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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

  • Katie Herzig - Walk Through Walls (Album Review)
    Once upon a time, Katie Herzig wore her heart on her sleeve and wielded an acoustic guitar, both apropos of being a singer/songwriter. These days, though, she keeps company with synthesizers and drum loops. Yeah, the heart is still right there on the sleeve, but now you can groove to its beat. Herzig's new collection, Walk Through Walls, is a song cycle […]
  • Exclusive Premiere of Cowboy Jack Clement's "Let the Chips Fall"
    Cowboy Jack was one of the most beloved country and Americana artists of his generation. For proof, just look at the list of artists who showed up to lend a hand on his final album: John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Bobby Bare, Duane Eddy, T Bone Burnett, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Dan Auerbach, Leon Russell, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlin […]
  • Reagan Boggs on Americana Music Show #187
    On episode 187 of the Americana Music Show, Reagan Boggs plays 3 tracks from Quicksand and talks about writing songs about tough ladies and the value of simple songs. Also on this episode, heartland rock & roll from Chuck Ragan, indie rock from Jonny Two Bags, southern rock from Jimbo Mathus, honky… […]
  • Easy Ed's Sideshow of Solos, Duets and Ensembles: Session #42
    Welcome to the 42nd installment of random thoughts, trivial facts. occasional fiction, poetry, haikus, photos, artwork, stories of fleeting fame and dastardly deeds, and videos or tunes that may have caught my attention or fancy of late. As you can see by the picture at the side, I've got dessert on my mind, and in particular...pies. The Oxford Companio […]
  • St. Vincent in Concert: As Performance Artist, Annie Clark Shows Her True Colors
    One of the most intriguing aspects about attending a St. Vincent concert is the anticipation. What will Annie Clark do next? That’s what one high-strung son of someone was thinking for the rest of us while pressed up against the barrier leaving just enough breathing room between entertainer and her target audience as March wound down while that inevitable da […]
  • Jeff Black – Folklore (Album Review)
    The latest tunes from Missouri bred Black - thirteen of them – are delivered solo and acoustic. Jeff Black’s tenth album, another self-release was recorded at his rustic Arcana Studios as were recent predecessors PLOW THROUGH THE MYSTIC (2011) and B-SIDES AND CONFESSIONS, VOL. 2 (2013). Produced by Black, the sessions took just two days and the sounds captur […]

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