By the powers vested in me by the institution of country music, I hereby declare July 15th, in the Year of Our Ford 2022, an official country music holiday due to the incredible volume of important country and roots music releases being debuted on this day.
The problem with the whole Texas Music/Texas Country/Red Dirt “scene” is just that—what to call it. Texas Country is not really Red Dirt, even though the two regularly get lazily lumped together. Texas Country and Texas Music are separate things as well, but once again get summarily bundled. Yet all of these things are intertwined.
As Christmas festivities come to a close and New Years comes into focus, it’s once again time to reflect back on all of the country music greats we lost in the last year. From huge celebrity stars, to influential songwriters and side musicians who impacted the music out of the spotlight, country music lost many notable names in 2015.
Bill Keith, Billy Joe Royal, Billy Sherrill, Bob Burns, Bobby Emmons, Bonnie Lou, BUddy Emmons, Chuck Pyle, Daron Norwood, David Rodriguez, Don Chapel, Don Pfrimmer, Jim Ed Brown, Joe B. Maudlin, Johnny Gimble, Jon Hensley, Little Jimmy Dickens, Lynn Anderson, Owen Mays, Ramona Jones, Randy Howard, Tom Skinner, Tommy Overstreet
2015 so far has been an especially dark year for deaths in the greater country music world. From the passing of legends such as “Little” Jimmy Dickens and Jim Ed Brown, to the tragedy of lives ended too soon like in the cases of Randy Howard and Jon Hensley. We don’t always take to proper time to honor all of those that have passed, so as we enter the second half of 2015, let’s reflect back on who we have lost so far.
AJ Masters, Billy Block, Bob Burns, Bob Stegall, Bobby Emmons, Dan Wilson Jr., Dixie Hall, Don Robertson, Dottie Dillard, Herb McCullough, Jack Eubanks, James "Spider" Wilson, Jean Ritchie, Jim Ed Brown, Joe B. Maudlin, Johnny Gimble, Jon Hensley, Little Jimmy Dickens, Randy Howard, Red Lane, Sandy Mason, Tom Skinner, Toni Dae, Tut Taylor, Wayne Kemp
You may not be comfortable with how exactly to define the quasi country, quasi-rock music that comes out of the Texas / Oklahoma region known as Red Dirt, but what you can be confident in is that it would never have come to life like it did without a man named Tom Skinner. Bass player, songwriter, and father of Red Dirt music Tom Skinner passed away Sunday evening, July 12th.