Mel Tillis Quotes.
You know, it comes from my mother’s side of the family. She had seven sisters and one brother, and all of them could play instruments. I suppose I picked it up from that.
And I got to know Red Foley well. And I got to know Lefty really well, he was a great guy.
And my daddy could play a harmonica and also the guitar, so I guess I got a little bit from both of ’em, but I think mostly from my mother’s side of the family.
But in those days – in the mid-’50s, early ’60s – there was less than 300 radio stations that were playing country music and a lot of that wasn’t full time.
And you know, we’d go to church. We were Baptists. And every now and then there’d be a tent would set up, and it was the Holiness folks. And we liked their music.
But now I’ve been in the arena for 47 years and I stutter less today than I did in those days.
I’m not retiring.
But if you put a script up in front of me to read, or a cue card, I couldn’t do it without stuttering.
But I’ve got a lot of ideas, I bought me a ranch in Florida and I still have my farm in Ashland City, Tennessee so I’m gonna spend a little time at each one of those places and you’ll probably hear some more songs out of me.
You have to insulate yourself – I’m talking about from everything, people can be talking to you and you won’t hear ’em – that’s how you write a song. And I haven’t been able to do that over here ’cause I’m so busy and then, when I am off, I want to get away from music.
And I had to take care of a little dog too named Suzy. It was the promoter’s wife’s – Judy Lynn’s – it was her dog. And one of my duties going on the tour was to take care of it.
You know, being an entertainer is partly being on the road, and a lot of your songs come from the road.
And then, when I started to school, I found out I couldn’t talk.
But Patsy, she was a great, great girl. And Brenda Lee is a wonderful person, and her mama Grace. I’ve known those folks for years and years and years.
I remember li’l ol’ Hank Jr. – he was just a baby back in them days, you know – but he used to hang around. His mama would bring him around. He was just a natural.
And they turned around and leased it to The Assembly Of God Churches – their headquarters are in Springfield, Missouri. They leased it to them for the first year. Then, after the first year, they will donate it to the church.
No, my son’s a songwriter and he does that.