June 20, 2013 at 12:10 am
Wow, we never knew this interesting fact! We can definitely hear some of Jimmie Rodgers influence in your song “If You’re Comin’ (I’m Out of Here)” Thanks for sharing, Myles! 🙂 🙂
June 20, 2013 at 8:19 am
Jimmy Rodgers, Ray Price, Little Jimmy Dickens (I have an autographed photo of L.J.D.) Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash and many, many more were very early influences on my singing and especially my guitar chording. ( think C Am F and G ). My Mother and Father played guitar and sang. I`m told my Mother was an especially good singer, unfortunately (gross understatement) my Mother died very young and sadly I do not remember much about her.
Canadian country superstar and American Country Hall of Fame inductee, Hank Snow was a very popular in our home and everybody tried to imitate him by singing thru their noses! Terrible stuff. LOL. My wonderful uncle, Bob Turple, my Mother`s brother, (still alve and well into his eighties) was a semi-pro country singer, touring in Canada and the eastern, northern United States. So I consider my limited musical ability to come mostly from my Mother`s side of the family.
Another great singer named Jimmy Rogers was popular in the late 50`s and 60`s and was a fave of mine although he sang “pop” music not country and western. Sonny James was another. Young Love was a big hit for him and I sang a chorus of Young Love at the end of You Don`t Know How I Loved You So from our last studio recording, Roughly Speaking. I still enjoy watching old black n white reruns of T.V. shows featuring C. and W. greats. Live shows from the Grand Ole Opera in Nashville Tennessee is still great to watch. I`ll post more of this stuff, as I still love and appreciate the great writers and singers, male and female, from that era.
Ya`ll come back now! Ha!
June 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm
Thanks for sharing this, Myles. Must admit that I have always wondered what singers influenced your style, which is, without a doubt, unique for Rock n’ Roll. You are one of the very few that can pull off ballads, pop, blues, and rock and hard rock with equal ease and conviction. And of course there is the distinctive “warble” (I do not have a better word for it, so please don’t be offended!).
My early influences (guitar playing, not singing – my singing is limited because I have no range) are also Country and Western. My dad’s family always had family sing-alongs with aunts and uncles playing guitar, fiddle, piano, you name it. Dad can yodel (Hank Williams Senior was his favorite I believe) and I remember Hank Snow fondly – great singer, guitar player, and most importantly, story-teller (God rest his soul).
June 20, 2013 at 11:37 pm
It’s so fascinating to hear about what you were listening to growing up, Myles! All about your family and your musical past. Everyone has got a different story to tell and we always knew that your story had to be an interesting one for sure! It’s so cool to learn of all the music that inspired you. The music that led you to write all the songs that continue to inspire us as well as so many other people. Past inspirations become a part of you and sculpt you into unique individual that you are today. Now we know why you put “Some people call me a cowboy” in your lyrics. All of that good ol’ country music is in your soul 🙂
June 22, 2013 at 10:26 pm
Thanks for sharing your musical tastes.. is always fasinating for me, to know what- one grew up listening too -and actually enjoyed. I come from a family of 9. There was a variety of music over the years in the house. Some bad (Donny Osmond, the Monkees- ugh!!) and some good (The Bay City Rollers, Abba, ha ha.) Then there was the great ones!! Artists such as Marty Robbins, Buddy Knox, Johnny Horton and Buddy Holly, (my personal favs.. ) Would love to hear more of your past and your influences anytime Myles… smiles
June 25, 2013 at 8:53 am
I’ve always been a Ray Price fan….would love to hear him cover “Just Between You and Me!!”
July 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm
Awsome,who knew? I would never have geussed….just goes to show,music is a lot like food,the more variety the better,Thanks Myles,ya listen to a guy since 1970,but you learn and appreciate someone more from this wonderful blog,Your music is gift for all,nice to know it came from kind,humanitarian,to health and happiness!!
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