Jan 032015
 

10292536_906443619390265_4799442475941734431_n

You sure were quite a doll Raggedy Ann….yes quite a doll.
I am Little Jimmy Dickens or Willie Nelson after taxes….this was a weekly ongoing joke for years
from a little hero with a big heart. He was Country Music’s most beloved Icon and EVERY Country Music
website has wrote an article for him.
He NEVER missed an Opry weekend unless he was hospitalized and physically couldn’t perform and he WAS
the prominent Opry frontman.

He was the oldest active Opry member with the death of Hank Locklin in 2009 however it is often said
he was the longest tenured member. This was (to my knowledge) not accurate because in 1957 he left
the Opry and returned in 1975 making Jean Shepard the longest running member.
STILL it does NOT take his stature away from him HE WAS the Opry he WAS the heart and soul of
the whole circle and the famed red curtain.

He was well known throughout our community of Nashville and patronized many of the businesses in the area.
He frequently came to Nashviile Palace and Music City Bar. He was one of the last Opry powerhouses to
still attend the bars of Lower Broadway.
He was 94 and recently had a birthday at the Opry…Buddy Emmons showed up!
He was unashamed of showing up anywhere in public, and being seen nor was he EVER unfriendly or
smiling.
Let’s all remember his life and legacy and the stories and memories will run through this town
for many many years.

James Cecil Dickens was born December 19th 1920 and was one of the last prominent Opry members
during the turbulent 1950s when Hank Williams shared the Opry stage.
In 1948 he joined the Opry and continued to wear his popular nudie suits until he could no
longer perform.
Dickens recorded many novelty songs for Columbia, including “Country Boy”, “A-Sleeping at the Foot of
the Bed”, and “I’m Little But I’m Loud”.[3] His song “Take an Old Cold Tater (And Wait)” inspired
Hank Williams to nickname him “Tater”. Later, telling Jimmy he needed a hit, Williams penned
“Hey Good Lookin'” specifically for Dickens in only 20 minutes while on a Grand Ole Opry tour bus.
A week later Williams cut the song himself, jokingly telling him, “That song’s too good for you.

In 1983 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In 1964 he had his first top ten hit with “The Violet And The Rose” and his first number one
hit was “May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” in 1965.

Toward his later years he was featured in Brad Paisley’s video “I’m Gonna Miss Her”
where he was fishing in a boat and the joke was that he was so small you couldn’t see
him in the boat..but his arms reeling in fish.
Jimmy Dickens was a prankster and frequently dressed up in costumes and stood on chairs,
always telling short jokes and jokes in general on the Opry.
He is credited for introducing tens of thousands of acts to the Opry stage and hosted many
segments of the Opry.
In 2012 he graced the stage of Muddy Roots as he was featured on the festival and met with
great regard by the audience.

On Christmas day he suffered a heart attack and died January 2nd in a Nashville hospital.
You can view his obituary HERE

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
04:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home
660 Thompson Ln
Nashville, TN 37204
6153834754
Driving Directions

Funeral Service
Thursday, January 8, 2015
11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Grand Ole Opry House
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN

Jan 032015
 

kr

Well folks I am pretty sure you heard Little Jimmy Dickens died…I’m sure
Jimmy would want the show to go on. I was in town for website business and to do
some other things. I first went to visit my good friend Kenneth Marr who was the one that
designed my logo and manufactures my stickers.

I’m over on Franklin road tonight at The Sutler and this is
a really nice place with what looks to be real good food. This is a reservation place so
if you want a good table for a show call and make them.

Peewee Moore And The Awful Dreadful Snakes are a honky tonk band
I have featured on here many many times. He is a frequent performer at Muddy roots and I covered his
Slider House show. I talked to Boots and the new album is being worked on and will be distributed
through Rusty Knuckles.

The sound check was Gypsy Rose, and he is just going up now…I’m excited.
I’m being bounced around a lot in the back by the stand up bar and the venue is VERY loud
and It’s hard to do this much but it is a nice place, the stage is nice.
I missed the opening song but he followed up with “Making Sure The Story’s Being Told”.

HE IS unloading all his own great songs playing ‘Cotton Pickin Woman”…what a great show.
HE IS playing us covers like “Big City” from Merle Haggard, and his lonesome Honky Tonk sound
is tearing this place up.
The Saloon type atmosphere of this venue is really cool to see an artist like Peewee Moore.
I’m just sad he doesn’t get to Nashville more often than he does.

He is playing “Aint Got Nothing” right now..there is history on the walls of this place,
much like Bobby Mackey’s and many more historic venues older than this one.
I been talking with some folks from Texas who run a radio show and I been turning her
on to several acts up here. Networking….is how we fight this battle.

‘Leaving With the Band’ is always a good upbeat song I like to hear them play.
Folks I want y’all that are reading this to know these guys DO PLAY for tips
and your money keeps these guys rolling to the next show.
He is playing “running Moonshine” right now and Boots is in prime shape on them drums!

He’s playing “Long Time Gone” and they are playing in sets like most bands do
taking breaks in sets. VERY NICE looking food and if not for having meetings in town
I would have ate here. Heck they play Buck Owens on the overhead while you dine
and Wayne the Train Hancock!

Peewee is in the planning stages of a music festival called “The Honky Tonk Tent Revival”
which will take place Memorial Day weekend near Monteagle Tennessee.
I’ll report further information on this event as I learn it from him and all about the event.
The second set is beginning with an upbeat song full of twang called “Truck Driving song”.

This set is focused on Truck driving songs and includes “Six Days On the Road” by Dave Dudly.
I’m cross working on a Jimmy Dickens article for you folks..you can be sure of it. Honestly I
been working on several different projects with the website this weekend to bring you the BEST
coverage on independent music I can.
He’s playing “Truck Driving Man” which was written by Terry Fell in the 1960’s..it was of course
made commercially popular by Buck Owens.

“Down Every Road” is a Merle Haggard song I have heard him cover before and do it well.
He did his murder ballad (and one of my favorite songs) “Nickajack Dam” and followed it up
with “Good Timing Woman”.
He played a piece of “A Boy Named Sue” along with a great instrumental break.

“Eleven Months and Twenty Nine Days” is a song many people cover..but not with as good
of twang as him or Whitey Morgan.
All in All if you go to a Peewee Moore show you’re in for a REAL treat, I bought some CD’s
Cause I couldn’t believe there was no cover. I offered to pay and they said it was a free show.

Folks when these people play “free shows” let’s BUY STUFF and keep them functional.
This is no different than tipping a waitress or haircut barber. Take care of friends
and support this art.