Mel Tillis

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I didn't get to meet Hank Williams. I was in the Air Force on Okinawa when he passed away.

Mel Tillis

And I got to know Red Foley well. And I got to know Lefty really well, he was a great guy.

Mel Tillis

I'm not retiring.

Mel Tillis

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.

Mel Tillis

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.

Mel Tillis

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.

Mel Tillis

I'll do about 13 shows in Branson next year, and I'll be performing at the Grand Palace.

Mel Tillis

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.

Mel Tillis

I have a painting up in Washington, D.C. at the House of the Temple for the Scottish Rite, and those prints are selling for $250.

Mel Tillis

So when I leave here at the first of the year it'll become... well, it's already open on Sundays as a church. But it'll be a full-time church.

Mel Tillis

No, my son's a songwriter and he does that.

Mel Tillis

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.

Mel Tillis

But the teacher would let me sing, you know. She'd take me around to different classes and let me sing. And I could sing without stuttering.

Mel Tillis

Well, no, you can prepare it all you want, but I'd still stutter.

Mel Tillis

And I began to tell little anecdotes that had happened to me, and people would laugh. And I began to like that, you know. But I knew that, 'cause I'd do that in school, but I wouldn't do it out there in front of all them people.

Mel Tillis

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.

Mel Tillis

But a lot of your songs do come when you're out there mile after mile after mile and you're sitting on the bus.

Mel Tillis

Well, you know, back then there wasn't many albums, it was the singles. You sold singles.

Mel Tillis

I'm gonna do between 75 and 100 dates. A lot of it will be in Laughlin, Nevada; I'll be there for two weeks. And I'll work some casinos here and there, and the fair dates.

Mel Tillis