Budlight & Me
Lamar was born on October 3, 1943 in the lowcountry of South Carolina about sixty miles west of Charleston.He lives on the same farm where he was raised.The farm is just a small part of a plantation that belonged to his grandfather's great grandfather,John Smyly who arrived in Charlestown in 1764 from Larne,Ireland.John Smyly was an Irish immigrant in search of a new land. Lamar remembers as a child when there were no tractors on their farm or any of the farms around them.He recalls looking at the backside of mule and feeling the cool earth beneath his bare feet as he plowed in the fields on their farm. He recalls how as boys they could hardly wait till summer came and they could go bare-footed.They wouln't start wearing shoes again until it turned cold in the fall.Thank God for our memories,where would we be without them? Lamar was just a child back then but he hasn't forgotten how peaceful it was and what a good life it was.They didn't have running water and in door plumbing,just an ole out-house but they were happy.He remembers the call of the whipperwill in the still of the night and a bullfrog croaking down by Buckhead Creek where him,his brothers and cousins used to swim and fish when they were boys growing up. The country schools back then were small and he remembers that in grammer school there were little more than a dozen kids in his class. 'We really had to tow the line back then' he recalls and if we acted up we were disciplined for it'.'They never had to send for the law to come to the school back then.It was so quite in class you could have heard a pin drop.' Lamar's love for music began as a child when he used to listen to his mother sing and his father play the guitar.It was during those days that he came to have a special love for country music.Listening to the like's of Hank Williams Sr. was a delight and served to strengthen that love. Lamar's passion now is for his Creator,his family,his music,and his horses.He loves to ride and feel the wind in his face and the power of his horse beneath him. Lamar wrote all of the songs on his new album except for one cover song,'Your Cheatin'Heart' that was written by Hank Williams Sr..All the songs on the album are true and about real life as Lamar has lived it.He hopes that all the folks who love good old country music will enjoy his new album,'Budlight and Me'.