Veteran country stars are working together to honor a rock pioneer.  David Frizzell tells the “Lubbock Avalanche-Journal” the album “Buddy Holly country Tribute: Remember Me” grew out of a request from The Ventures bassist Nokie Edwards, who asked him to write a birthday song for Buddy’s widow.  David says he came up with the tribute album as a vehicle to release the song.  He adds that he had no problem getting others to join him.  Frizzell recalls he brought the idea first to Merle Haggard, who didn’t hesitate to say yes.  Helen Cornelius, T.Graham Brown, Jimmy Fortune, and The Crickets’ Sonny Curtis also contribute to the disc.  The Everly Brothers’ Phil Everly was planning to participate as well, but passed away before recording his song.  For the album Frizzell and Fortune team up on the Everly Brothers’ classic “Walk Right Back” as a nod to Phil and Buddy’s close friendship.  The track also has a Crickets connection though Curtis, who wrote the song.    (Yes that’s Crickets member Waylon Jennings on the right in the picture along with Buddy Holly and Tommy Allsup)

“Buddy Holly Country Tribute: Remember Me” was released today (September 7th) which would have been Buddy’s 78th birthday.  Frizzell officially announced the album Tuesday in Buddy’s hometown of Lubbock, Texas.  

“Buddy Holly Country Tribute: Remember Me” Track Listing 

1. “Remember Me,” sung by Merle Haggard 
2. “Rock Around with Ollie Vee,” by David Frizzell & Sonny Curtis 
3. “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” by David Frizzell 
4. “Peggy Sue,” by David Frizzell 
5. “Oh Boy,” by Jimmy Fortune 
6. “That’ll be the Day,” by Merle Haggard 
7. “Everyday,” by David Frizzell, Jimmy Fortune & Helen Cornelius 
8. “Mailman Bring Me No More Blues,” by David Frizzell & T. Graham Brown 
9. “Maybe Baby,” by T. Graham Brown 
10. “Rave On,” by David Frizzell & T. Graham Brown 
11. “Think It Over,” by Jimmy Fortune 
12. “Early in the Morning,” by David Frizzell & Jimmy Fortune 
13. “It’s So Easy,” by Helen Cornelius 
14. “Wishing,” by David Frizzell & Jimmy Fortune 
15. “Learning the Game,” by David Frizzell 
16. “Drown in My Own Tears,” by T. Graham Brown 
17. “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore,” by Jimmy Fortune 
18. “True Love Ways,” by Jimmy Fortune & Helen Cornelius 
19. “Maria Elena,” by David Frizzell, Jimmy Fortune & Helen Cornelius 
20. Walk Right Back,” sung by David Frizzell & Jimmy Fortune 
21. “Remember Me,” by David Frizzell, Jimmy Fortune & Helen Cornelius