Tuesday, July 24, 2012



Reserve Your 2013 Tickets Today

Twin Lakes, WI (July 24, 2012) – This past weekend, Twin Lakes, Wis.,  became the premiere destination for country music fans, as Country Thunder music festival took place with a stellar line-up including Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Big & Rich, Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Brantley Gilbert, along with 15 additional acts. Now with the dust settling from the capacity crowd of 33,268 people onsite, plans for 2013 are already underway.

Photo by Rick Diamond / Getty ImagesIn addition to the award-winning music selection, Country Thunder offered a full-fan experience with activities ranging from helicopter rides to mechanical bull riding and the human slingshot to an array of food and specialty item vendors.  Three stages kept music flowing from noon to 2 am daily, including the Great American Country Thunder stage where local bands and bluegrass favorites The Roys jammed out daily and the after-hours Electric Thunder stage where Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Big Kenny of Big & Rich, Two Foot Fred and GAC’s Storme Warren either spun records, body surfed or just had an overall good time.
If you missed the action because tickets were SOLD OUT, don’t delay and get your 4-Day tickets for 2013 now for the low price of $99. Reserved (RSVD) tickets are available for purchase starting at $300 for those looking for the premium Country Thunder experience, which includes access to all four days of the festival, seating directly in front of the stage and RSVD parking close to the festival entrance. Tickets and camping are available at www.countrythunder.com or call (866) 802-6418.

Country Thunder information is also available via the Country Thunder smart phone app. This app will be your guide to all things Country Thunder and includes access to site maps, pictures, schedules, artists’ information and more.

Download the Country app here for all Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/country-thunder-2012/id516135151?mt=8 and download here for all Android devices: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.seedlabs.countrythunder

1.3 Million Kernels of Popcorn Popped
8,467 Country Thunder T-Shirts Sold
10,963 Lemonades Sold
18,868 Hand-Dipped Corn Dogs Eaten
12,970 Pictures Taken at the GAC (Great American Country) Television Bus
23,756 People Danced Under the Electric Thunder Tent
5,439 Cowboy Hats Sold
7,902 Funnel Cakes Eaten
48,074 Bags of Ice Used
73,971 Rolls of Toilet Paper
68 Tons of Garbage
17,759 Hamburgers Served
18,033 Hot Dogs Served

Photo Credit: Rick Diamond / Getty Images


Video Features Cameo Appearances By Country Star Kellie Pickler, X Games Medalist Kenny Bartram and TNA Wrestler Mickie James


Nashville, TN...(July 24, 2012)...BUCKY COVINGTON and SHOOTER JENNINGS ( Personal Message from Shooter Jennings ) have teamed up with MAXIM.COM for the world-premiere of their music video, “Drinking Side Of Country.” The neo-outlaw action clip, which depicts Bucky and Shooter stirring up trouble in a tiny town, can now be viewed exclusively at MAXIM.com, direct link HERE.

Directed by Blake Judd, the raucous music video was shot in Greensburg, KY earlier this month in the midst of a record-setting heat wave in the region. Friends Kellie Pickler, X Games medalist Kenny Bartram and TNA Impact Knockout wrestler Mickie James make cameo appearances as they help Bucky and Shooter evade the law and celebrate over a cold beer.

“Drinking Side Of Country,” written by Bucky and twin brother Rocky along with Ducky Medlock, can be found on Covington’s highly anticipated sophomore album Good Guys, set to release September 11, 2012. The music video can be viewed at TV and online outlets in the coming days.

About Bucky Covington: Bucky 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 includedGood Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly!, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show andFox & Friends. His new single “Drinking Side Of Country” has just been released to country radio and will be included on his highly anticipated sophomore CD Good Guys, expected September 11, 2012. To learn more about Bucky Covington, connect at www.buckycovington.com or follow him on Twitter @buckycovington.

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Kitty Wells, 1919-2012

Kitty Wells, 1919-2012
© 2012 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Country Music has weathered seismic changes since May 1949, when Kitty Wells stepped up from her gig as “girl singer” with Johnnie & Jack and their group and stood alone behind a microphone at Owen Bradley’s Castle Studios. She had agreed to record a song written by J.D. Miller and pitched by Troy Martin. It didn’t thrill Wells or her husband, Johnnie Wright of Johnnie & Jack, but she agreed to cut it mainly for the $125 session fee.
That song, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” exploded when released that summer, rocketing to No. 1, staying there for six weeks and selling well over a million copies. It pushed Wells from the background in her husband’s group and square into the center of the Country Music spotlight. It also caused controversy by daring to rebut Hank Thompson’s hit, “Wild Side of Life,” which dismissed a wife gone bad as a “honky tonk angel” for abandoning marriage and succumbing to the temptation of saloons “where the wine and liquor flow, where you want to be anybody’s baby.”
Country Music had seen gifted female performers before the advent of Kitty Wells, but none had challenged slatternly stereotypes as boldly as she did on this single. The moral onus, she sang, lay not on fallen women but on those who exploited them because “too many times married men think they’re still single. That has caused many a good girl to go wrong.”
This shift in perspective stirred controversy. Wells was even briefly banned from singing it during broadcast segments of “The Grand Ole Opry.” But this initial resistance washed quickly away as Country Music reacted to the implications of its success – namely, that there was more than one point of view for songs that address the realities of life and that women could assume equal importance to men as singers and, ultimately, in every other aspect of the business.  That door would have opened inevitably, but it was Wells who made it happen.
In a career distinguished by 35 Top 10 singles, election to CMA’s Country Music Hall of Fame in 1976, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and universal acknowledgment as “the Queen of Country Music” well before her last tour in 2007, she revisited the themes of betrayal, heartbreak, treachery in love and the saloon’s fatal lure. In the worlds she conjured, the “lights were dim and low” (“Honky Tonk Waltz”), her sister steals away her suitor (“I Gave My Wedding Dress Away”), the true love of her life is forever out of reach (“Makin’ Believe”) or a heartless hypocrite who stands too close (“Poison in Your Heart”), and when she does marry the man of her dreams, he turns out to either do “too many parties and too much drinkin’, too many sweethearts and too little thinkin’” (“The Pace That Kills”) or suspect her of doing the same (“Jealousy”).
The irony is that the life Wells lived was the antithesis of those suffered by the broken, forlorn protagonists in her music. Her union with Wright was deep and enduring. It was he who named her; she had been born Ellen Muriel Deason but he thought the name Kitty Wells, borrowed from an old folk ballad, was more suited to the stage. They worked together for decades, adding their son and two daughters to the act as the Kitty Wells-Johnnie Wright Family Show. Wright passed away in 2011, just a few days short of their 74th anniversary.
In purely musical terms, Wells’ sound has faded from contemporary Country. Backed by acoustic guitars, bass, one or more fiddles and steel guitar, she was a strict traditionalist, never indulging in dramatic crescendos, soaring leaps or melodic embellishment. Almost invariably, she stayed within an octave range, articulating the lyric squarely on each beat, singing either without any vibrato or with a tight, quick warble on long notes. Yet her singing communicated powerfully, conveying sadness and even searing pain through her unadorned delivery.
Listen to her recording of “Release Me.” Her version was released in 1954, more or less simultaneously with Ray Price’s rendition. He sings it with a wide-open throat, his voice catching now and then to underscore emotional turns in the words and melody. Wells holds back more. Aside from a quiet downward glissando at the end of a few long notes, she sings almost conversationally. She keeps her feelings in check, but this keeps listeners riveted. Even now, she has few if any peers in her ability to get to the heart of a song with no pretense or apparent effort.
“Country Music would not be what it is today without Kitty Wells,” said CMA CEO Steve Moore. “The honesty of the songs she sang, her courage in claiming a role for women as a powerful voice in Country Music and her great dignity onstage and in her life have benefited us all beyond measure. Now and forever, she is the Queen of Country Music.”
Kitty Wells, 92, passed away July 16 in Nashville, her lifelong hometown, from complications as a result of a stroke.

Kitty Wells. 
Photo credit: courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 

Kitty Wells. 
Photo credit: courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 

Kitty Wells at her induction into CMA’s Country Music Hall of Fame, 1976. 
Photo credit: courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 

Pistol Annies Take On 'The View' This Wednesday

Some of your favorite country stars are on TV this week, including Hunter Hayes, Clint Black and Craig Morgan. Plus, get ready for the girls of the Pistol Annies to visit the ladies at "The View" on Wednesday.
Tuesday (7/24): Hunter Hayes, The Talk (CBS); Clint Black, History Detectives (PBS); Craig Morgan,Road Warriors and Morning Express With Robin Meade (HLN); Love And Theft, Fox & Friends (FOX News).
Wednesday (7/25): Pistol Annies, The View (ABC); John Rich, Live With Kelly (syndicated).

Jo Dee Messina : Chris Young is an Ass

Jo Dee Messina has always been known to speak her mind. She is well respected and never holds back. The woman is full of girl power and I love her for it! Jo Dee took to her Twitter page a few hours ago to express what seems to be her extreme dislike for country musics own Chris Young tweeting, "OMG! Just saw @ChrisYoungMusic. He was ugly, arrogant and rude. Really country radio? This guys an ass." She even went as far as to reply to a fan who came to Chris’s defense to say just how rude he was. There has been no Twitter reply from Chris as yet but we are keeping an eye out.

Toby Keith mag Mädchen, die Bier trinken

Toby Keith mag Mädchen, die Bier trinken

Toby Keith veröffentlicht heute am 24. Juli 2012 seine neue Single I Like Girls That Drink Beer. Es ist der erste Song seines neuen Albums, dessen Name und Erscheinungsdatum noch nicht bekannt sind. Keith sagte, dass ihm jeder riet den Song, den er gemeinsam mit Bobby Pinson schrieb, zu veröffentlichen. Ob er genauso erfolgreich wird wie beispielsweise Made in America aus seinem vorherigen Album Clancy's Tavern wird sich zeigen.

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Mark Blomsteel Interview

Interview with Mark Blomsteel

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Mark Blomsteel:  I’m a very passionate singer and songwriter with a very distinctive voice. People say my voice has a little bit of James Taylor in it which is an amazing complement. Other than that it’s very important to me that most of my songs tell a story and that people can relate to it. I work in the same studio as for example Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum and if you combine the two I think you’ll get close to my style of music.

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Mark Blomsteel:  The last year has been amazing for me. My songs have gotten airplay all over the world and in May I did my first Tour in Holland. Absolute highlight was a Theatre show in my hometown. I’m also very excited about the future. I’m gonna be back in Europe in September and in july I start working on my new cd in Treasure Isle in Nashville.

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Mark Blomsteel:  My latest cd is a self-titled debut album recorded at the Treasure Isle Recorders in Nashville, TN. It’s gotten great feedback from radio and people in the music industry. More importantly the fans seem to love it. The album has been available on iTunes since April 30.

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Mark Blomsteel:  I am a songwriter myself but I also have been very lucky to have been able to record songs written by famous writers such as Bob DiPiero, who wrote several number 1 hit songs for people like Tim McGraw etc. My producer Fred Vail has been in Nashville for over 30 years and knows everyone in town.

Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Mark Blomsteel:  Somebody Up There Likes Me is a very catchy song that people can relate to in many different ways. It’s definitely a pop/country song

Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?

Mark Blomsteel:  The next single is called Permanent Vacation, a fun feel good song written by Bob DiPiero and Matt Scannell from the band Vertical Horizon. Matt is actually one of my favorite singer/songwriters. Permanant Vacation has kinda of a summer/island feel to it in the style of Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney.

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Mark Blomsteel:  First of all I love being in the studio. It’s magical to work in a room where legends as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings etc recorded before me and then it’s just amazing to create new tracks with the A-Team session players. I’m also very close to my producer and engineers so it’s always a blast. But like I said before it’s important to me that the songs move people and tell a story whether it’s a ballad or an up-tempo song.

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?

Mark Blomsteel:  Probably Saving That For You. It’s a very emotional ballad and a song that means a lot to me. In August 2011 my grandfather passed away and this song was played at his funeral. So not only to me this song is very special but also for my family.

Lamitschka:  How much creative control do you have over your music?

Mark Blomsteel:  I have a lot of control. I pick the songs myself with the help of my producer and people close to me. Then during the recording session I tell people what I like and what I want done differently. I’m a perfectionist.

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

Mark Blomsteel:  I’m blessed by the fact that I am able to live my dream and I love every single aspect of that. I love talking to people, being on stage but I feel most at home in a recording studio and always so excited to hear the results.

Lamitschka:  What was your big break that got you into the music business?

Mark Blomsteel:  MySpace. I owe a lot to that website. It gave me exposure and lots of fans. I never forget the day I found out that I was the number one unsigned singer/songwriter from The Netherlands.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?

Mark Blomsteel:  A lot of people have the dream to change the world and I think music in a way does that. You can reach out to people and bring out all kinds of emotions. I guess I also had a lot of stories to tell.

Lamitschka:  What drives you?

Mark Blomsteel:  Passion and happiness. I always wanna get better and I enjoy every single day in Nashville. I’m very blessed.

Lamitschka:  What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?

Mark Blomsteel:  Country singers from Europe are rare here in Nashville and especially the contemporary side of the genre. That’s why it’s also very special that I’ve been given the opportunity to be able to work with this studio and the amazing musicians. My voice is very distinctive which is also an important aspect.

Lamitschka:  What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?

Mark Blomsteel:  Walking into the recording studio in Nashville for the first time and then working on my album with the session players was something that definitely stands out. Hearing your songs on the radio is always amazing too and I can’t leave out the theatre concert in Rotterdam. No Bluebird performance can weigh up to that.

Lamitschka:  Who is your biggest critic, yourself or others?

Mark Blomsteel:  I have lots of them! I’m probably my worst own critic but my parents are brutally honest too I have to say.

Lamitschka:  When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Mark Blomsteel:  I love taking road trips. I have seen a lot of the USA already but always ready to see more. Sitting in the passengers seat listening to music and enjoying the scenery. That is relaxing for me. Or listening to music in a hot bubble bath

Lamitschka:  Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

Mark Blomsteel: I wish I pursued my music career earlier in life. I wanted it when I was younger but never realized that I had the talent. I doubt though that I would have the Bachelors degree then that I have now.

Lamitschka:  What hopes and desires do you have?

Mark Blomsteel:  I hope to continue making music for a long long time. It’s my passion and this is just the beginning for me. Other than that I just want to be happy.

Lamitschka:  What has been the biggest disappointment in your life?

Mark Blomsteel:  Not being able to attend my grandpa’s funeral

Lamitschka:  Is there any place you haven't played that you would like to?

Mark Blomsteel:  There are a lot of places that I would love to play at. To play at the Sydney Opera House would be a dream come true but also The Grand Ole Opry.

Lamitschka:  What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

Mark Blomsteel:  An entertaining and diverse show. Next to my own songs I always sing a few cover songs for the people that are not familiar with my repetoire. Most importantly I try to bring the happiness I feel on the stage over to the crowd so they’ll have a good time listening and dancing along.

Lamitschka:  What's the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

Mark Blomsteel:  I cherish every compliment I get. They are all special to me.

Lamitschka:  What's your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

Mark Blomsteel:  That is a very difficult question. There are a lot of writers that I admire though. Lately I have been listening to many Richard Marx songs. He’s been working here in Nashville a lot. Another one of my favorite songwriters is Joshua Kadison. I love his stories.

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

Mark Blomsteel:  I’d like to thank everyone for the continious support. Hopefully I will see you all soon. I’ll be in Europe in September!

Lamitschka:  Describe what a perfect day would be like for you

Mark Blomsteel: I’d start with a morning walk over the Shelby Street Bridge in Nashville. When I look out over the city skyline I feel at home. Then I’d go to the studio for a tracking session with the A-team players. Have a nice lunch at Cracker Barrel, go to a writers night to sing and end the day in the movie theatre.

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )



NASHVILLE, Tennessee (July 23, 2012) – Friends of Mark Newton have announced a special fundraiser to include a golf outing and live music in Fredricksburg, Virginia, Newton’s childhood home,  on August 24th to assist the Newton Family with medical expenses. Mark Newton was hospitalized unexpectedly earlier this year at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville while preparing for the 20th Anniversary Graves Mountain Festival of Music, an event that Newton helped create with the Graves Family, in Syria, Virginia.  The event culminates with an evening concert featuring the music of Mark Newton and Steve Thomas and their The StillHouse Band (Newton’s current touring band). A full entertainment line-up for the evening music concert features a special reunion of the Virginia Squires with Ronnie and Rickie Simpkins, Sammy Shelor, and Mark Newton.  This will be the first reunion of the Virginia Squires in over 12 years and is a performance not to be missed. Grammy Award Winning artist Carl Jackson will also perform. Jackson produced the award winning Hillbilly Hemmingway project which was Newton’s last release. Gary Ferguson and Matt Wallace are also confirmed. The event will go on rain or shine.
The event, sponsored by Spotsylvania Eagles FOE # 4391, will be held at Lee’s Hill Golf Club on August 24th with a shotgun golf scramble set to tee off at 9am. Go to www.leeshillgc.com to register for the golf outing. A Registration Fee of $75 includes green fees, golf cart, practice range, beverages and awards. Light fare will be provided for golfers.

Anyone that wishes to make a contribution may send a check made payable to Spotsylvania Eagles FOE # 4391. The organization is a recognized 501-C-3. Checks should be mailed to 5100 Jake McWhirt Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.

Newton’s childhood friends from Fredricksburg, Barry Surles and Mike Loving, are organizing the event. “Mark has been supporter of our community by organizing fundraisers for others, such as the Mark Newton Homecoming Pickin’ Party in 2009. We all understand the extensive costs incurred by the Newton family can threaten to financially ruin ones lives by exceeding family resources and health insurance coverage. So we organized this event to help cover the uninsured portion of these extreme medical expenses.” Said Barry Surles.

Fundraiser auction will have a special appearance by Nashville’s Artist to the Stars Corey Frizzell to hand sign his donated fine art portrait of Bill Monroe to the highest bidder. Additional details at www.artistcoreyfrizzellnews.com and www.facebook.com/artistcoreyfrizzell.

“We are also planning a special raffle.  Items can be sent to my attention at MVP AWARDS
390 Kings Highway, Suite 105  Fredericksburg, VA. 22405. We hope our efforts will help our good
friend Mark and his family in this time of need.” Said Mike Loving.

Current items available for the fundraiser include an autographed guitar from Picker’s Supply. Additional donations have been contributed from Bluegrass Today, Paige Capos, Cedar Creek instrument cases, and TKL instrument cases, as well as D’Addario Strings.

Mark Newton was born into a musical family in the bluegrass state of Kentucky in Paducah. When Newton was a young child his family moved to his Father’s home area of Fredericksburg, Virginia. It was at that time when his interest turned to music. Newton is well known for his contributions to the field of bluegrass and acoustic music as an artist, producer, writer, and vocalist having toured and performed with such greats as Bill Monroe, The Seldom Scene, The Tony Rice Unit, The Virginia Squires, and the Knoxville Grass.

"I am extremely humbled that my friends have stepped in to help with our medical costs. I’ve always been able to count on my childhood friends from Virginia and this is a testament to that friendship and bond that lasts a lifetime.” said Newton. “Most importantly, I am out of the hospital, feeling better, and back on the road touring with my new band and partner Steve Thomas. The support and caring from the music community, friends, and family has been overwhelming and I hope to see many of those people at this event so I can say thank you personally. Plus, we get to play a little golf and make some music at the event too!”

Thomas and Newton have performed in a variety of bands over the years and have contributed much to the world of acoustic music. Their shows are always filled with a wide variety of music, covering country, bluegrass, roots, folk, and Americana. Packed with high energy, superb musicianship, and award winning vocals this is a show not to be missed.

A special hotel rate has been established at The Hampton Inn located at1080 Hospitality Lane
Fredericksburg, Virginia. Please call 540-786-5531 for reservations.
Additional lodging is available at www.fredricksburg.homewoodsuites.com . Please be sure to ask for the special rate.


 Jason Aldean

Aldean Sells Out Cleveland in 30 Seconds and Dallas
in Four Minutes 
Nashville, TENN – July 23, 2012 – MULTI-PLATINUM entertainer Jason Aldean’s upcoming fifth studio album is off to a racing start, with its lead single “Take A Little Ride” entering the Billboard country songs chart at No. 19 this week to become his highest career single debut.   The song has 116 stations on board a week before its official add date.  Additionally, Billboard predicts that the single's brisk sales will make history as the biggest debut ever for a digital song by a male country artist with projections approaching 200,000 downloads for Wednesday's chart.

"I am honestly just blown away," said Aldean.  "I had a whole year of 'firsts' last year…things like my first arena tour selling out and taking home my first CMA awards, but I still feel like I've got a long way to go, so having two more 'firsts' come this week is really exciting for me.  I love this single, and there are 14 more songs that I'm really proud of coming right behind it!"

Aldean continues to sell out his 2012 MY KINDA PARTY TOUR at dizzying speeds, taking only 30 seconds to sell out the 20,000 seat Blossom Music Center in Cleveland (9/7) and just four minutes to move 20,000 tickets at Dallas’ Gexa Energy Pavilion (10/27) over the weekend.  The week before, fans snatched over 44,000 tickets in four minutes when his St. Louis (9/14) and Indianapolis, IN (9/15) shows went on sale.  Aldean has sold out every date so far this year and now counts his first stadium sellout in Columbus, OH (9/5).

Additionally, Aldean will appear on the E! series Opening Act tonight at 10:00pm ET, where judges select 16-year-old Kylie Morgan to open for him on a 2012 MY KINDA PARTY TOUR stop.  For more information on upcoming appearances and new music, please visit www.jasonaldean.com.


     Riverside, Iowa....."Wow, what a week it's been."  Bob & Sheila Everhart, who make their home in Anita, Iowa, are really 'on the road' this last week.  "We have really been hearing some great music too," Sheila said.  "Last Tuesday night we had the Roys at our little theater in Anita, and they just about filled it up.  That's amazing for a small town like ours to turn out on a week day night, but this band is so astonishingly good, we did expect an increase in attendance from last year, and sure enough there it was.  When they left, Lee Roy, the leader of the group talked to us a little bit about coming to Fremont, so we're hoping and have our fingers crossed that will happen.  Then on Friday night we had the Roes from Minneapolis.  This is a 'jug' band, and boy were they good.  They too had a full house, and their music was just amazing.  Quillan is the mover and shaker in the group, he plays an old Gibson guitar as well as a claw-hammer banjo.  Nice and old-timey and especially good.  His wife plays autoharp, the washboard, the jug, and has a remarkably delightful voice.  They had an upright acoustic bass, and a young chap who played really really good mandolin, also clog danced while he played (much like John Hartford used to do), so it was an exciting night for us.  Next shows at the Oak Tree is Aug 3 & 4 with Terry Smith.  Then Saturday, it was off to Pilger, Nebraska, to help Jackie Shewey celebrate that small town's 125th anniversary.  We played for their bar-b-que, and it turned out pretty good.  Bob and I don't often 'back' other artists, simply because we're either already on the show, too busy, or don't have the ability, but in Jackie's case, it was loads of fun."
     "Talk about fun, you ain't heard nothin' yet," Bob is quick to add.  "We went to Riverside, Iowa, for one of our 'Smithsonian Traveling Museum of Music' shows on Sunday.  Wow, what a fun time that was.  The hosts, the Riverside Historical Society, put us up at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, with an absolutely great hotel.  But first, we had to perform.  Then we discovered this is the town that Captain Kirk from Star Trek is going to be born in.  So we had to visit the place where he will be born, it's downtown and has a nice monument dedicated to that event.  Then they took us to Murphy's Bar & Grill, where under the furthermost pool table, is a plaque where apparently the future Captain Kirk is to be conceived.  It's absolutely incredible, and did you know that William Shatner, the guy who plays Captain Kirk on the Star Trek series, has relatives who live and have a business in Riverside."
     "We did a nice little concert to quite a few people," Sheila added, even though it was pretty hot, and then we were off to the Casino.  The sponsors even had three evening meals ready for us there, so that was our first destination.  When we go to a casino, or are near one, we rarely gamble, but we had just had a sumptuous meal, had just made quite a few dollars, so we decided to spend $25 each at the slots.  Bobbie Lhea stayed in the room, and off we went.  I walked into the casino, and made a straight line directly to a machine that said the Monkee's.  Sure enough, my most favorite group of all time, was splashed all over this single machine devoted to them.  Bob said $25, and that's it, but I had winnings of $81 before I had even spent five dollars.  I stopped right there.  Then Bob went to another machine that played the regular 7-7-7 kind of stuff, and he spent his $25 but he won $60 so it was just fine for both of us."
     "I had a great time too," Bobbie Lhea added, "Riverside is a really neat place, and I like Star Trek, but I like Star Wars just a little bit better, and like Mom, I like the Monkees too.  Dad is trying to get Michael Nesmith to come to LeMars this year, but everyone is so unpredictable, he's having a hard time getting confirmations.  Anyway, I suspect that free meal at the Casino is going to be our budget lunch.  Yep, it will be."

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