As the end of the year draws near, it comes time to reflect on all the country music greats big and small, superstars and sidemen, session players and songwriters, who passed away in the past year, and pay our respects to the contributions they made to country music, and to us as fans through the music they shared.
We may never see a year like we experienced in 2016, when such an unmerciful parade of country greats passing away left us with a renewed appreciation for the legends while their still living. But every death, from the often under-heralded songwriters and behind-the-scenes session musicians, to the principal members of huge Southern rock bands, is significant.
Legendary rockabilly and Western swing guitarist Tommy Allsup passed away on Wednesday, January 11th according to his son Austin Allsup. The 85-year-old had been placed in Intensive Care earlier this month. No funeral arrangements have been made at the moment, but the family is asking for continued prayers.
Legendary rockabilly and Western swing guitarist Tommy Allsup is currently in the Intensive Care Unit according to his son and fellow musician Austin Allsup, and the family is requesting prayers for the 85-year-old. The guitar playing native of Oklahoma is famous for losing a coin flip to Ritchie Valens.
Some of you might know this story, and some of you don’t. Some of you will find it interesting, some of you won’t. But I felt inclined to include it here because it involves one of our country heroes: Waylon Jennings. Waylon got his break into the music scene by playing bass for Buddy Holly, […]