Foreword by Mick Luerhman:
"Over the past couple of months I've had the privilege of spending some time with some old recordings by Dave and Jimmy's dad, Johnny Nace and his band, the Midnighters. What a treat it has been. I want you to get primed for this because it’s going to be available to everyone before long. The story? In Februrary Jimmy gave me a CD with 18 songs on it from two different performances by Johnny and asked me to do some cleaning up. All I did was separate the songs into tracks on my computer and tweak the equalization (tonal frequencies) a teeny bit, other than that it's as is and a true joy to hear. If you listen close you may notice a few technical rough spots on a couple of songs because of recording levels in the original tapes, but for the majority of the songs the quality is quite good and really captures the spirit of those old performances. It's Johnny playing and singing live as I remember so well from years back."
"When I was a teenager I used to sneak out at night and head downtown to the Stein House on East Pine in Warrensburg, sidle up next to the speakers just inside the front door next to the stage and listen to Johnny Nace and the Midnighters. With steel guitar master, Joe Green, the band played the country shuffles, ballads, and rockabilly numbers that kept the dance floor full. Later, after my own band Diamond Jim had gained some measure of success locally and regionally I was lucky enough to get to fill in a few times with Johnny at various clubs when he needed a replacement for an absent band member. That was part of my "schooling" in the music business, learning how to do the traditional country music the right way. Lessons not forgotten. Even later, we formed a renegade band to play rockabilly music and called ourselves the Twangcasters. . The band consisted of Dave Nace, Jimmy Nace, Doug Sparling and myself. We rehearsed in my basement and played a few rambunctious nights back in the 80’s at Bodie's in Warrensburg. When Johnny found out what we were doing he came on board for our live performances, broke out his rockabilly guitar riffs and boy did we have fun. There are some live recordings out there of that group that may surface some time. Also some great photos taken by Bodie."
"Anyway, back to the CD of Johnny’s music, several of the songs feature Joe Green on steel guitar. Joe was a master of the smooth crying style of steel guitar, similar to Nashville legend, Buddy Emmons. He had a natural ability to make the instrument sing that is truly rare. He could match the best Nashville session players when it came to playing on a bandstand. Big Joe gave me lessons on the steel guitar to get me started, though I’ve never been able to come close to matching his command of the instrument. He was one of the most generous people I've known. He and Johnny were both so supportive of all of us who were trying our hand at making music back then. Both are truly missed. Also on the CD you’ll hear how the night used to begin when Dave sings the Jimmy Rogers' tune, California Blues and then introduces his Dad as he comes onto the bandstand while the band plays the old Jimmy Reed blues standard, “Big Boss Man.”
"So as you can tell by my rambling here, listening to this stuff has been quite a trip down memory lane. And yes, this is kind of a teaser, a chance to let you know that Jimmy and Dave are working on getting this released to all of you soon. I just have to say that if you appreciate traditional American country music being played and sung soulfully, along with some rockabilly twangin guitar mixed in you are going to be in for a treat. I am so pleased that this music will soon be preserved and available to all. That’s all for now."
Mick Luehrman (aka, Burt Twangcaster)"
Johnny Nace 56, Sedalia,Mo a well known country western musician in this area died of an apparent heart attack at his home Aug.24, 1990. He was born in Kansas City June 24, 1934 the son of Perry G Nace and Ada Bell Noel Nace. Mr Nace had been a musician for more than 40 years. He formed a band, Johnny Nace and the Midnighters in the early 1960's and had recorded 5 albums. He had appeared on the Ernest Tubb Record show in Nashville,Tenn. He was a former disc jockey for KOKO radio in Warrensburg and KDRO radio in Sedalia. He also hosted the circle 6 Ranch television show in Sedalia. On May 24,1983 he married Susan Owens in Miami, Okla. and she survives. Survivors besides his wife of the home include 2 sons John David Nace of Kansas City and James Donald Nace of Warrensburg, 2 daughters Brenda Carol Dine Warrensburg and Linda Loraine Nace, Elizabethtown, N.C. a step daughter Llisa Susan Nankee, Sedalia , one sister Mary Jean Turner of Warrensburg, 2 brothers Ryland Nace Warrensburg and Richard Nace of Eureka Springs, Ark., a half brother Roy Nace of Knob Noster and 4 grandchildren.
|David, Johnny, Jimmy Nace|
|Seated: Elvis; Standing, from left: Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.|
|Nace Brothers, Bodie's, Warrensburg, MO Mike Bodenhamer|
|Johnny Nace, High School Yearbook|
|Date & Source||Label & Number||Title & "As By" Name||Matrix||Comps|
rel. no. code
|Jan (Mo.) JP7-58||You Got The Blues — Johnny Nace||B|| Buffalo Bop CD 55035 (#16)|
Coast To Coast CD 001 (#14)
Collector CD 4434 (#33)
Collector CD 4471 (#13)
Legend LP 1006 (#2)
Mustang CD [19?] (#28)
|Could You Love Me — Johnny Nace||A|
rel. no. code
|Jan (Mo.) JP131159||A Bashful Sorta Guy — Johnny Nace||B|| Buffalo Bop LP 2082 (#16)|
Collector CD 4434 (#17)
Emusic/Ling Music Group MP 12666248(#1)
Jim Jam LP 8998 (#1)
|Jokin' With You — Johnny Nace||A|
|Nashville (Tenn.) NV5114||Make A Date With Me — Johnny Nace||5660|
|Heartbreak Hall Of Fame — Johnny Nace||5658|
- "You Got The Blues" on Collector CD 4471 has been edited.
Collector-Oriented Compilation LPs and CDs Containing Tracks
|1995||Buffalo Bop (Germany) Bb-CD 55035||CD||Alley Cat|
|Jim Jam (Netherlands) 8998||LP||Rebel Rockabilly Rock, Vol. 8|
|Legend (France) 1006||LP||Grand Daddy's Rockin', Vol. 4|
|1996||Collector (Netherlands) CLCD 4434||CD||Early Missouri Rockers From Jan Records|
|2001||Buffalo Bop (Germany) Bb-LP 2082||LP||The Bop That Never Stopped, Vol. 65|
|2002||Collector (Netherlands) CLCD 4471||CD||We're Gonna Rock|
|2011||Emusic/Ling Music Group 12666248||MP||Rare Rock & Roll, Vol. 2|
|year?||Coast To Coast CCCD- 001||CD||Coast To Coast Rockabilly: 30 Original American Recordings|
|Mustang MUST [19?]||CD||Lookin' For Money|
|Compilation & presentation © 2011, Terry E. Gordon||This page generated on 06/06/2014|
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|Todd Snider||The Rainmakers|
|Delbert McClinton||CoCo Montoya|
|The Band||The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band|
|Bo Diddley||Commander Cody|
|Zachary Richard||The Guess Who|
|The Sauce Boss||Merle Haggard|
|Brian Setzer||Pat Green|