Various Artists (from the album The Big E - A Salute to Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons) - Buddy Emmons began his career in 1955 at age 18 as a member of Little Jimmy Dickens’ backup band, The Country Boys. For The Big E, A Salute to Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons, friends and bandmates from his career stop by to offer their versions of classic country songs written, performed or recorded by Buddy.
His first frontman, Little Jimmy Dickens, joins Dan Dugmore on Roger Miller’s “When A House Is Not A Home” and Emmylou Harris works closely with Rodney Crowell to share a microphone on a track written and recorded by Gram Parsons, “That’s All It Took”, which featured Buddy Emmons on the original 1972 recording. Willie Nelson goes acoustic for a rare track recording of “Are You Sure”, co-written by Willie and Buddy in 1962. In turn, Willie Nelson’s “Night Life” gets treated to a Raul Malo vocal, and Vince Gill offers a classic country treatment of “Country Boy”. The Judy Collins hit “Someday Soon” gets a remake on The Big E. The track represents Buddy Emmons’ work during his first Los Angles recording session. The Big E, A Salute to Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons weaves historical threads through the career of one of the more influential and innovative steel guitarists. Included on the album is “Shenandoah”, a song that stands as Buddy Emmons’ last appearance when he performed the traditional ballad for the International Steel Guitar Convention in St. Louis in 2007.
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