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Momma's Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be "Guitar Players" - 11/18/13

  When country legend Waylon Jennings passed away in 2002, I wrote a story about his life and career as one of the most significant figures in the country outlaw movement.  I interviewed fellow country singer Ed Bruce for the piece.  Bruce was a friend of Waylon's and was one of the writers of Jenning's smash hit "Momma's Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys."

  That legendary song was really what led to request an interview with Mr. Bruce who was living outside Centerville in Hickman County at that time.  When I asked Bruce about being a co-writer on the song, he bristled and told me while his ex-wife Patsy shared credit as a songwriter, that tune was his.  I could tell I had touched a nerve, certainly without intending to.

  Monday, I had lunch with Patsy Bruce and a handful of other people to talk about the state's "Season To Remember" event on December 5-th at First Baptist Church downtown.  It's a great event that remembers the victims of violent crime and their families who are dealing with the pain of loss at a time so many other families are reconnecting.  I didn't immediately connect the dots that Patsy was "the" Patsy Bruce.  When I did, "Momma's" immediately came to mind.

  After we had talked for awhile, I decided I had to ask about the song.  Ed Bruce's feeling about sharing writing credits was hardly a surprise.  Patsy Bruce shared the story behind that great tune from her perspective.  She told me the original line was "momma's don't let your babies row up to be guitar players"  Patsy says she told Ed it wasn't commercial enough and that "Cowboys" was the perfect fit.  And Patsy Bruce says the second verse is all her.  She suggested I give it a fresh listen and see if I could detect a change in perspective.  Patsy says Waylon and Willie knew the truth.  Waylon is gone of course but if I ever get a chance to speak to Willie I plan to ask.

  Suffice it to say, I have been treated to two sides of the story behind one of the most recoginizable songs in country music history.  Most days I just love my job and this is another one of those days.  Only in Nashville.  

 

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SUPER BOWL-MEDIA DAY MOMENTS

PHOENIX (AP) -- If the Super Bowl is the show -- then Media Day has to be the sideshow. Media Day has the reputation for wild and whacky questions. In 2008, Mexican TV personality Ines Gomez Mont showed up in a white bridal gown and asked Tom Brady to marry her. The Patriots quarterback politely declined the proposal. But did Gomez Mont put a hex on Brady? The Patriots lost to the New York Giants to ruin their perfect season. They lost again to the Giants in the Super Bowl four years later. A today's Media Day, many of the questions surely will be about deflated footballs. But perhaps there will be a wacky twist.

SUPER BOWL-SECURITY

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Some big hitters are going to the Super Bowl -- and we're not talking linebackers. Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines will be put to use to help secure the big game Sunday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection showed off some of their heavy metal yesterday. The X-ray machines are mobile and the size of a large truck. They're usually on the U.S.-Mexico border, scanning for contraband and explosives. The Black Hawks and other copters will be the eyes in the sky. The big choppers will also be used to enforce the no-fly zone in the area around the University of Phoenix Stadium.

FACEBOOK POST-JAIL

MINERAL WELLS, Texas (AP) -- There are somethings you might not want to boast about on Facebook. Authorities in North Texas report busting 22-year-old Eddie Smith, after he posted on Facebook that he had more than a dozen warrants out for his arrest. Detective Nick Wells tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram a concerned citizen saw the post and notified authorities. Wells says Smith was wanted on 14 city warrants. They ranged from traffic tickets to petty theft and totaled more than $1,200 in fines. A judge has ordered Smith to serve 51 days in jail.

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MONROE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Don't you just hate it when you leave your wallet at a gas station? Police in Monroe Township, Michigan, charge a young bandit left his wallet behind during a stickup. Authorities say 19-year-old Cody Wilson forgot his wallet on a counter, after initially asking to buy cigarettes. According to police, another suspect pulled a gun and the two demanded money. They took the loot, but left the wallet. The Monroe News reports Wilson and 20-year-old Derek Beach were arraigned yesterday on armed robbery charges.

 
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