Billy Barksdale was a family man and the hardest worker I've ever heard of: if he wasn't delivering Dr. Peppers all over Northeast Alabama, he was selling encyclopedias door-to-door. In the rest of his spare time, he was playing music in a dance hall, at a radio station, or in a living room. Billy Barksdale, my grandfather, was especially a musician: that's how he came to be in Ira Louvin's band. I describe my grandfather's tragic connection to Ira Louvin in the piece "Billy Barksdale: The History". In "Billy Barksdale: The Music" are recordings of some of his own compositions and other country songs that he performed with many talented musicians who are listed in the credits for that piece.
My grandfather has been included in several history books about The Louvin Brothers. Unfortunately, my grandfather has been misrepresented and some important details about him were either wrong or missing. I hope this project begins to set the record right and does justice to the enduring memories of all who knew and continue to admire the talented Billy Barksdale.
released July 18, 2015
Billy Barksdale, vocals and guitar
Charles Beshears, pedal steel
Johnny Whitley, drums
Billy McMinn, guitar
Joe Stanley, pedal steel
Bobby Stanley, bass
Charles Hilyer, bass
Recordings by Billy Barksdale.
Compiled from the original reel-to-reel tapes by Danny Barksdale.
Most of these recordings we assume were made at home.
"I've Been Changed by Your Kisses" seems to have been a demo tape recorded in a studio, but where exactly has been lost to time. . .
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