Last week the newest members to the hallowed Country Music Hall of Fame were officially inducted. The three artists selected by the CMA for induction this year are all unquestionably deserving of the honor. And yet I find myself, as with every year, in utter disbelief at a continuing, inexcusable oversight. One of the most popular, influential, innovative, and lasting country music stars of the 1950’s and early 1960’s remains excluded. That artist is Johnny Horton.
Johnny Horton died…Continue
Posted on November 4, 2013 at 6:00am — 20 Comments
Revisiting an earlier piece in honor of what would have been Porter Wagoner's 86th birthday:
Elvis Costello looked at me as if I had produced the Holy Grail. His eyes lit up like a schoolboy at the sight of the Porter Wagoner figurines we had on the shelf in the store. After the initial shock had worn down, he confided in me that he was in the midst of an internal crisis and sought my counsel. “I’m rather unsure if I should get the large one or the small one.” I…Continue
Posted on August 12, 2013 at 4:00pm — 12 Comments
Ricardo Esteban Valenzuela Reyes - better known as Ritchie Valens - was one of my earliest musical heroes, something I am reminded of every February 3, the anniversary of the plane crash that took his life, along with Buddy Holly and "The Big Bopper." Buddy gets most of the glory in the history books, and I suppose he should. His hits were bigger, his career (slightly) longer, his music more complex and innovative, his impact on pop culture undeniably greater. And I love Buddy Holly. I…Continue
Posted on February 3, 2012 at 10:00am — 4 Comments
Ray Price turns 86 today. In honor of his birthday, here is my review from 2009 of his appearance at the Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, CA...
Hank Williams died on New Year's Day, 1953, and Ray Price has been around long enough to have roomed with the legend for a year before his death; yet somehow, inexplicable still to any sort of reason my mind can conceive, I stood with my dad a mere 15 feet from Ray Price last night at a club in Santa Ana (as my dad pointed out, we…Continue
Posted on January 11, 2012 at 7:39am — 3 Comments