Monday, October 15, 2012



Single “Change My Mind” Available Now

Billy Ray Cyrus album cover

Nashville, TN – (October 15, 2012) – In anticipation of his 13th studio album, Change My Mind, available everywhere beginning October 23, multi-platinum recording artist Billy Ray Cyrus is offering a sneak peak of the release beginning today, Monday October 15 exclusively through AOL Music - Fans will have the chance to listen to full song streams from Change My Mind for two weeks.

The album’s title track and lead single, “Change My Mind,” is the perfect introduction to this stellar 10-song collection which harkens back to his roots in bluegrass, Southern rock, gospel, and country music. Produced by GRAMMY nominated, multi award-winning producer Brandon Friesen, Cyrus wrote or co-wrote every song on the upcoming release. “Change My Mind” is already a fan-favorite with the music video sitting in the Top 20 on Great American Country’s (GAC) Top 20 Country Countdown and Cyrus reaching a high mark of over one million twitter followers since the tune’s release.

Billy Ray Cyrus struck it big in June 1992 with his debut album, the eventual 9x-platinum-selling No. 1 Some Gave All, fueled by the best-selling single “Achy Breaky Heart,” which spent five weeks atop the Billboard Country chart.  Some Gave All (which held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart for 17 weeks in a row and became the best-selling debut album of all time by a male solo artist) launched Cyrus’ colorful 20-year career in the spotlight — during which he has sold millions of albums worldwide, charted nearly 30 singles (including three No. 1 country hits), and racked up multiple film and television credits.

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ABOUT BLUE CADILLAC MUSIC: Blue Cadillac Music is a record label founded by country music sensation/songwriter/actor Billy Ray Cyrus and award winning music/television producer Brandon Friesen in 2012. The label is headquartered in Los Angeles and Nashville.



The 25th Silver Anniversary of R.O.P.E.’s Banquet Awards Show was as spectacular as always, but this event was an extra special show.  When you stop and think about 25 years, that is a long time for any organization to celebrate this type of event and to be so successful in doing so is a major accomplishment.  One of the main ingredients of this show was the incredible performance of T.G. Sheppard, his wife Kelly Lang, and his Slow Burn Band.  ‘T’ gave an extra special show for the full house of country music lovers and members of R.O.P.E. and were given a platinum evening of entertainment.

The meet and greet is especially great, because old friends and  new friends gather to talk about what has happened in our lives since the last time we were together, and that made the evening  filled with much joy, stories, and just a great feeling of happiness to see each other again.  The only sad thing for me is that this was my last awards show as President of R.O.P.E. My term will end on December 31, 2012.  It has been a great time being President of this organization, but I look for bigger and better things for R.O.P.E. to expand its horizons and become a place for all traditional country music fans, artists, and all of our industry to be members.  We have made great strides toward this goal and I am sure that whoever becomes the new President will move R.O.P.E. forward in the direction we have been going.

I will list the award winners at the end of this article, but there are a few things I wanted to say about this particular show.  It was our first time holding this event at the Nashville Palace, and we were very impressed with the location being easy to find, the room was perfect for our event, the staff was awesome, the food was super, and those in attendance made the evening complete.  I wish those that did not attend would think about 2013 to make their plans to attend our June and October shows.  Our June show will be a breakfast with many artists attending to be with the fans, sign autographs, and meet and greet.  There will be others events as I have promised in the past, and finally with the new members of the board of directors and a new President, I believe we shall see these events take place.

Much thanks to Gus Arrendale once again for the generosity of donating the bottled table water and the wonderful Springer Mountain Farms chicken that was a part of our sit down buffet dinner.  Gus flew in with some of his staff to be with us, and we owe him our sincerest gratitude and appreciation for continuing his undying efforts in supporting Traditional Country Music.  By the way, Springer Mountain Farms does have the best chicken in the world.  I hope that you when you go shopping again you will make sure that you purchase a package of Gus’s product.  I promise you that you will not be disappointed.  R.O.P.E.and Country Music have a great friend in Mr. Gus Arrendale

There were some great celebrities in our audience and I will try and remember as good as I can who they were.  My dear friend, Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry legend, Miss Jean Shepard graced our event and stayed with us for the entire show.  She looked great and she told me that she had a wonderful time.  She was besieged by her fellow artists, her friends and fans throughout the entire night.  Jeannie Seely, Grand Ole Opry member was in attendance with her husband and our legal council, Eugene Ward, who incidentally was an award winner.

 Miss Jan Howard along with Jim Ed Brown also from the Opry, with his wife Becky, Bayron Binkley one of Nashville great TV producers and also member of R.O.P.E.’s advisory council, Joe Taylor one of the founding fathers of talent agencies in the music industry, Bobby Tomerlin & Robbie Wittkowski both super songwriters, Bobby Lewis was in attendance and Bobby has a new CD out with the Heart of Texas and it is doing super great worldwide, Leroy & Donna Anderson who just became new members of R.O.P.E.  They were both on the Tommy Hunter TV Show in Canada for 17 successful years, and we are so happy to have them as members.  George Riddle, great songwriter, artists, and worked with George Jones for many years.  Tommy & Marcie Cash joined us for a great evening.

Also in attendance were Leona Williams to give out the award for entertainer of the year.  As usual Leona looked great and had a great time.  Dean Unkefer and Marge Bell of SPI,who keep new talent competition in the U.S. wide Country Shoedown Talent Show.  Dave Barton one of our board of directors and his wife Marilou were with us also.  Merle Kilgore’s son Steve enjoyed the evening, as did Rattlesnake Annie.  Another special guest that enjoyed the show was Lynn Anderson and her father Casey, and we did surprise Casey with a special award.  It was great to see both of them.  Really good to see Razzy Bailey at the show, and he is a new R.O.P.E. Board of Director.

Dianne Sherrill, still singing and looking as great as ever, Charlie Dick, Patsy Cline’s husband, Jim Vest one of Nashville’s great steel guitarist, Kyle Cantrell one of the great air personalities in country and bluegrass music, and my friend from N.C., Russ Varnell and friends were there.  Russ is traditional country to the bone, always dressing himself and band members in the way it was and still should be. 

I am sure (as I always do) that I have missed someone, so if you read this article and you do not see your name, it was not done intentionally, just not a good memory, and accept my apologies for missing your name.

I am hoping that 2013 will see the likes of Little Jimmy Dickens, Stonewall Jackson, and all those artists who are members  of R.O.P.E. attending the events to contribute their support and to be with the fans that love them .  I know it is tough for artists to come to these functions, but let’s remember that the fans and industry people love to see each of them, so please come and spend time with old friends, fellow artists, and your fans, and new fans.

I want to thank two special people who have been so helpful to R.O.P.E. over the past few years, our Master of Ceremonies, Keith Bilbrey once again made the evening run so smoothly, and it was good to see Emy Joe Bilbrey looking great after her health issues with her heart.  We are so happy for her.  Having Keith as our host made my night very easy.  He takes the reins and leads the show from start to finish.  Thank you Keith for being such a great friend to R.O.P.E.-always there to assist us in any way we ask.  Please know how much all of us appreciate the job you do for us and the artists, friends, and fans.

And I could not complete this article without having pictures for you to see.  These pictures are from my dear friend Jerry Overcast, R.O.P.E.’s personal photographer, and to say that he is a professional is right, but he is a true friend of R.O.P.E. and has been there for us at every event.  We have been blessed to have him give us his time and the awesome results which will be the lifeline of R.O.P.E. for those who want memories and for the new artists and all members to see who we are and what we pride ourselves in promoting traditional country music.  Our Silver Anniversary would not be a success without Jerry Overcast.  Thank you my friend for all of your support for me and for the R.O.P.E. organization.  BTW, if any of you are planning an event that requires professional photography, get in touch with Jerry and he will do the job for you better than anyone I know.  Just send me an email and I will get you in contact with him.

Over the years we have been graced with so many friends who have been so generous with their time and talent, and this year was no different.  This was a great success for R.O.P.E. and I know that 2013 is going to be a banner year for the organization.  I have not forgotten to thank all of the media for the support they have given to R.O.P.E. every year, with a special thank you to Peter Cooper of the Tennessean, Bill Cody and Charlie Mattos of WSM-AM 650 for being our friends and most of all those friends of traditional country music.  

Finally as promised the following are a list of the winners for R.O.P.E.’s Silver Anniversary Banquet Awards Show on Thursday October 11, 2012 at the Nashville Palace:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR               JIM ED BROWN (Grand Ole Opry)
DISC JOCKEY OF THE YEAR                 KYLE CANTRELL (Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction)
MEDIA AWARD OF THE YEAR              CHARLIE MONK (Mayor of Music Row)
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR                                   BILLY JOHNSON  (Billy passed away earlier this year)
          (Stu Basore accepted the award on behalf of Dina Johnson, Billy’s wife)

I hope that this article and the pictures will give you a good idea of how great of an evening it was for the award winners, and all those that attended this great event.  On behalf of myself, and all members of the Board of Directors of R.O.P.E. (Reunion of Professional Entertainers), we wish to thank you for making the 25th Silver Anniversary of R.O.P.E. a giant success and we ask you to make plans to join us in 2013 for our 26th anniversary, as we continue to grow.  If you have not joined R.O.P.E. please think about it and become a member if you are in the music industry, or be a Friend of R.O.P.E. to enjoy all of our events.  Thank you for your support and we wish you a great Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holiday season.

Marty Martel©

CMA Award Show Sold Out Fourth Year in a Row


Tickets for “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” Sold Out Fourth Year in a Row
NASHVILLE – Nominees for “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” Eli Young Band, Brantley Gilbert, reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum, and reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton join the performance lineup for “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.” Tickets for the three-hour gala have sold out for the fourth year in a row.
“The 46th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted for the fifth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Thursday, Nov. 1 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Paisley, The Band Perry, Underwood, and Zac Brown Band.     
New to the Vocal Group of the Year category with their first CMA Awards nomination is the Eli Young Band. But it wasn’t the only “first” associated with the group. Songwriters Will Hoge and Eric Paslay, each received their first CMA Awards nomination for Song of the Year for writing “Even if It Breaks Your Heart,” which was recorded by the Eli Young Band. The song was the first No. 1 for Hoge, who is a solo artist in his own right. Paslay also has a blossoming solo career and has penned songs for Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, and Love and Theft.
Gilbert received his first CMA Awards nomination in the New Artist of the Year category in 2012 and he will be making his first CMA Awards performance on the three-hour gala. Artists can only be included in this category two times.
Lady Antebellum, the reigning Vocal Group of the Year for the past three consecutive years, is nominated in that category again in 2012. The group is also nominated for Album of the Year for Own The Night, which the group produced with Paul Worley making them eligible to receive a second trophy for producing the nominated record.
Shelton received four CMA Awards nominations including a shared nomination for Song of the Year for “Over You” with wife Lambert. Only a handful of married couples have penned Song of the Year nominees including “Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” by Ed and Patsy Bruce (1978), and two songs by Sanger D. “Whitey” Shafer: “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” with his third wife Darlene Shafer in 1985, and “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” with his fourth wife Lydia Shafer in 1987. Tammy Wynette and George Richey wrote “’Til I Can Make It On My Own” with Billy Sherrill, which was nominated for Song of the Year in 1976, but they did not marry until 1978.
In addition to Song of the Year, Shelton picked up nominations for Entertainer of the Year; Male Vocalist of the Year; and Single of the Year for “God Gave Me You,” produced by Scott Hendricks. Popular singer/songwriter Dave Barnes received a Song of the Year nomination for writing “God Gave Me You.”
Winners of “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 22 (5:00 PM/CT).
Full 2012 CMA Awards details, including nominations and performers are available at, which also includes CMA Awards history, a searchable database of past CMA Awards nominees and winners, host information, merchandise and much more. The CMA Awards Store has T-shirts, hoodies, hats, mugs, tote bags, and more official merchandise for fans to purchase online. Fans can connect with CMA online at, (#CMAawards),,, and by downloading the free CMA Awards app available for iPhone and Android. October is Country Music Month. Learn more at, and join the conversation on Twitter using official hashtag #CountryMusicMonth.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 11,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was formed in 1958 as the first trade organization to promote an individual genre of music. The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC television for the first time – making it the longest-running annual music awards program on network television. The Awards aired on NBC through 1971 and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005. The CMA Awards moved to ABC in 2006, where it will remain through 2021.
“The 46th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
Chevrolet™ is the Official Ride of Country Music. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the CMA Awards. 
Eli Young Band will perform during "The 46th Annual CMA Awards" on Nov. 1, airing live on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Brantley Gilbert will perform during "The 46th Annual CMA Awards" on Nov. 1, airing live on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Lady Antebellum will perform during "The 46th Annual CMA Awards" on Nov. 1, airing live on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Blake Shelton will perform during "The 46th Annual CMA Awards" on Nov. 1, airing live on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. 

Steel Guitar News October 15. 2012

Hello fellow players, This is Bob Hempker with today’s newsletter. Today I’d like to talk about the challenges of tuning. I’ve seen and heard the subject greatly debated time after time by steel players for years. There are so many different methods of tuning your instrument. The bottom line is what you play has to sound in tune to you and hopefully in tune with who you’re playing with and whoever is listening to you play. One virtually overlooked element when it comes to tuning is our ears. It doesn’t matter if we tune tempered, straight up or however. When we don’t use our ears and carefully listen to what we’re playing, chances are we’re going to sound out of tune. Let’s face it, we play an instrument that lies somewhere between a totally perfect instrument and an imperfect fretted instrument. Let me explain. We don’t have frets like a guitar which would put us the category of a violin, viola, cello, slide trombone etc. But we do have a bar in our left hand that is totally straight. It’s hard to bend a note into tune that might be in the middle of our chord or the parts we happen to be playing. This takes years and years of work and practice training our ears on how we tune and how we play to perfect our technique. I’m not going to endorse any particular mode of tuning. What works for one of us may not work for someone else. Again, we have to sound in tune to ourselves to begin with. From there, we want to sound as much in tune as possible to other people. Electronic tuners are great. I like them because I can tune with my volume pedal backed off and noise going on around me. If you tune strictly by your ears, other sounds around you get blended in with the strings you’re trying to get in tune with each other. That can absolutely drive you insane. I also use the time between songs while the singer is talking to the audience. I back my volume pedal off to where no one hears me and touch up my tuning with the electronic tuner. Musical instruments drift in and out of tuning all on their own. Throw in temperature changes, air conditioners, heaters and such kicking on and off and blowing across our instruments and we have a challenge of staying in tune. If you’re playing an outdoor show, it’s even worse. There are several clubs where the band plays right next to the entrance in order to draw people in from the street. In such circumstances, every time the door opens and closes, your instrument is subject to climate changes. This can play havoc with your tuning. In a recording studio, the heat and air conditioning kicks on and off just like anywhere else also. And of course, in a recording situation, tuning is very critical. If you’re playing an auditorium or stadium, overhead stage lighting can also affect your tuning because they generate heat and they are constantly turned on and off so the temperature can change rapidly. When the lights are on, sometimes it burns the bald spot on the top of my head. When the turns the lights off you instantly feel the coolness and so does your instrument. A good analogy on how heat and cold can affect your tuning is to compare the lines on a power pole in cold winter they’re tight and taut. In summer heat they somewhat sag. The strings on a musical instrument are no different. So we need to be prepared. We are going to go out of tune. You also warm the strings on your instrument with your hands sliding across it so bear in mind you’re not going to stay in tune. You have to touch up your tuning constantly while you’re playing a gig. Now I would like to address the issues on tuners. I’m not going to recommend any particular brand. I just like to make sure that I can run directly through the tuner straight out of my guitar, then into the volume pedal. In order to do this, we have to experiment with different tuners. We have to find one that doesn’t change our tone by just running through it. Usually the higher end, more expensive tuners have components in them that eliminate the tuner from having any effect on the tone of our instrument. Again, I’m not going to recommend tempered tuning or straight up tuning. I have played both ways and I’ve heard other players play both ways. You can sound in tune doing either. Just be sure that you don’t forget to use your ears. I knew a certain steel guitar player who would set and take at least an hour or longer to tune his instrument with a tuner making sure each and every little note or pedal change was precisely in tune with his tuning chart. But when he would play, he sounded out of tune to me and I have heard other people say the same thing. He wasn’t using his ears. Playing in tune is more important than being in tune. A good exercise is to deliberately detune some stings on your guitar, then try to play and make it sound in tune while you’re playing. That should provide many hours of entertainment. Bare in mind the people you’re playing with need to tweak their instrument’s tuning also. I’ve worked with many guitar players and bass players who would tune their instrument before a gig and then never pay a bit of attention to it. Keep in mind, it may not be you that’s out of tune. It may be somebody else. You have to listen closely. It really drives me crazy when the bass is out of tune because that usually is the foundation of the chord that everybody else is trying to play in tune with. It’s good to have a gentleman’s agreement with the rest of the band where we can in a tactful, diplomatic manner ask each other, “Hey, could you check your tuning?” It shouldn’t bruise anyone’s ego. If it does, they don’t deserve to be on the stage with you. This is part of being professional. I want to thank Liam, a customer who purchased a guitar from us a while back who just called in here to ask about tuning. Before he called, we were wondering what topic to use for the newsletter. Thanks Liam. Check out our monthly specials at Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM – 4PM Monday – Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday

George Canyon To Release Classics II




Toronto, ON - Multiple-award winning Canadian country music artist, actor and philanthropist, George Canyon, is set to release Classics II (Reiny Dawg Inc, distributed by Universal Music Canada) on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. iTunes preorder begins on November 13. The highly anticipated follow-up to Canyon's Gold certified 2007 album, Classics, will showcase country's most recognized songs of the last 70 years. In support of the new album, the Classics II Tour will also turn back time to the 'good old-time radio show days,' similar to the Grand Ole Opry, beginning November 18, 2012 with performances across Western Canada and Ontario.  Full track and touring listings below.

Classics II was produced by Canyon and Jay Buettner and features a duet with Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy on "Pancho and Lefty."  The album's first single is Canyon's interpretation of American musician Glen Campbell's largest selling hit, "Rhinestone Cowboy," which was debuted during Canyon's performance at the 2012 CCMA Awards in Saskatoon. "I've always greatly admired Glen Campbell, his contribution to music in general is huge," says Canyon. "When his version of this song was released, it brought a pop edge with it that resonated around the world adding a new dimension to country music. It's an honour to pay tribute to this man and this song."

There's no better way to tell a story then through the lyrics of a classic country song. The best orators of the past century include Johnny Cash, Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard and many others who phrased and communicated with authentic language and melodies that inspired generations and pop culture. This album pays homage to those poets, those icons and their messages. I only hope people find a fraction of the enjoyment in my interpretations of these songs as they did in the originals. 
- George Canyon

Since appearing on USA Network's Nashville Star, George Canyon has carved out a career punctuated with industry accolades, achievements and sustained success. His last album, Better Be Home Soon, became his fastest selling release to date and spawned 3 Top 10 hits including the title track, "Surrender" and "Sunshine." The album went on to win Canyon and Richard Marx the 2011 CCMA Award for Record Producer of the Year.  For a full list of awards, see below. Outside of music, Canyon's entertainment career includes acting in various films and television shows such as Heartland, A Mile In His Shoes, a 2013 major motion picture and Dawn Rider; a film with Donald Sutherland, Christian Slater and Jill Hennessy that will make its television premiere on Movie Central later in 2012.

Along with his musical and acting achievements, Canyon is an award-winning humanitarian and was named the first-ever Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Early last year, Canyon was appointed the National Spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a charity he works closely with since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 14. A portion of CD sales from Better Be Home Soon was presented to the JDRF.

Country Music News International October 15. 2012

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Taylor Swift Is One Of This Decade’s Best Influence s On Country Music

“Taylor Swift is one of this decade’s best influences on country music”, was the statement by Kelvin Fahey, the Canberra Country Music Festival Director.   Speaking candidly in an interview on Sunday (14 November) he was forthright in his support of the phenomena from Pennsylvania who has sold over 22 million albums over the past five years.  
“I’ve been to many country music functions and talent competitions across this nation over the past year and have been astounded by her influence on youth and cover bands.   What hasn’t surprised me has been the complaints and concerns that this is “not country” or “crossover will destroy country music”.   I think we have heard it all before.  
“People tend to have their own view of what is country music and what isn’t.   They often forget that history is full such concerns from as early as Hank Williams to Nancy Sinatra to Reba McIntyre.   Ten years ago the same complaints were around Shania Twain, who still holds the record for best selling album of all time by an female artist in any genre and of course the best selling country album of all time!  
“Critics weren’t so loud about Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson.   “Country crossover” has always been a part of country music which by its very nature has one of the most diverse competing styles within it ranging from ballads to gospel to bluegrass to honky tonk to country pop rock and all shades in between.   Don’t forget that before rock’n’roll took hold in the late 50s, country music, including rockabilly, was the mainstay of popular music.   So Country Music has always had a contemporary feel to it and so it should to sustain its relevance.
“We expect that many of the competitors in November’s Country’s Got Talent competition will seek to emulate Taylor Swift and may of their country music heroes.  That is perfectly natural and frankly to be expected as we all did the same in past years.
“What I most admire about Taylor Swift is that in age when all the media focus is on vocalists and their physical presentation, here is a beautiful woman who is a musician – a real player – who also writes and sings her own material.   Millions of girls are learning to play guitar, sing and songwrite following her lead.  It doesn’t get better than that.   And she is only 22 years of age!”
Kelvin Fahey

Nov schedule for Debi Champion's writers nights at the Commodore Grille

The Commodore Grille
2613 West End Ave
Nash Tn 37203

no cover charge

Tue Wed Thur and Sun nights

Thur Nov 1......Joie Scott, Eric Varnell, Cathy Majeski, Queenie Mulllinex, Bill Warington, Mark Chirico, Delaney Baker, Jamie Higdon, Michelle & Larry Putman, Larry King, Chris Carpenter, Nick Columbia, Emmett Grayson

Sun Nov 4.......Joel Shewmake, Stan Webb, Janet Miller, Miranda Barnett, Chad Mullins, Ray Tatantino, Kathy Von, Bonnie Lee Panda, Alice Bargeron, Allen Shervelle, Stephanie Falcone, Luke Bellet, Meghan Saletta, Carlene Thissen, David Jinks, Cody Wolfe, Colby Branson

Tues Nov 6.....Spady Brannan, Pete Salis, Jamie Wayz, Aimee Kaye, Chellanie, Art Priebe, Jeff Randle, Harlan Pease, JW Combs, Quarter to Three, Allen Shervelle, Vernon Honey, William Phillips, Jimmy Craig, Eddie Sienz, John Sturgill, Brandon Flippen, Steven Dorian

Wed Nov 7....Jerry Foster, Rich Fagan, Jim McBride, Judy Rodman, Glenn & Dottie SnowTubb, Wood Newton, Lionel Cartwright, Pam Belford, Gerald Smith, Karen Wheeler, Jim Parker, Jeff Batson, Brenda Best, Amanda Cornett, Bronson Bush, Janice Gilbert, Stan Hitchcock, Gary Jenkins, Ben Hall, Alicia Michelli, Joe Rucker, June Stearns, Patti Workman, Kenan Boyle, Ronny Criss, Guy Gilchrist, Jordan harazin, Tracey Houston, Keeli, Karen & Don McNatt, Karree J Phillips, Chase & Kriz Rogers, Dan Schafer, Will Strlts, Ben West, Diane Berry, Jennifer Brantley, Ed Coffey, Diane Gentes, JC Ward, Eddie Heinzelman, Jerry Green, Mike Dunbar, Russ & Becky Jeffers, Marshann, Brandi Cole, Angel Pontier, Michael Romeo

Thur Nov 8....Jeff Dayton, Stephanie Layne, Jamie Jo Thomas, Kokomo Joe, Joe Rice, Sean Dennison, Fiona Culley & Seth

Sun Nov 11......Doc Holaday, Cathy Maciejewski, Buzz Band, Jimmy Borja, Gary Cavanaugh, Nick Columbia, Sam Wooden, Kenneth Cooper, Nick Nicholas, Keelan Donavon, AJ Engstrom, Roger Hoselton, Pat Johnson, Sean Cunningham

Tues Nov 13.....Ric Sandler, Sammy Arriaga, Chris Lee, Gordy Thomas, Allen & Siera Haynes, Brenda Allen, Joe Downing, Jeff Wood, Random Music Group, Glenna Bell, Mindy Braasch, Harold Allen

Wed Nov 14..Rich Fagan, Jimbo Thornton, Jerry Green, Jamie Higdon, Travis Bowlin, Heino Moeller, Tommy Turner, Moe Joe B, Garen, Tommy Tietjen, Scott Neubert, Bill Maier, Wild Oat Records

Thurs Nov 15....Jerry Vanek, Bo Brendle, David King, David Lowe, Wayne Williams, David King, Emily Minor, Emmett Grayson, Nick Columbia, Kayleigh Leth, Allen Shervelle

Sun Nov 18....Donnie Winters, Kathy Von, Jamie Wayz, Aimee Kaye, Chellanie, Joe Rieg, Milanie May, Diana Kelley, Scott Honaker, Bob Cushing, John Trentes, Analisa, Alayna Carroll, Chris Considine, Johathan Cigary

Tues Nov 20...Pam Belford, Angel Pontier, Gerri Rowan, Jeff Randle, Chuck Reaves, Queenie Mullinex, Bill Warington, Bill Griese, Bonnie Lee Panda, Alice Bargeron, Jason Gregory, Eddie Sienz, Delany Baker, Michael Chase, Kokomo Joe, Clayton Jones, Ronnnie Dennis

Wed Nov 21....Jeff Batson, Buzz Band, Gary Cavanaugh, Larry & Michelle Putman, Mark Chirico, Johnny Ray, Pug Johnson, Larry King, Nick Columbia, Rachael Stump, John David

Thur Nov 22....No Writers Night

Sun Nov 25....CJ Watson, Gordy Thomas, William Phillips, Jimmy Craig, Kenneth Cooper, Bill Maier, Rebecca Hosking, Dave Isaacs, Karree J Phillips, Patti & Jerry Workman, Ben Johnson, John Cirillo, Bob Lambert, Harlan Pease, Jeremy Dean, Johnny Poole

Tues Nov 27.....Marc Alan Barnette, Nick Nicholas, Sam Wooden, Tommy Turner, Johnny Ray, Vernon Honey, Daniel Crane, AJ Engstrom, Sammy Arriaga, Chris Lee, Random Music Group, Breaux Gargano, Craig Haller, Mike Villines

Wed Nov 28.....Jim Sales, Allen Shervelle, Sean Cunningham, Emmett Grayson, John Trentes, Bo Brendle, Kelly Dawn Kron, Nick Columbia, Lee Gibson, Bobby Bittle, Harold Allen, Andrew Borel, Charlie Barrale, Garrett Hinson

Thurs Nov 29....Rich Fagan, Robbie Holder Band, Ryan Bizarri, Katie Bishop, Emily Minor, Chellanie, Jamie Wayz, Aimee Kaye, Chip Phillips, Scott Boshears. Chip Phillips, Josh Sallo, Nick Columbia,  Steven James, Taylor Edwards


     Anita, Iowa....."Rain was a welcome sight here in the hinterlands of Iowa," Bob Everhart reported, "but it didn't slow down attendance for the Storm Seymour show at the Oak Tree Opry in Anita.  Storm is an internationally known country music recording artist, doing well on the European charts, not only with classic and traditional country music but gospel music as well.  He's a Tama Indian, living near Tama, Iowa, where their reservation is located, and is very active keeping country music alive where he spends most of his time.  He and his wife are orphan children mentors, and more than 60 children have passed through their home as they take them in, and care for them.  Storm brought his niece, Stephanie Snow to the concert at the Oak Tree Performance Center, and it was a delightful evening of great country music with superb harmonies throughout the evening."
     The Everharts had just finished their last festival of the year, which was the Rural Roots Music Gathering in Fremont, Nebraska, where Hank Thompson's fiddler Marvin Bredemeier was inducted into America's Old Time Fiddler's Hall of Fame.  "We had large crowds all weekend," Everhart noted, "except for Saturday night's Nebraska Big Red football game.  So, we took a little dip, but we were very satisfied with attendance all weekend.  I was especially pleased with the great musicians that were on hand to make it a truly 'classic' country program."
     The Everharts (Bob and his wife Sheila) are getting ready for their concert tour to Florida, performing a program they created for the Smithsonian Institution, who they record for.  "We have six recorded projects out with the Smithsonian," Everhart noted, and the program we're going to do in Florida is a compilation of some of those historical songs, as well as the stories about how they came to be written, and who wrote them.  It's interesting to say the least.  The Smithsonian calls it a 'Traveling Museum of Music.'  We start in Illinois and work our way down to the Tampa, Florida, area for most of the shows."
     The Everharts, are just beginning to 'shut-down' their performance center in Anita, Iowa.  "We have one really spectacular country music show there before we close it down," Bob added, "we don't have a furnace in the building anyway, and it's already getting pretty cool.  Featured acts are Dale Eichor and Bobby Awe.  It will be a complete sell-out, these guys are glued to traditional and classic country music.  Eichor was inducted into the Disc Jockey Hall of Fame in Nashville, and Bobby Awe hosted his own television show in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for many years.  They are both very popular wherever they go."
      Iowa has been getting a little rain, but even that doesn't discourage folks according to Everhart.  "We got some nice rain, but most of our farmers have their corn and soybeans already picked.  It doesn't stop our Pioneer Music Museum from having a leak though, so you can be sure we'll be doing some benefit shows come springtime." 

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