what a man, what a man, what a mighty good man!!
went to a concert in 6th grade and saw Boots with Chet Atkins and Floyd Cramer together on one stage. that what was made me want to play the sax. a couple of years later I wrote to boots and asked for some of his music. he personally replied with encouraging words and sent a copy of his " blow like boots" book for no charge.. very inspirational for an 8th grader. went and saw him last year in a small theater in town and got to meet him afterwards as he stayed and signed cd's and chatted with folks. I told him of both the concert and the letter and book and thanked him for everything. told him he really inspired me and that music has enriched my life in many ways. Really glad I got to do that.
his music will live on forever along with the memories of the ones he has touched along his journey here on earth.
Boots, you will be missed. thank you.
My first weekend in Nashville in 1979, I went downtown to the music store to get some reeds. Boots was in the store passing time with the sales guy. They were talking about mouthpieces. He had just started playing on a Dukoff and he was afraid that players that wanted to sound like him would be switching to Dukoffs too which wouldn't neccessarily work for them. My sax teacher, Johnny Duke had some great tales about Boots. Gona miss him.
Oh, wow! Hadn't heard this. Boots was also my inspiration for playing sax. Listened to him as a kid and wanted to be just like him. Got to see him when he came to town in the late 70's. Also got to see him at his club on Printer's Alley in Nashville in 1981. Another legend gone. He will truly be missed.
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