These are the subjects who have agreed to sit in front of our cameras to talk about the sources of music in Springfield, Mo. and where it is today.
The spirit of Lou Whitney continues to drive this project.
Who have we missed?
Hosea Bilyeu, (choir director, vocalist and retired pastor at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Springfield)
Mark Bilyeu (Big Smith, musician-musicologist)
The Del Lords (Eric Ambel, Scott Kempner, Andy Shernoff, also of the Dictators)
Michael “Supe” Granda, Ozark Mountain Daredevils
The Luttrell Barn Band
Mary McBride, (Washington, D.C. singer-songwriter)
Vance Powell, (Grammy winning engineer from Joplin, Mo,; Jack White, etc.)
Vicky Self, sister of the late Ronnie Self
The Skeletons/Morells (Lou Whitney, Lloyd Hicks, Donnie Thompson, Joe Terry)
Besides being a long-standing center of music recording, it’s also known as the American capital of cashew chicken, the birthplace of Route 66, the “buckle” of the bible belt and the headquarters of Bass Pro Shops.
Those who have made the considerable effort to come to downtown Springfield to record music include the Del Lords, Syd Straw, the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Brenda Lee, Merle Haggard, Dave Alvin, Robbie Fulks, Jonathan Richman, Ben Vaughn and Wilco. In recent years musicians recorded in the late Lou Whitney’s studio whose “Wrecking Crew” emerged from popular Springfield bands like the Morells and the Skeletons.
Other music environments we plan to visit in future months and seasons include the Beach Music scene of the Carolinas and the Gulf & Western music of Alabama, Flordia and Mississippi.