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Farther Along - Obituary from Issue #41 Sept-Oct 2002

Dave Carter: 1953 to 2002

Dave Carter, whose work with Tracy Grammer positioned the duo among the rising stars of contemporary folk/Americana, died of a heart attack on July 19 in Hadley, Massachusetts. He was 49. Born in Oxnard, California, and raised in rural Texas and Oklahoma, Carter earned an MFA in music (plus BA’s in mathematics and psychology) from [...]

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Farther Along - Obituary from Issue #40 July-Aug 2002

Hillous Butrum / Lionel Delmore / Oscar Florentino Tellez

Bass player Hillous Butrum died on April 27 in Nashville. Butrum was most famous for being a member of Hank Williams’ Drifting Cowboys, but he also played with Benny Martin, Marty Robbins, Hank Snow, and the blackface duo Jamup & Honey. He was 74. Lionel Delmore, who co-wrote “Swingin’” with John Anderson, died May 20 [...]

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Farther Along - Obituary from Issue #40 July-Aug 2002

Otis Blackwell: 1931 to 2002

Songwriter Otis Blackwell, author of several touchstones of early rock ‘n’ roll, died May 6 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 70. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Blackwell briefly pursued a singing career as a young man, but it was as a writer that he discovered himself — and that he helped to invent what we [...]

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Farther Along - Obituary from Issue #39 May-June 2002

Harlan Howard: 1927 to 2002

The story is told that sometimes at the pickin’ sessions held at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville during the 1960s, one of the songwriters would wax enthusiastically about a new idea he had for a song. Harlan Howard would reply, “Don’t bother. I’ve already written it.” And more often than not, it would be true. [...]

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Farther Along - Obituary from Issue #39 May-June 2002

Paul Buskirk / Walter Heebner

Mandolinist Paul Buskirk, who played with Roy Acuff, Lefty Frizzell and Tex Ritter, died March 16 at age 78. A frequent collaborator with Willie Nelson, Buskirk co-wrote the classic “Night Life” and recorded one album, 1993′s The Nacogdoches Waltz.… Producer Walter Heebner, who worked on television’s “The Spade Cooley Show” from 1950-53, died February 10 [...]

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Farther Along - Obituary from Issue #39 May-June 2002

Waylon Jennings: 1937 to 2002

“I’m just me, really. I don’t put anybody on in no way. Because I’m a man, you know. I’m very human…as far as an image is concerned, it’s in the minds of the people. There’s none in my mind, except there goes a psychedelic cowboy singer.” – Waylon Jennings, 1970 The obits were predictable: The [...]

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Farther Along - Obituary from Issue #39 May-June 2002

Dave Van Ronk: 1936 to 2002

Many will remember Dave Van Ronk as “The Mayor of MacDougal Street,” the folkie giant who let Bob Dylan crash on his couch back before anyone had ever heard of either of them. Many will remember Van Ronk for his fingerpicking, or his grand, crazy, wheezy Merchant Marine voice. Many will remember him for the [...]

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Farther Along - Obituary from Issue #39 May-June 2002

James Blackwood: 1919 to 2002

James Blackwood, the legendary Southern gospel vocalist, died February 3 at age 82, completing a career that spanned the genre’s history. Like so many Southerners of his generation, Blackwood learned four-part harmonies in a traveling singing school. James teamed with his brothers Roy and Doyle and his nephew R.W. in the original Blackwoods lineup in [...]

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Farther Along - Obituary from Issue #38 March-April 2002

Rufus Thomas / Stuart Adamson / Bobby Austin / Dave Conant / Marie Hartford

Legendary R&B vocalist Rufus Thomas, whose hits included “Walking The Dog” and “Do The Funky Chicken”, died in Memphis on December 15. The singer, along with his daughter Carla Thomas, are featured in D.A. Pennebaker’s upcoming documentary Only The Strong Survive. He was 84.… Stuart Adamson, former lead singer of Scottish band Big Country, died [...]

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Farther Along - Obituary from Issue #37 Jan-Feb 2002

Champ Hood: 1952 to 2001

Toni Price took the stage at the Continental Club on November 6, as she does every Tuesday night for happy hour — but the chair at stage right was empty. In its place rested a bushel of flowers, a scattering of guitar picks and mementos, a small fiddle-playing stuffed doll, a longneck beer, and a [...]

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From the Blogs

  • Willie Sugarcapps and The Mulligan Brothers Together for the First Time at Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm
    April 20, 2014 was the last Sunday Social in the third season at The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, Alabama. If the season had to end, Cathe Steele closed it out the right way with The Mulligan Brothers and Willie Sugarcapps playing together for the first time.  It was a… […]
  • Neil Young Surprises Fans and Sends A Letter Home
    "It's better to burn out than to fade away," Neil Young so memorably sang in his "Hey Hey, My, My (Into the Black)," the song that famously provides the counterpart to his "My, My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" on his Rust Never Sleeps album (1979). Well, Young himself will neither burn out nor fade away nor rust nor sleep. Th […]
  • John Nemeth - Memphis Grease (Album Review)
    You could have just as well called John Nemeth's latest release Soul from Spudsville. No matter what the location, everything the Boise, Idaho native touches turns to soul. This one he calls Memphis Grease because it was recorded there in his new adopted homebase, slathered with boilin' Memphis guitar and punched up with Stax style fatback horns, b […]
  • Dan Amor - Rainhill Trials (Album Review)
    Subtle and Sweet folk music from Wales              Most people reading this review will probably be of an age where they have pretty defined music tastes and don’t have the time or inclination to readily discover anything too radically new. I too am a bit like that; but as a music reviewer I can still discover new genres that can spin my preconceptions 359 […]
  • Jimbo Mathus on Americana Music Show #188
    On episode 188 of the Americana Music Show, Jimbo Mathus plays tracks from Dark Night Of The Soul, talks about going from "sepia tones to ultrachrome" and the "crazy Mississippi white boy chain."  Also in this episode, indie rock from Bobby Bare Jr., heartland rock from Jonny Two Bags, country rock from Rodney Crowell, road tripo music fr […]
  • The War on Drugs: From Dylan to Dire Straits, By Way of Attrition
    Whether on the basketball court or onstage, when two supreme talents join forces, it tends to make things better. Michael Jordan needed Scottie Pippen, LeBron James needs Dwyane Wade, McCartney clearly needed Lennon, and Salt would be a run-of-the mill condiment without Pepa. But there are exceptions to such… […]

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