Monday, July 9, 2012



(Nashville, TN-7.9.12) Today is a special day in the life of one of the Bluegrass Master Legends, Jesse McReynolds.  Jesse is 83 years old today.  Yesterday, Jesse and his wife Joy invited Julie and I to his birthday party on the top of the hill at Pick Inn.  He was joined by his closest family and friends.  Bluegrass legend Curly Sechler was present, Larry Stephenson, Ronnie Reno, and a host of others.  Great food, camaraderie, and a great time was had by all.  Joy really made this a special day for Jesse at their beautiful haven at Pick Inn.  If I ever wanted a home where I would be the envy of everyone, it is at the Pick Inn.  What a beautiful place of quiet and beauty, with wild turkeys, baby deer, and on and on, and Joy as a perfect host, and Jesse enjoying every minute of this super day.  Today is Jesse’s real birthday, but yesterday was the perfect day to celebrate a day ahead of time so that Jesse could have his family and friends be with him, and Julie and I were honored to be invited.  There were so many others that I did not know, but there was no loss of meeting new friends, visiting with old friends, and there was no loss of stories of Jesse, the world, the weather, and most of all happiness on Jesse McReynolds 83rd birthday with many more to come.  Jesse looked as good as I have ever seen him, but he keeps himself healthy and wise.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSE.

Miranda Lambert Cancel Tour?

Miranda Lambert is sick. She had to cancel and postpone her weekend shows as a result. Her publicist tells The Boot that Lambert is under the care of her doctor and hopes to return to the road next weekend. She missed the Jam in the Valley festival in Varysburg, New York, and a gig in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Steel Guitar News July 9. 2012

Hello fellow players, I got so many emails praising Bob Hempker’s insights into pedal steel guitar playing that I’m going to let Bob do an entire series of newsletters for me. Take it away Bob. We got several questions from readers concerning the last newsletter and I’d like to answer a couple of them. One person asked how important it was to play exactly like the recording when you sub or sit-in with the artist who recorded the song. When in doubt, if you know how the recorded arrangement went, start with that. Singers are all different. Some of them want their material played just like the record and some of them don’t. To cover yourself, if you can beforehand, know the recorded arrangement. If the singer wants it done differently, you just sort of have to wing it. One other thing that you might encounter is the signature licks on the recorded arrangement may have to be played in a different key since the singer has raised or lowered the key since they recorded it. For example, Ray Price, Loretta and Little Jimmy Dickens have all lowered their keys. This is another reason you should practice songs in different keys when you’re learning them. Boy Scouts aren’t the only ones who have to be prepared. Musicians do too. Another example is if you have a female singer singing a hit song that a male artist originally recorded or vice versa, you can bet it will be in a different key. A female singer in many cases will raise the key a perfect fourth. For example, if a song is normally done in the key of C by a male singer, a female singer will want to sing it in F. This is not etched in stone, but it does happen frequently. You can use it as a guideline. One of the responses came from a lifelong friend of mine named Wayne Kaiser. Wayne, I remember sitting in as a kid with you and your brothers Louie and Ross. Wayne played steel, Louie played bass and Ross played accordion. Thanks for putting up with me as a kid. When I left off on the last newsletter, I was getting ready to talk about fills, turnarounds, solos and endings. The main thing about playing fills behind a singer is to not play over top of the singer, to play between the singer’s phrases. Again, you have to listen to what’s going on besides just listening to yourself. Sometimes you will get in a rotation with the other lead instrument you’re playing with. If you play fills on the verse, the guitar player or fiddle player will play fills on the chorus and you rotate around until it comes back to you. Some songs have little signature licks that maybe you’re playing parts with the guitar with. Again, listen to what’s going on, keep eye contact with the different players in the band. If you’re playing parts with someone, try to blend with them, you need match their volume, their phrasing and play in tune with them. Some songs have lines that you may want to echo the singer with a melodic echo of what they’re singing. Every song has a different feel to it so get involved in the song and the feeling of the song will take over. It’s about working as a team on stage instead of one person show-boating by himself. Now let’s address turnarounds. Sometimes a song just calls for a simple four or eight bar turnaround. You may play it all yourself or you may play half of it and another lead instrument play the other half of it. One neat thing I like about working clubs where people are dancing is normally the rule of thumb is each lead instrument will play a whole chorus and you’ll have a whole solo to yourself. In a club if people are dancing, they want you to stretch the song out as long as you can. I look at this as great practice because you’re having to play the melody of the song without sometimes really knowing the song. It also gives you a chance to play around the melody and improvise. As far as endings are concerned, in the situation where you’re winging it, again make eye contact with everyone else who is onstage, listen and you will hear when the end is coming and act accordingly. Again, keep your eye on the singer. Sometimes they will repeat or tag the last line. Sometimes they won’t. You don’t want to play over them if they’re going to tag it and thus end it while they’re still singing. On the other hand, if they are going to end it, you don’t want to keep on playing after they’ve ended it. The importance of good bandstand communication is vital for a band to sound like a band. We’ve all heard bands where half the band sounds like they’re playing one song and the other half sounds like they’re playing another song. They don’t teach bandstand communication at any music school, you have to learn it through experience. Every time you sit down to play, you learn something. I’ve never met anybody that I couldn’t learn something from, even some simple little thing they might play a little bit different than I would. Again, Bobbe’s DVD Intros, Fills and Turnarounds is a great resource. This is Bob Hempker substituting for Bobbe Seymour. Check out our monthly specials at and we’ll try to save you a lot of money. Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM – 4PM Monday – Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday


Release Date Set for Covington’s Sophomore Album “Good Guys,”
Due September 11


Nashville, TN...(July 9, 2012)...BUCKY COVINGTON had a blast last week on the set of his new music video for the duet “Drinking Side Of Country” with Shooter Jennings. The video, which will premiere in the coming weeks, is full of non-stop neo-outlaw action, as Bucky and Shooter are up to no good, have a run in with the law, and end up in a high-speed chase through the tiny town of Greensburg, KY. The raucous video, shot during record high temperatures in the region, also features cameos by country star Kellie Pickler, 5-time WWE Champion and current TNA Impact Knockout wrestler Mickie James, and professional freestyle motocrosser Cowboy Kenny Bartram.

“Drinking Side Of Country,” written by Bucky and twin brother Rocky along with Ducky Medlock, and recorded and produced by Covington, will be impacting country radio soon.  This new hit, along with “I Wanna Be That Feeling,” can be found on his highly anticipated sophomore album Good Guys, expected to release on September 11, 2012.

About Bucky CovingtonBucky Covington’s self-titled debut CD opened at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with the biggest first week sales for any debut country artist that year. He went on to become the best selling debut artist that year and delivered three consecutive Top 10 hit singles to country radio. In addition to competing on the fifth season of American Idol, Bucky’s national television appearances have included Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly!, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show and Fox & Friends. His new single “Drinking Side Of Country” will soon be released to country radio and will be included on his highly anticipated sophomore album Good Guys, expected September 11, 2012. To learn more about Bucky Covington, connect at or follow him on Twitter @buckycovington.

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Award-winning Bluegrass Duo THE ROYS  Return To The Oak Tree Opry In Anita, Iowa on Tuesday, July 17

Smithsonian Institution recording artists Bob & Sheila Everhart will open

" I love the Roys . I knew these kids when they were little.  They used to come out to our shows when they were little kids and now they're grown up. I'm so proud of them. They're great singers, great songwriters and really great people. I feel that some seed I have sown along the way has taken root in some good soil in these kid's hearts. They think that following Christ with the music God has given them is a good thing to do and I'm behind them 100%." – Ricky Skaggs

Nashville, TN (July9, 2012) – Award-winning Bluegrass duo THE ROYS return to the Oak Tree Opry (650 Main St.) in Anita, Iowa on Tuesday, July 17. The evening opens with Grammy-nominated  Bob & Sheila Everhart  opening at  7pm. Admission is $10 and reserved seats are available by calling 712-762-4363.

About The Roys  
The reigning Inspirational Country Music's Bluegrass Artist of the Year, THE ROYS, come from a unique musical family and are known for their superb sibling harmonies, "rootsy" sound and compelling original songs. Their current CD, LONESOME WHISTLE (Rural Rhythm Records), debuted at #7 on BILLBOARD's Bluegrass Albums Chart and combines the best of the genre's traditions with the promise of its future.   Their brand new single, “Still Standing,” from their upcoming  CD, NEW DAY DAWNING (due out in August 2012), was released this week to radio.THE ROYS have shared the stage with George Jones, Lady Antebellum, Janie Fricke, The Oak Ridge Boys and Chris Young, among others. They have toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada and made their debut in Australia this past January.  The duo has enjoyed high-profile national TV gigs on ABC, FOX, GAC, PBS and RFD, hosted seven episodes of the Bluegrass Mountains TV show and more. In April, the two co-hosted the first annual Christmas 4 Kids Celebrity Golf Tournament with Tennessee Titans’ Placekicker Rob Bironas.  THE ROYS were previously honored with the ICM's Duo of the Year Award in 2010 and 2009.  Currently they are featured in the 2012 Vietti Vinyl campaign and appear on 500,000 cans of the brand's Family Style Beef Stew sold in Family Dollar stores in 25 states.  Lee and Elaine are also spokespersons for COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL, a child advocacy ministry. ,

About Bob & Sheila Everhart

Smithsonian Institution recording artists Bob & Sheila Everhart are the proprieters of the Oak Tree Performance Center in Anita.  Six albums recorded for Smithsonian-Folkways, one a Grammy nomination.  Six albums recorded for Prairie Music Records.  Just back from New Zealand where they performed with the New Zealand Symphony in Auckland, they are world travelers working with the Smithsonian on their "Traveling Museum of Music."  The Everharts specialize in the old time music of settling pioneers and homesteaders of the upper midwest. Bob Everhart hosted "Old Time Country Music" on PBS-TV for seven years, which aired in 22 states.

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Carrie Underwood Successful Tour In Australia And United Kingdom

Carrie Underwood Wraps Successful Concert And Promotional Tour In Australia And United Kingdom

BLOWN AWAY Album Debuts at #1 in Both Countries
Nashville, TN – Superstar Carrie Underwood has just returned from the United Kingdom and Australia where she wrapped a promotional media tour as well as a very successful string of concerts on “The Blown Away Tour.” Her new album, BLOWN AWAY, was recently released in both countries, debuting at #1 on the UK and Australian Country Charts respectively.
Carrie’s trip included her first-ever show in the United Kingdom at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall, which sold out in 90 minutes. The concert performance received rave reviews, garnering 4 stars from the Evening Standard.
While in the UK, Carrie performed a private show at the Dover Street Arts Club for some of the UK's biggest media outlets and journalists, visited the Prime Minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street, and held a CD signing event for her UK fans at London’s Oxford Street HMV. She also interviewed with various print, online, radio and television outlets including interviews with Steve Wright and Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2, as well as performances on BBC Breakfast, Loose Women, and more.
The Australian leg of Carrie’s trip brought “The Blown Away Tour” to Melbourne, Tamworth, and Brisbane, wrapping at the iconic Sydney Opera House where ticket demand in the market led to the addition of a second show.
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     Fonda, Iowa....."We've sure been on the road" says Sheila Everhart, wife of Smithsonian recording artist Bob Everhart.  "We just got back from Fonda, Iowa, where we did two shows for the Arts Center there.  What a completely pleasant experience it was for us.  We're working so hard on our show for Florida, and the Smithsonian now calls it a "Traveling Museum of Music," and that's pretty much what the Arts Center in Fonda called it too.  We did two shows, one on Saturday night which was sold out, and one on Sunday afternoon which also sold out.  Mind, it's not a huge theater, but it was an extremely pleasant experience to perform in this Arts Center where the acoustics are so vibrant and so good.  Now you are wondering, what is 'acoustics?'  For musicians it's how well they hear themselves in a room, and how well the sounds they create travel through the room.  If a room is nothing but cement and hard floor, not much acoustics.  When the room has a lot of carpeting, curtains, soft hanging cloth baffles, what a difference.  Bob really enjoyed it.  He needs to hear his 12-string guitar when he is doing what he calls 'dancing on the strings,' which in reality is picking specific strings at the same time he strums, like a rhythm guitarist would play.  The folks in Fonda certainly enjoyed it, and our hosts Del and Annie Reiff were just super.  They invited us to stay at their house for the night, and we had such a wonderful time talking late into the night about the various places on planet earth that we have all visited at one time or another.  A real treat for us."
     "I thought Fonda was a neat place too," Bobbie Lhea (the Everhart's 15-year old daughter) added.  "Del took us to the local museum, which was just unbelievable.  This museum is so full of antiques and wonderful wonderful 'Iowa" history it just blew me away.  Mom and dad were particularly attracted to it, we must have spent three hours looking at the many items on display.  Restored automobiles, some dad said he'd never heard of before, a restored tow truck, even a 78rpm juke-box.  Dad had never seen one of those, and was absolutely enthralled when the owner played some of his old 78rpm records, and they sounded great.  I liked Spike Jones, and then he played some music by the Firehouse Five.  It thought it was all really neat.  Dad also picked a good budget lunch for us too.  On the way back home we stopped at an A&W Root Beer stand in Carroll and had a nice lunch.  Double cheese burgers for mom and dad, and a chili cheese dog for me.  We all had root beers and onion rings, and dad even bought a half-gallon of the root beer to take home with us it was so good.
     "We're really going to be busy next weekend," Bob added.  "It's off to Minnesota on Thur-Fri to perform on the Bluegrass Festival there.  Then it's back home, load up the sound gear and do the Carroll County Fair in Coon Rapids, showtimes 1pm and 3pm.  All of our regular Oak Tree performers will be on it.  Then it's rush to Remsen to do a show there at 7pm.  This one is at Juhl's Farm not far from Remsen.  They have it in a beautiful tree arbor, it's a lovely experience.  We'll stay over there and do another show on Sunday, so we're staying busy.  The next show at the Oak Tree Opry is on Tuesday, July 17, featuring the Roys from Nashville.  Dale Eichor will interview this great brother-sister act on KWMT radio, so be watching for that.  In the meantime, pray for a little rain, we could use it."

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