Santa’s drunk again

Mickey Gilley
“Christmas At Gilley’s”
1981, Epic #PE 37595

The Gilley’s Story

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lesson: beware of dynamite caps

Roy Thackerson
“Fingerless Fiddler”
Ovella “volumn 1″(sic)

From the Back Cover:

If you have never met Roy or listened to him play his fiddle you have certainly missed out on a real treat. He is amazing. As you may not know, he lost his fingers when a dynamite cap exploded in his hand, destroying his fingers and doing great bodily damage. This did not destroy his desire and determination to play the fiddle.

–Roy Acuff

MAILBAG:

I typed in my name and I not only found my website, but saw my album cover in your collection of ‘Collectible Records.’ I lived in a time when children were “cruel” and laughed and made fun of other children with deformities or handicaps. Society has changed, Thank God, toward any person with a disability or handicap.

I lost the fingers on my left hand and the sight in my left eye, at the age of 5, when a dynamite cap blew up in my hand. Nothing but the grace of God let me live. I was a pretty hard-headed kid and was determinded to let nothing stop me from doing whatever it is that I chose to do. My entire family was musically inclined, so I decided I did not want to be left out of our family musicals. Many dedicated hours were spent on my guitar.

It was only at the age of 30 that I decided I could play the fiddle and my ‘good friends’ told me, ‘you can’t play the fiddle, you’re fingerless!’ After 5 years of learning to play the fiddle, I became ‘The Fingerless Fiddler.’

Now, at 65 years of age, I am still playing my guitar and entering many flat top picking contest. I also play the fiddle in many fiddle contests and judge at State Fiddle Championships. I am also booked for various events as special entertainer thoughout the United States.

May God Bless You and Your Site………

Roy Thackerson, The Fingerless Fiddler

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In the Flat Field

Little Jimmy Henley
“Bluegrass Banjo Instrumentals”
Woodrich #ARP 9141
1974
Cover Photo: Mrs. Tom Bell

From the Back Cover:

“You will find it hard to believe when you hear the Bluegrass sounds produced by Little Jimmy Henley and his banjo in this Nashville album. The uncanny skill and mastery displayed by this very young musician would do credit to one twice his age. In short, his performance at such an early age is truly incredible.”

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Bad Memories of Elvis

Bobbie Mills w/ Shades of Gold

“Memories of Elvis; Walking Tall Loving Them All”
T.M.R. Enterprize

From the Back Cover:(as written)

“HE BEGAN WORKING AS A SELFEMPLOYED TRUCKER, DROVE A SCHOOL BUS, WORKED AS A PRINTER, AND WORKED ON THE CITY POLICE FORCE OF JOSHUA [TX] FOR 5 YEARS. IT WAS DURING THESE TIMES, THAT BOBBIE BEGAN PLAYING BACKGROUND PARTS FOR THE TV SERIES DALLAS AND THE DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS MOVIE. HE HAS MADE PERSONAL APPEARANCES IN COSTUME AT LARGE PARTIES AND CLUBS AS AN ELVIS PRESLEY LOOK ALIKE. SUCH AS THE WESTERN HILLS INN, EULESS, TX, S.P.J.S.T. LODGE BURLESON, TX, AND THIS LIVE RECORDING AT THE GRAPEVINE, TX. TO BRING HIS MEMORIES OF ELVIS. HE REALIZED HE SANG LIKE HIM AND THIS CAUSED BOBBIE TO SING ONLY ELVIS PRESLEY SONGS.”

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Funny Farmers

The Wurzels

“The Combine Harvester”
EMI #OU 2138

Wurzelmania!

“The Blackbird”

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In The Mood for Pot Roast

Wes & Ricky

“In the Mood”
Westex #WR-1581

From the Back Cover:

“When it comes to introductions you try to think of something nice and special to say about a person. In this case there is no problem because these two young men are as well like (sic) and as fine of fiddlers as you can find anywhere. I have known them both since they started learning to play and in the short time they have been playing, they have certainly come a long way.”

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don’t eat the fish at DENNY’S

Reuben Ware

“Lester Goes to Ludowici”
Deep South #RW100

Ware died in 2001

From the Back Cover:
“We have had so many requests for an album of all Reuben Ware’s songs he wrote and also a picture of the famous billboard sign that Gov. Lester Maddox erected on Highway 301 at Ludowici Georgia when he was attempting to break up the notorious speed traps and clip joints that existed there at that time. We have decided to bring this album to all of the people of the United States to be used as a symbol of true justice that Lester was trying to give to all the citizens that had to travel Highway 301. Ludowici is not the only town that has had speed traps. One example we can bring to your attention is the Danville, GA on Highway 80 speedtrap that is just as bad as 301. We know because Reuben Ware and his wife, professionally known as Aunt Grace were caught there.”

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The bunks or the showers, your choice

various artists

“That’s Truckdrivin’”
Starday #SLP 357

Red Sovine, “Giddyup-Go” (excerpt)

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Looks like we BOTH need a ride.

various artists

“Let’s Hit the Road”
Starday #SLP 306

The Willis Brothers “Truck Stop Cutie”

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If you must cheat, cheat elsewhere.

Ricky Skaggs

“Don’t Cheat in Our Hometown”
1983, Epic records

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