Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Memories and Music

Hello Old Time Music Lovers!

 The following picture was taken a few years ago.  I think this represents us very well.

     Don't know exactly where I'm headed with my story, but here goes.  My loving wife, as you will hear a lot from and about, is very important to my music life.  I like to explore the old songs of artists like Waylon Jennings, especially  the songs that were not great hits but were great love songs like Falling in or Out of Love.
     Let me introduce my loving wife of 13 years.  Linda becomes my audience after I believe I've learned the song well enough to be comfortable playing in a jam session if available.  She is very patient with my progress.

I do like my Shiner beer in a mug.

Jimmy and Cleda Driftwood Morris

      This is a picture of two of the nicest and most interesting people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.It all started in the late 1980's  My grandchildren and I were going to Arkansas during the summer months and studying music.  My sister told me that my music hero, Jimmy Driftwood, was in Mountain View, Arkansas. She also told of meeting Jimmy and Cleda and what nice and friendly people they were. I included finding them in my plans for the summer .
     In the interest of OLD TIMERS  like me, Jimmy Driftwood wrote: The Battle of New Orleans,  The Tennessee Stud and many other songs about the Civil War and about the history of the Great United States of America.  He told stories in song about the American Civil War, as the history of our great country, without favoring the North or South.  These were great stories in song about a great country that had some growing up to do and is still in the process of becoming even greater.
     Jimmy Driftwood Morris was a school superintendent/ teacher and a master story teller.  He told me that he wrote the songs mainly to teach  his students history.  We spent a lot of time talking about folk music during the years I knew him. One could not tell easily which songs or poems he wrote and the ones he learned by studying folk music. I would have loved to have been his student during my college days.

     Jimmy Driftwood  won this award, "Song of the Year" for 1959.   As a young man interested in folk music, he influenced me greatly.  I still love folk, gospel and old time country music.

      I regularly listen and study his voice and songs. As my friend, Jimmy Driftwood entered 88+ years of age I heard him play The Battle of New Orleans several times at the Jimmy Driftwood Barn Jam Sessions.  It was a great honor and experience.  My pleasure was shared by his audience and the wonderful people who shared the stage.


  1. As one of your grandchildren, those adventures in Mountain View, Arkansas were the HIGHLIGHT of my childhood. I'll never be able to thank you enough or explain in words what those memories mean to me. I love you.

  2. Thanks Chandy, those memories will live forever.
    I still play the kind of music we loved.

    1. Oh how i miss my harp <3 "Poor Wayfaring Stranger"

  3. Hi Louis dean! I am a follower of Lindas. And I have never heard of Jimmy Driftwood. I think that you know a lot of music facts that most people do not. So I would call you a music historian. This is a great picture of you and Linda!

  4. This is so interesting. I am not a big country music fan, but I have heard of Jimmy Driftwood. What an honor you had to not only hear him play but to meet him. I'm looking forward to hearing more from you.

  5. one can learn about the songs of Jimmy Driftwood by entering his name on You Tube...

  6. My Dad loved old timey music and he played the steel guitar! Every time I hear Vern Gosdin....I think of him! Love your new blog. I'm a big fan of your lovely wife...as you know! I love you both! Have FUN!!!

  7. Louis Dean, I also am a blog friend of Linda's. I admire you both greatly. I think learning history through music is a great way to learn! How special you got to meet someone who meant so much to you musically.


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