentina... Artists like Gail Davies or Heather Myles expressed their good desires for this day as well as a lot of new friends from all the planet.

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The International Country Music Day - September 17, 2004


Red Thompson

Eddie Cletro

Red got his start with Fred Oliver and the Prairie Pioneers at WLDS in Jacksonville, Illionis. Later, Red had his own show and moved to WJIL. A long-time promoter of traditional country music.

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Red Thompson


Gene LaVerne and his Lone Star Ranch Gang

Eddie Cletro

One of New England's favorite entertainers; operated the Lone Star Ranch in Reeds Ferry, NH in the 1940s and 1950s; later enjoyed continued success as DJ in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

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Gene LaVerne and his Lone Star Ranch Gang

Friday, August 20, 2004


Eddie Cletro and His Roundup Boys

Eddie Cletro

A native of Trenton, New Jersey who found his musical career on the west coast. Fans will remember Eddie from his days with Stuart Hamblen and his Lucky Stars over KFWB, Doye O'Dell on the "Western Varieties" and with Foreman Phillips at the Town Hall in Compton.

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Eddie Cletro and His Roundup Boys

Thursday, August 19, 2004


Introduction to Hillbilly Music Blog

While hillbilly music may denote music of an older era and music, that doesn't mean that the technology of today cannot be used to enable others to learn about the people, the music and the history.

We'll try to keep the postings small, short and to the point - news items, questions from fans and web site notes and updates as we go along.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 18, 2004


Musician William 'Lum' York dies

From the Associated Press:
BATON ROUGE, La.— William ''Lum'' York, a musician and comedian who played with Hank Williams and other country music stars, has died of heart disease at the age of 85.

Mr. York, a native of Elmore, Ala., was a bass player with Williams and his Driftin' Cowboys band in the 1940s. He also played with other stars, including Marty Robbins.

He died Sunday at a Baton Rouge hospital. Mr. York was a member of the Driftin' Cowboys from 1944-1949, including Williams' 1948-49 residency at the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport. Mr. York said Williams paid him $20 a week and room and board, which he said was a lot of money back then.

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Lum York
(1919 - 2004)


Melvin Endsley, who wrote 'Singing the Blues,' dies

From the Associated Press:
DRASCO, Ark. — Melvin Endsley, a songwriter best known for his hit Singing the Blues, has died. He was 70.

Mr. Endsley's song-writing career began in the 1950s. Singing the Blues spent 10 weeks at No. 1 in 1956 and has since been covered by more than 100 artists and, according to Broadcast Music Inc., the song has been played at least 3 million times.

Mr. Endsley died Monday evening at a hospital in Searcy, his daughter Vickie Wilson of Heber Springs said. He died of heart complications, she said.

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Melvin Endsley

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