Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have
released Django & Jimmie
A collaborative album that's dedicated to Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers. The song and album allows Nelson and Haggard to salute two major influences: Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and the man known as "The Father of Country Music," Jimmie Rodgers. The chorus acknowledges their admiration for other key musical figures, including Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Bob Wills, Earnest Tubb and Cash, but concludes that "there might not have been a Merle or a Willie, if not for Django and Jimmie." "It's a natural for me and Merle Nelson said. "He's a huge Jimmie Rodgers fan--so am I-- and Django is my all-time favorite guitar player.
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Slim Bryant (97 years old)
Billy Joe Shaver
Jimmie is the only entertainer ever to garnish the inductions into the Rock, Country, Grammy, Blues,
and Songwriter Halls of Fame. Add to these being awarded the W.C. Handy Blues Award and was the
first entertainer on a commemorative postage. A
railroad man and a musician he was known as
THE SINGING BRAKEMAN
“Jimmie Rodgers of course is one of the guiding lights of the 20th Century whose way with song has always been an inspiration to those of us who have followed the path.
A blazing star whose sound was and remains the raw essence of individuality in a sea of conformity, par excellence with no equal”.
Jimmie Rodger's life is about trains, music and dreams...
The documentary series on Jimmie Rodgers will begin
May 8th...and run through the year 2016...Stay tuned