Billy Walker was killed eight years ago today--May 21, 2006--when he lost control of his van and slid off I-65 near Fort Deposit, Ala. The one-car crash also killed Walker’s wife Bettie, bassist Charles Lilly Jr., and guitar player Daniel Patton, and injured his grandson. Billy Walker was on his way back to Nashville from one of the many countless road gigs in his life to appear on the Grand Ole Opry that Saturday night. He was 77.
Country music is rife with tragedy. Many of…Continue
Posted on May 21, 2014 at 2:00am — 7 Comments
Ray Price died yesterday afternoon, one day after initial false media reports surfaced, creating a sort of accidental vigil as tributes flowed upon hearing the erroneous news of his passing on Sunday. I think the error, while certainly distressing to his family, was a wonderful gift. Having literally watched loved ones pass away before me, I am fully aware of the power of sending energy to those on the threshold. All that energy and love does make a difference in the comfort of the…Continue
Posted on December 17, 2013 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments
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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