Muddy Roots News
  • 01.02.15

    Little Jimmy Dickens Dies At Age 94

    James Cecil Dickens (December 19, 1920 – January 2, 2015), better known as Little Jimmy Dickens, was an American country music singer famous for his humorous novelty songs, his small size, 4’11” (150 cm), and his rhinestone-studded outfits. He started as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. – Wikipedia

    But he was more than that to us. He was one of the last surviving musicians from an era we all hold dear to our hearts. He was the oldest Opry member. He was a legend. He was cherished and revered and it was an honor having him perform our event. One of my most favorite memories was Little Jimmy Dickens hanging out in my camper at the 2012 Muddy Roots Music Festival as he put together his set list for the evening. Lord I wish I had kept it.

    Little Jimmy was as down to earth as you can get. He may have been 5 feet tall in height but he was a giant in spirit to us. He never once acted like a rockstar around us even though he had earned and deserved the treatment a hundred times over. He treated us as equals in true Muddy Roots spirit. He hung out with Don Maddox of the Maddox Brothers and Rose in lawn chairs beside the camper all day and awaited his time on stage just like every other musician. They told jokes and stories all day. It was pure gold.

    There is another side of Jimmy slightly less told with words but by his actions and by the logo on his hat. Little Jimmy Dickens was also a distinguished Scottish Rite Freemason and Shriner. I can tell you from personal experience that this means he spent a life of servitude to his community. The Shriners dedicate their lives to helping children in need. They raise money for the 22 Shriner hospitals across the U.S. that take care of children regardless of ability to pay. Brother Dickens lived a life of goodwill and is testament to what happens when a good man becomes great. He will always stand tall in my book.

    May the birds of paradise fly you to heaven brother.
    -Jason Galaz

    Here are some photos of Little Jimmy Dickens performing the Muddy Roots Music Festival in 2012.

    Little Jimmy and Don Maddox at Muddy Roots
    Photo I took from my camper. I knew I needed to document this special moment.

    Little Jimmy Dickens Muddy Roots Festival
    Photo by Uvudu? Imaging

    Little Jimmy Opry Star
    Photo by Moloich Photography

    Little Jimmy Stands Tall
    Photo by Moloich Photograpy