Monday, January 7, 2013



New Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out CD Timeless Hits From The Past Bluegrassed Arrives Today

LEBANON, Tenn. - (January 7, 2013) – Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® guests can really take a Tyme out now with a new album from one of bluegrass music’s most decorated bands, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. Timeless Hits From The Past Bluegrassed is a unique project by the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) seven-time Vocal Group of the Year, fronted by the IBMA’s most awarded Male Vocalist of the Year (five-time), that features classic country hits originally recorded by Elvis, Willie Nelson, Don Williams, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette and more – all re-recorded in the band’s signature bluegrass style. The album also features special guest vocalists Sonya Isaacs and Pam Tillis, and was produced by Barry Bales of Alison Krauss & Union Station. Timeless Hits From The Past Bluegrassed is available today in all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations as well as on, and iTunes.  

In support of the release, the band appeared on the cover of the December issue of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine and enjoyed a World Premier Track By Track on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction with Kyle Cantrell on December 12. This week, to celebrate the album’s release, the band will hold a series of performances in Nashville, Tenn. beginning on Wednesday, January 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Loveless Barn for a Music City Roots taping.   On Thursday, January 10, they will perform during a live broadcast on 650 AM WSM from the legendary Station Inn. Check local listings for airing details. Finally, on Saturday, January 12 they will take the stage at the Grand Ole Opry. To purchase tickets, visit

Producer Barry Bales says, “Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out has been traveling the highways and byways of this country for over twenty years, bringing their talents to bluegrass music fans all over North America.  Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has been providing great food and comfort to many of those same folks traveling many of those same roads.  So it seems only fitting that they would now be bringing you a collection of new music from Russell and the boys.  Cracker Barrel and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out all under one roof - what could be better?”

Commenting on the remake of his original “Farewell Party,” Gene Watson says, “I’m a huge fan of Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out. It means a lot to me that they appreciate this timeless song. It’s living proof that a great song can be recorded for any format of music and be appreciated for eternity. And what a great job they’ve done on it!”

Bobby Osborne of The Osborne Brothers, writer of “Big Spike Hammer,” added, “I’ve always appreciated and admired Russell Moore for what he has done for bluegrass music through the years and this project just validates my admiration for him and IIIrd Tyme Out.”

Timeless Hits From The Past Bluegrassed by Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out is the latest in Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program.  Since 2005, Cracker Barrel has released CDs with a wide variety of artists, some of which have debuted in the top three spots on a range of Billboard magazine’s charts including Top DVD Music Videos, Top Country Albums, Top Christian Albums and Top Bluegrass Albums. In addition, An Evening With ... Dolly earned a Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Gold award, Dailey & Vincent Sing The Statler Brothers won “Album of the Year” from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a track on that CD was nominated for a Grammy® award, and Smokey Robinson’s Now & Then was nominated for an NAACP IMAGE AWARD.  Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program includes CDs with Alabama, Rodney Atkins, Jason Michael Carroll, The Charlie Daniels Band, Ronnie Dunn, Edens Edge, Sara Evans, Bill Gaither, Montgomery Gentry, Amy Grant, The Grascals, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, George Jones, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Craig Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Randy Travis, Josh Turner, Wynonna, and the Zac Brown Band. The National Music Council recognized Cracker Barrel with the 2012 American Eagle Award for the company’s positive contributions to the nation’s musical culture and heritage. For details visit  

Timeless Hits From The Past Bluegrassed Track Listing:
1. “Gentle On My Mind” (previously released by Glen Campbell, Elvis) 
2. “Modern Day Bonnie And Clyde” (previously released by Travis Tritt)  
3. “Golden Ring” (previously released by George Jones and Tammy Wynette) featuring Sonya Isaacs 
4. “The Old Home Place” (previously released by JD Crowe & The New South, The Dillards) 
5. “Only You” (previously released by The Platters) 
6. “Take Me Home Country Roads” (previously released by John Denver) 
7. “My Window Faces The South” (previously released by Willie Nelson) 
8. “Farewell Party” (previously released by Gene Watson) 
9. “Big Spike Hammer” (previously released by the Osborne Brothers) 
10. “Tulsa Time” (previously released by Don Williams) 
11. “Mama Tried” (previously released by Merle Haggard) 
12. “John and Mary” (previously released in a different version by Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out) featuring Pam Tillis

About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.  provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price. The restaurant serves up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as its made from scratch biscuits using an old family recipe.   The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 621 company-owned locations in 42 states. Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit  

About Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
The International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) most awarded Male Vocalist of the Year (five-time) Russell Moore is truly at the top of his game. Fronting one of the most popular bands in bluegrass history, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out is celebrating 20 years as one of the genres most awarded and influential groups in modern day bluegrass. All in all, the band has garnered over 50 industry accolades since their inception in 1991 including being named the IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year seven consecutive years. Their a cappella renditions of many songs can rarely be matched and their superb instrumentation provides even more quality sound to their rich vocal blend featuring one of the most respected lead vocalists of all time. All this along with a heavy touring schedule, including many performances on the Grand Ole Opry as well as GAC and RFD channel programs, over 16 recordings to date, and a desire to present their fans with the best music possible, makes this "supergroup" one of bluegrass music's most recognized and in-demand bands. For more information, please visit  

Marty Raybon Leads CGM Nominations Appearing in Seven Categories

Marty Raybon Leads CGM Nominations Appearing in Seven Categories
Along With a SGM Nomination for Favorite Album
Voting Now Open at Christian Voice Magazine
Nashville, TN (January 7, 2013)  Rural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce Marty Raybon leads with the most nominations in the CGM Fan Awards appearing in seven categories including: Favorite Solist, Favorite Male Vocalist, Favorite Crossover Artist, Favorite Musician, Favorite Song (I’ve Seen What He Can Do), Favorite Album (HAND TO THE PLOW), and Living Legend.  Mark Carman, producer of HAND TO THE PLOW, also received a CGM Fan Award Nomination for Favorite Producer. Marty picked up yet another album nod receiving a SGM Fan Award nomination for Favorite Album for HAND TO THE PLOW.
Christian Voice Magazine presents two fan-based awards programs annually to honor artists and industry professionals in both Country Gospel and Southern Gospel genres.  Fans can view the complete list of top ten nominees and CAST THEIR VOTE at Christian Voice Magazine. The third and final ballots listing the top five finalists in each category will be published in March. Awards will be given as winners are announced at the 2013 CGM Fan Awards and SGM Fan Awards in Pigeon Forge, TN this spring. The CGM Fan Awards will be held April 27 during the week of CGM FanFest and the SGM Fan Awards will be held May 2 during the week of SGM FanFair. For more information about these events, visit  and
 “I’ve Seen What He Can Do” appears on Marty Raybon’s Rural Rhythm Christian album, HAND TO THE PLOW. The song was also released as a music video and can be viewed at numerous sites including, but not limited to: YouTube,, Rural, Yallwire, Vimeo, Heartfirst, Godtube and more.
Marty Raybon & Full Circle hit the road this month with performances in Kentucky, Florida and Alabama. For a complete tour schedule and more, please visit
For more information on Marty’s Rural Rhythm Records albums, please visit

Steel Guitar News January 7. 2013

This is Vic Lawson with today’s newsletter. Being in the position I’m in, I get to talk to a lot of newcomers to pedal steel guitar. I fortunately sell guitars to these people. While talking to them I ask how they came to get interested in steel and who they have listened to. To my surprise, a lot of them don’t know who to listen to. One of my new customers in the last year came in to buy a set of strings and I asked him if he ever listened to any Sonny Garrish stuff. He replied, “Who’s that?” We have a lot of new people to steel guitar, utility players, guitar players wanting to add steel guitar to their arsenal, which is great, however I hope that they would go back and listen to the country music that steel guitar dominated. I realize some of our readers are older and some are younger, so I’m going to stick to what I’m familiar with. I’m familiar with Noel Boggs, Herb Remington and Leon McAuliffe for example, but they didn’t influence me as much as other players who were current when I started playing. To me, not just because I started playing in the seventies, but looking back I think the seventies were one of the greatest decades for pedal steel. I feel like some of the young players and utility players need to go back and listen to some of that. I know I’m going to miss some names, only because I can’t mention everybody in the space of a newsletter, but here are a few that come to mind that were dominant players in the seventies. Lloyd Green, Sonny Garrish, Hal Rugg, John Hughey and Weldon Myrick. That will be more than enough to get you a start. If you study and listen to the way these records were recorded, you’ll find there’s more to steel guitar than what you hear in today’s music and by all means not taking anything away from today’s players. They are definitely capable of playing anything. Music always evolves and every new crop of players builds on what the players that came before them did. This is why it’s important to go back and listen. I find there are a lot of players who aren’t listeners. They know their instrument but they don’t know songs. When I was growing up in Oklahoma my grandfather was a huge Bob Wills fan. In fact, him and my grandmother used to go to Bob’s dances. When I got my first pedal steel, my grandpa would talk about Leon McAuliffe and at the time I didn’t see the real need to listen to that “old” music because I was too busy learning the current stuff. As I progressed musically, I realized that there is so much to learn from the older stuff if you really sit and listen to it as a musician. There’s many nights I’ll sit on the bus with a fiddle player I work with and we’ll listen to Bob Wills until four in the morning. It’s truly amazing how the next day, you’ll play differently by listening to this. So please be a listener and don’t diss the old stuff just because it’s not what’s happening now. It seems to me like around early to mid seventies they started putting musician credits on album artwork. This makes it easy to find out who played steel and thus easier for you to learn from a player you find interesting. If you’re a newcomer or someone just getting interested in steel guitar, I hope this newsletter gives you a direction to get deeper into the subject. Don’t forget about the Little Walter Workshop on Sunday January 13th. You’ll learn more about amps than you thought there was to know. Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM – 4PM Monday – Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday

“Martha and Mary” by Nu-Blu Debuts On Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Songs Chart

“Martha and Mary” by Nu-Blu Debuts On Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Songs Chart
Band Sets Sail on Danny Stewart’s Bluegrass Cruise January 21
Nashville, TN (January 7, 2013) - Nu-Blu’s thought provoking new single, “Martha and Mary” made its debut this month on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine's Top 30 Songs chart. The song appears on Nu-Blu’s NAIL BY NAIL album on Pinecastle Records
“One of the best tracks on the album is Martha and Mary, a powerful, banjo-driven tune written by Becky Buller and Nancy Cardwell... It’s the kind of song that you can’t help listening to without nodding your head in agreement… in rhythm,” says PARCHBENCH in a recent review. 
Brian McNeal of Prescription Bluegrass certainly agrees saying, "The story of Martha and Mary is one of the great Gospel stories of the Bible.  Nu-Blu's latest single, Martha and Mary reminds us that there is a little bit of Martha and a little bit of Mary in each of us. Talk about getting a listener – any listener - to relate to the song's message, Nu-Blu has a sure-fire winner in this song, destined to be a favorite among fans and radio programmers alike."
Nu-Blu sets sail January 21 on Danny Stewart’s Bluegrass 4-Day Cruise to the Bahamas. This exciting trip also includes performances by The Roys, The Spinney Brothers, Dave Nichols and Spare Change, Ernie Evans and the Florida State Bluegrass Band, and more.
Band members Daniel Routh, Carolyn, Routh, Levi Austin and Austin Koerner will celebrate the band’s 10 year anniversary this year. For continued updates and tour information, please visit, Facebook and Twitter.

THE ROYS Receive CGM Fan Awards

THE ROYS Receive CGM Fan Awards Nomination for Favorite Duo

NEW DAY DAWNING Debuts on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine's Top 15 Albums Chart

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Nashville, TN (January 7, 2013) Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce brother/sister Bluegrass duo THE ROYS have received Christian Gospel Music (CGM) Fan Awards Nomination in the Favorite Duo category.  Fans can view the complete list of top ten nominees and CAST THEIR VOTE at Christian Voice Magazine.

The third and final ballots listing the top-five finalists in each category will be published by Christian Voice Magazine in March.  Awards will be given as winners are announced at the 2013 CGM Fan Awards in Pigeon Forge, TN this spring.  The CGM Fan Awards will be held April 27 during the week of CGM FanFest.  For more information, please visit

THE ROYS' hit single "Still Standing" climbs again this month to reach the Number 14 spot on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine's TOP 30 Songs Chart with the album, NEW DAY DAWNING, making its debut this month on the publication's Top 15 Albums Chart.  This has certainly been a landmark album for the duo as NEW DAY DAWNING debuted at Number 2 on the BILLBOARD Bluegrass Albums Chart last September and two weeks later climbed to Number 1 on Amazon's Bluegrass Best Sellers list.

The Roys - New Day DawningLee and Elaine have just wrapped up an incredible year that brought them and Bluegrass music into the national spotlight with their high profile TV appearances on: CBS This Morning, Fox & Friends, Marie, Daytime, The Better Show, and Daily Buzz.  They also appeared on the PBS programs Pa's Fiddle: Charles Ingalls, American Fiddler and Song of the Mountains; RFD-TV's Reno's Old Time Music Festival; CMC Australia/Sky TV-U.K. Bluegrass Mountains TV Show and the Dr. Steve Show.

THE ROYS will hit the high seas later this month on the Danny Stewart Bluegrass Cruise January 20-23 where they will perform along with other Bluegrass artists: Nu-Blu, The Spinney Brothers, Dave Nichols and Spare Change, Ernie Evans and the Florida State Bluegrass Band and more.  For a complete tour schedule and more information on THE ROYS, please visit

Grand Ole Opry To Make Debut At CRS 2013

Grand Ole Opry To Make Debut At CRS 2013

Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Dustin Lynch, Scotty McCreery, Vince Gill
and others to perform

(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 7, 2013) Country Radio Seminar has announced that a performance of country music’s most famous show, the Grand Ole Opry, will kick-off CRS 2013 on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. The event will be held inside the Performance Hall at the Nashville Convention Center.

Artists confirmed to perform are Grand Ole Opry members Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Vince Gill along with Dustin Lynch and Scotty McCreery.  Additional performers will be released in the coming weeks.  The two-hour event will commence at 7 p.m., immediately following the annual CRS Artist/Attendee Welcome Reception. All CRS attendees can attend.

The Opry, radio’s longest-running program, has only rarely staged shows outside its regular program schedule and its permanent home (the Grand Ole Opry House) or its winter residence (Ryman Auditorium). Past Opry performances played outside the show’s home venues include performances staged at prestigious theaters such as New York City’s Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

“Every week, the Grand Ole Opry showcases an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind mix of country music’s new stars, superstars, and legends for country music fans from around the world. We’re excited to deliver a special show featuring some of radio’s biggest current hit-makers who are also some of the most popular artists who visit our stage for all our friends in country radio when CRS returns to town next month,” said Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher.

The show is sponsored by Humana’s My Well-Being.

Bill Mayne, CRS Executive Director, notes “This marks the first time in the history of the seminar, which is over 40 years, that we welcome the Grand Ole Opry to our stage. It has been a long time coming, but will be well worth the wait,” adding, “My thanks to Pete Fisher and the Opry staff for allowing me to present this show on the opening night of CRS 2013, as both events are such a great fit for each other.”

CRS 2013 will be held Feb. 27 – Mar. 1 at the Nashville Convention Center. Register for the event at

About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio.  CRS 2013 will be held Feb. 27 – March 1, 2013, in downtown Nashville, Tenn., at the Nashville Convention Center.  $499 Registration is now available.  Visit for more information.

About the Grand Ole Opry: The Grand Ole Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn.  Celebrating 87 years of entertainment, the Opry can be heard on 650 WSM-AM, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, and The syndicated weekly program, America’s Opry Weekend, airs on country radio stations across America. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP).  For more information, visit

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Audie Blaylock & Redline - Hard Country (CD Review)

Audie Blaylock & Redline - Hard Country
 Hard Country

1. Real Hard Way to Lose 3:01 2.) The Chair 2:48 3.) Home is Where the Heart Is 4:35 4.) A Natural Thing 3:11 5.) Philadelphia Lawyer 6.) 14 Days 3:56 7.) Stormy Horizons 3:14 8.) On the Road 2:30 9.) A Grandmother’s Love 10.) Newton’s Grove 2:23

Leaning back, enjoying a nice sunny Florida afternoon, I adjusted my headphones and clicked the play button. All of a sudden, a jolt rushed through my body that shot my eyes from their sockets, made my hair stand straight up, and knocked my ass off the chair.
Just about the same time the fiddle churned into a Real Good Way to Lose is when the ash of my burnt flesh began to fall. I crawled back into my chair and as I looked down at the armrests, I realized I was now a long way from home. The Chair began to play, this was no ordinary seat it was an old wooden rocking chair. My glass of soda had become a jar of moonshine. I lifted up the fringes that used to be my eyelashes and could see deep into the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Home is Where the Heart Is started and it was slow ballad that one would expect being so far from my nice porch. I figured I might as well spit the cigarette out of my mouth, replace it with a piece of straw, pick up a banjo, and like some folk may say “If you can’t beat em’, join em’.”
A Natural Thing is so far the biggest hit of the album. This song opens up with some amazing fiddling. Patrick Mcavinue is simply amazing. Any person who has any appreciation for the musical arts would be simply amazed by his work in this song and on this album. It is a “love song” that keeps asking the rhetorical question of Ain’t it strange how love changes you?’ and leaves you with another rhetorical question. You’ll have to listen to it figure that one out.
Philadelphia Lawyer is the first song that I have noticed to be a true ballad. Listening closely to it, will make you laugh at the storyline’s meaning.
The album begins winding down with 14 Days. It starts the songs that bring the listener out on the journeys of life. This feeling is continued though Stormy Horizons and On the Road. The first of the two gave me the picture of being out on a prairie; sitting on the first of a line of horse-drawn wagons with enormous storm-clouds ahead and the things that had to be left behind, only with me in the heart. On the Road is an ode to truck drivers the world over.
A Grandmother’s Love has lyrics that are probably true to each and every one of us. I know they were for me. Just listening to the lyrics had me picturing and almost tearing up at the thoughts the words drove home.
The last song on the album is Newton’s Grove. This song is an instrumental that brings out the bass, the fiddle, banjo, and I believe the mandolin. It is a nice ending reflecting the talents of these master’s skills.
While this is not my style of music, I can certainly appreciate how skilled each of the musicians is. It is Bluegrass/Country or whichever genre you would like to fit it. I would say to anyone reading this give the entire album a listen to before discounting it.

Carrie Underwood Sells Former Franklin, Tenn Home

Carrie Underwood has moved on up in the world and out of her former humble Nashville abode. According to TMZ, Carrie sold off the 3,000 square foot Franklin, Tennessee home she bought back in 2005 after winning “American Idol.” She sold the home for just under $380,000. However, she and Mike Fisher have since made a love nest of their very own. In 2011, Carrie dropped $3.2 Million on 400 acres of land that now boasts their dream home.

LeAnn Rimes Makes Paparazzi Photo Deal

Have you ever noticed that some celebrities are constantly photographed while others are rarely seen in public? I mean, certainly there aren’t a bunch of famous people who are just afraid to ever leave their house for fear of a photo being snapped while they walk their dog or carrying a bag of groceries. 
Most just take it all in stride; thus the same old pics of Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman getting Starbucks, or Taylor Swift shopping. However, LeAnn Rimes is constantly snapped looking lean and showing-off in her bikini bod while lounging and frolicking on the beach. 
Turns out, there’s more than just a little luck involved. According to Radar Online, LeAnn is a bit of an attention seeker.
Apparently, LeAnn tips off photographers of her where abouts ahead of time. Then, the paps simply sell the most flattering pics of the singer to media outlets. This, of course, is all according to “a source.”

Zac Brown Band to Perform National Anthem

Kicking-off one of the most anticipated championship games in the BCS era, Zac Brown Band will perform the national anthem at the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game on Monday, January 7, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium.
The national anthem will highlight the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Countdown to Kickoff prior to the game, which will feature the #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide, and will be broadcast at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN. The national anthem will be performed by four members of Zac Brown Band; Zac Brown, Clay Cook, Jimmy De Martini and John Hopkins.

Eli Young Band’s Jon Jones & Wife Sarah Welcome Son

It was a happy New Year indeed for Eli Young Band’s Jon Jones and wife Sarah! reports that the couple welcomed their first child, a son named Hudson Lennon, on New Year’s Eve at 1:30 pm. Weighing in at 7 lbs., 8 oz. and 21 inches long, Hudson and his parents were home in time to watch the ball drop.
“We are ecstatic about this beautiful baby boy that came into our world,” the couple told People. “Words cannot describe our excitement and joy.” Hudson made his parents wait for his arrival. He was due on Christmas but waited a full week to make his debut.
“Sarah and I feel very fortunate that we were able to stick to our birth plan and have Hudson naturally,” Jon said. “The birth was extremely smooth. We left our house at 10 a.m. for the birthing center when contractions were four minutes apart and he was born just a few short hours later. We had a great birth team who helped us through everything.”


     "Florida is a tropical state.  What that means is there's lots of moisture, dew, rain, dampness, and muscle aches, especially for an older person."  Bob & Sheila of the Smithsonian Institution are 'on the road' in Florida.  "We had a lovely day at the Flamingo Island Flea Market," Sheila piped up.  "Talk about huge.  We saw some really large flea markets in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, but they were sort of dusty, run-down, dilapidated, and even difficult to go to if there was any kind of dampness.  Not so in Florida.  We were asked to perform on their weekly entertainment stage on Sunday. We were surprised, the pay was good, there was a sizable audience, but nothing compared to the size of the flea market itself.  Imagine a long, very wide building about two and a half blocks long.  Spaces on both sides and down the middle.  Now double that.  Whew, it is huge, and the performance center is right in the middle of both these huge 'indoor' buildings.  They had everything from ancient Greek coins to thongs not even as big as a handkerchief."
     "We had a lot of fun performing at the Flamingo Flea Market," Bob added, "they provided the sound, paid us well, and even had a really nice buffet back stage for all the performers.  The show was from Noon to four, and we were on from 3:15pm to 4pm, so it was a very nice experience for us.  The next day was December 31st, and we had a gig playing at the Orange Grove RV Park.  This is a large park in Fort Myers, and actually in an orange grove.  The little tree at our park-site had quite a few oranges on, but they were pretty sour.  The 'new' orange is a very sweet one called honey-bell.  It was the gig that was so difficult.  We're definitely not a dance band, never have been, and the New Year's Eve program called for a huge pot-luck, some 'fun' with the park denizens, and then us for an hour. We were doing just fine until a very loud lady stood up and yelled, "can't you play anything new?"  I said since we were hired to perform the "Traveling Museum of Music" as proposed by the Smithsonian, there wouldn't be much 'new' music.  As Sheila said, this was gig from hell number two.  The very loud lady sat back down, but she had about a dozen co-horts with her.  They never stopped making noise until we were finished.  The Activities Director was so angry, even though they paid us well for the New Year Gig, he found a 'tip' jar, and went to the loud woman, demanding she put in or stay out of the clubhouse, we would up with several more hundred dollars before the night was through."
     "New Year's Eve was really loud outside the gates of where we were at," Bobbie Lhea added. "Fireworks everywhere.  Then dad said, wait a minute, that sounded like a gun.  And sure enough, there were lots of guns being fired.  In the next day's newspaper, there were lots of people complaining about it, saying those bullets they shot in the sky, falls down somewhere, and they didn't want them smashing through their roof or their head.  Dad managed to get us a budget lunch at his favorite spot, Panera Bread.  He won't let us order drinks, so I get a glass of ice water with lemon in it, and by adding a little sugar, I had a nice lemonade."

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