Monday, June 17, 2013

JARED ASHLEY WELCOMES FIRST CHILD

JARED ASHLEY WELCOMES FIRST CHILD

 

(Nashville, TN) JUNE 17, 2013 – Fathers Day 2013 took on a whole new meaning for Blaster Records singer and songwriter Jared Ashley and his wife Taylor.  The couple, who have been married since May 2011, welcomed their first child, daughter Georgia McClain Ashley, to the family. The 7 lb. 2 oz. 19” baby girl was born the evening of Sunday, June 9 in Nashville to the first time parents.

“This whole process has been and continues to be such an amazing experience,” confides Ashley to Country Weekly. “I never imagined I could love someone so much in an instant.  I just pray she grows up to look like her mother!”

Jared and his wife Taylor both grew up in Georgia - the namesake of their first-born. Ashley’s just released single, “Last Train To Memphis,” is currently at radio and iTunes now.

ABOUT JARED ASHLEY: Born in Hobbs, NM, near the oil fields of the West Texas border, Jared Ashley relocated to Newnan, GA with his father as a small child. After high school, Jared joined the Navy, where he served for four years including two tours of duty in the Persian Gulf.  When not on duty, he would practice guitar while away at sea and play acoustic gigs at George’s Country Bar in Yokosuka, Japan. Jared’s genuine love of music and songwriting led him to Nashville’s thriving scene where he landed a regular weekend gig onstage at the world famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. With time and dedication, Jared developed a loyal touring and fan base, which gave him the chance to further hone his songwriting and live performance talents. The singer and songwriter counts Alan Jackson and Bob Seger as strong musical influences, which proves evident on his melodically haunting debut single “Last Train To Memphis.” Co-penned along with Nick Sturms and Jeremy McComb, the song is featured on his forthcoming album for Blaster Records, expected to launch in early 2014.  With a driving edgy vocal and lyrical prowess to match, Jared is a seasoned live act, playing over 150 dates a year.

LoCash Cowboys Bus Crash

Country's LoCash Cowboys Involved in Serious Bus Crash

Duo Just Completed New York Media Run In Promotion of Debut Album Scheduled for Release Tomorrow, June 18

Upcoming Media Includes "Better TV," Fox News Network’s
"Fox 411," GAC’s “Daily Countdown,” Renegade Radio Nashville Live Album Premiere, and More
 
 
Nashville, TN, June 17, 2013….Country duo LoCash Cowboys were involved in a serious bus accident Friday, June 14. The duo was on the interstate enroute to a show in Marinette, Wisconsin when the right front tire popped propelling the bus across a 10-foot median, two lanes of traffic, and over a 4-foot wall into a ditch. No serious injuries to the band and crew were reported, and all remaining shows throughout the weekend went off without a hitch thanks to the band's determination and several rental cars.
 
“The bus driver was really the hero in all of this,” stated the duo’s Chris Lucas. “He manhandled the bus and miraculously somehow kept it from flipping over.” LoCash’s Preston Brust added, “It was unbelievable. The driver literally saved our lives.”
 

LoCash Cowboys Tourbus

The duo just wrapped up a New York media run for their self-titled Average Joes Entertainment album set for release tomorrow, June 18. Upcoming high-profile media appearances promoting the new album include “Better TV,” and GAC’s “Daily Countdown,” scheduled for broadcast Tuesday June 18 (check local listings); Fox News Network’s “Fox 411 Country Round Up,” distributed to Fox affiliates and posting online starting today, Renegade Radio Nashville’s  Live Album Premiere June 18, and more.

HANK WILLIAMS JR. AND BLASTER RECORDS TEAM UP WITH NAPA AUTO PARTS

HANK WILLIAMS JR. AND BLASTER RECORDS
TEAM UP WITH NAPA AUTO PARTS


HANK WILLIAMS JR.’s LATEST RELEASE OLD SCHOOL NEW RULES SET FOR RETAIL IN NAPA AUTO PARTS LOCATIONS
 
NASHVILLE, TN (June 17, 2013) — In a marketplace where the music business has turned its focus to digital marketing, Hank Williams Jr. and Blaster Records will distribute Williams’ latest music project Old School New Rules among participating NAPA Auto Parts locations starting in June. 

“This is the first time music is going to be available at NAPA Auto Parts stores,” says country music icon Hank Williams Jr.  “NAPA customers are my fans.  I am glad that my CD’s are going to be sold there and right next to the Blaster products.”

In celebration of this ‘first-time’ offering at NAPA Auto Parts, Hank Williams Jr. joined Blaster Corporation executives at the recent NAPA/Balkamp buyers convention in Indianapolis. 

“We look forward to introducing Hank’s music to the NAPA customers as well as displaying our latest products in the stacker promotion,” said Tom Porter, CEO.

Never one to stay silent for long, Hank Williams Jr., hits the road this summer on select exclusive dates.  See if Hank is rolling into a city near you, and get your tickets fast!

2013 Hank Williams Jr. Tour Schedule 
(check website for updates and additional dates)

06/21 Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
06/28 Detroit, MI - The Fox Theatre
06/29 Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion
07/12 Pensacola, FL - Pensacola Civic Center
07/13 Orlando, FL - UCF Arena
07/19 Atlantic City, NJ - Caesars Circus Maximus Theatre
07/20 Fredericksburg, VA - Job.com Pavilion
07/26 Southhaven, MS - Snowden Gove Park
07/27 Guthrie Center, IA - Guthrie’s River Ruckus
08/17 Tower, MN - Fortune Bay Resort Casino
08/24 Beaumont, TX - Lamar University
08/31 Portsmouth, VA - Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
09/01 Cherokee, NC - Harrah’s Cherokee
09/06 Concho, OK - Lucky Star Casino
09/07 Newkirk, OK - First Council Casino
09/13 Bossier City, LA - Horseshoe Casino & Hotel
09/14 Biloxi, MS - IP Casino Resort and Spa

FREE BOURBON IN KENTUCK FOR DIERKS BENTLEY FANS

DIERKS BENTLEY SHARES “BOURBON IN
KENTUCKY” WITH FANS LIVE FROM HIS
MUSIC VIDEO SHOOT TODAY

Bentley’s New Single “Bourbon In Kentucky”
is Available for Purchase Across All Digital Platforms Now
 
 
Nashville, TN – June 17, 2013 – Award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley will live chat with fans tonight from the set of the "Bourbon in Kentucky" music video shoot in Nashville, TN.  Fans can join the chat beginning
at 6:00P CT by visiting dierks.com/stream to stream, ask questions and go behind the scenes on the set as Bentley preps for the overnight shoot.   The lead single that's garnering early acclaim for Bentley's breakthrough vocal performance is also now available across all digital platforms.

“Bourbon In Kentucky” is the lead single off Bentley’s upcoming seventh studio album RISER, due this fall. It explores the dark internal emotions of loss and disconnection told through an intense vocal performance by Bentley.  People has already claimed the song one of it's "Hot Picks" and awarded it handsomely with 3 out of 4 stars.

Since moving to Nashville, Bentley has forged his own artistic path in an industry built predominantly on formula. He has mixed elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, maintaining an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound. His album HOME debuted at No. 1 and spawned three consecutive chart-topping hits, marking 10 career No. 1 songs for Bentley as a singer and songwriter. His five previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies, garnered 11 GRAMMY nominations and earned him an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry. Bentley will pick back up in July on the Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley: Locked & Reloaded Tour through October.

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ON THE ROAD JUNE 17. 2013


ON THE ROAD
IN MID-AMERICA WITH SMITHSONIAN RECORDING ARTISTS BOB & SHEILA EVERHART
 
     Mapleton, Iowa...."Father's Day in America is quite a deal, especially if you are a father.  I guess everyone knows that Sheila (my wife) and I have a 16-year old daughter, Bobbie Lhea, who is constantly on me about this 'budget lunch' thing.  I know, I know, but we only do that once a week, and this week I surprised her.  Anyway, back to 'Father's Day,' which also happens to be me and Waylon Jennings birthday.  Waylon would have been 76, I was 77.  Waylon couldn't make it, but Sheila, Bobbie Lhea, and I were off 'on the road' to Mapleton, Iowa, where Francis & Jeannie Hahn live. Gathered there in a small rural town were a couple hundred people honoring their 60th wedding Anniversary.  Lo and behold, who's playing the music for this large gathering, none other than the Kenastons, without a doubt one of our very best country music groups in the entire upper Midwest.  Roger had his Dobro and his acoustic guitar, Sharon had her acoustic guitar, and Dale Eichor was on bass.  Boy, talk about some good country music.  We were surprised to see them in Mapleton, because the Wahoo, Nebraska, festival they host starts next Thursday, so they played a great set and then were off to Wahoo, Nebraska, perhaps some of you know this town as the home office of David Letterman, on national CBS Television.  Or whatever.  We'll head over on Wednesday because there are some terrific jams at this festival.  The Kenastons concentrate on the dances, but they also present some terrific entertainment on their outdoor main stage.  Leona Williams (former wife of Merle Haggard and one of his best songwriters) is there Thursday along with her son Ron.  So, right off the bat, we know it's going to be a fun time for us.  It goes June 20 through June 23rd, so it's going to be a good one.  Sheila and I will be performing too,"
     "We're also getting ready for our July 5th show here at the Oak Tree," Sheila added.  "It's going to be a special Independence Day celebration for us.  The very last flag to fly in Viet Nam will be here, along with the guy who brought it out, and the unbelievable story behind this.  Also our old friend Lee Muller, the Kansas Tornado will be on, and a very special guest, Jackie Shewey who is still in line for a liver transplant, but she's going to be here, so come and see a super neat show on July 5th at the Oak Tree in Anita, Iowa, showtime 7pm."
     "Dad did surprise me," Bobbie Lhea piped up.  "He got some really delicious croissant sandwiches at the Casey's He had a 'Tuna Salad,' mom had a 'Chicken Salad,' and I had an 'Egg Salad.'  They were sooooo good, and the croissant tasted like they had just made them.  They cost $3.99 each, and boy was dad grinning, because he said I could have my choice from the drink selection.  Yep, this time budget lunch was delicious."
Bob & Sheila Everhart ON THE ROAD www.ntcma.net

MID-AMERICA PLACES TO GO-PLACES TO SEE


MID-AMERICA PLACES TO GO-PLACES TO SEE
 
I'm going to try to expand some closer in time items here:
 
June 20-21-22-23 -SPECIAL PICK 16th  Wahoo Country Music Show - Traditional Country, Bluegrass, & Gospel, featuring Leona and Ron Williams (Thursday night only) plus: Terry Smith, Liz talley, Jack Nelson, Margie LeBlanc, Jake Simpson and the Jenny Simms Band, Paul Anderson, Jim Barnes, Mike Behnk, Mary Channer Paul, Norville Dollar, Dale Eichor, Dave Elifrits, Bob & Sheila Everhart, Francis Hahn, Eldon Hardekopf, Mark & Sue Jenkins, Jay Kelly, Bill & Suzy Kreitz, Maggie Marx, Midnight Riders, Chari Miles, Lee Muller, big John & Connie Pedersen, Dennis Perry, Erivin Pickhinke, Tex & Mary Schutz, Jackie Shewey, Dan Steele, Jerry Stevenson, Stranger Creek Band, Three 4 All; Jerry Virden, Danney Williams, Lorraine Worth, and many more!  Three stages host more than 250 regional performers!  Danciest Dance in the West Friday and Saturday nightrs, Gospel Show and featured performers on Sunday.  Tickets: Daily $15; Week long pass $50; 16 and under free / Camping: with electricity $12 a day, rough camping $8 a day.  Information from Sharon Kenaston 402-936-0638
July 4 - Lund Seeds Old-Time 4th of July Gathering, Anita, Iowa - Potluck 5:30pm followed by an old-time country show featuring members of the Oak Tree Opry.
July 5 - Oak Tree Opry, Anita, Iowa - Super Independence Day Show featuring the very last flag that flew over Vietnam, the story behind it, and the young officer that brought it home.  Also full stage show featuring Lee Muller the Kansas Tornado; Jackie Shewey Pride of the Prairie; Marge Lund the yodeling lark; David Green old-time country; Rick & Harriette Andersen; Bob & Sheila Everhart; and House of Cash songwriter Francis Hahn.
July 6 - Gayville, South Dakota, Music Hall - John & Susan McNeill and Bob & Sheila Everhart concert
July 13-14 - Jhul's Farm - Arbor Under the Trees Country Music Fest for Damascus Road Ministry. Huge number of performers including Terry Smith composer of "Far Side Banks of Jordan" for Johnny & June Carter Cash
Bob Everhart - www.ntcma.net

Country Music News by Bob Everhart


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

There's quite a bit happening in the world of traditional, classic, and old-time country music.
RAY PRICE is back in the hospital in Nashville.  All prayers are appreciated.  Like Naomi Judd, he is very aware of the integrity of the word "country" as it should mean in the form of music.  He just had a kidney stone attack, probably caused by his recent dehydration.  We will keep you posted on how he is doing.
NAOMI JUDD speaks out about CMT's complete disregard for country music fans.  I mentioned in our last newsletter about 'what' exactly is 'country' about CMT's award show?  Marty Martel (who by the way is going into America's Country Music Hall of Fame this year, hopefully along with Naomi Judd) recently let us all know about Naomi's 'letter to the editor' that she wrote.  Here's Naomi's letter, under the banner "CMT Awards did a disservice to country fans, and George Jone's legacy.  "George Jones is to country music what The Beatles are to pop, the Rolling Stones to rock, Elvis to rockabilly, Mozart to classical, and Aretha to soul.  Yet, the "COUNTRY" Music Television awards show allowed only a "by the way" mention of Jones' death and legacy.  Incongruously, they chose alternative music group the Mavericks to perform their very short version of George's "The Race Is On."  True country music fans are a loyal bunch and are passionate about our roots and heritage.  Every year, CMT includes artists of unrelated genres, many of whom some country music fans don't even know.  I suggest the CMT Awards show change its name.  Perhaps to "the Multi-Genre Awards Show Featuring Artists under 30."  I realize speaking out will cause me to now be forever banned by CMT.  But I'm tired of folks messing with my country music.  Especially when it involves my dear friend George Jones.  Naomi Judd, Leiper's Fork 37064"......... Marty Martel went on to add to Naomi's perfectly legitimate statement, which I on behalf of the entire National Traditional Country Music Association endorse. 
"Naomi's letter brought attention to the fact that CMT who has annually stunk up the television with their so-called awards shows and their rock n Roll grouping of names that do not even belong on this show, but I guess when you are in dire need of better ratings, you will do anything.  Thank you Naomi for speaking out and for standing up for what country music stands for.  Now, where are the other artists who have been a part of the country music industry for the good years, when paying tribute to artists who had passed on was a part country music history.  George Jones got a short remembrance, and Jack Greene was totally ignored.  And to have the Mavericks sing any version of "The Race Is On" was not right.  CMT has been shaming country music for years with their awards show for loud music, funky artists that don't have a clue how to spell country music let alone sing it.   Their show is so bad that it leaves a bad taste in the mouth of country music, but it jacks up the ego's of many of the new artists, not all of them, but a bunch of them.  The attendance at these shows is large because the fans come to Nashville to see their favorite country music stars, but no one flies the banner of the legends, the veterans, or those who have passed on.  CMT's producers and talent directors will have to come up with a much better production plan before they can compete with CMA or ACM.  If Naomi Judd is worried about what the effect of her letter will have for her future appearances on CMT, she need not worry.  Being banned from CMT is not her loss.  The change in country music has been drastic over the past 5-10 years and the price we are paying is evident in what we see on these award shows.  Marty Martel"
I couldn't agree more, and we are now trying to get Naomi to let us induct her into America's Country Music Hall of Fame.  Marty Martel too.  She should join the many who have made the trek to Iowa to participate in this wonderful opportunity to honor those that 'really' have made a contribution to this musical genre that is so much a part of rural America.  Of all the acts that were on the CMT award show, I can not see any one of them knowing anything about rural America from whence country music came.  Can you?
Here's a classic country genius.  MERLE HAGGARD was (and still is) an outlaw in country music, but his standards, his songs, his style, his voice, his being, has continually been a 'from rural America' creation.  We call him the "Hag" but now we can call him 'Doctor Hag."  Haggard was presented an honorary doctorate June 14th by California State University in Bakersfield.  The 'doctor of fine arts' honor was conferred during School of Arts & Humanities commencement ceremonies that also celebrated the late Buck Owens.  The university does not bestow honorary doctorates posthumously, so Owens was instead awarded their President's Medal.  The music of both Haggard and Owens exemplifies country music's "Bakersfield Sound" which to most of us is definitely a 'Rural American Creation."  I suspect both Buck and Merle would agree with that.
Do you remember the 'Wilders?'  I suspect many of our upper Midwesterners do, they were a fantastic acoustic traditional country group that also played some bluegrass.  The Wilders came to our festival while we were still in Missouri Valley, and they performed brilliantly, and continued to do that until 2011 when they decided 'they were going on an indefinite hiatus.'  That means they broke up.  Do you remember that incredible fiddler they had in the band.  Her name is Betse Ellis.  She has just announced that she is going to try 'going solo.'  Probably going to be difficult after playing with the Wilders for fifteen years, but still, she is one fantastic fiddler, and I for one will definitely be looking forward to what she will be doing.  Betse announced "I can play a whole evening - two sets of solo material.  I travel around with two fiddles, and then I play my tenor guitar and sing - sing with the fiddle as well.  Between that and storytelling, a night goes by pretty quickly."  I'll just bet it does, and I'd definitely like to see that.  What that also probably means is that she now has to take some chances, especially performing with musicians she doesn't even know.  But she says taking these kinds of musical risks keeps things interesting.  "There's that fear factor of doing things that I'm not sure if its gonna work out, but it's kind of important to me on an ongoing basis to put myself in a place where I'm not quite sure," she said.  "And that type of challenge -maybe that's a bit addicting.  I think.  So, most of the time it works out great, and that's the other thing about live music, too: if it doesn't work out great, it's OK, it's just a moment.  It's past.  It's gone."  While Betse grew up in Arkansas, she didn't listen to or play Ozark Mountain music.  She grew up listening to a lot of rock and even some punk music.  Her new CD "High Moon Order" is about hearing the love stories of people she meets on the road and turning them into music.  She says this kind of songwriting method was inspired by the founder, the patriarch of the legendary Carter Family Band.  That's what A.P. Carter did," she explained. "He drove the mountains there in Virginia and surrounding states, just in his region and met with people and collected songs from them.  And then turned them into the songs that the Carter Family recorded and so many people throughout this country and beyond just absolutely loved.
Randy Travis is back in the news, he has just delivered a hit with the surprise debut of the George Jones tribute song "Tonight I'm Playing Possum."  According to Travis, "It was an honor when I received a request to record this tribute to George Jones, and after I heard how well Keith Gattis had written it, I was excited to record it."  Travis sang the song for his fans at the CMA Music Festival, which happened during the "Remembering George Jones" segment on Friday of the festival, which included Nancy Jones (George's widow). The record should be out this fall.
Joining Randy Travis at another spell binding performance at the Ryman, was Lisa Matissa, as she entertained fans with the Johnny Cash classic "Home Of The Blues."  According to John Carter Cash, "Lisa's performance to honor my father was amazing.  This was the first time I met her, and from a quick rehearsal to hitting the stage of the Ryman she had us all listening intently from the first note."  Lisa shared the stage with Randy Travis, Carlene Carter (she came to be with us when we were in Missouri Valley), the Oak Ridge Boys, and John Carter Cash.
I've been following the business of Century II Records in Nashville, and it's pretty astonishing.  One of our good friends, Allen Karl, from Maryland, created Century II Records, and he and Donna Cunningham have turned out some absolutely delightful classic and traditional country songs.  Something is happening here, they are garnering some incredible European chart action, and adding other artists to the mix has created some interesting observations.  Bobby Rice's new release "Down In Texas" has been doing amazingly well, and I can tell you, if you don't already know, the Rural Roots Music Commission has selected this project for their "Classic Honky-Tonk" Single of the Year. According to Allen, not only is he and Donna coming to LeMars for the big festival, he's doing everything he can to make it possible for Bobby Rice to be there.  Now get this.  One of our favorite singers of great classic country music is Jim Ed Brown a monumental favorite of the Grand Ole Opry.  Jim Ed has joined the cast of artists on Century II Records, his new release "In Style Again" is not only up on all the music charts, especially in Europe, it too is under consideration by the Rural Roots Music Commission.  He just sang his new hit on the Grand Ole Opry, and did a number of interviews with the European Radio Stations confederation.  Wouldn't that be something if the RRMC gave him a CD of the Year award.  He was just with us in LeMars in 2011, and he did a magnificent job.  Just him, an acoustic guitar, and a stool, and it was absolutely incredible.  Boy did that huge audience love him.  Keep your fingers crossed.
Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife Tish are getting divorced after 19 years of marriage.  Tish filed the papers this time citing irreconcilable differences.  Billy filed three years ago for similar reasons but then withdrew them.  They have five children, among them Miley Cyrus who worked for Walt Disney for quite awhile. This time around Miley is showing support for her mother, and plans to be a pillar of strength for her. 
You know that John Rex Reeves (Jim Reeves nephew) is one super Jim Reeves song singer.  He will be at the Oak Tree on October 11th.  He will also be at the Fremont Festival at the Christensen Field House on October 4-5-6.  He has been a constant favor on RFD-TV as you probably also know, and you also probably know that David Church is a favorite RFD-TV performer.  Church has a song out called "The Old Red White & Blue" which is climbing the charts on Reverbnation.com.  This is a very popular music website, and his song is now resting at #45, and #47 on Globel Country Charts.  Church wrote the song, inspired by a story he heard about some of the struggles the veterans are having after returning from recent wars.  He wanted to write a song to thank them for their service.  He is making a huge connection with fans of what they now call 'Retro Country Music" which is a definite return to traditional and classic country music and the sounds that kind of music makes.  He is 'Midwest Country's' most requested artist , and is broadcast on Dishnet, DirecTV, and thousands of cable networks to over 60-million viewers every time he appears.  He was with us at our festival when we were in Missouri Valley.  His wife Lisa, is a terrific Patsy Cline style singer.  David does some classic Hank Williams.  Aside from RFD-TV, David and Lisa have also appeared on other television shows, including 'Kelly's Kountry Junction' and 'Video Jukebox.'
If CMT doesn't get to it, looks like WNSH-FM in New York City is prepped to do some country music.  Hasn't been a country station in this huge city for quite a few years, and this station, according to Lady Antebellum (they do do some classic country occasionally don't they) say they feel proud to be country on this NYC station.
Have to get in a little about me since it's my birthday. BIRTHDAY...yes, birthday.  A production company making a documentary about the song "Happy Birthday To You" is challenging the copyright to the famous song.  "Good Morning to You" productions is working on a film tentatively titled "Happy Birthday" and it argues in a lawsuit filed June 13, that the song should be "dedicated to public use and in the public domain."  I couldn't agree more.  The company is seeking monetary damages and restitution of more than $5-million dollars in licensing fees collected by Warner/Chappel Music, Inc.  The Guiness World Records calls this song the most famous song in the English language.  The film company filed the lawsuit after having to pay Warner/Chappell a $1,500 licensing fee and sign an agreement to use the song in a scene or face a penalty of $150,000.  That means anytime you sing this song to your grandma or grandpa or anybody, you could be asked to pay this corrupt company $1,500.  Of course it's in the public domain, have they forgotten what the public domain is?  Public domain is constant use by the public.  If that song doesn't qualify, I don't know what does.
OK, here's my complaint.  I wrote and recorded a song I called "Time After Time" for Moses Asch and Folkways Records (which would become Smithsonian-Folkways) in 1980.  Published by Royal Flair Music, BMI, my own publishing company in garnered a Grammy nomination.  In the tag-line that the Smithsonian wrote about that album, they said "Everhart is a traditional country singer with an ensemble  of banjo, fiddle, dobro, dulcimer, mandolin, and bass."  Then along came Cyndi Lauper who recorded a song called "Time After Time" (quite a bit like mine) in 1984, and she just recently sang it in concert in a Broadway production called "Kinky Boots" and she was playing the dulcimer. That's not fair.
Bob Everhart - www.ntcma.net

PIONEER MUSIC MUSEUM, ANITA, IOWA, USA


PIONEER MUSIC MUSEUM, ANITA, IOWA, USA
We finally got the museum cleaned up from the robbery, at least enough to get it back open, so that's exactly what we did.  We still need to do some ceiling repair, as well as the roof, but we'll get to that as soon as we can.  Lots of our guests at the Oak Tree Opry went across the street to see the 'new' display-additions of Hall of Famers; Lynn Anderson, Michael Martin Murphey, John Rex Reeves (nephew of Jim Reeves who will be doing a concert at the Oak Tree later this year), Charley McCoy (What an incredible harmonica player.  He likes to call it the French Harp, he speaks French fluently, and just returned from a tour that included a number of concerts in Paris); and a host of other great traditional and classic country music performers.  We are still distressed that the thieves took Patsy Montana's guitar, Johnny Cash's harmonicas, June Carter's finger picks, and Tom Swatzell's Dobro.  It's just so cruel to break into a museum and take these kind of wonderful memory items to try to sell and make a few dollars.  Wow, those people must be in bad straits to do that.  Anyway, we've recovered as best we can, and still have a lot of other items to put in, like Jim Ed Brown's really early LP that he autographed especially to the museum.  He's got a terrific new CD out, and a single from it "In Style Again," which I have forwarded to the Rural Roots Music Commission. This song sounds like it was written especially for him, and it is soooo good.  We have a little more work to do on the museum, our "Pioneer Music Museum" sign needs to be re-painted, and we have a crack on the brick façade that fronts the building that needs to  be repaired, and of course the roof and the ceiling tiles.  Any donations or contributions are of course all tax deductible.  Arlyn Lund was asking me the other day about finding funding for the repairs, asking since I knew so many people in country music weren't there some really rich ones that could help fix the museum.  I told  him I didn't know cause I didn't ask.  Well he said, you should, so there, I am.  By the way, his wife Marge Lund, who does such a good job singing at the Oak Tree, also had her display photo put up in the museum.  Like her, it looks good.  Help if you can.  Bob Everhart  www.ntcma.net

OAK TREE PERFORMANCE CENTER, ANITA, IOWA, USA


OAK TREE PERFORMANCE CENTER, ANITA, IOWA, USA
We just had the incredible traditional country singer Red Johnson at the Oak Tree Opry in Anita, Iowa.  You might remember he recorded "There's A Grand Ole Opry Show Playing Somewhere" for Capitol Records, and he's still going strong.  This was a very busy weekend in our little area of America, the big 'Antique Walk' was taking place in Walnut, Iowa.  That alone draws thousands and thousands of people for the entire weekend.  This small town, where we once owned the opera house, fills the streets with antique vendors.  It's amazing to see all of this take place.  Also the College World Series is on in Omaha, Nebraska, which is another of those incredibly huge attendance record setters.  Both Sheila and I like the College Series, these young guys really like, and know how, to play great baseball.  The weather wasn't all that great for us in Anita, Iowa where our Oak Tree is located, and was raining so hard when the show was over the folks could hardly get to their cars.  So we had a small drop in attendance, but not enough to put anyone off.  Our next show is July 5th, and it's going to be one super-great show celebrating Independence Day.  That's our 4th of July celebration honoring the signing of the Declaration of Independence, our freedoms, and our actual declaration of being our own country on planet earth. Things have sure changed since that all happened in 1776 when we decided we no longer were part of the British Empire.  Our July 5th show will feature the last flag that flew over Vietnam, the story of how it got out of Vietnam, and the young officer that brought it home. Our special guests will be Lee Muller from Kansas who is known for the song "Black Diamond Strings" and Jackie Shewey who does her own original "Just Look At Old Glory."  Both have terrific CD's, and they are both terrific performers of classic and traditional country music, right down the Oak Tree's alley.  Reserved seats are still only $10 at 712-762-4363.  Sheila also has those great Polish Sausages in the concession stand along with super-good Ballpark hot dogs, done the European way with lots of pickle relish, mustard, and ketsup.  It's going to be a super fun 5th of July for us."  Bob Everhart www.ntcma.net

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