Watch FOX 17 This Morning LIVE!

Watch FOX 17 This Morning LIVE!


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.  

 

Get This

Last Update on October 21, 2014 09:08 GMT

WATER THEFT CHARGE

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The owner of a northern New Jersey business found himself in hot water after admitting his role in a plan to steal at least $100,000 worth of water from a local utilities authority. Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Nicholas Vene, of Holmdel, New Jersey pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Officials say from January 2007 to March 2012, Vene and others diverted water flowing from a Jersey City pipe to a Reliable Wood location and away from the water meter on that pipe. That resulted in an under-reporting of water usage.Vene faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced Jan. 26.

FREE SALMON

POULSBO, Wash. (AP) -- The early bird catches the fish, or at least a few lucky people did when they lined up with coolers Monday to wait for free salmon at a hatchery on Washington's Kitsap Peninsula. Workers at Grovers Creek Hatchery, northwest of Seattle, netted several dozen fish from the pond and harvested eggs from female chum salmon. The hatchery gave away one salmon per person because of limited supplies so early in the season. But they told those who didn't get a fish Monday to come back later. The hatchery, run by the Suquamish Tribe, is one of a few in Washington with a salmon give-away program.

STINK BUG-MICHIGAN

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) -- An annoying insect is bugging homeowners in southwestern Michigan, and some say it just plain stinks. A Michigan State University program says the brown marmorated stink bug has been detected in low numbers in traps set around fruit and vegetable crops. But there are "a few hotspots." Cathie Buckley, of Stevensville, Michigan, lives with her husband on 6 1/2 acres including a former blueberry patch. The couple are finding the bugs "all over the place," and she says she's encountered hundreds of them. "I have lots of them -- and my husband can't stand the smell of them," Buckley said. "They are horrible." The stink bug does not bite or pose any danger to humans, but it has a gross smell.

SPEEDWAY WEDDING

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Two NASCAR fans raced to the altar to finally arrive at marital bliss. Kevin Lane and Ashlea Leggett got married on the Talladega Superspeedway infield before the GEICO 500 in Alabama on Sunday. The Athens, Georgia couple attended the race last year, as their first big trip together. So this year, they asked their friends and family to join them on the track for a ceremony before the race. The gathering was complete with a 10x10 foot white tent, flowers and music playing from a smartphone connected to a small speaker. After the 15-minute ceremony, the entire crowd shared wedding cake and watched the racers rev up.

 
Advertise with us!

Should Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resign or be asked to resign by the President because of problems with the rollout of healthcare.gov and health care reform?

Yes
No
I Don't Know



Poll Results

25.83% Yes
25.54% No
48.61% I Don't Know

Talkers