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Saturday, March 13, 2010
Everyone knows, about the famous "the day that music died", with legendary music figures Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper dying in that terrible plane crash in early 1959. Sadly another incident would happen 4 years later. March 5th around 6:30 pm cst, a Piper Commanche plane carrying country stars, Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and lesser known performer Randy Hughes, crashed in a forest near Camden, Tennessee. While stopping in Dyersburg, Tennessee to refuel, the airfield manager insisted they stay the night, due to severe weather and high winds. Sadly they decided to carry on...........
While Patsy's legacy is firmly cemented in history, the others are not exactly household names.
Copas was born in 1913 in Jefferson Township in Adams County, Ohio. He began performing locally at age 14, and appeared on WLW-AM and WKRC-AM in Cincinnati during the 1930s. In 1940 he moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he performed on WNOX-AM with his band, the Gold Star Rangers.
In 1943, Copas achieved national fame when he replaced Eddy Arnold as a vocalist in the Pee Wee King band and began performing on the Grand Ole Opry. His first solo single, "Filipino Baby", released by King Records in 1946, hit No. 4 on the Billboard country chart and sparked the most successful period of his career. His biggest hit was "Alabam" released much later in his career, in 1960, remained number one for 3 months. Listen here!
Harold "Hawkshaw" Hawkins was born on December 22, 1921 in Huntington, West Virginia. He gained his nickname as a boy after helping a neighbor track down two missing fishing rods: the neighbor dubbed him "Hawkshaw" after the title character in the comic strip, Hawkshaw the Detective. He traded five trapped rabbits for his first guitar, and first performed on WCMI-AM in Ashland, Kentucky. At 16, he won a talent competition and a job on WSAZ-AM in Huntington, where he formed Hawkshaw and Sherlock with Clarence Jack. They moved to WCHS-AM in Charleston, West Virginia in the late 1930s. In 1940, at 19, he married Reva Barbour, a 16-year-old from Huntington; but they were divorced in 1958.
Beginning in 1954, Hawkins was a regular performer on ABC Radio and TV's Ozark Jubilee in Springfield, Missouri, where he met his second wife, Jean Shepard. After a few years with Columbia and RCA Records, he joined the Grand Ole Opry and returned to King; and in 1962 he recorded his biggest hit, "Lonesome 7-7203". It first appeared on the Billboard country chart as a March 2, 1963 release, three days before Hawkins died. The song was absent from the charts for the two weeks following his death, but re-appeared on March 23 and spent 25 weeks on the chart, four of them at number one, an accomplishment that eluded him in life. Listen here!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
The Funky Roots
And your hosts
Slim White and The Averys
Sunday, March 14th, 6 to 10 PM
The Thirsty Ear
1200 West 3rd Avenue
Columbus, OH 43212-3045
ADMISSION IS FREE
Howdy Honky Tonkers-
Seems like there is a whole lot of great American Roots music getting played out there on our local stages these days. As you know, I am quite old creaky, so I can’t get out and see a lot of these shows, but there are some acts that I just can’t pass up.
There is a real good scene down at Vic’s these days. (I reckon we will have to all start callin’ Vic’s The Shrunken Head now, but it could take some getting’ used to…..) Boots and I made it down to Jamie Lyn’s Honky Tonk Happy Hour last Friday, at Vic’s Shrunken Head, because OutLaw DeLuxe was playin’, and then we stuck around to catch Angela Perley and The Howlin’ Moons. Of course, The OutLaws turned in a great set of some pure twangin’ classic country songs, cranked up with their signature “wall of guitars” sound. In addition to playing with The Averys, our drummer Ox also plays with OutLaw DeLuxe, and it was good to see him cutting loose on some heavy OutLaw grooves. Check ‘em out some time- they have some shows comin’ up at The Rack. If you like you some Johnny Cash and some Bocephus, maybe a little Skynrd, then you will love you some OutLaw DeLuxe.
Now, mostly I come on here to remind y’all that we have another Ranch Party Round Up gonna’ come up next Sunday. The Averys and I are itchin’ to get back up under them hot lights at The Thirsty Ear and play y’all some pure Honky Tonk, and we have rounded up a couple of truly superior acts to help us out. The show this month is going to be headlined by our good friends The Funky Roots. We had the pleasure of hosting The Funky Roots back in November, and they really delivered the goods that night. I knew we’d have to get back ‘em to the Round Up, and this time we are giving them some room to really stretch out with two full sets. This is a group of truly skilled musicians, and they have excellent taste in American Roots songs. You will hear classics by Hank Williams and The Carter Family, and also some tasty numbers by American Beauty-era Grateful Dead. Trevor and Margo have a great way with those vocal harmonies, too, which I personally think is the key to a great country sound.
Some of you folks may be familiar with our other act, Angela Perley. She has established herself among the best of our local Americana acts, with an updated country/blues/folk sound that blends a Honky Tonk attitude with a little bit of jazzy thing going on. With and upright bass, Gibson 335 and a piano in the mix, her songs tread a range of territories that she claims with authority. Angela will be playing a solo set for us at The Round Up, so come on out and get ya’ a taste of one of our local rising stars. Like I always do with our Round Up acts, I asked Angela to send me some bio material for you to read, so’s you can get and idea of where she comes from and what she does:
Angela enrolled at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 2004 and the experience changed her life forever. Athens opened up a whole new world of music to Angela, and she fell in love with the Appalachian, folk, and old timey music and traditions of the area. Angela started playing music in Athens with the folk rock band Vintage Green, led by singer-songwriter Jacob Wells. When members of the band moved to different areas of the country, Angela started focusing on her own writing and songs and later formed a bluegrass/roots band called Scarlet and the Yellow Moons. Some have described Angela's sound as a blend of bluegrass, blues, country, and indie rock. She identifies her musical influences as all the solid gold oldies she listened to as a child, The Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Loretta Lynn, and Wanda Jackson...to name a few. Her more modern music interests include Cat Power, Lucinda Williams and Holly GoLightly.
Okay, folks, now I have told you a little bit about what you can expect this Sunday at The Thirsty Ear, I reckon I will see you there. The Averys will take the stage at 6 PM and get things started, and as always, we will have Boots Massing spinning real vinyl country records for you between sets. We will also have country music trivia questions and you can win a quality Columbus Brewing Company T shirt or a CD by The Averys. The Thirsty Ear will feature specials on some great beers from our sponsor, Columbus Brewing Company. This is a full night of entertainment and there is no charge to enjoy it!