As director/producer of this film I am proud to add to our team the Jimmie Rodgers Legacy, which includes the four Great Grandkids of Jimmie Rodgers, born of Jimmie Dale Court, who was the Grandson of Jimmie Rodgers and who was my friend.  These heirs and their manager Karen Court

are as a team going to serve as an Associate Producer of the

project and work with us to tell the true story of the man who is known as The Singing Brakeman and the Father of Country Music  "Man that started it all"   CLICK PIC TO LEFT TO VISIT THEIR WEBSITE.                                              

​                                                                    Benford Standley

Merle Haggard, Austin Court and Benford Standley

This is the very last picture taken of Merle Haggard, and was

on his bus before the last show he would perform before his

death only weeks later.  RIP Hag... Picture taken by Ben Haggard

Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard released

Django & Jimmie and we have the tour 


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.

INTERVIEWS WITH

 

Merle Haggard

​Willie Nelson

Kris Kristofferson

Toby Keith

Les Paul

Rosanne Cash

Buck Owens

Kacey Musgraves

Aaron Neville

​Tanya Tucker





The man That Started it all


Jimmie Rodgers

“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”.

                                                      Bob Dylan

Jimmie Rodgers Saga

As told by Merle Haggard

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 and THE FATHER OF COUNTRY MUSIC.


Jimmie Rodgers's life is about trains, music and dreams...The documentary series on Jimmie Rodgers
has begun on this website and will take you on a train ride from 1897, when Jimmie was born and 
through the past decade working with my partner and friend Merle Haggard, and through the 2016
Fall release of the documentary and all through 2017, as we ride the rails of this country and the
Intenet with The Jimmie Rodgers Saga: As told by Merle Haggard.  

                                                                                                                         Benford Standley,

                                                                                                                         Producer/Director

I have worked with the late great Merle Haggard for over a decade on the Jimmie Rodgers Saga.  Jimmie and music history was the track our friendship was built and ran on...top of our conversation and get-er-done list was the Jimmie Rodgers Saga.  I miss him.

Bobby Bare

Janette Carter

Amos Lee

Rosanne Cash

​Kacey Musgraves

Ramblin' Jack Elliott

David Frizzell

Billy Joe Shaver

​Dickey Betts

Steve Earle