I learned this morning that Country Music Legend and Steel Guitarist Weldon Myrick
is having some serious health issues that I cannot comment on right now
but I felt the need to write a salute to honor his contributions to country music.
I was going to begin a NEW series next week featuring steel guitarists that are
sort of “off the radar” of mainstream.
I use my website to feature the local talent and the independent bands..I’m not trying
to analyze what corporate radio is doing or where is Country Music on radio?
I have KNOWLEDGE and FACTS and I want to feature people who gave their lives
to the proliferation of Country Music.
He was born on April 10th 1939 in Jayton Texas and from a very early age
he loved music.
His older brother began playing the steel guitar and was called to serve
in the military and in his absence Weldon began playing it.
His first band was Henley Diggs and The Double Mountain Boys and they had
a short radio show on Saturdays.
His first Nashville trip was in the 1950’s and he moved to Big Springs Texas
in the late 50’s.
He was brought to Nashville by legendary producer Ken Nelson along with
the Ben Hall Trio.
He started going to the Opry to see if anyone would let him play.
Now, back then the Opry had an open door policy.
And soon after Whispering Bill Anderson allowed Weldon to play.
And thusly it lead to him playing with a young girl Bill found
named Connie Smith.
Bob Ferguson was another legendary producer that loved Weldon’s playing
on “Once A Day” which Anderson wrote.
The calls started flooding in and he left the road to pursue session work
and asked Hal Rugg who was the only permanent player on the Opry if he could
also play in the house band.
Ott Devine who was the Opry manager back then happily accepted Weldon.
And Weldon Myrick played on the Opry for over 34 years.
On February of 1998 Weldon played his last Opry show and retired.
I am going to include this list of artists I have connected Weldon Myrick to.
I found some of it on his webpage and some I found on vinyls.
Allen, Jr., Rex
Area Code 615
& The Sunliters
Benny Hall Trio
Brewer & Shipley
Brown, Jim Ed
Brown, T. Graham
Cline, Patsy & Reeves, Jim
Coe, David Allen
Cooper, Wilma Lee & Stoney
Dalton, Lacy J.
Davis, Danny/N’ville Brass
Dempsey, Jimmy Little
Ellis, Darryl & Don
Fairweather Low, Andy
Griggs, Sir Robert C.
Hall, Tom T.
Hamilton IV, George
Hardwick, Jr., Billy
Ian & Sylvia
Jim & Jesse (McReynolds)
G. Jones/Ricky Van Shelton
G. Jones/Sweethearts of The Rodeo
Lewis, Jerry Lee
Lost Gonzo Band
Oak Ridge Boys
Ozark Mt. Daredevils
Reeves, Jim/Patsy Cline
Rich Mountain Tower
Riders in the Sky
Riley, Jeannie C.
Robbins, (Pig) Hargus
Robey,Falk & Bod- Rodeo
Shaver, Billy Joe
Shea, George Beverly
Shelton, Ricky Van
Sheppard, T. G.
Spears, Billy Jo
Thomas, B. J.
Twist, Ronnie Lee
Walker, Jerry Jeff
White, Joy Lynn
Williams, Jr., Hank
Younger, James & Michael