Monday, January 14, 2013

ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS JANUARY 14. 2013


ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS
 
     "It's always kind of fun," said Bob Everhart, who plays guitar and harmonica for the Bob & Sheila Smithsonian Duo.  "To talk about our travels, our gigs, our ups, our downs, our in betweens.  Fellow performers immediately relate to our 'gig from hell' cause most of us have experienced them.  Our travels have been sensible in Florida, and contrary to our musician friend Charley Groth in Largo, every day is not a sunny day.  We've experienced a lot of cloudiness and even rain.  That leads me to a gig we thought would just be something to pass the time, collect the money, and travel on.  Didn't turn out that way at all.  We had arranged quite a long time in advance to perform our 'Traveling Museum of Music" for the Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater, which is about five miles from our musician friend Charley Groth's house in Largo.  Did he show up for the performance, no, and was it a gig from hell.  NO!"
     "This wasn't our biggest paying gig," Sheila added, "but it was well worth our time and trouble.  First off, the Moccasin Lake Nature Park is an exceptional learning center.  Bobbie Lhea loved it.  We got there early to make sure we had a place to park our camper, and then we went on the tour.  It's a magnificent 'learning experience,' especially about the wildlife of Florida.  Had a nice afternoon rest, and then set up for the evening concert.  The staff that we talked to wasn't all that enthusiastic about attendance, could be six could be sixty.  So we sort of toned down our enthusiasm.  We set up in their very lovely wood-decor nature center, seats were set up for sixty.  Showtime 7pm. By 6:30 we were already sure we'd have maybe the six they predicted.  Then about ten minutes before seven, a whole slew of people came in, enough to fill all 60 chairs, and then some.  Bob and I were so impressed when the nature center director introduced us, and then asked the audience how many were there for the first time, and about 40 hands went up, which astounded him, and made us feel absolute."
     "I couldn't hardly keep up with CD sales," Bobbie Lhea added.  "It was so surprising to see so many people interested in old time music.  I think it's the way Mom and Dad do 'Down In The Valley.'  So many folks said they hadn't heard the songs Mom and Dad did for a very very long time.  some even said they remember their mother singing the same songs to them when they were just children."
     "After we were done," Bob added, "the Director wanted to know when we could come back.  We aren't really planning another trip back to Florida for awhile, since we are already booking California for this year, but I told him we would contact him at our earliest decision.  It sure was a nice concert, and we had a great time.  We're going right back to Frog Creek now, we were just there a few weeks ago, but we don't mind, they like our music too, and we will be doing our old-time back-porch Gospel show for them on Sunday."
     "Dad stopped at the Chick-Fil-A for lunch, and we sure got a bargain." Bobbie added.   "They have lots of items with coupons to get lower prices, and of course dad had a fist full of them.  Anyway, their new item is char-broiled chicken breast, which we all had, and I have to say it is delicious.  And I must have had an entire potato with my meal it was so huge.  The cost of eating there is so low, we even had drinks, so I was happy, so was Mom, and Dad was ecstatic."
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