Jimmie Rodgers Saga

As told by  Buffalo Benford with Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Tanya Tucker, Les Paul, Rosanne Cash,

Kristofferson, Aaron Neville, , Steve Earle, Buck Owens, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Bobby Bare, David Ball & More

Bobby Bare

Janette Carter

Amos Lee

Rosanne Cash

Ramblin' Jack Elliott

David Frizzell

Billy Joe Shaver

​Dickey Betts

David Ball

​Wylie Gustafson


I am so excited to announce the formation of a partnership with Austin and James Court

who are the Great Grandsons of Jimmie Rodgers, to make the movie and the soundtrack

We will use some of the Jimmie Rodgers Saga team to produce and will tie the Saga into

the movie and will be a first for Hollywood where a documentary movie evolves into a

major biopic and continue the story...I have also decided to write a book on my years

working on this project.

As director/producer of this film, I am proud to have such a

great team which includes Austin and James Court who are

two of the Great Grandkids of Jimmie Rodgers and born of

Jimmie Dale Court, who was the Grandson of Jimmie and a

good friend of mine and I dedicate this movie to him, and

my dear friend and partner Merle Haggard.  Merle and I 

decided together to dedicate this movie to Runaway kids

in that he and Jimmie were Runaways and I had worked

on the issue Nationally for many years.  It is one of the 

things we talked about the last time I was with him at the

​last show he ever performed in his life.


                                         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

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 

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,


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.



Merle Haggard

​Willie Nelson

Kris Kristofferson

Toby Keith

Les Paul

Rosanne Cash

Buck Owens

Steve Earle

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