Of course you usually say nice things upon someone’s passing. But when Dolly Parton said, “I wouldn’t be here if he hadn’t been there” as she eulogized Uncle Bill after his passing on Wednesday, April 7th at the age of 85, you known it’s the honest truth.
As bad as 2020 has been for just about everything, believe it or not, country music got it worse than just about every other segment of music, entertainment, sports, etc. when it came to both the amount, and the major names that passed away in the last 12 months.
Biff Adam, Bill Mack, Billy Joe Shaver, Charley Pride, Charlie Daniels, Chris Darrow, David Olney, Doak Snead, Doug Supernaw, Eric Weissberg, Fuzzy Owen, Gary McSpadden, Ginny Kalmbach, Hal Ketchum, Harold Reid, James Hand, Jan Howard, Jan Reid, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Capps, Jimmy Snyder, Joe Diffie, John Prine, Johnny Bush, Johnny Cash, Justin Townes Earle, K.T. Oslin, Kennt Rogers, Mac Davis, Mark Yeary, Merle Haggard, Paul English, Randy Barlow, Ray Pennington, Steve Holland, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Statler Brothers, Tony Rice, Willie Nelson, WS Fluke Holland
Paul English, the long time drummer, manager, and right hand man for Willie Nelson, has died, Saving Country Music can confirm. A member of Willie’s band from his start in shady bars in Fort Worth, Texas, all the way up to Willie’s most recent shows, he was the seminal member of Willie Nelson’s Family Band. He also acted as Willie’s manager.
It’s the job of a drummer to be heard and not seen. Naming the “greatest” of anything is always a subjective exercise. But this isn’t just a skills competition. Influence, importance to culture, and intangibles beyond drumming all factored into the selection of the below names, and why they should be regarded as the greatest.
Buddy Rich, Charlie Watts, Cream, Dave Grohl, Frank Zappa, Gene Krupa, Gina Schock, Ginger Baker, John Bonham, Jon Fishman, Karen Carpenter, Keith Moon, Led Zepplin, Levon Helm, Mitch Mitchell, Neil Peart, Paul English, Phish, Richie Albright, Ringo Starr, Terry Bozzio, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
Yes, if you thought Willie Nelson already released an album this year, you would be correct. But Willie was not done in 2014, and released Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1 December Day on 12/2. This is not a Christmas album as some may assume from the timing and title (and others have purchased believing it to be according to a couple of emails I’ve received).
You may remember from early May when the sale of an old Willie Nelson tour bus on Craigslist erupted into its own viral event. Now the bus has been restored and tastefully upgraded, and it’s ready to serve as a fully immersive vintage country music experience for perspective renters. It was recently featured on an episode on “Celebrity Motor Homes.”
Want to own a piece of country music history? Well you can if you have at least $65,000 to get in on the bidding of a 1983 Eagle Greyhound-sized tour bus originally owned by Willie Nelson up for sale right now on the East TX portion of Craigslist. The bus is one of two identical buses that were made for Willie’s road crew.
The accident occurred at roughly 3:30 AM Central time near Sulphur Springs. Multiple injuries have been reported, with multiple band members and/or crew injured, including Willie Nelson’s long-time drummer Paul English who reportedly broke his foot. Willie Nelson has canceled all immediate upcoming shows for the moment, but his New Years Eve show at the Moody Theater in Austin is still on.
Of all the rough characters the Outlaw Country music scene can boast, only one has a glass eye and is a former gang leader and pimp. Only one when asked once by a 20/20 reporter if he carried a gun, and if so could he see it answered, “Which one?” because he notoriously carried two […]