Jimmie Rodgers Saga
As told by Buffalo Benford with Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Tanya Tucker, Les Paul, Rosanne Cash,
Kris Kristofferson, Aaron Neville, Steve Earle, Buck Owens, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Bobby Bare, David Ball & More
"Jimmie Rodgers, of course, is one of the guiding light 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 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. In 2017 he was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 1st entertainer on a commemorative postage stamp. A railroad man and a musician he was known as THE SINGING BRAKEMAN and THE FATHER OF COUNTRY MUSIC. On his plaque at the Country Music Hall of Fame it says "THE MAN WHO STARTED IT ALL."
Jimmie Rodgers' life is about trains, music and dreams...The documentary series on Jimmie Rodgers
has a number of principle interviews finished and in the can. You can view the names of many of these above this information. The website will take you on a wild west runaway train ride from 1897, when Jimmie was born and through twenty years of my research and then ten years working with my partner and friend Merle Haggard.
Ernest Tubb on Rodgers' death
As director/producer of the JIMMIE RODGERS SAGA , I am proud to have such a great team which includes Austin and James Court, 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. 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 the USA, 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. I am also going to use funds from the film and the book to get Haggard a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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, Ernest 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."
Louie Armstrong and Johnny Cash
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