Pensionerad bonde, gillar COUNTRY MUSIC (läs Waylon Jennings) gillar rårakor, bruna bönor med fläsk, ugnspannkaka oxå med fläsk,dopp i grytan med värmlandskörv (skinkan åkte med tidigare),kåldolmare med K, när dagens slit & släp är över sitter det mkt bra med en Mr Daniels. Nödgas lägga till ett år till den 5 april. Annars rullar det på skapligt, lönar sig ej att klaga...
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Exciting news!

First, a huge thank you to the Western Music Association members for awarding 
Mikki Daniel: Cowgirl Swing
#1 Cowboy Swing Album of the Year
last weekend in Albuquerque, NM. I am SO excited and thrilled! What a tremendous honor

"Don´t you just love those long rainy afternoons in New Orleans when an hour isn´t just an hour – but a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands – and who knows what to do with it" Tennessee Williams i Linje Lusta

                            Johnny Grande with an accordion in a Rockabilly gang...1954  - BILL HALEY & His Comets                    

The Stage Coach - Makoto Harada & Wagon Ace
01 Wheel
02 San Antonio Rose
03 The Stage Coach
04 Steel Guitar Rag
05 Apache
06 Turkey In The Straw
07 North Wind
08 The Proud Ones
09 The Yellow Rose Of Texas
10 Red River Valley












Album: Down the Trail
Artist: Kristyn Harris

Young and talented Kristyn Harris has just released another very exciting new CD. This 13 tune album includes some great Western Swing and Western sounds with wonderful and talented musicians and the spotlight on the beautiful voice and yodeling of Kristyn. Kristyn also plays rhythm guitar and plays upright bass on two tunes. Russ Rand plays bass on the others.

The album features some awesome guitar playing by Rich O'Brien, super steel guitar by Gary Carpenter and Hank Singer is doing the top class fiddling except on two tunes that feature Brook Wallace on fiddle. Michael J. Dohoney is the album drummer, Tim Alexander-piano and Jon Stutler plays clarinet. Kristyn, Rich and Devon Dawson do harmony vocals.

Kristyn opens the album with the Duece Spriggins composition from the Sons of the Pioneers,Down the Trail to San Antone and then follows with the first of her own compositions, Mustang Waltz. She also wrote Acres of Nowhere, Diesel and Dust, Guitar Man, Yodelin' Fever and also co-wrote with Randy Huston the fabulous Texas and You. Cindy Walker wrote the beautifulTravelin' in My Boots and also included is the Bob Wills masterpiece Maiden's Prayer. Kristyn also brings back the western classic When the Bloom is on the Sage and the sacred classic, Amazing Grace. The final two tunes are a Texas version of Hank Snow's 1960s hit I've Been Everywhereand the swinging Thank Heavens for Dale Evans.

It can be ordered by sending a check to Kristyn Harris at P.O. Box 6807, McKinney, TX 75071. The price is $18.50, which includes shipping. It is also available for download in mp3 form on CDBaby.




Happy fall to you all! Here is what has been and will be happening in our Snapshot world this autumn:

Coming up on Friday, December 18th is our annual winter concert at Dazzle Jazz in Denver. Happy to report that we have some new material to share, as well as a few seasonal gems. There are two shows, 7:00 and 9:00. Advance tickets are recommended, available at: http://%20http//dazzlejazz.ticketfly.com/event/1002367-swingin-season-katie-denver/

Exciting news:
Katie won 1st place in both the open and Bob Wills divisions at the Bob Wills Fiddle Contest in Greenville Texas in October.  The trophy was presented by none other than  Carlyn Wills, Bob Wills' grandaughter!    

Also, Katie was nominated for an Ameripolitan award for Western Swing Female Artist of the year. You can cast your vote beginning November 26th at: www.ameripolitan.com/

Other upcoming shows:

Katie and Greg duo today at Union Station in the Great Hall from 4:00 - 6:00 and this Sunday at the Gold Hill Inn from 5:00 - 7:00.

Katie Glassman and Snapshot will be at City Star Brewing in Berthoud on Saturday, January 2nd at 8:00, and a special Valentine's show with the Boulder Symphony on February 13th.

Its been awhile since we have played in Colorado and we're looking forward to seeing you all.  







Rocky & LeeSwing  & fårskock

Rumor has it when a truck carrying a load of Viagra slid off into the Ohio River, all the lift bridges suddenly went up!
2013 Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame inductees:
Howard Kalish-fiddle; Herb Steiner-steel; Redd Volkaert-guitar; Bob Mauldin-fan; Billy Gray- band leader dec´d;
Bob Sullivan-sound engineer;
Jr Pruneda-bass;Tom Mallory-bandleader
Ralph "Dusty" Stewart-steel guitar
May 17 - 18 at San Marcos, Texas

En av mina favoriter på steelguitar, WELDON MYRICK, avled den 2 juni på grund av en stroke.

July 19, 1937 * September 17, 2014. RIP

BILL DESSENS, multi-instrumentalist (River Road Boys from Houston, Texas) avled nyligen.

GEORGE RAY UPTMORE Jr of Mesquite, Texas avled 26 feb 2014 (80)

ARTHUR "GUITAR BOOGIE" SMITH of Clinton, S.C. avled 4 april 2014
HAROLD R. "Pete" SHOLZ, Sr. of Houston, Texas avled den11 mars 2014 

BOBBE SEYMOUR has left us. RIP!

PENNY DEHAVEN har gått bort blott 65 år gammal. Pennys duettpartners var bland andra Boxcar Willie, Del Reeves och de senaste åren Porter Wagoner.

PHIL EVERLY the younger member of the fraternal duo whose sweet sound and steel-string guitar playing influenced acts ranging from The Beatles to Simon & Garfunkel, died on  Jan 3rd in Burbank, Calif. He was 74.


Smokey Smith of Des Moines, Iowa, passed away Monday, due to complications from past brain surgery. He was nine days short of his 92nd birthday. I interviewed him over the phone in 2008 for my Marty Robbins book, and I met him in 2010 when I purchased his book, Smokey: The Legendary Life of Iowa's "Mr. Country Music." He was renowned as a promoter for country music shows throughout the Midwest, and he was inducted into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame in 1982. He told me about booking a show in 1960 with two headliner acts--Marty Robbins and Webb Pierce. "The show was a tremendous success," he said. "I made $3000 on the show here in Des Moines. I took that $3000 and made a down payment on the house I still live in today. I've always thought if it hadn't been for Marty and Webb, I might not be living in this house. This is a big two-story nine-room house, and probably today is worth $225,000. And I bought it for $20,000."
(From Diane´s Country Music Newsletter - 5 feb 2014)


















(Nashville, Tn-12.16.13)  It is with the greatest of sadness that I send them press release of the passing of country music legend Ray Price.  Bill Mack issued this info that Ray passed away at 4:43PM-CST at his home in Mt. Pleasant, TX, and left in perfect peace.  Ray was 87 years old.  I find it very difficult to issue the information because of my close friendship with Ray.  His body will be at the RESTLAND FUNERAL HOME IN DALLAS.


  • Pit and Barrel bar owner Chris Farrell tells police he shot Mills in self-defense
  • Police are investigating Ferrell's claim that the shooting was justified
  • Mills is "a stiff-necked, country troubadour with an affinity for honky-tonks," his website says
  • He's "steeped in the Southern vernacular of God, guns and football," his website says

(CNN) -- Singer Wayne Mills, whose "outlaw country" songs center on honky-tonk life, died in a Nashville bar shooting Saturday, police said.

Chris Ferrell, owner of Nashville's Pit and Barrel bar, told police he shot Mills, 44, in self-defense, according to a Nashville police statement.

"Wayne Mills by definition is one that is a stiff-necked, country troubadour with an affinity for honky-tonks and possessing a style of rustic simplicity," his official website said.

He's an "average country boy steeped in the Southern vernacular of God, guns and football," his official biography reads.

Photos: People we lost in 2013

Investigators say Mills and Ferrell, 44, were in the closed bar with "a few friends and acquaintances" when the two men -- who were friends -- "began to argue and the others left."

Police are investigating Ferrell's claim that the shooting was justified by self-defense.

Mills, who leads the Wayne Mills Band, died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville hours after the shooting, according to band manager J.R. Smith

Smith told CNN that Mills suffered a bullet wound to his head.

"I hope justice is served," Smith said.

Mills grew up in the north Alabama town of Arab, Smith said. He played baseball at Wallace State Junior College and football at the University of Alabama, where he earned an education degree, before becoming a professional musician.

Mills had been working on his seventh album, "Long Hard Road," and touring small Southern venues.

His next gig had been scheduled for Saturday night at Granddaddy's Lounge in Ramer, Alabama

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    Sångfågeln LINDA RONSTADT, 67, tvingas avbryta sin över 40-åriga karriär med mer än 40 album, 11 Grammys, 2 Country Music Awards. Diagnosen är Parkinson.

MARVIN RAINWATER avled den 17 september, 88 år gammal. Marvin känd för bl.a. "Gonna Find Me A Bluebird", "Half-Breed" och många, många flera

Country Music legend LEON S. WALTON,(1936-2013)  known as LEON ASHLEY, passed away October 20th  at his home in Hendersonville, TN.  In 1967 Leon founded Ashley Records and released "Laura (what´s he got that I  ain´t got)" making him the first country Music artist to write, publish, record, perform, and distribute a #1 recording on his own independent record label,

"Country Bumpkin"  singer CAL SMITH has left us at the age of 81 in Branson, Mo. Born Calvin Grant Shofner in Oklahoma, Cal was actually raised in San Jose, California. As an adult he performed in nightclubs and worked as a DJ before Ernest Tubb hired him to play guitar for the Texas Troubadours in early 1960s. In med mid 60s he left the Texas Troubadours to start his own solo career. In the 70s he broke through with his first hit, "The Lord Knows I´m Drinking" which he followed up with the popular "Country Bumpkin" which went on to CMA Single of the Year and Song of the Year Awards in 1974.

COWBOY JACK CLEMENT 1931 - 2013  avled den 8 augusti. Känd för t.ex sånger som "Miller´s Cave", "Ballad of a Teenage Queen", "Come Early Morning", "Just Someone I Used To Know"plus många flera.
OTIS DEWEY WHITMAN JR,  kallades för "Slim". Född i Tampa, Florida 1923, avled i sitt hem i Jacksonville, Florida 2013. Vänsterhänt gitarrist, känd för sånger som "Love Song of the Waterfall", "Indian Love Call", "Rose Marie". Otroligt poppis i England.

, född i Tulsa, OK avled den 14 juli 2013, 88 år gammal. Curly, legendarisk Western Swing Fiddler, spelade bl.a. med Bob och Johnnie Lee Wills, Leon McAuliffe, Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys.

NICK NIXON, avled 74 år gammal (7-30-13) Mest känd för sin miljonsäljare "The Teddy Bear Song" som blev en #1 för Barbara Fairchild 1973. Hans enda album, "Nick", hade "Rocking In Rosalee´s Boat" som kom på 27:e plats på Billboard.

The Steel Guitar Community and Country Music has suffered another loss.

 From postings on the Steel Guitar Forum, Maurice Andersonpassed away Thursday, July 4th, at 5:30am. He suffered a heart attack yesterday.  Services are pending.  Along with his musical accomplishments, he was most associated with the MSA Steel Guitar Co.  

 BRAXTON SCHUFFERT, an original member of Country Music legend Hank Williams´ band The Drifting Cowboys, died 28/4 in his hospital following an extended illness. He was97.

TOMMY HOWSER, grundare och tillika trummis i populära Houstonbandet The River Road Boys, avled den 5 april 69 år gammal

GEORGE JONES, legendarisk countrysångare, har lämnat oss.

JANNE LINDGREN, Sveriges #1 steelgitarrist
har lämnat oss den 7 april efter en längre tids sjukdom.
avled den 7 mars efter en hjärtattack 90 år gammal. Av Claudes alla hits minns vi särskilt "Wolverton Mountain" som Olle Adolphson gjorde en svensk version av..

JACK GREENE, Grand Ole Opry Star
avled 83 år gammal, orsak Alzheimer. Jack var känd som Ernest Tubbs Texas Troubadours trummis under många år. Blev med hjälp av ET soloartist med en mängd framgångar.

2013 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Country Music Association announced today that Bobby Bare, "Cowboy" Jack Clement, and Kenny Rogers will become the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Rogers will be inducted in the "Modern Era Artist" category, while Bare will be inducted in the "Veterans Era Artist" category. Clement will be inducted in the "Non-Performer" category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the "Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980," and "Songwriter" categories. Bare, Clement, and Rogers will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 118 to 121 members.




Lights Of Santa Fe

Cathy bildade Ranch Romance, cowgirl supergroup, men en ”väninna” snodde namnet och ombildade gruppen, Cathy var förbannad i tio år innan det släppte!

Nu är Cathy aktuell med sitt Swingin´ Country  Band med Augé Hays på GFI Pedal steel och 1929 Dobro resonator guitar; George Langston Gibson J-185 akustisk gitarr & Fender Telecaster; Britt Alexander Gretsch drums samt Cathy

själv på sin 1939 Kay C-1 upright bass. Som doa fungerar Jono Manson tillika medproducent.Med instrument som dessa är hälften vunnet! Cathy har valt 15 covers, från Tammy Wynettes ”Your Good Girl´s Gonna Go Bad”, till Janis Martins ”Blues Keep Callin´”, Stephanie Davis vackra ”Give A Little Back”, Rosie Flores ”Honky-Tonk Moon”.  Tish Hinojosa är ett namn som kommmer alltmer, här tar Cathy sig an Tishs ”San Antonio Romeo”. Augé med sin raspiga stämma sjunger på två spår, ”Home” samt ”He´ll Have To Go”. Titellåten skrevs av Eliza Gilkyson, en vacker och befogad hyllning till Santa Fe.

Jag föll pladask för Cathys sköna stämma och hennes val av sånger sitter också de perfekt. Ett samspelt gäng duktiga musiker som förhoppningsvis kommer med

mera sköna spår. www.cathyfaber.com



”Songs From Beautiful Texas”

Range Cube Records

Al Dressen och hans gäng håller Bob Wills fana högt och Al ropar ut namn på instrumentalisterna, mycket bra. Inspelat i Tequila Mockingbird Studio i Austin med kompgruppen Billy Dee Donahue, basist, Wes Starr & Neal Clausnitzer

trummor, Lonnie Atkinson & Ronnie Stewart kompgitarrister samt de  två kända pianisterna Floyd Domino & Danny Levin

Lead section har Paul Glasse på mandolin och fiddlarna är Ricky Turpin, KatieHolmes & Danny Levin. Denny Mathis är steelgitarristen, Lonnie leadguitar  och Mark Kazanoff på sax.

För det vokala svarar Al, Ricky Turpin, Lonnie samt Katie (hennes lead på ”Maidens Prayer” är nåt extra!)

Låtarna då, jo tretton kända spår från ”Corinne Corinna”, ”Misery”, ”Panhandle Rag” till ”Milk Cow Blues”,  ”Ida Red”, ”Deep Water”, odödliga ”Take Me Back To Tulsa”. Bra variation på innehållet och njutbara solon – klart bra CD!

Kolla in www.aldressen.com




”Thursday Nite LIVE Broken Spoke, Austin, Texas”


En perfekt present CD att ge bort, inte minst för DVDn där man i en Cadillac med skön musik i bakgrunden får en initierad inblick i livet i Austin med omgivningar. Och en massa skön live musik med toppmusiker

som Rick McRae & Redd Volkaert på lead gtr, Floyd Domino, piano,  Jim Loessberg och Herb  Steiner  på steel, Karen Biller på trummor, Danny Levin fiddle, med flera. Fjorton sköna låtar som ”Texas Blues”, ”Sugar Moon”, en stämningsfull ”High Country” (bästa versionen jag har hört), ”Folsom Prison” (!), ”South Of The Border”, ”Across the Alley”, ”Ghost Riders In The Sky”, ”End Of The Line” osv. Massor av entusiasm och maffiga solon och en god idé  är att kolla in på Tony Harrison & Hot Texas  www.tonyharrisonmusic.com* Buy! Buy! Buy!



”Sings Western Swing”
Artco LPC 939 LD
Jodå, detta är en ovanlig platta som en god vän sände till mig då han vet att jag är förtjust i filmen ”Den sista föreställningen” (The Last Picture Show”). Hade inte en aning om att Sheriffen i filmen hade spelat in en platta med 10 spår Western Swing med låtar från Bob Wills sångbok. Joe inte bara var med i denna film, han gästspelade 14 ggr i ”Gunsmoke” plus trettiotalet långfilmer. Detta är  inspelat 1973 i Oklahoma City med  Amos Hedrick-f; Russell O´Neal-f; Hershel Witt-el&ak gt; Euclid Hart-p; Frank Arnett-steel; Michael Raymond-dr; Stan Bonham-bas samt ingen mindre än Bobby Barnett på kompgitarr. Joe avled för två år sedan och antagligen kom CDn då, rätta mig om jag har fel. Joe har en angenäm, lite laidback stämma och gör full rättvisa i sånger som ”Faded Love”, ”Maidens Prayer”, ”Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain”, ”Deep Water”, ”Home In San Antone”. Skulle egentligen kalla innehållet mer ren countrymusik än det titeln anger, men platsar förvisso i skivsamligen…




Om du gillar HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN är risken stor att du även kommer att gilla denna CD!




Har en del år på nacken men väl värd att ragga upp!
Elana James (hette Fremerman här), T Jarrod Bonta,
Jeremy Wakefield, Leroy Biller, Whit Smith m.fl.
En CD för "Swingers"!



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21.05 | 00:06

Played with Johnny while in Abilene with several different combos also with him at his Twilight Ranch.

07.04 | 19:56

Hej, härligt med countrymusik och med Lillies som en av norra Europas största experter i ämnet. Gärna mer Alf Robertson, Sören Skarback och Lynn Anderson.

30.12 | 08:32

Var finns vittnena Kerstin Larsson & Lillies Olsson? Far inte med lögner, Vilka grannar man har. Ansvarslösa individer

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