Sunday, November 20, 2011

Country Music News International November 20th 2011

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CHARLIE McCOY Lonesome Whistle (A Tribute to Hank Williams, Sr.)

CHARLIE McCOY Lonesome Whistle (A Tribute to Hank Williams, Sr.)

I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow - Lovesick Blues - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Your Cheatin' Heart - Cold Cold Heart - Mind Your Own Business - I Can't Help It If I'm Still In Love With You - My Dream - I Saw The A Light - Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Jambalaya - You Win Again - The Hank Williams Song

     I remember it so well.  It was the cool of the evening, the sun had just gone down.  We were gathered at the fair grounds in Missouri Valley, Iowa.  The gloaming had just passed, a huge full harvest moon was just rising, a light orange in color.  Charlie McCoy was there to be inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.  Lots and lots of people sitting in lawn chairs, comfortable, easy going country folks.  Charlie came on, did a couple really good songs, we inducted him into the Hall of Fame with a standing ovation from the country folks.  Then he went into "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" just as the moon rose in its fullest splendor right behind him.  Yep, there were lots of folks crying as he played his harmonica so sentimentally and full of soul spirit.  It sure moved me, the tears were still streaming down my face long after he had left the stage.  This brand new CD by Charlie, is a re-capture of that magic moment, at least for me.  Only this time he's doing an entire CD project devoted in tribute to the songs of the great Hank Williams.  Country music at its best.  No holds barred, no over production, no phony hype....COUNTRY MUSIC AT ITS BEST!
     Charlie is well known as the best harmonica player on planet earth, and this album certainly tends to make that accusation true.  These songs are so well done in his hands, or should I say his harmonica.  What's also really neat, is that Charlie asked some special friends to come in and help out.  Each of these great songs has a little introduction with each of his special friends.  Imagine....Jett Williams talking with Charlie, and then singing "Your Cheatin' Heart."  Ricky Skaggs and Roy Clark talk about their experiences with Hank Williams, and then sing "Mind Your Own Business."  Super neat idea and well done with with Charlie who is a gracious down-to-earth guy who simply loves great country music, and his heart and soul is devoted to playing it well.  The whole project is kind of like a once-in-a-lifetime radio show with the best in the business chatting home-like with their host, Charlie McCoy.
     I always like to mention the musicians helping out behind the main attraction.  In this case, it's obvious they are all Hank Williams and Charlie McCoy fans.  Pig Robbins, Dirk Johnson, and Rodger Morris on piano; Dennis Crouch and Dave Martin on bass with a special appearance by Cedric Rainwater (who actually played in the Drifting Cowboys).  Bob Mater and Tommy Wells on drums; Leigh Reynolds and Michael Spriggs on acoustic guitar.  Charlie also mentions Hank Williams on guitar too....well he did one song "I Saw The Light" overdubbing the original Hank song, along with Jett Williams doing vocals.  Jimmy Capps, Bill Hullett, Roy Clark and Sammy Pruett (also a member of the original Drifting Cowboys); Russ Hicks, Mike Johnson, Weldon Myrick, Don Helms (another original Drifting Cowboy); Harold Bradley on the electric sitar; Loretta Brank, Hoot Hester, Kenny Sears on fiddle along with another Drifting Cowboy original Jerry Rivers.  Ricky Skaggs on mandolin and Rob Ickes on Dobro.  That's an incredible line up, and the end result is pretty incredible too.  Anybody who ever liked Hank Williams music is going to love this one. 
     Charlie McCoy and Jett Williams are both in our America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.  Charlie is also in Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame, but Roy Clark and Ricky Skaggs are not in ours.  I'm hoping Charlie will nominate one or both of them, and send them back to the country for the honors.  Thanks for the memories Charlie.  And by the way, the Rural Roots Music Commission will be picking their CD of the Year awards for 2012.  If I were you Charlie, I'd set some time aside to pick up "Instrumentalist of the Year." 
ORDER THIS CD DIRECT FROM: Charlie McCoy P O Box 50455, Nashville, TN 37205

Bob Everhart

TOMMY OVERSTREET Volume 3

TOMMY OVERSTREET Volume 3

I'll Never Let You Down - Forever In Blue Jeans - Dream Maker - Heart of Dixie - Next To You - Those Were The Good Old Nights (Back In The Good Old Days) - It's Down To Me and Him (And Up To You) - Jesus Saves - Baby How Right You Are - Any Old Port In A Storm

     Tommy Overstreet has been in the music business all his life, most successfully as an incredibly gifted vocalist and a super good interpreter of great original songs.  I've had the most wonderful opportunity to review this super-nice super-star, because he sends his CD's to me personally.  He just keeps surprising me all the time.  I had him all packaged in a neat little box of sweet syrupy country music.  Yes, he has done a lot of that kind of country music.  And then he just keeps coming up with something so totally different and so totally talented.  He refuses to use anything less than the best in his backing musicians, and he demands as much from his engineer and producer, Bob Millsap.
     This particular CD was recorded at the Ironside Studios in Branson, Missouri, as well as their sister studio in Nashville. Tommy also has an uncanny ability to 'find' some really really good songs that fits his voice and his style, whatever he might be currently doing.  "Forever Blue Jeans" was written by Neil Diamond, and we've heard it done many different ways. Here, in the hands of Tommy Overstreet, it becomes a nicely arranged, pleasant to listen to, romance song.  Not a sex song.  It's a romance song.  Matter of fact this entire CD project sits on the edge of romance, and it's nice.
     Tommy is a great songwriter in his own right, and adds a super good song to this CD.  "Jesus Saves" and Tommy is not afraid to share his belief in that very statement.  So many people seem to want to abandon the teachings of Christ, you know so we don't seem to be 'too' Christian.  Can that possibly be real.  Be too Christian?  Not Tommy Overstreet.  My my my how proud his mom and dad would be with this simply great CD, and that particular song.  And that's exactly what he means in his opening track "I'll Never Let You Down."  If I had to pick a favorite on this one, I guess I'd pick that one.  He means it.  BUT....."Jesus Saves" is also incredible.  OK, so I picked two favorites.
     I'm glad to get this new CD by Tommy Overstreet, he is now in the running for the Rural Roots Music Commissions CD of the Year awards for 2012.  Tommy is a member of America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.
BUY THIS CD DIRECT FROM: Tommy Overstreet, P O Box 236, Hillsboro. OR 97123-0235



Bob Everhart

PAT BOILESEN Dance With Me

PAT BOILESEN Dance With Me

Hey Good Lookin' - Bobby McGee - Blue Eyes Cryin' In The Rain - Crystal Chandeliers - Mockingbird Hill - Blame It On Your Heart - Blackboard Of My Heart - Waltz Across Texas - Loving Him Was Easier - Every Second Every Minute - Meet Misery - Barely Beatin' Broken Heart - Pretty Words - You Belong To Me - Got A Hole In My Pocket - Daddy's Hands - Guilty Heart - Lord I Hope This Day Is Good - Pioneer Country - We're In This Together - Farewell Party

     I'm always happy to get something from Pat Boilesen from the Sandhills of Nebraska.  For a lot of upper Midwest people, this is the last hold-out for good old-fashioned 'real' country music.  Pat is known as "Nebraska's Daughter" a deserved title.  One of her biggest hits from her past songwriting efforts is "Prairie Fire." According to Pat, "The way weather is changing on planet earth, we may see more and more strange weather phenomenon taking place, not the least of them being prairie fires, especially in those areas that are going to turn into tinder boxes."
     This particular CD is a gathering of songs that have over the years been very popular dance songs, whether it be in a local bar, the American Legion dance hall, or one of the big Nebraska ball rooms.  Pat likes to talk about her 15 years playing in a dance band called "The Country Troubadour."  According to Pat, "Playing for a dance does not mean just getting up and playing whatever comes to mind!  No sir!  Dancers like their music to follow an order...3 slow tunes, 3 swing tunes, 3 waltz tunes, and a few mixers thrown in to keep it interesting."  I believe that would certainly be true in the upper Midwest where Pat spent many of her music miles playing dance music for those who love it.
     Pat is first and foremost an incredibly gifted keyboardist, but she is also a very able guitarist.  She can play with a dance band, or hoof it as a solo act, equally at ease. She's had 'show biz" in her blood for a long time, never seeking out fame or fortune, but rather with a very strong desire to please people who like 'real' country music, and on this CD especially, those who still like to take a life-long partner to the dance floor for a twirl around the ball room or the kitchen table.  This one is a perfect 'memory' jogger that will take our Midwest folks right back to the days when they were young and full of romance.
     Pat just released this CD, so it is eligible for the Rural Roots Music Commission's 2012 CD's of the Year awards.  We have our fingers crossed.  In the meantime, don't wait for that to happen, get your copy of this lovely lady's road trip racking up miles and miles of dance music memories.
     It's hard for me to pick favorites on a CD of this nature, simply because there is so much good music on it.  And so much variety, you know 3  slow, 3 swing, 3 waltz, and a few mixers thrown in to keep it interesting.  Be that as it may, however, I like Pat's ability to write a good song, and "Pioneer Country" is a good one.  The only criticism I could possibly make is that "Lord I Hope This Day Is Good" is tracked, with just Pat's voice on one channel, and all of the rest of the music on the other channel.  Not noticeable if you aren't using stereo equipment.
ORDER CD'S DIRECT FROM: Pat Boilesen, 216 S. 7th, Albion, NE 68620


Bob Everhart

NANCY NICKELSBERG Patchwork

NANCY NICKELSBERG Patchwork

Willie's Twin - Isle Au Haut - Cottage By The Sea - Rainy Day People - Pennsylvania - Prickly Pete - Throw Away Love - He Had A Dream - Mama Loved Roses - Pretty Wild Bird - David and Spiderman - You Can't Go Home Again - Seasons

     Nancy Nicklesberg is one of those songwriters that keeps a 'country' presence in just about everything she does, but she is not afraid to explore, and that is what good music is all about.  My concept of good country music has always been that it tells a story.  Wait until you hear the 'story' in Nancy's very own "David And Spiderman."  So totally real to life, and so totally the way country music used to be written.
     Don't get me wrong, there's a ton of beautiful music on this CD, Nancy is no slouch on musical instruments.  She plays a beautiful acoustic rhythm guitar, but she also adds cello, rain stick, bass, keyboard, and of course all of the lead vocals. She is joined by some equally gifted musicians, Jeff Dawson on lead guitar; Guy Chilton on Dobro, guitar, mandolin and helped on some harmony parts; Eddie Lowery on bass; Dale Inskeep on fiddle and mandolin; and Tim Crosby on fiddle. Throughout this musical adventure Nancy takes the lead.  I'm sure this is exactly as she wanted it to sound, and it's wonderful.  Full of story songs, and beautiful acoustic musical instruments.  Sometimes she sounds a bit on the 'folk' side of music.  Her song "Pennsylvania" is very reminiscent of old-time music traveling west, all the way to Oregon of course, where Nancy makes her home.  But it's not really 'folk' music as we know it, more like a nice comfortable soft country music that puts one immediately at ease, and before you hear the second song, you are already aware that Nancy Nickelsberg is a friend of yours.  What wonderful original stories she weaves throughout this beautiful CD.  There are several absolutely stunning instrumental songs as well, which sound like they should be in a movie somewhere.
     Nancy also makes mention of her father in a nice tribute "He Had A Dream."  Her father was an inspiration to her, for his courage, determination, and a sharing of his love for classical music and the piano.  So was her mother who she sang harmony with for many many wonderful years.
     This CD will get forwarded to the Rural Roots Music Commission for further exploration for CD of the Year possibilities.
ORDER CD'S DIRECTLY FROM: Nancy Nickelsberg, 4669 Wyoming Ave., NE, Salem, OR 97305

Bob Everhart

JIM McCOY Tribute to Ernest Tubb

JIM McCOY Tribute to Ernest Tubb

She's The Best - Give Me A Little Old Fashion Love - I'll Always Be Glad To Take You Back - Let's Say Goodbye Like We Said Hello - Waltz Across Texas - When The World Has Turned You Down - Pass The Booze - You're The Only Good Thing - The Road Is Closed - I Never Had The One I Wanted

     This 'kind' of CD is what is so terribly missing in today's so-called country music national scene.  Ernest Tubb was a monumental figure in country music, who was able to touch even the lowliest country music fan.  That has so changed so much in recent years.  We were so fortunate to have Joltin' Jim McCoy at our festival in LeMars, Iowa, in September of 2011.  This 84 year old man went on the main stage and started singing 'Waltz Across Texas.'  He was in a room full of a thousand people with lots of muffled audience noise all the time with so many people.  The instant Jim started singing this song, it became deathly quiet, all the way through the song.  Even Little Roy Lewis, one of our best known bluegrassers, as he was preparing to go on next, stopped in his tracks and turned to me and said, "Who is that?"  With some pride in my voice, I said that's Joltin' Jim McCoy from West Virginia.  He's most noted for 'discovering' Patsy Cline, but isn't he one terrific Ernest Tubb singer?"  "Ernest Tubb singer?" Little Roy said.  "I thought that was Ernest Tubb."
     So it goes in today's world of a large and variegated 'country music' genre.  Joltin' Jim McCoy did this CD with a whole big bunch of friends, Ike Johnson, Mike Hicks, Bob Rohrer, Tommy Hill, George Riddle, Willie McKee, J B Miller, Sonny Lonas, and believe it or not, Charlie Dick, Patsy Cline's husband.
      Tommy Hill, who we hear sing on this great CD, is also the producer, and had been working with Jim for about five years putting it together.  The backing is exceptional.  If Ernest Tubb could have utilized today's digital computer recording systems, my how much better he would have sounded.  As it is, Jim McCoy and his friends have put together one of the best 'tribute' albums I've heard in recent years. Those backing musicians sound an awful lot like the Troubadours.  Duke Dumas on lead guitar and bass; Willie McKee on rhythm guitar; Jim Baker on steel guitar; Sonny Lomas on drums; and Willie Rainsford on piano.  Doug Farley engineered it at the Starday Recording Studios.  It's a terrific salute to Ernest, and should be in every one of his fans library. 
     If I had to select a favorite, "Waltz Across Texas" would sure come up fast, however I really enjoyed hearing Jim and his producer Tommy Hill singing the great Claude Gray song "I Never Had The One I Wanted."    Tommy Hill has since departed this old world, but this particular project lives on in perfect dedication to a great producer and singer.  This one gets our best five stars ***** for exceptional studio work, exceptional vocals, and exceptional final mix.
     ORDER CD'S DIRECT FROM: Jim McCoy, Troubadour Records, 25 Troublesome Lane, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

Bob Everhart


TRADITION BULLETIN

TRADITION BULLETIN

The Oak Tree Opry is down for the season, but we are sure looking forward to a good season next year.  First show is our SpringFest which is April 20-21-22, and Janine Sherry has just signed on to be with us to help raise money to keep the old building up and running for the next year.  Seems like we have to do work on the roof just about every year now.  Sure wish that Eddy Adcock would come up and help out.  Not working on the roof, with playing music.  He's one of America's best banjoists if you didn't know, and even after brain surgery tried to waylay him, he shoved it all aside and went right back to the reason he was born.  Playing the banjo.  Super super neat guy.

Some news from Branson, Iowa native Andy Williams (83) from Wall Lake, has bladder cancer.  He reported this recently at his Christmas Show in Branson at his Moon River Theater, and vowed to return next year for his 75th year in show business.  "This illness is no longer a death sentence" he said.  "People with cancer are getting through this thing.  They're kicking it, and they're winning more and more every year.

Sheila's mom just got out of the hospital from her cancer operation, was in for about 30 hours, but is back home in the  beautiful forest where she lives.  Sheila's brother and wife are staying temporarily with her until she is up and around. Of course she has to do a lot of exercises to speed up the recovery process, and we have had a lot of prayers for her recovery.  She had both breasts removed and a lymph node too.  She loves cards and get well wishes, so please spend a few pennies to make her day a happier one.  Virginia Armstrong, Rt 1 Box 18-E, Preston, Mo 65732.  Thanks a lot!

Steel guitarist Curt Shoemaker of Iona, Kansas, has been chosen by the Nebraska Country Music Foundation to receive their 2011 Hall of Fame Award.  See what you learn if you hang around in Kansas.  The "Shoe" was presented the honor during the foundation's award banquet at Hastings, Nebraska, on October 15.  Shoemaker has performed extensively in the state of Nebraska throughout the years, and has recorded with many Nebraska music artists.  He has performed at least once in the Country of Iowa (at the Oak Tree Opry), but we feel he has probably snuck in a few other times.

Audrey Johannsen sent up a nice 'positive' report on Freddy Larson's "Gathering" in Malvern, Iowa, last weekend.  Audrey said they had a good turn out, some of the entertainers that come to LeMars, and a larger number from the 'Toast & Jam" sessions Dick Zion created in the Western Trails Center in Council Bluffs.  Lots of local folks showed up, and that's really important.  Without local support it's getting harder and harder to keep these old-time music gatherings going.  The weather was perfect, and Audrey said they had beautiful decorations in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium where the event was held.  Good going Freddy, I have an idea for you for LeMars next year, we'll talk.

OK, here it comes.....the story about Roy Rogers and Spade Cooley.  This is a true story, maybe magnified a little by yours truly, but this all supposedly happened.  To set the stage, Spade Cooley, living in California,  was an incredibly gifted western style fiddler.  Much like Bob Wills, but maybe a little smoother.  He played for a lot of dances, and his dance band was in constant demand.  He recorded several great 'western style' hits, and was well on the road to incredible fame and fortune.  However Spade Cooley had a mean streak, and he was very very jealous of his pretty wife.  He believed she was having an affair with Roy Rogers.  Roy Rogers denied this accusation over and over again, but Spade Cooley was a very jealous man.  In one of his fits of rage, he shot his wife in front of their 14-year old daughter.  Of course he went to prison (for life), but the trauma he left on his daughter must have been really bad.  It was bad on Roy Rogers too, because he continued to deny that anything was ever going on.  He had worked with Spade Cooley's wife a couple of times, she arranged some benefit concerts for various causes, and he was willing to help out, but according to him that was the extent of it.  Then about 20 years later, the Governor of California (I don't remember who that was) was arranging a huge benefit show featuring the 'western' music of California.  The Governor had heard about Cooley in prison, and asked him if he'd like to perform on this huge concert.   Cooley had kept his fiddle playing ability alive by playing a little very day.  The morning he walked out of prison to go do the concert, he turned to some of his fellow prisoners and whispered, "I won't be back boys."  They of course figured Spade had managed to arrange a break.  The big moment came, the Governor introduced the famous western swing fiddler, and Spade Cooley walked on the stage and played the best he had ever played.  Then he slowly turned, walked off the stage, and as he was descending the stairs, had a heart attack and died right there.  Roy Rogers to 'his' dying day, denied the allegations about him and Spade Cooley's wife.  We have some of Cooley's stuff in the Pioneer Music Museum in Anita, come and see it some time.

Well, the Country Music Awards have come and gone (thank God), and it wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't so UN-country.  Quickly, Taylor Swift won entertainer of the year (no new news there).  The Band Perry won new artist and single and song of the year.  Lady Antebellum took vocal-group.  Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert were named top vocalists (keeping it in the family you know) for their respective categories.  Jason Aldean took album of the year.  Sugarland (this is the 'rock' group that was playing at the Indiana State Fair when the stage collapsed) took vocal-duo award, and so it goes.  Isn't it amazing that NO bluegrass and NO Americana and NO folk music is represented at this so-called 'country' music event?  I won't even get into the 'non-country' clothes they wore.

THINGS TO DO
Nov 12 - 7:30pm - Our popular "Roys" performing with Janie Fricke at Glenwood Audit., Alexandria, Minn.
Nov 12 - 3pm - Roys do a workshop, Glenwood Audit. on singing, picking, and history of country music.  Free
Nov 15 - 6:30pm - The amazing Druha Trava at the Bohemian Cafe, Omaha, Nebr. (reservations recommended)
Nov 17 - 6:30pm "Bob Everharts Old Time Country Music" Iowa Public TV with Mac Wiseman
Nov 18-20 - Harvest Bluegrass Jam, Marriott Hotel, Minneapolis, MN.  Banquet on Saturday night
Nov 18 - 7:30pm - Rivertown String Band at the Auld Pavilion, Antelope Park, Lincoln, Nebr.
Nov 18 - 2pm - Texas Style Jam at the Dows Iowa Convention Center
Nov 19 - 7:30pm - Contra Dance to live music, Seymour Elem. School, Ralston, Nebr.
Nov 19 - 6pm - Harvest Moon Ball, City Auditorium, featuring Kenastons, Lyons, Nebr.
Nov 19 - 7:30pm - Justin Roth, Folkhouse (go to internet for details)
Nov 20 - 3pm - Big Muddy Fiddle Club, St Andrews Episcopal Church, 925 84th St., Omaha, Nebr.
Nov 20 - 1pm - Hawkeye Jamboree, American Legion Club, 2nd Ave., Des Moines, Iowa
Nov 27 - Oak Ridge Boys, Hoyt Sherman, 1501 Woodland, Des Moines, Iowa
Nov 27 - Country music show and jam, Senior Center, 1001 Limerick Rd., Papillion, Nebr.
Dec 3 - 5pm - Christmas Party with the Kenastons, Community Bldg. (good food) Yale, Iowa
Dec 3 - 7pm - Acoustic Tradition at Cornhusker Theater, Louisville, Nebr.
Dec 4 - 11am - Flatwater Drifters, Holiday Market, AkSarBen Village, Omaha, Nebr.
Dec 17 - 7:30pm - Monroe Crossing bluegrass band, 7th St. Loft, 504 7th St., Lincoln, Nebr.
Dec 18 - 2pm - Monroe Crossing bluegrass band, American Legion, 7811 Davenporlt, Omaha, Nebr
Apr 20-21-22 - SpringFest, Oak Tree Opry, Anita, Iowa

Druha Trava, an incredibly gifted musical group that does  some bluegrass, old-time country, jazz, anything that sounds good to them on acoustic instruments, will be at the Bohemia Cafe in Omaha on Nov 15 at 6:30pm.  The Cafe is not all that big, so it will sell out, reservations are highly recommended.  They will be in Wichita, Kansas, Nov 19, with a terrific article/interview about this on National Public Radio.  Robert Kreston, the lead singer and mandolin picker had this to say... "Well, I don't just do American music.  I write my own songs, and have since I was 12 years old, so it's kind of natural for me, and it's natural for me to combine American influences and my Czech roots."  Good group, catch them if you can.

Kelsey Klingensmith (one of our LeMars attendees), will be on KMEC-14 "News at Sunrise" television show to promote her "Little More Lovin" concert at the Chesterfield on Nov 18, 5-7pm.  Kelsey is collecting canned food for the Gospel Mission. I wish I could tell you where all this is at, but I don't know.  Check her website.

Joan Brooking, one of our regular attendees at the Oak Tree Opry, reported that she enjoyed watching Tex, Bob, Alita, Alan, Gordon, and Bob on the IPTV show last week.  She wanted to know if I still had the same guitar I was playing on that show.  "I still have it Joan, but I don't play it anymore.  Sheila got me a beautiful Martin-12 for my birthday, and I really like it a lot."  Joan also reported that she watched the RFD-TV 100th birthday celebration of Roy Rogers.  She said it was good, but apparently they had a very small crowd for it.  She also said she saw the Kenastons on one RFD-TV show, and also Terry Smith.  (I think these are probably PRE RFD-TV tapings in Branson)  She's going to go see the Kenastons on Dec 3 in Yale, Iowa, so please tell them HI for us Joann.  She also watched "Reflections From The Circle" featuring Vince Gill, and found it good, but in today's world a full one-hour one-on-one conversation is a little long.  Thanks Joan.

I reported in last week's "On The Road with Iowan's Bob & Sheila Everhart" (a weekly column I write for several Iowa newspapers, and include at the bottom of the bulletin) that Sheila, Bobbie Lhea, and I stopped in Maryville, Kansas, to see the Pony Express station and statue there.  Got an e-mail from old side-kick Dale Sanford who lives in Naples, Florida, "Bob!  Maryville, Kansas.  One of my ancestors was shot and killed in Maryville.  July of 1859, Samuel Sanford was shot in the back of the head with the bullet coming out his eye.  He died.  He was against slavery, and made it known.  Someone hired a village ruffian to kill him to get him out of the way.  Kansas statehood was still a couple years away."  Thanks Dale.

Kristin Chenoweth of Muskogee, Okla., turned down a chance to perform on the CMA Awards television show, as well as make a presentation on the show, to  be inducted into the Oklahoma Country Music Hall of Fame....same day.  Good going Kristin.  Anybody with money can do the CMA thing these days, you chose the right one.

Some of you are familiar with the music of Guy Clark, he is without a doubt one of our better 'country' songwriters.  He's gone, but his music sure isn't.  He would have been 70 years old this year, and a "Tribute to Guy Clark" is going to be made available from Ice House Music around Dec. 6.  There are 30 tracks with some pretty amazing musicians and singers taking part.  Should be a good project.

The Grand Ole  Opry is shutting down the 'big' theater for the winter.  Well, it's getting harder and harder to fill it, and the balcony remains empty the whole winter, so they're moving everything to the Ryman Auditorium.  Porter Wagoner once said he'd never perform at the Ryman again after doing the GOO Theater.  Mostly because it didn't have enough dressing rooms or air conditioning.  I believe that has been taken care of.  There will also be a Facebook Trivia Challenge going on at the same time, so go to Facebook and see if you can get any of the questions answered!

A couple of women have been working on a documentary about John Hartford.  Remember when he was on our television show "Old Time Country Music"  We sang "She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain" together, and he had such a good time, cause I got so nervous trying to play with people like that, I dropped the timing, and he simply made up words, got us back on time together, and laughed all the way through it.  What fun, and he made me feel so good not to have to do it all over again.  Anyway, the documentary has been in the making for five years, mostly through grant money.  They are about to get it all done, but still need about $3,000 to get it finished.  You can participate by going to the web-site of Deering Banjo who is also helping with the project.

THE LAST PAGE
Thanks to Pat Boilesen for the news that Lynn Anderson's mother, Liz, passed away.  Liz Anderson was an incredibly gifted country music songwriter, and wrote a number of hits for various singers.  Pat got to spend a considerable amount of time with her at one of the early Western Music Association gatherings, and especially enjoyed talking about songwriting with one of the best in the business.  I'll try to find a few of the names of songs she wrote, there were quite a few.
ON THE ROAD WITH IOWAN'S BOB & SHEILA EVERHART
     Fort Riley, Kansas....."We thought we were on the right road to the 7th Cavalry Museum, but when we pulled into the gate at Fort Riley, Kansas, a very attractive Army lady-officer (she looked an awful lot like the lovely Lorraine Worth) stopped us and asked us where we were going.  To the Cavalry Museum we said.  No your not, she said back, you're on the wrong road.  Give me your driver's license, go ahead about a block, turn around, and come back and get your license, and I'll tell you how to get there."
     "Well, we did all that, and much to our surprise, found the 7th Cavalry Museum about ten miles further on.  I guess I didn't realize how big Fort Riley is."  Bob, Sheila, and Bobbie Lhea are on the road, today they're in Kansas, looking at the great 7th Cavalry Museum.  "The 7th Cavalry, if you're not aware," Bob is quick to point out, "was a creation of none other than George Armstrong Custer.  Boy do they have tales to tell at Fort Riley about him.  Anyway, we got in a conversation with a Doctor of History, or whatever, and in identifying ourselves as recording artists for the Smithsonian Institution, he promptly wanted to know if we could do some music for their Fall Apple Days Festival next September.  Well, yes we thought.  It included accommodations and food at the Fort???  Well, we've done worse.  We'll see.  It's just before our Old Time Music Gathering in Fremont, and the drive time is about six hours.  Well, what the heck, should be fun even though we won't make a lot of money.  The cots and mess-food should be good?"
     "We had lots of e-mails from folks who watched Bob's PBS-TV show "Old Time Country Music" last Thursday night (a week ago) and instantly recognized Tex Schutz, Bob Tripp, and Gordon McMasters.  Thanks ever so much for those of you who tuned in, it's still a very well produced program of old-time traditional country music, and it's all real.  This past Thursday I believe the Bill Sky Family was on.  We'd like to hear your comments on that show too," Sheila added."
     "Boy talk about a budget lunch," Bobbie Lhea, the Everhart's 15-year old daughter added.  "Dad was really on the cheap.  We stopped at a Perkins.  We knew it would blow our budget away, but dad figured it out.  If we ordered what Perkin's calls it's "Perkins Sampler" for mom and me, and dad had a bowel of their new 'tomato bisque' soup, plus one of the wraps in the sampler, we'd have more than enough for lunch and manage the budget.  I really liked it, it included four pieces of chicken strips, four mozzarella cheese sticks, two southwest wraps, a dozen large deep fried green beans, three dips, and some taco like chips.  Dad only had one of the wraps with his soup, so mom and I had all the rest.  Sure was good."
     "We can only do that," added Sheila, "if we don't order off the drink menu.  When drinks, which cost ten-cents to make, go as high as $2.50, we don't order.  We order iced water with lemon in it instead.  Bob even adds a little sugar to his, and says it's great.  He says it's like a weak lemonade."
     Next stop for the Everharts is the Eisenhower House and Museum in Abilene, Kansas, and also a stop at the Russell Stover Candy Factory.  Bob asked a waitress there, "if women treat you mean in Abilene," and she said, "You got the wrong Abilene, buster."

Robert Everhart
    

JOHN REX REEVES Heart and Soul

JOHN REX REEVES Heart and Soul

A Little Bitty Tear - Back Home Again - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Together Again - Am I Losing You - Blueberry Hill - I Guess I'm Crazy - I Love You Because - Distant Drums - Some Days Are Diamonds - The Next One's On Me - You Don't Know Me - Blues In My Heart - Dance With Me Molly - South Of The Border - I Can't Stop Loving You - Am I That Easy To Forget - Down The Road To Daddy's Dreams - He'll Have To Go - Welcome To My World

     I received this CD from the owner of the Chicken House Opry down Mountain View, Arkansas, way.  Punjo Reed and his wife Lucy do a remarkable job of keeping traditional country music and comedy alive, and he said, "Bob, you've got to hear this John Reeves.  He's a 'right-on' voice doing those great heart songs that Jim Reeves used to do.  I would like to nominate him for induction into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame."
     I knew Punjo must have been on to something, so I took a listen.  Wow!  This guy is not only a nephew of Jim Reeves, he's a tremendous Jim Reeves sound-alike, he also has his own style and an absolutely beautiful masculine voice so very missing in today's country music charts.  BUT....John Rex Reeves hasn't been idle.  Not only does he make absolutely beautiful recordings of beautiful country music, he is very active in the promotion of 'real' country music that he calls 'heart' songs.  He's been doing a tribute to his uncle Jim Reeves  in Branson, Missouri, and you can see him regularly on RFD-TV on Saturday nights. 
     John grew up only three miles from his uncle.  They spent time together when John was only a young boy, and when he grew up they played golf together.  As John says it, "Little did I know as a young boy growing up listening to the Louisiana Hayride on KWKH radio in Shreveport, Louisiana, that I would witness Jim get his first big hit, "Mexican Joe" on that program.  There was something about the music of Hank Williams and Jim that became haunting to me.  As I started singing more and more down through the years, I realized that their music touches the human heart as very few singers can do."
     Usually I spend time in reviews discussing the backing musicians.  Rex's CD does not list the participants.  However they are Nashville studio musicians, and the best of the lot, spot on.  I really like the mix, it brings back that incredibly distinct country music sound that was so emphatically individual, especially in the 50's and 60's.  Emphasis is on piano and lead guitar, and they back John Rex Reeves just right.  Doyle Grisham and John are listed as producers.  John lives in Humble, Texas, but he spends a great deal of time in Branson.
     All of the songs on this CD are especially well done.  If I had to choose a favorite or two, it would have to go back to that original Jim Reeves sound which John does so well.  Put "A Little Bitty Tear" and "He'll Have To Go" at the top of the list.
     If you like your country music that sounds like it comes from the heart, this is indeed your cup of tea.  Anyone who was a fan of Jim Reeves will find this to be one of the most refreshing 'new' reminisces in music today.  John is not just sitting in Texas waiting for something to happen either.  He's been touring England, Scotland, Norway, and Australia.  He's been out four times now, and that creaking sound you hear, is the 'opening of the door' for John Rex Reeves.
     I really like what John wrote in his own liner notes.  "Each generation has its own music, but as far as I'm concerned, the music of the 50's and 60's had that magic to touch the human heart.  Nashville gave music a genre that stands alone back then.  The wonderful lyrics and soulful melodies will never die.  The same goes for early pop singers.  Frankie Lane, Al Martino, Frank Sinatra gave us their best in 'heart' music.  More heart songs came out of this era than any other."
     Oh, I forgot.  He also listed Patti Page in his 'heart song' favorites.  It was so cool for us to have Patti Page at our festival in LeMars, Iowa, in 2010, to be inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.  Perhaps this year, we will not only induct John Rex Reeves, but also have him accept for his Uncle Jim Reeves.
ORDER CD'S FROM: John Rex Reeves, P O Box 2014, Humble, Texas 77347

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