Archive for March, 2015

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter – 25 March 2015

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Jerry Brightman (1953-2015)
One of Buck Owens’s Buckaroos, Gerald “Jerry” Warner Brightman, 61, died at his home in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, on March 9. At age 14 he joined the Wheeling Jamboree staff band in Wheeling, West Virginia. After Buck Owens asked him to play steel guitar on some recording sessions, he became a member of the Buckaroos from 1972-75. He recorded 16 Owens albums, plus appearing on hundreds of other recording sessions and as a Hee Haw cast member, (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter – 11 March 2015

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

“We’re still iced in down here,” Bill Anderson told me on the phone last week. He said Nashville had received snow on top of the layer of ice already on the ground, and it was “supposed to go down to single digits tonight.” I told him the temperature here had climbed from below zero to six degrees. “Oh, you’re having a heat wave,” he replied.

I said I’d enjoyed reading his latest journal entry, where he described coming home from Minnesota and finding a burst pipe in his yard: He laughed and said he received many comments, mostly advice on what he should have done. He summarized the advice with “should have chased the horse down before he got out of the barn, too.” (more…)