Floyd Tillman

by Charles Reece

 

Although not as well remembered these days as his honky-tonk contemporary, Ernest Tubb, Floyd Tillman is just as important for laying down the rules for the subgenre’s thematic vices and sound. From the vocal styles of Lefty Frizzell to Willie Nelson, one can hear Tillman’s signature bending of a syllable for emotional effect and his jazz-inspired phrasing of lyrics around the beat.  It was his style of honky-tonk that would help define a counterinsurgent movement in the sixties against the lush pop arrangements that had dominated Nashville since the... Read More

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