||Buddy Gene Emmons
||January 27, 1937
Mishawaka, Indiana, U.S.
||July 21, 2015 (aged 78)
||Pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar
||Mercury, Flying Fish
||Little Jimmy Dickens, Ray Price, Ernest Tubb, John Hartford, The Everly Brothers
Buddy Gene Emmons (January 27, 1937 – July 21, 2015) was an American musician who is widely regarded as the world’s foremost pedal steel guitarist of his day. He was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1981.[ Affectionately known by the nickname “Big E”, Emmons’ primary genre was American country music, but he also performed jazz and Western swing. He recorded with Linda Ronstadt, Gram Parsons, The Everly Brothers, The Carpenters, Roger Miller, Ernest Tubb, John Hartford, Little Jimmy Dickens, Ray Price, Judy Collins, George Strait, John Sebastian, and Ray Charles and was a widely sought session musician in Nashvilleand Los Angeles.
Emmons made significant innovations to the steel guitar, adding two additional strings and an additional pedal, changes which have been adopted as standard in the modern-day instrument. His name is on a US patent for a mechanism to raise and lower the pitch of a string on a steel guitar and return to the original pitch without going out of tune.[ He won the Academy of Country Music’s “Best Steel Guitarist” nine times, beginning in 1969.
In 2013, two years before his death, he was honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame in a tribute called “The Big E: Salute to Buddy Emmons” featuring testimonials and performances by eminent musicians and hall of fame members.
Born this day, 1954. Ricky Skaggs was born in Cordell, Kentucky. He started playing music at age 5 after he was given a mandolin by his father, Hobert. At age 6, he played mandolin on stage with Bill Monroe. At age 7, he appeared on television’s Martha White country music variety show, playing with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. He also wanted to audition for the Grand Ole Opry at that time, but was told he was too young.
In his mid-teens, Skaggs met a fellow teen prodigy, guitarist Keith Whitley, and the two started playing together with Whitley’s banjoist brother Dwight on radio shows. By 1970, they had earned a spot opening for Ralph Stanley and Skaggs and Keith Whitley were thereafter invited to join Stanley’s band, the Clinch Mountain Boys
Skaggs later joined J. D. Crowe’s New South. For a few years, Skaggs was a member of Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band. He wrote the arrangements for Harris’s 1980 bluegrass-roots album, Roses in the Snow. In addition to arranging for Harris, Skaggs sang harmony and played mandolin and fiddle in the Hot Band.
Died on this date, 2012, 92 years old.
This may have been Kill Wells.
R.J. Vandygriff, A native of Roxton Tx, now living in Lipscomb, Texas, is an award winning singer, songwriter, poet, actor, and a real cowboy– not a honky-tonk Hollywood wannabe. He has performed from coast to coast in America along with appearances in Canada and Europe. Side men for R.J. Included Terry Downs, Jeff Gwinn, Earl Gaddy,and Boyd Hudgens.
R.J. has played at Melody Ranch in Waco Texas, Bear Creek Crossing, The Ranch House in Wylie TX, The Chrystal Chandellier and many events in the Oklahoma area. There are too many places to mention! R.J and His Wife Debbie now live in Lipscumb Texas. R.J. Played at the Lamar County Fair a few years ago. R.J. Now lives in Lipscumb which is in the Pan Handle of Texas. R.J. is frequently seen on the TV show. ” In The Bunk House “with Red Steegal. Once upon a time, Pilot BoydHudgens and R.J. flew Tom Gauldin’s Cessna 182 at Night to Waco to play at the Melody Ranch.
Description:Roy Linwood Clark (born April 15, 1933) is an American country music musician and performer. He is best known for hosting Hee Haw, a nationally televised country variety show, from 1969–1992. Roy Clark has been an important and influential figure in country music, both as a performer and helping to popularize the genre. Most of all, he is an entertainer, with an amiable personality and a telegenic presence. During the 1970s, Clark frequently guest-hosted for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show and enjoyed a 30-million viewership for Hee Haw. Clark is highly regarded and renowned as a guitarist and banjo player, and is also skilled in classical guitar and several other instruments. Although he has had hit songs as a pop vocalist (e.g., “Yesterday, When I Was Young” and “Thank God And Greyhound”), his instrumental skill has had an enormous effect on generations of bluegrass and country musicians. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, since 1987 and The Country Music Hall of Fame.
Today is Terry Downs Birthday! He is 58 years old today! Terry has a long history of playing guitar for many artist including Robert Joe Vandygriff and others. He is a regular side man at the Dallas Steel Guitar Convention playing along with Ronnie Miller and artist like Charley Pride. Terry created a DVD called the Guitar Styles of Roy Nichols. Terry sold many copies of the DVD all around the world. Terry has graced the presence of the Boisdarcbottom band several times. Terry gave the proceeds from his DVD to Roy Nichols widow. Terry now lives in the Wylie area and still travels around the world supporting various electronic systems.
Over the past few years Clay has learned quite a bit on the bass guitar. At the same time in Stringbender Music studio Wes has learned to play the harmonica. Today is their birthday! They attend North Lamar and Clay has studied Trombone and Wes has majored in percussion’s.
Boisdarcbottom will be playing in Roxton tonight. The Show will start around 7pm. Hope to see you there
Description:Born 1926 – Died on this date, 2011. When Kenny Baker played the fiddle, the notes flowed out like honey pours from a jar — smooth, thick and wide, according to his friends. “All your great fiddle players in Nashville, when they heard Kenny, they knew there was a lot more to be had with a fiddle, a lot more to learn,” said Ronnie Eldridge, a close friend. “He was the best at hoedowns. Nobody could touch him on the waltz. He was a singer’s dream,” Eldridge said. Mr. Baker, 85, a Letcher County native who spent many years performing with legendary bluegrass musician Bill Monroe, penned 92 instrumentals and tutored many others in his “long bow” fiddling style, died Friday, just a few days after his last jam session. Mr. Baker, who lived near Gallatin, Tenn., died of complications from a stroke.