When they finally get around to opening a proper brick and mortar Red Dirt Music Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma, you can be assured it will be seeded with a bust of Stoney LaRue. Though many modern day artists love to cite Red Dirt as a sound and influence to their music, it’s only a select few who can say they’re founding members.
Before we get too far into 2019, let take time to remember the country music great we lost along the way in 2018, from bona fide legends like Roy Clark, to those taken tragically too soon like Daryle Singletary, Red Dirt’s Brandon Jenkins, to George Strait drummer Mike Kennedy.
Brandon Jenkins, Burt Reynolds, Daryle Singletary, Dave Rowland, DJ Fontana, Ed King, Floyd Parton, Freddie Hart, Glenn Snoddy, Hazel Smith, Herb Remington, Jerry Chesnut, Jimmy Work, Joe Osborn, Kenny O'Dell, Lari White, MIke Kennedy, Randall Clay, Randy Scruggs, Rich Hall, Ronnie Prophet, Roy Clark, Sammy Allred, Tony Joe White, Wayne Secrest
These six songs are admittedly sad bastard fare if there ever was any, but that’s the way it goes when you’re looking for songs that don’t just entertain, but fulfill, or illuminate something important in life most catchy tunes fall short of.
The unthinkable for many Red Dirt fans has unfortunately come to pass as Saving Country Music has confirmed that Red Dirt Legend Brandon Jenkins has passed away after complications due to heart surgery. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native first entered the hospital after discovering he was suffering from a major heart issue in early February.
When you hear these songs and themes, and take into consideration the current events surrounding Brandon’s complications from heart surgery, it makes this effort nothing short of haunting. Most all of the songs of ‘Tail Lights in a Boomtown’ hold such a deeper meaning, you can’t help but be moved.
Friends, family, and fans are praying tonight for the Red Dirt Legend Brandon Jenkins who is currently in a hospital with his chest still open from open heart surgery, fighting for his life after complications in surgery have left him in “extremely critical” condition.
The Tulsa, Oklahoma native is currently in the hospital after discovering he was suffering from a major heart issue. After running numerous tests, it has been determined he needs a new heart valve, and will be undergoing heart surgery. The serious health issue comes right as he is set to release his latest record “Tail Lights in a Boomtown.”