Jimmy “Spider” Wilson, one of Nashville’s most storied sidemen, has died. A Nashville native, Wilson played guitar in the Grand Ole Opry house band from 1953 until 2006, backing a half-century’s worth of country legends who graced the Opry stage. Before that, Wilson played in Little Jimmy Dickens’ band and toured with Ray Price. In the studio, he played on recordings by Dickens, Price, Dolly Parton, Marty Robbins, Faron Young, Bill Anderson, Buddy Emmons and others, while he played foil to host Ralph Emery on Emery’s long-running morning TV show on then WSM-Channel 4.
“It is an understatement to say that Spider Wilson’s twin-guitar harmony work in the ’50s with Howard Rhoton gave the defining touch to the best damn band Little Jimmy Dickens ever had,” guitarist Chris Scruggs tells the Scene. “No one ever had quite that sound before and I’ve never heard it the same since. Spider’s decades of work both in the Opry staff band and on television made many of the biggest stars in our business shine just a little bit brighter. In my opinion, Nashville has just lost one of the last ‘real’ guys from country music’s greatest era.”
In 2006, Wilson told Associated Press that he left the Opry because of “humiliating” treatment, claiming he was being excluded from Grand Ole Opry Live telecasts (which paid higher than WSM-AM broadcasts) by musical director Steve Gibson. “I’ll miss it because it’s been the biggest part of my life for a lot of years,” Wilson said. “My work at the Opry over the years has been the next thing to a religion to me.”
James Edward “Spider” Wilson died yesterday, Feb. 26, of complications resulting from cancer, according to CMT.com. He was 79 years old. A visitation is scheduled for this Sunday, March 1, from 2-8 p.m. at Woodbine Hickory Chapel.
– Nashville Scene
We’re going to play stuff we haven’t played in a while … some new stuff, some old stuff, some other stuff …… No Cover!!!…
So, Join Bart and Ray and John and John and Tom and Rich and Allen and Tommy at the Soulshine Pizza Factory- Nashville, TN.
As we FINALLY shake off broken water mains and ice and snow storms and welcome the Spring!!! Feel the birds chirping!!
Hear the clean crisp air!!! Oh wait … that’s backwards …
Anyway, come on down at 9:00pm CDT Saturday March 14… for pizza, beer and The 1969 Band …
How can you go wrong?!!! Did We say, NO COVER?!!
YES YOUR EYES ARE NOT DECEIVING YOU NO COVER!!
The 1969 Band at 9:00pm in CDT Saturday, March 14
Soulshine Pizza Factory- Nashville, TN
1907 Division St, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
The Wildhorse Top 20 Request Chart has come about due to the enormous demand by listeners and artists who wanted to know if their songs and favorites could be included on our Charts. As you all know the IDSS Country Download chart only features songs by artists that are available as free downloads on Wildhorse Entertainment. Therefore we could and would not add any requested songs that are not free downloads to that Top 30 countdown. So that is how this TOP 20 was born or as some would say created.
On our front page of WHISNews21 you will find a place to request your songs for the request Top20. Every single song on this Top20 was requested many times during February by you the readers and visitors of WHISNews21.
If your song was not featured here this month you need to get all your fans friends and family to visit this page and start requesting your favorite song for this special Wildhorse Chart Show. Even though many took advantage of this special oppotunity many have not. So the old saying of ‘You Snooze You Loose” is very ibviouse on this Top 20. If your fans friends or family voted for your song or any other artists country song it would have been featured, the ball is in your court dont losse thi sopportunity to be featured on this great chart.
Some artists, promoters and most music people quite correctly say Charts are a dime a dozen, and they are so very right. However even if charts are a dime a dozen the only chart that is important to you would be the one you are featured on. Here is your chance every vote counts here, so if you don’t play you wont win.
Well March 2015 cahrt is here and we hope that you all enjoy reading it and receiving it, please be aware that it is more work for us but as long as the requests come through we will keep this chart alive for y’all – Wildhorse Entertainment Home of the Independent Superstars
Frans Maritz WHISNews21 for Wildhorse Entertainment 2015
Karen Barber: Father, I need Your guidance: Today I have sought the counsel of Your Word in the Bible. And yet I do not want to go forward until I have brought my decision before You in prayer. I seek Your peace upon my heart and mind that I am doing the right thing. If this is not the right thing for me, I pray that You make me restless and unsure until I have prayed it through and found Your peace. Help me not to lean on my own understanding, but to wait until You direct my path (Proverbs 3:5,6). Amen
Katie Ganshert: Lord, Thank You for coming to earth and being our example. You were all about the least of these. I pray today that You will open my eyes to the hurting, the lost, the overlooked. Forgive me for holding on to my comfort and conveniences. Forgive me for being wrapped up in my problems and my-to-do lists. Break my heart for what breaks Yours. Let me see with Your eyes. I pray for a willing, humble spirit. In Your name, Amen