|Welcome to the “My Place” page
My name is Scott
I run the Rope and Wire website.
My original idea for this page was to give those living in the country the opportunity to tell others about the things that made their farm or ranch so special.
Well, I’ve come to the conclusion that either no one likes to brag or no one lives on a farm or a ranch. Whatever the case, no one submitted an article so I felt it was high time to try something different.
So for now this will be literally “My Place.” I’ll use this page to post a western blog or short articles. They will either be mine, or possibly one from a contributing R&W community member.
The theme will remain Western but the content will change weekly, or there about.
If you click on any of the links to past blog's, you can return to this page by clicking on the My Place button across from my picture.
I hope you enjoy it but if not, might I suggest you “stroll the grounds.” Read a story or watch a movie.
Thanks for visiting.
The Music World Has Lost a Legend
Legendary guitarist Brad “Buster B.” Jones passed away on Monday, February 2, 2009 in Eugene, Oregon. Jones died of alcohol-related liver failure. He was 49 years old.
He passed as his friend and fellow guitarist, Bobby Gibson sat at his bedside playing See You in My Dreams.
Born Bradley F. Jones in Ames, Iowa, in 1959, friends say he was a funny, talkative man who loved to refer to himself as a “hillbilly.” For gigs, he sported a signature look of a cowboy hat, boots and a leather vest.
Jones was known worldwide for his prowess on the guitar, and was easily one of the top 10 finger picking stylists in the world. He was a natural performer who “oozed” Southern charm.
The self-taught Jones played by ear and could easily improvise intense classical-style pieces that would have taken months for many accomplished players to master. His high-octane finger picking style dazzled the greats.
In 1988, Jones entered Guitar Player Magazine's International Guitar Competition with his own composition, "Back Porch Boogie," and a rendition of "Lime-house Blues." He entered on a whim, at the last minute, using a $1.50 K-Mart cassette tape and a boom box. There were almost 900 entries, and he won on the first ballot.
In 1990, he won the National Finger picking Championship at Winfield, Kansas. He has performed with the likes of Chet Atkins, Tommy Jones, Marcel Dadi, Thom Bresh, and John Knowles and has performed his high-octane finger picking style in eight countries and twenty-eight states, and was a featured artist at the annual Chet Atkins Appreciation Society gathering in Nashville.
In recent years he was a regular performer on the stage of the Emerald Valley Opry in Eugene, Oregon.
My past involvement with the Emerald Valley Opry afforded me the opportunity to meet and listen to Buster B. on several occasions.
He will be missed.