Archive for September, 2008
This Country Classics article is a tribute to a friend of mine. A truck driver and dear friend of mine, he hauled D-5 bulldozers for a mining exploration company. The video below is a tribute to all truckers, but Bill’s situation was slightly different. On Bill’s last cross-country run he thought about life and business as usual. Hauling wide loads, Bill and his buddies had to stop, getting off the road before the sun went down.
In our educational series we feature the Carter Starter steel guitar. This is a nine minute video that features the specifics of the Carter Starter. My wife and I recently found two Carter Starter steel guitars at the Musician’s Friend clearance center in Kansas City Missouri. We looked at both of them carefully. One was missing the CD, and the other was missing a pedal. (That’s why it is the clearance center.) Why the people at Musician’s Friend didn’t make one good one out of two bad ones escapes me.
Faron Young was born in Shreveport Lousianna in 1932, and he passed away in 1996. A song that is hard to research, but remembered by many, is “Riverboat.” As I started writing this article I thought I listened to the song on AM radio around 1959 or 1960. Listeners could hear part of American history on country radio stations, with hits like Johnny Yuma, Riverboat, Johnny Reb, North To Alaska, and The Alamo. I heard “Riverboat” on XM-13, Willie’s Place, and decided to do some research.
Jerry Reed lived each day like he just wanted to have fun. He passed away at the age of 71 from complications related to emphysema. His hits included “Amos Moses,” “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot,” “East Bound and Down,” “She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)” and “The Bird.” Nothing displayed fun and a full life like Jerry Reed performing on stage, or on the big screen as an actor. We all remember “Smokey and The Bandit.”
He played steel guitar for Hank Williams and was part of Hanks band. Long-time steel guitar player Don Helms passed away at the age of 81. Don Helms, who died of a heart attack on August 11, was born in 1927 in Alabama, and grew up listening to the sound of steel guitars on the weekly radio broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry.
This material has been moved to our music video libraries that now contain over 24 hours of music. See the right side of the website.
I finally found the Wood Brothers CD with the song “Alcohol Of Fame’, and believe me it was not easy to find. I listen to Catfish on Willie’s Place, XM-13, and he likes to play The Wood Brothers “Alcohol Of Fame” since it such a good honky tonk song. In addition to reviewing this great CD, I will give you all the details so you can find it. (I found mine on eBay once I knew what I was looking for)