Archive for August, 2015

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter — 26 August 2015

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Sylvia had eleven top-ten Billboard hits from 1980-1985, including “Snapshot” and the number one “Nobody.” I hadn’t heard anything about her in years, until Diane Jordan mentioned on Facebook they’d recently had lunch together. I asked Diane to put me in touch with Sylvia, and that led to an enjoyable phone conversation. Sylvia Hutton has built an additional career as a personal & professional development coach. Her website is

“From the time I was three, I thought of myself as a singer and knew I was going to have a life in music, somehow, some way,” she says. She moved to Nashville right out of high school, almost forty years ago. (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter — 12 August 2015

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Buddy Emmons (1937-2015)
Buddy Gene Emmons, 78, was found July 21 at his home in Hermitage, Tennessee, near Nashville, where he had died of an apparent heart attack. Because all family members couldn’t be reached right away, the death wasn’t publicly reported until July 29. His career began when his father gave him a steel guitar at age 11, and he dropped out of school at age 16 to play music. He was a member of the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, and many fellow steel players considered him the greatest ever. He played in the bands of Little Jimmy Dickens, Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Roger Miller, and the Everly Brothers, and spent many years as a sought-after session musician. H (more…)