This was a grand meeting of two families that have worked together for 92 years, and who were both in Los Angeles to receive Grammy Awards for the work in the music industry of Jimmie Rodgers and Ralph Peer, Sr.. Mr. Standley is soon to release his documentary the Jimmie Rodgers Saga as Told By Merle Haggard and this was yet another chapter...
James and Austin Court with Ralph Peer, II.
Court and Peer Families wait for the limo with Kara Wright
"The Blue Yodel" (On the left)
The Martin 000-45 is the one he was often documented recording or performing with; he became known for flashing ‘Thanks’ to the audience to show his gratitude. It was his personal favorite. If you look inside the sound hole you''ll
see a note that says: "To Jimmie Rodgers, America''s Blue Yodeler, with all good wishes--C. Fredrick Martin III July
27, 1928." After his death, Rodgers'' widow loaned the 000-45 to Ernest Tubb, who played it for forty years.
“The original Jimmie Rodgers 000-45 Martin is possibly the most valuable (if not priceless) guitar ever made. Its
worth is certainly affected by the fact that it was Jimmie Rodgers'' favorite personal guitar.” ACF Martin & Co. Inc.
Benford Standley, James Court, Ralph Peer, Karen Court, Mary Megan Peer, Austin Court
Day one at the Grammy Awards begins with a very special lunch with members of the Jimmie Rodgers and Ralph Peer Family celebrating a toast to a 92 year relationship between their families...then there is a toast to the fact that Jimmie Rodgers
and Ralph Peer, Sr. are both receiving Grammy Awards...next toast is to Barry Mazor for his books on Jimmie and Ralph.
The Grammy After Party was just Grand
Austin Court and Ralph Peer II
Jimmie Rodgers receives the Lifetime Achievement Grammy at the 59th Grammy Awards in Hollywood
Kathy Spanberger, Benford Standley, Mary Megan Peer, Austin Court
Ralph Peer, II., Karen Court, Liz Peer, II
Concerning the Lifetime Achievement Grammy for Jimmie Rodgers, John Mellencamp wrote in the Grammy Program:
"Jimmie Rodgers put down a big footprint and he said, "Here, fill it! " In just six years as a professional musician, Rodgers left an indelible mark on the music industry for generations to follow. As a songwriter, his stories of hard work and the heartache resonate with audiences. It was his unique style and unprecedented blend of musical genres, the combination of blues, folk, jazz, and his yodeling, that made him a major influence on country music artists such as Bill Monroe, JohnnyCash and Merle Haggard, as well as artists like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. In 1997, Bob Dylan released a Tribute Album to Jimmie Rodgers called simply,
"THE SONGS OF JIMMIE RODGERS - A TRIBUTE...
Jimmie Rodgers kept his homegrown identity and His influence in all music genres cannot be overestimated nor underestimated as his legacy and influence is so ingrained in America's music, you find it everywhere today. "America's Blue Yodeler", The Original Roots Music Hero left his mark on rock, blues, country and pop by inspiring artist and musicians to find their own voice, to be pioneers creating music that might some day also make its mark. Jimmie Rodgers had an emotional connection with his audience, his fans felt that he sang about his life, their lives...he changed people's lives with his Music and song. Isn't that what we all inspire to do as an artist?"
JIMMIE'S LOVE OF HIS TWO MARTIN GUITARS
The Jimmie Rodgers Legacy is proud to announce that the dream of bringing together two
of Jimmie Rodgers' guitars to the Grammy Awards has come true. On February 11, 2017,
Jimmie's 00-18 Martin and his 000-45 Martin are now displayed together on the 3rd floor
of the Grammy Museum during the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles...
Jimmie Rodgers Legacy™
James and Austin Court, Great Grandson's of Jimmie Rodgers with the two Martins now displayed at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, CA.
"The Bristol" (On the right)
The Bristol is a 1927 Martin 00-18 , which is the guitar that Jimmie played in the famous Bristol Recording Sessions in 1927. Some have called this session the "Big Bang" of country music, when Ralph Peer, who was recording for the Victor Talking Machine Company, who had set up a recording session to try and record some of the "race" or hill-billy music that was coming out of the rural areas of that part of the United States. The Martin guitar went on to be used in recording some of his music.
The 00-18 has an inscription on the inside that marks the date of the Bristol Sessions. Looking through the
sound hole you can see "9-4-27. VA-TENN" written in India ink.