All Time Country Classics
This is a work of pure, joyous love and nostalgia. These are songs done in the style of the original artists. (I would not claim to imitate them; they were the cream of the crop, the kings of their era). My mother and father sang the songs of Jimmie Rodgers as far back as I can remember. In the late thirties when we got our first battery-powered radio, we never missed the GRAND OLE OPRY. As a teenager participating in our Future Farmer's of America (FFA) band (I had a small role) and our comedy trio (I sang lead) at Straughn High School, just outside of Andalusia, AL., we played the music of Red Foley, Eddy Arnold and Hank Williams. Just as soon as their latest releases hit the local radio station or the drug store juke box we would learn them. We were invited to perform at state functions, the Alabama State Fair in Montgomery, a week with all expenses paid and a few bucks on the side to perform at the State Farm Bureau Convention in Auburn, etc. We won many state, county and local talent contests. Heady stuff for a teenager in those days. In my first ten years in the United States Air Force, I either sang for a band or was the leader of a group. That's when I started doing Marty Robbins and Jim Reeves. In 1960, I put music aside to concentrate on my Air Force career and my family. We had three of our four children by then. I revitalized my music career six years ago. Though I do make appearances with bands, most of my performances have been as a solo artist where I do an anthology of country music, particularly the Grand Ole Opry. I have been singing these songs most of my life (on and off stage) and, for me, they represent the traditional country (hillbilly) music at it's best. Take on great story-telling lyric, add one heart felt melody, mix in a few talented musicians and these classic songs live, breath and reverbrate in my soul. I must tell you that now, starting my seventy-first year, I love today and am fervently looking forward to tomorrow. LIFE IS A BLAST!!!!! A SPECIAL THANKS to DJs all over the world who have found my music worthy of their precious air time. Be well and God Bless, Jim.