Thursday, November 08, 2007

Hank Thompson, 1925-2007

Farewell, Hank.

One of my pet theories is that the most genuine musicians- the ones who place music above all else- tour right until the bitter end. It doesn't matter if they're filling arenas or are reduced to playing in the dingiest saloons. They simply must keep performing. Hank Thompson was one of those. The 82-year-old honky tonk and Western swing star died Tuesday. "The New Green Light," an excellent kiss-off hit from 1954, is typical Thompson. The song is captured from an odd camera angle in this television appearance. Thompson's Vintage Collection is superlative.

I intended to watch the CMA Awards last night, but I was distracted by Gardner-Webb's amazing victory over Kentucky. I did catch Taylor Swift accepting the best new artist award. The teenager really bugs me.

The Star reports that the body of Dan Billings, the drummer for Missouri, was discovered last week. Missouri enjoyed significant regional success in the late '70s.

Kansas City Click: Will Hoge brings his dramatic roots rock to the Grand Emporium tonight.

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