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I bought my copy of Waylon Jennings “Leavin’ Town” at a record shop in Long Beach California in 1966. At the time I had no knowledge of Fender’s Telecaster guitar. The song “Time To Bum Again” comes right after “Leavin’ Town”, the title track of this album.
By Mike Copeland
Tribune-Herald staff writer
Willie’s Place is not Willie’s place anymore.
Travel Centers of America will turn the iconic truck stop at Carl’s Corner north of Hillsboro into a Petro Stopping Center for motorists. Country music legend Willie Nelson and partners opened Willie’s Place there in 2008. It served as a combination fuel stop, saloon, gift shop and performance hall.
Today we remember Wynn Stewart, a man who pioneered the harsh hard-driving telecaster sound of country music in the 1960′s. Wynn Stewart, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and many others enjoyed great success back then.
Leroy Van Dyke lives just outside of Sedalia Missouri and that makes it easy for him to sing at the Missouri State fair this week in Sedalia. In fact the fairgrounds has a street named after Leroy Van Dyke.
Many of our visitors are looking for truck driving songs. Just as important are true stories about truck drivers. This is one of them:
America is a Christian nation, land of the free, and home of the brave. Only two defining forces offered to die for you — Jesus Christ and American servicemen and women — Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.
From the desk of Tracy Pitcox: Johnny Bush was born in the blue-collar neighborhood of Kashmere Gardens in Houston, Texas. Bush listened to the western swing music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys and the honky-tonk sounds of artists like Ernest Tubb, Lefty Frizzell and Hank Thompson.
Texas Country Music entertainer Joe Paul Nichols passed away on Wednesday morning at his home near Jacksboro, Texas. He was 69. Nichols had been battling Lou Gerhig’s disease for four years.
This is Tommy Collins performing a song written by Wynn Stewart. “It’s Too Much Like Lonesome Since You’re Gone” was originally recorded on January 17, 1967 at Columbia Studios in Nashville.