For thirty-eight years, the National Traditional Country Music Association has been honoring and inducting deserving country music artists into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame. Formed in 1976 as a means to salvage and save some of America’s very unique and truly American musical art forms, the president, Bob Everhart, set about honoring those that have made significant contributions to the musical genre. According to Everhart, “We knew back in 1976 that the inevitable changes that were taking place in America’s very own musical art form called country, would drastically change in the near future. Today music called ‘country’ is hardly recognizable as that same genre of music. We hold a Pioneer Ag Expo in Iowa, and have been since 1976. That is the venue we use to induct deserving individuals into the Hall of Fame. We represent ‘rural’ America, the farmers and small town folks that still care about America’s rural music, and country music on a whole. We have a large membership in our organization that still desire and listen to the music they still call country. We like to refer to it as ‘rural country’ so as not to have it confused with today’s so-called country music. In just the past few years we have inducted Jim Ed Brown, Lynn Anderson, Charley McCoy, Michael Martin Murphey, Bill Anderson, even the legendary Patti Page who had a deep and abiding love for ‘real’ country music. It is with a great deal of respect and honor that we announce our first inductee into the Hall of Fame for this year, none other than the cowboy that mama let grow up, the one and only Ed Bruce.”
The induction takes place in LeMars, Iowa, where the NTCMA holds their annual Expo, festival, and old-time country music event. According to Everhart, “We have so many performers and supporters for America’s ‘real’ country music, the event is now seven days long. It goes from 9am to midnight every day on no less than ten stages. What that means is, for an entire week, well over 650 musicians and performers congregate at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa, for the festivities. It’s a very ‘acoustic’ music event, we do not need nor do we want, loud electrified noise. We’re more interested in the ‘truth’ of country music, the bottom line, the ‘gift’ if you will. Can you imagine Bill Anderson, all by himself on a stool with just an acoustic guitar, entertaining 2,500 folks, so quiet you could hear a pin drop. And not one show but two, simply because there were so many that wanted to see him inducted into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame. We expect the same thing to happen to Mr. Bruce, who will be with us on August 31st. The festival runs from Aug. 26-Sept. 1, and is now in it’s 38th year.”
Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings recorded “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” in 1978, only two years after Everhart created the National Traditional Country Music Association. The song, written by Ed Bruce, became a major hit, and put Mr. Bruce on the upward spiral. In 1979, Tanya Tucker recorded Bruce’s “Texas When I Die.” By 1980, Ed Bruce was a songwriter and recording artist of incredible merit. He signed with MCA Records, recording such self-penned hits as “When You Fall In Love,” and “Love’s Found You and Me.” His biggest hit “You’re The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had,” was in 1982. As an actor he also scored big time working with James Garner, as a surly town lawman in Maverick.
According to Everhart, “Ed Bruce is a very likable, successful, and deserving man for this ‘rural’ Hall of Fame honor. The Hall of Fame is located in the Pioneer Music Museum in Anita, Iowa, and contains some incredible memories of what real country music was all about, and memorabilia of many stars and superstars. Ed Bruce is a welcome addition to this honor. Anyone interested in our work can find us at www.ntcma.net. There’s great RV camping facilities at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds where we have the inductions, along with terrific rural food and a number of other attractions, including a rendezvous tipi village in a ghost town, workshops, jams, contests, themed shows, old-time dances, old-time rural critters and animals, and a tremendous interaction of musicians and guests. We’ll also have other celebrities with us to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” he said.
Prepared by Bob Phillips, correspondent for National Traditional Country Music Assn
Marty, own name Martin David Robinson, was born was born in September 26, 1925, in the southwestern region of the United States, in state Arizona. Nickname of this state is rand Canyon State, but in Slovakia and Czech I think, most people know this state name from one famous comedy, western – Limonadovy Joe aneb Konska opera (Lemonade Joe). Unforgiven song – “Arizona, Arizona, that’s all right men’s zone”. :O)
Marty became of 10 siblings. His childhood was formed by his father, who played on harmonica and also songs and stories, which his grandfather (Bob Heckle) spoke. But situation in family was very difficult, unhappilly his father was drunkard and it was main reason to divorce marriage. Marty interested in films of Gene Autry and his dream was to become singing cowboy too.
He left the family in age of 17-teen and sign on US Navy. All The Second World War he spent in Pacific and during this time he learned to play on guitar and to write songs.
After end of War, he left Army and started to play in clubs in Phoenix. During short time he had own TV show. One of his quests was also Little Jimmy Dickens. Jimmy was surprised of Marty and advice Columbia Records to sign exclusive contract with Marty Robbins. In 1952 studio released Marty’s single Love Me Or Leave Me Alone.
The third Marty’s single (I’ll Go On Alone) became No.1 of Country Hit-parade in 1953 and next record I Couldn’t Keep From Crying was in Top Ten.
He was also few times on scene of The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and from 1953 he started to be permanent member of it. His next famous records were Pretty Words, That’s All Right, Singing The Blues, Knee Deep In The Blues, The Story Of My Life, White Sport Coat, Teenage Dream, etc.
He triumphed on country scene and in same time he permeated to pop scene. You can see it on his records from 1958 She Was Only Seventeen and Stairway Of Love. His absolute famous song was El Paso.
In 1961 Marty recorded single Don’t Worry. Next famous song was Devil Woman and brought him again to the top of Pop Hit-parades. In same year Marty recorded Ruby Ann. From that time Marty till his death, stayed only in country scene and brought other famous songs (Begging To You, Ribbon Of Darkness, Tonight Carmen, I Walk Alone, My Woman, My Woman, My Wife.
From 1972 Marty signed three years contract with Decca/MCA. From 1976 he recorded in Columbia Records again. He became on Top Ten with El Paso City and Among My Souvenirs.
You can also see Marty Robbins in movies as actor – The Gun And The Gavel, The Badge Of Marshal Brennan a Buffalo Gun. He showed in many TV shows and had a lot of concerts.
He had been known by kindness to fans. It’s irony of destiny that in 1982 he brought new single You’ll Never Get Out Of his World Alive. Only two months later, when his song named Some Memories Just Won’t Die left Top 10, he died on heart attack.
In 1948, Robbins married Marizona Baldwin and he dedicated her his song My Woman, My Woman, My Wife. They had two children – son Ronny (born 1949) and daughter Janet (born 1959). Both stay also in show business (daughter has a singing career in Los Angeles, son create records for recording studios Artic, Columbia, Epic), but they didn’t achieve so large success as their father.
Marty Robbins was also very impassioned race car driver. He had show his passion also in movie, he played himself in Hell of Wheels.
1956 Rock’n Rollin’ Robbins
1957 The Song of Robbins
1957 The Song of the Islands
1958 Marty Robbins
1959 Marty’s Greatest Hits
1959 Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs
1960 More Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs
1961 More Greatest Hits
1961 Just a Little Sentimental
1962 Marty After Midnight
1962 Portrait of Marty
1962 Devil Woman
1963 Hawaii’s Calling Me
1963 Return of the Gunfighter
1964 Island Woman
1965 Turn the Lights Down Low
1966 Saddle Tramp
1966 What God Has Done
1967 My Kind of Country
1967 Tonight Carmen
1967 Christmas with Marty Robbins
1968 By the Time I Get to Phoenix
1968 I Walk Alone
1969 Singing the Blues
1969 It’s a Sin
1970 Story of My Life
1970 El Paso
1970 My Woman, My Woman, My Wife
1971 Greatest Hits
1971 From the Heart
1971 The World
1972 Own Favorites
1972 Bound for Old Mexico
1972 All Time Greatest Hits
1972 I’ve Got Woman’s Love
1972 Have I Told You Lately
1972 This Much a Man
1973 Marty Robbins
1974 Good’n Country
1975 Two Gun Daddy
1975 No Signs of Loneliness Here
1976 El Paso City
1977 Adios Amigo
1977 Don’t Let Me Touch You
1978 Greatest Hits
1979 All Around Cowboy
1980 With Love
1981 Everything I’ve Always Wanted
1981 The Legend
1982 Come Back to Me
1982 Biggest Hits
1983 Some Memories Just Won’t Die
1983 Lifetime of Song
1983 Twentieth Century Drifter
1984 Long Long Ago
1986 Christmas to Remember
1952 I’ll Go on Alone
1953 I Couldn’t Keep from Crying
1954 Pretty Words
1954 Call Me Up (And I’ll Come Calling on You)
1955 Time Goes By
1955 That’s All Right
1956 Singing the Blues
1956 I Can’t Quit (I’ve Gone Too Far)
1957 Knee Deep in the Blues
1957 The Same Two Lips
1957 A White Sport Coat
1957 Please Don’t Blame Me
1957 Teen-Age Dream
1957 The Story of My Life
1958 Just Married
1958 Stairway of Love
1958 She Was Only Seventeen (He Was One Year More)
Today is 27-th anniversary of death of one country icon – Marty Robbins (December 8, 1982). He emphasised unforgiven series of cowboy and Mexican ballads. He became to the Country Music Hall of Fame and his songs are still in hit-parades.
Holidays finished and we all are back at job. I’m sure, somebody of us spent free days on romantic way or dream’s islands (see up) with perfect person.
My holidays were different, but also nice. I spent holidays on way. But perfect way, I think. I spent it in adventure parks in Europe, especially in Germany and Belgium. (And I recommend you Europa park in Rust.) But I don’t like to write about parks. This blog isn’t about that, but about music, especially in country and folk music.
Last weekend in Slovakia was the 13th annual of Bazant Pohoda. Music program was rich. On Thursday started British electronic formation Basement Jaxx and next Royal Choral Society. During next days there was legendary american poet Patti Smith and famous Czech interpret Marta Kubisova.
People saw Lou Rhodes and Andy Barlow with their project Lamb, headliner music band Travis, Klaxons, The Ting Tings, Hadouken. Also English-Sweeden formation Razorlight.
Slovak scene was represented by Collegium Musicum with Marian Varga, Richard Muller, Andrej Seban and Hudba z Marsu, Noisecut, traditional bands Zive Kvety, Hex, Tomas Sloboda Sounds Like This, Slobodna Europa, Para and Karol Miklos.
As you can see, this fest is full of good music and this year was not exception.
But, … Unfortunately this annual was different.
This annual has number 13th and somebody believes that this number is unlucky.
Bazant Pohoda is traditional organized on Trencin airport. By agency report, there were about 100 casualty people and 1 man died. Very strong wind detach O2 Arena. This accident was during concert of AMO and United Flavours. In that time there were more than one hundreds people.
Official news by TA3: Police Investigation Into Tragedy at Pohoda Underway
Bratislava, July 19 (TASR) – Police continue to investigate the tragic accident that occurred at the Pohoda music festival on Saturday afternoon and claimed the life of a 29-year-old man from Piestany (Trnava region), spokesman for Police Corps Presidium Martin Korch said on Sunday.
There have been no new findings concerning the accident at Slovakia’s largest open-air music festival, he added.
A severe storm accompanied by gusts of wind hit the area at around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, bringing down a large tent covering the O2 Arena. Crowds of people were underneath the canopy at the time.
According to an eye-witness, the O2 Arena acted as a kind of “flytrap”, as “it was the only place at Pohoda where a gig was underway at the time of the accident, so thousands of festival-goers pushed their way in there.”
He added that the organisers warned people that they should gather at the edges of the tent, so that they could leave quickly if advised to do so. “Unfortunately, the gusts of wind rushed in so quickly that they didn’t manage to warn the people under the tent.”
In addition to the death of the young man, three more young people sustained severe injuries and were operated on in hospitals in Trencin, Zilina and Martin (Zilina region). Another 18 people remain in the Trencin Hospital’s trauma ward. A total of 40 people were admitted into nine hospitals. Another 52 festival-goers were given first aid.
The 13th annual Pohoda festival was called off after the accident, and the festival participants were evacuated.
“We took some 10,000 people from the airport to Trencin railway station, to the Druzba culture house and to Opatovce (Trencin region),” said spokesperson the Trencin branch of Slovak Bus Transport (SAD) Ivana Strelcova. All the public-transport buses from the town and neighbouring area were used to evacuate the festival-goers, she stressed.
Bazant Pohoda Festival 2009 TV Spots
Pohoda 2009 Trencin last seconds before the accident
Pohoda 2009 O2 arena breakdown
Pohoda 2009 O2 arena breakdown
Pohoda 2009 Trencin (exkluzivni zabery cele tragedie)
Summer is here and many people only wait for a weekend, when they can go to dance or to listen music on some summer festivals.
From history of this the greatest festival in Slovakia:
Michal Kascak is musician and progenitor of this fest. He was a member of music band Bez ladu a skladu. During 90-teen he had established his own festival and kept his dream.
Everything began in 1997, when started the 1-st annual of Bažant Pohoda festival. It was only small fest, only about 2000 guests, one main stage and show of some Slovak and Czech music bands. Nothing special. Place of fest – town station.
Next year brought some changes, one of them was changing of place – to Areál Pod Sokolicami, the other was dance stage. The 2-nd annual and 3000 guests, 9 music bands.
The 3-rd annual and 8000 guest, 22 famous bands as Skulpey (USA), Werk (A), Másfél (H), Ole lukkoye (RUS), Auktyon (RUS), Jaroslav Filip (SK) Varga + Šeban+ Rózsa + Buntaj (SK) and others.
Year 2000 brought other changes. The4th annual had name Topvar Pohoda fest and it impel to change place. Again. There was main stage (alternative, rock, pop, world music, dance music), rock stage (rock, punk, alternative, pop) and two dance stages. Music bands : Bomfunk MCS (FIN), Vinx (USA), ISM (GB), Zóna A (SK), Homage and Jaro Filip (SK), Will White – Propellerheads (GB), Lol Hammond – Girl eats boy (GB), 808 state (GB) etc. Total 19 bands on main stage. Rock stage and 19 bands (Twinkles (ITA)). The first time there were escort actions: vernisage of photograhy from Pohoda 99, happenings, performance, graffiti; cinema in areal, tatoo, piercing, literatúre, CD shop, tea-room, internet cafe, adrenalin sports, competitions, exhibitions, bungee jumping, tandem jumps, hot-flue balon, motocars, bungee running, skate park, air castle. 20 000 guests per day. General partner was Topvar company (that’ s why name Topvar Pohoda).
In 2001 festival grew up, they added other stage (there were now main stage, dance stage 1, dance stage 2, dance stage 3, rock/hip hop stage and rock open-air stage).
From 6-th annual to these days the name of festival is Bažant Pohoda, because general partner became Zlatý Bažant company (producer of bier). Stages: main stage: alternative, rock, pop, ska, dance music; Kofola stage: world music, rock, punk, alternatíve, pop, ska; Smint stage: techno; Durex stage: house, drum´n´bass, techhouse; Kenvelo stage: experiment, chill out, nu jazz, minimal, Blaupunkt stage: live acts, alternatíve, hip-hop, rock; Jah Jam stage: reggae, dance hall, dub, ska – 20000 guests per day.
The 7th was similar as 6th. But on 8th people met on new place – airport. From that time, festival is still on airport. More place, more guests, more fun, more music, more attractions.
Stages: Bažant stage: alternative, rock, pop, ska, dance music;
There were Chumbawamba (GB), Rescate (ARG), Tata bojs (CZ), Amparanoia (E/Cuba), Dan Bárta + Illustratosphere (CZ), I am X (GB), Asian Dub foundation sound system (GB), Zóna A (SK), Vypsaná fixa (CZ), Štefan Hríb, Juraj Kušnierik + Radovan Kazda, Marián Huba, Misha, Jana Belišová, Petr Fiala, Jozef Lupták, Ladislav Snopko, Vladimír Palko, Fedor Gál, Valerij Kupka, Marian Milčák, Primož Repar, Stanislava Chrobáková-Repar, Marek Vadas, Eman Erdélyi, Monika Kompaníková, Vlado Janček, Michal Hvorecký, Zuzana Šeršeňová, Tibor Holoda, Joachim Dvořák, Jaroslav Rudiš. You was able to listen music, to watch theatre, photography, bažant cinematograph. Escort actions: Liga za duševné zdravie: chalk-talks and discussion about brainwork. Easy park: adrenalín sports, competitions, exhibitions, atractions, paintball, volejball, football, spinball duo, cobweb, rent of sportng goods. Total in word – 127 music bands.
I don t want to repeat words about perfect atmosphere on next annuals. You can see photos and ask people, who were there. Always there was much fun, good music and each annuals had left a lot of unforgoten memorries in everybody, who was there.