James "Jim" Porter

Born: Mar. 11, 1928 Selma, AL

Died: Dec. 2007

Country Pedal Steel Hank Williams, Curly Fox

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame








James "Jimmy" Ervin Porter (Steel Guitar): Born: 3/11/28 Died: 12/15/07 Hoover, AL.

Bio: Jimmy was the youngest (13 yrs. old) member of the Drifting Cowboys when he was hired by Hank in early 1941 (replacing Boot Harris). He played in the band mostly on weekends. Jimmy left Hank in mid 1944.

After leaving the band he joined "Dad" Crysel & The Royal Hillbillies and stayed until 1947. After graduation from high school, he immediately went to Nashville where he began working with Curly Fox & Texas Ruby (May 1947). In 1948 he enlisted into the Army Air Force and stayed for two years.

Mr. Porter is a unassuming man who has never used his position as a former Cowboys to get fame. He never longed for the limelight. He is the proud grandfather of five. He currently volunteers at the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, AL. In 2002 he wrote and published a book about his career called "My Life as a Musician".

Source: Band Member Bios

More info: http://www3.sympatico.ca/tomlipscombe/porter.txt










Jimmy Porter Releases New Book, Video, & CD!!

Jimmy Porter was the youngest musician (13 yrs. old) to ever be hired by Hank Williams. He worked with Hank from 1941-44.

In his GREAT new book, "My Life as a Musician", Jimmy discusses his 45+ years in the music business. You'll get to read stories about his time working with Hank & The Drifting Cowboys, Curly Fox & Texas Ruby, Jack Turner and many more Country Music greats! You won't read these stories anywhere else.

This book is a must have for any Hank Fan! Don't miss your chance to own a copy!

Cost: Book, $8.00 (+ $1.00 ship).

New Video

Also, Jimmy has just released the complete and un-cut video he did for CMT's recent Inside Fame: Hank Williams. In it you will hear all about Jimmy's time with Hank and learn what the man was really like...the drinking, the song writing, the spiritual side, the man behind the legend. Running Time is 32 mins.

Cost: Video, $10.00 (+ $1.50 ship).

New CD/Tape

If you want to hear good country music played the way it should be you need to get the new CD/Tape Jimmy Porter and Southern Touch. This was originally recorded Live at the Moose Lodge in Prattville, Al on Feb. 8, 1986.

One listen and you'll understand why Hank Sr. hired 13 year old Jimmy to play steel guitar for him.

Make sure you get yourself a copy!!

Track Listing:1 1982(02:42); 2 Big City(03:11); 3 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (02:44); 4 Blue Moon of Kentucky`(03.56); 5 Crazy Arms (03:35); 6 Elvira (02:02); 7 Heartaches By the Numbers (03:37);8 Honky Tonk (03.39); 9 Hey Good Looking (02:02); 10 Jack to a King (02:34); 11 Johnny B. Good (03:19); 12 Just Between You and Me (02:52); 13 Kansas City (03:55); 14 Last Date (05.02); 15 Let's Chase Each Other (Round The Room Tonight) (01:18); 16 Midnight Hour (03:31); 17 Natural High (04:47); 18 Release Me (02:17); 19 She Thinks I Still Care (04:28); 20 Tennessee Waltz (03:16); 21 The Waltz You Saved for Me (03:06); 22 Today I Started Loving You Again (04:49) 23 Wake Up (03:28); 24 Walkin' the Floor Over You (02:41)

Cost: $6.00 (+$1.00 ship) 80 min. CD or $5.00 (+$1.00 ship) 90 min. Tape.

Order Form

Send Check or Money Orders to:

Jimmy Porter

1195 Berwick Road

Hoover, AL 35242

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About This Video

James Ervin “Jimmy” Porter, one of the first members of Hank Williams’ Drifting Cowboys band, died Saturday (Dec. 15) at his home in Hoover, Ala. He was 79. In his self-published autobiography, My Life as a Musician, he tells of learning to play the electric steel guitar when he was 12 and joining Williams’ group a year later. “Dad took me to Hank’s and we played several songs and he sang. The only song I remember was his theme song, ‘Happy Rovin’ Cowboy.’ I played ‘Steel Guitar Rag’ and a couple of other songs, and Hank offered me the job.” Porter said he backed Williams “on and off” from 1941 until late 1943 or early 1944. He later played with Curly Fox and Texas Ruby on tour and on the Grand Ole Opry. He was buried in Montgomery, Ala.

Video: http://www.hank-williams.de/videos.html




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