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Buddy Emmons

Buddy Emmons
Buddy Emmons Tribute Album Cover, "The Big E".jpg
Background information
Birth name Buddy Gene Emmons
Born January 27, 1937
Mishawaka, Indiana, U.S.
Died July 21, 2015 (aged 78)
Nashville, Tennessee
Genres Country, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar
Years active 1952–2015
Labels Mercury, Flying Fish
Associated acts 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.

Music History-Lefty Frizzell

Died on this Date, 1975. Frizzell was born in Corsicana in east Texas, but shortly after his birth he moved with his family to El Dorado in southern Arkansas, where the Frizzells remained until the early 1940s. Frizzell began playing the guitar as a young boy. By age 12, he was appearing regularly on a children’s show at local radio station KELD-AM. The family returned to Texas when Frizzell was still a teenager, his music career receiving a significant boost when he won a talent contest in Dallas.

Music History – Ricky Scaggs

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.

Music History-Roy Clark

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.

Music History- Terry Downs

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.

Music History-Clay and Wes Hudgens

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

Music History-Kenny Baker

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.

Kevin Hudgens – Born June 8, 1976 Died October 6, 2015

Kevin played for numerous bands throughout his career, including Bois d’arc Bottom Band. He got his first drum kit from the drummer at the Wylie Opry, one night after his dad played there. His first paying gig was with E.T. Switch at the age of 14. Other bands he played for over the years were Gary Porterfield Band, Karl Louis & Blues Drivers, 7 Summers Old, Post Oak Savannah, J.D. Moss & Ace Deuce, John Mark Spencer, Wade White. He last played at East Paris Baptist Church in the Praise Band, right beside his dad, Boyd Hudgens. That was the highlight of his career.