Cowboy Singer & His Inspiration

Miss Alex (Pour back-up singer) snapped this photo of a momentous meeting recently.  Here the horse lauded in One Horse Power, Beaumont, meets the guitar on which his tribute song was written. 


Writes Alex...

"One might expect an animal of flight to be spooked by such an unknown thing -- a shiny, vibrating box of sound -- but Beaumont met this challenge with particular grace. In fact, he was very trusting of the Colonel.  "He trusts me," said Parker, "It's because we've been through a lot together.  To any other horse I might appear as a two-headed monster wearing this guitar."  But to Beaumont, this was just his friend holding a piece of vibrating wood.  "He's used to hearing me sing," said Parker, "but this was his first time seeing the guitar, and he was great about it!" 

Sam Petite (Pour bassist) was sad to learn that Parker would not be bringing Beaumont into Toronto for a photo shoot in front of the Cameron House. "How hard can it be to put him in a box and bring him off for a few minutes?"  That notwithstanding, "There's a city bylaw that only the police can ride a horse in the streets of Toronto," said Parker, dodging a bullet.  "It's not that Beaumont wouldn't like the people at the Cameron House, but he really, really doesn't like to drink beer, believe me, I've tried" said Parker. 

Happily, he likes music."


Uh huh. Take a look at this one. Proof positive that the Colonel has the easiest band in the world working for him. In fact, they work for pints. Of milk!

The song is called Tiny Little Place, and while the video doesn't exactly have anything to do with the song, it does indeed take place in a tiny little place!

Just finishing reading the Tammy Wynette biography by Jimmy McDonough. The woman had a tremendously successful career, paired up with a very tragic life. While I found myself feeling sad for her, in that she obviously suffered a lot through the years, the thing that really hit me was her dedication to the song. She obviously had an extraordinary voice, that's plain to see. But her taste in country music was also pretty spot on. She could take these now-classic songs and make them live and breathe. 

Every time I get sort of down on how modern country music has become throwaway and cookie-cutter, the product of focus groups and songwriting committees, I just have to listen to someone like her. She lived the songs, and made them her own. The woman, despite being a scattered and broken soul, is an inspiration. Or maybe that's why she is such an inspiration. She could sing through it all. Thanks Tammy!