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A dear friend of mine that most of you must know. That
wonderful steel player, nutty and humorous guy that would do
anything for anyone, Mr. Lynn Owsley.
When Lynn first came to town from Alabama, I was the staff
steel player and band leader at a little Nashville metroplex
of live music clubs called Printerís Alley. I would hear of
a lot of jobs open to steel players in town and I managed to
keep Lynn working through his first days in Nashville.
People like Claude Gray, Jeannie C. Riley, Ernie Ashworth and
Vernon Oxford, then a few years later, Lynn landed a job
with Ernest Tubb and the Texas Troubadours. Lynn worked all
of Ernest Tubbís last days up until the death of this great
country music singer and stylist.
Lynn would tell many stories of working for Ernest and
country music singer Claude Gray and about their gambling
ventures on the busses while on tour. Lynn told many times
of winning both of these stars busses on long tour gambling
marathons, but ending up having to give the bus back so he
and the band could get back home to Nashville.
Itís hard to say enough nice things about the personality of
Lynn Owsley. He loves everybody and everybody that knows him
I am expounding on this steel players virtues because he
richly deserves more credit than heís ever gotten.
Bobby Seymour of
Steel Guitar Nashville
Lynn stopped by my house
and asked if I would like to hear his new CD "Steel n' A
Feeln' ". I said Yeah, come on in.
We had our usual conversation and joke session and then
turned the machine on. one by one the cuts played. I made
notes after each one. Some of those are listed on the CD.
After Lynn left I played it all again. I drew the same
conclusion as I did the first time. Lynn has made good
choices in the songs, the musicians, the studio and he never
played better. I thank him for asking if I'd like to hear
his new CD - You bet I like it & I bet you will too. Good
show Lynn and best of luck on your great project!
"Secret Love" Man that's great C6th stuff and "Lonesome
77203" Justin wrote it & you did the rest!
It's one heck of a CD
Now as the old Cherokee Troubadour rides off into the sunset.
I congratulate you on your new CD
Your Friend & Brother
Iím so glad to have this
opportunity to talk about my good friend, Lynn Owsley. Letís
see where do I start? He is a SUPER steel player, jammed
packed with talent and has a personality to match. He always
wears a smile, never meets a stranger and always has a fun
story to tell.
When it comes to helping others, Lynn is always the first to
contribute to the cause. Iím proud to have Lynn as my
friend, as well as a member of my band.
Iím looking forward to many more years of sharing the stage
with my good buddy, Lynn Owsley.
In my bookÖ.heís second to NONE.
A note about my good friend Lynn Owsley.
First of all, Congratulation on you
Lynn Owsley is a great accomplished Steel Guitar
player. He has worked with many country artists as well as
western artists. He is able to play all styles as well as
being a good entertainer. I have been fortunate to work with
him on many occasions.
We can all say that Lynn is the ambassador that furthers the
interest of the Steel Guitar world.
As Ernest Tubb would say, "a true Texas Troubadour."
It is my pleasure to have known
Lynn over 20 years. I enjoy his talents, wit, humor
and showmanship immensely. Lynn cares very much about people
and is also an avid pet lover.
He will go out of his way to help anyone in need, I
know this first hand!
And as Billy Robinson said, "He is truly a great ambassador of
music and the steel guitar".
Lynn I'm happy to have you as my friend,
Glad to hear your doing better.
Boy...........You must be somebody now!!! Your own web
Good luck to a great guy and stay well.
Spring Hill, FL
Don & Helen Brown
and foremost, a special wish for Lynn, to have a complete
recovery, so everyone can enjoy his great sense of humor, as
well as, one of the nicest, and most caring people I've ever
Question: Who else would go out to the bus,
at somewhere around two am in the morning, and bring their
steel into their motel room, and set it up, so a (nearly)
complete stranger could take a look at, not only his steel,
but his equipment as well? I think the answer to that would
be nobody else. Then, after finding out I was in need of a
new pot for my volume pedal, Lynn went back out to the bus,
and brought in one of his pedals, and handed it to me. I
still have that pedal today.
A story goes along with that pedal. It
seems that Lynn's name got "haphazardly" engraved in
scratches across the lower portion's front. No one here ever
said who did it, but in doing so, they spelled Lynn's Last
name as: Osley. So faint I could have buffed it out, but I
chose to leave it that way. I forgot to tell Lynn that, in
an email I sent him, after hearing of his recent surgery.
Here is exactly how thoughtful Lynn is. In
my speaking of George Edwards, Lynn asked if I knew George
has been recovering from a stoke, and went on to say that
he'd pass along my well wishes to George the next time he
dropped in on him. Imagine that! Someone who'd just recently
went through all of what Lynn has, and yet his thoughts were
on others! That, sure says it all.
Thanks for letting me share just a tiny
little bit of a (long) story. I'm sad to say, we never got
to see Lynn again after the two days, ET was in this area.
Lynn and the entire group were a lot of fun to be around,
listening to the stories being told over breakfast the
PS: I had to joggle Lynn's memory a bit,
and I think it was in mentioning his aunt, who lived in a
nearby town, or possibly the 1972, Bronze Gold Caddy Coupe
Deville, that brought it back? He was probably thinking:
"How does a guy in a small Hick Town, in NJ ride around in a
car like this." Answer: From playing "Good Old County
Music." Lynn.. <grin>
God Bless each of you,
Don & Helen Brown & Family
Lynn, the engraved end plates are so good looking, I
remember you telling me about them after you ordered the
guitar and how thrilled you were, looking forward to getting
the new Derby. I hope the new stand I sent you works out as
good as the other one you wore out. I think from reading
here you are using a Webb amp now if you need another stand
let me know, I am playing an Evans amp now, love it. Take
care of yourself and look forward seeing you down the road,
Nan and I love you dearly, thanks for being such a great
Ernie, Nan, & Linda Cawby
Lake City, Florida
Texas, T for Tennessee", ah ha. Goodness knows I like
saying that, but it got thrown out there just to bring up
the name Jimmie Rodgers. Why? Mrs. Jimmie Rodgers was very
instrumental in the career of Ernest Tubb. If you spend any
time at all out at the Texas Troubadour Theater in Music
Valley of Nashville Tennessee, youíll discover that fact
Ernest Tubb was helped along the way; therefore,
Ernest Tubb did a lot of helping for others along the way.
Iíve met a few former Texas Troubadours the last few years
doing my newsletter and just about all of them to a man says
the old man was like a second daddy to them.
Well, this writer sure appreciates a steel guitar
player that he met a few years ago out at the Long Hollow
Jamboree. Lynn Owsley, the steel guitar player, didnít know
me from Adam at the time, but we had crossed paths a time or
two as I covered events he was playing or in attendance. A
Texas Troubadour just out of the blue started telling me
about upcoming events and shows he thought might be good to
include in my newsletter. Boy, he was right. One of them
featured him and Buddy Emmons playing twin steels
celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Ernest Tubb Record
Store. Another show featured a reunion of Texas Troubadours
including Buddy Charleton, Leon Rhodes, Junior Pruneda, Steve
Chapman, and Don Mills.
This Owsley character sure does know a good story
when he sees one and has been in the olí newsletter more
than anybody, mostly in pictures or occasional quotes
relating to a particular event, but never as a feature
story. Thatís all changing now. Anybody that continues
reading from this point on can consider themselves an
honorary Texas Troubadour. Trust me, youíll have the inside
scoop and then some.
Remember Ernest Tubb flipping his guitar around on stage and
the message taped to the back of it for all his fans to see,
THANKS. Thank you, Lynn, for taking an interest in
"Nashville Now & Then" and
for helping me along the way. Youíre all right for a former
Texas Troubadour. Guess you learned from one of the best.
Nashville Now & Then
Great website, very well put together. Just wanted to stop
by and say "Howdy". We've been doing this for a long time.
Here's wishing you good health and good luck in all that you
For my Friend & Brother,
you are truly a great steel player. I remember
meeting you back in 1978, in Port Allen, Louisiana. You were
doing a show that night with Ernest and it was such an honor
to meet you and Ernest. I still have the album on vinyl (yes
vinyl). You and couple of the guys in the band were gracious
enough to take time to autograph it for me.
I always liked Ernest and his music. I remember
as a young boy living in Kentucky at the time dreaming of
being a Troubadour. I learned how to play the acoustic
guitar by watching Ernest on TV doing his show.
The day he died I cried like a baby, my wife at
the time didn't understand. I told her that it felt like a
piece of me had gone. But I am glad that you have kept the
tradition alive of ET. Through playing the steel guitar.
I am a steel player too, and have enjoyed your
playing through out the years. I am glad that you are doing
better. I have read some of the stories that you have posted
on your site and Ernest was such a giving gentleman, willing
to help out anyone.
Thank you again
Long time no type or talk to. I sure have
fond memories of you when we met at the Texas Steel Guitar
Jamboree in Dallas a few years back.
I am impressed with your website. I
really enjoyed seeing your pictures. I did not know
that Ron Elliott was a Troubadour.
Sure wish you could come visit us again at the Steel Guitar
Jamboree. Sure would love to see you again. Best of luck to
you and yours. Your friend,
Farmers Branch, TX
I saw Ernest Tubb and you at
Sunset Park in West Grove, PA many times over the years. I
attended Fan Fair in Nashville from 1980-1990 and saw you
guys there also, as well as the Midnight Jamboree.
Somewhere in my warehouse of music stuff, I have
a cassette tape of a WSM interview with you, Hoot Borden,
and the Texas Troubadours that I recorded while in
Nashville. I believe Keith Bilbrey conducted the interview.
Enjoyed your website!
I had the pleasure of meeting
Lynn and his son, quite by chance, on Saturday May 22,
2010. He explained that he was a steel guitar player and we
talked a few minutes about music in general. I thought
about him for a few days and decided to google search his
name only to find out that I had stood in the presence of
country music greatness and had not even realized it! He
was, in fact, on his way to be inducted into the Steel
Guitar Hall of Fame (of Alabama) on the very night of our
chance meeting. He had not boasted of his accomplishments
nor did he tell me about his induction later on that night.
I have had an opportunity to watch some of his youtube video
clips and I find him truly amazing. I just wanted to say my
belated thanks to Lynn for years of hard work, dedication
and keeping country music alive! Our meeting will be in my
heart forever! Thanks
At its annual Steel Guitar Show held May,
22, 2010, Lynn Owsley was inducted into The Alabama Steel
Guitar Associationís Hall of Fame.
Alabama Steel Guitar Assoc
Congratulations on your award at
the Alabama Steel Guitar Show in Montgomery. It was definately much deserved. It was so good to see and feel the
love everyone had for you and may I say thanks for the time
we got to spend talking at your table. Look forward to
seeing you again soon--at least at St. Louis, if not before.
I had the
pleasure and honor to work with Lynn Owsley recently. He
drove from Nashville, to Whitley City, Ky. (3 hours away)
for very little money. He filled in for our steel player and
did an awesome job.
We loved his stories and his picking. He made me feel just as
important and talented as anyone he has ever worked with.
What a class act!
Thanks Troubadour Thanks!
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