Sunday, August 23, 2009

Betty's home town newspaper pens tribute to her career

Read all about it: Local woman a part of rockabilly history

Jennifer Blue's article is very nicely written AND it gives a plug to some place called Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else. Please note that I swiped the above photo (by Dave Polcyn) from the Mansfield News Journal piece.

Coming up: a report on my church-musician experience to date (all two Sundays' worth).


Monday, August 10, 2009

Betty Nickell visits MY(P)WAHE!

Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductee Betty Nickell visited MY(P)WHAE headquarters today, which is (are?) conveniently located at the address Bev and I reside at. Betty's a really sweet lady, and quite sharp, to boot. And she's not without plenty of interesting and fun true-life stories to share from her career, including the time she nabbed first prize on a radio show after one whole day's practice. Not so fun, to be sure, is the memory of making "nothing" from the record that earned her a place in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame (the terrific rocker Hot Dog), though it amazes and delights her to discover that the record is quite fondly remembered after 51 years (to the tune of $380 in a recent eBay auction!). Sometimes, you don't know how famous you are until you Google your name. Or not famous, whichever the case may be.

Update: A yellow-wax copy of Hot Dog went for $500 in an Oct., 2008 eBay auction. Whoa.

Betty gave me a photocopy of a Country Music Digest article about her and her group, The Mystics. Here they are in all their circa-1975 glory:

More to come!