A Sad Week For Country Music.

I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been super busy since Nashville, but more of that another time. I felt compelled to post after all the tragic events of this week, not only globally, (I will not comment on the Riots, apart from to say that they were horrific and made me feel physically sick) but also in the world of my beloved Country Music.

On Sunday the 9th of august Marshall grant died in hospital at age 83. For those of you who do not recognize the name, he was one half of the Tennessee Two, the late great Johnny Cash’s backing band. He was one of the inventors of the distinctive and much copied “boom chicka boom” style of playing. He was my favorite bass player.

Last night there was a terrible tragedy at the Indiana State Fair. So far 5 people have died following the collapse of the stage just before Sugarland were due to take to the stage. A further 45 people were injured. I can’t imagine how awful that must have been. I hope all injured are recovering, and my thoughts are with the families and friends of those who died. Concerts are one of my favorite things; and there is a feeling of such excitement and pure joy that should not, and it seems so wrong, for them to be tainted with such tragedy.

In other news Glen Campbell has been diagnosed with Alzheimers. And yes, I know that this was announced in June, but he gave an interview that appeared in The Sunday Telegraph today. It was announced ahead of his farewell tour, so the audience do not mistake his forgetfulness with drunkenness. He already has to use a teleprompter so as not to forget the lyrics. It seems so wrong that all my heroes and those last remaining true legends are getting old. Not just that they are old, but that they are incapable of playing and performing, and inevitably not going to be around forever. (Tour dates)

Finally some news that is not too sad for anyone but me. I have been looking forward to going to see Dolly Parton on September 7th (Front row tickets) for nearly a year. Well, I was looking forward to it, my Daddy had bought me a ticket for my birthday, but he was scammed, and ended up paying a lot of money for absolutely nothing. No ticket. No nothing. So maybe I’ll see my all time favorite hero another time. Also, don’t read yesterdays mail, heinous article, none of it true, usual Mail drivel.

Anyway, enough horrible news, next time will be more upbeat i promise.
Tune in next time for a Lorri McKenna album review. (I mean it this time, honest….)

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