Monday, July 1, 2013

ICM FAITH, FAMILY AND COUNTRY AWARDS

ICM FAITH, FAMILY AND COUNTRY AWARDS
SET FOR OCTOBER 24TH

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 1, 2013) – The Inspirational Country Music Association celebrates its 21st anniversary during ‘country music month’ in Nashville, Tenn., with newly-announced expansion of award show categories.  The 2013 ICM Faith, Family and Country Convention and Awards will take place at Two Rivers at Opryland in Music City on Oct 20-24, 2013; with the 19th annual Inspirational Country Music Awards taking place on October 24, 2013, at Two Rivers.

The ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards semi-finalists were released today, with the added categories of Mainstream Country Male, Mainstream Country Female, and Mainstream Country Group/Duo.

“At this time, more and more mainstream artists are releasing positive messaged songs that bring Faith, Family, and Country into their music and we felt it to be appropriate to recognize these artists for their efforts in bringing such a message to their audience,” says Jason Higgins, ICM Executive Director.

The ballot, voted on by ICMA members, includes a stellar array of major names in a broad group of categories that include entertainer, artist, new artist, song, songwriter, group, duo,  musician, radio, radio station, film and television honors.  Major artist semi-finalists for this year’s awards include Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Josh Turner, Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Oak Ridge Boys, Thompson Square, among others.  In addition, top name bluegrass artists Ricky Skaggs, Dailey & Vincent, Rhonda Vincent, The Roys, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and more have made the semi-finals for the Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year category.

There will be many events and activities throughout the week taking place in the immediate area, including the annual ICM Faith, Family and Country Talent Show, The Power Source #1 Party and Media Appreciation Luncheon, the annual membership breakfast, seminars, incredible live music and much more. The Inn at Opryland will serve as this year’s host hotel and is centrally located to great food, shopping and downtown Nashville!

“I truly love Nashville and all the benefits it has to offer our attendees,” adds Higgins. “We are excited about our expansion plans and look to making this year’s events even better than ever!”

Every year, this week draws music fans, media and the industry’s top artists to Nashville where they showcase music and discuss industry related issues. The Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards Week is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent among artists who perform Inspirational and Christian Country music which is inspired by Faith, Family, and Country ™. The first awards ceremony back in 1993 (CCMA Awards at that time) began with a humble six awards including the “Pioneer Award” (Oak Ridge Boys), “Male Vocalist of the Year” (Bruce Haynes), “Female Vocalist of the Year” (Teri Lyn), “Christian Country Song of the Year” (Rodeo Preacher – Bruce Haynes), “Group of the Year” (White River), and “Songwriter of the Year” (Paul Overstreet). Today the award show (currently the Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards) has expanded to include over twenty awards including “Entertainer of the Year,” “Vocal Duo of the Year,” “Vocal Group of the Year,” “Mainstream Country Artist of the Year,” “Mainstream Inspirational Song of the Year,” “Video of the Year,” and “Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year.” In addition the ceremony now honors new artists, youth, radio stations and personalities, movies, television networks, musicians, and videos that have had a large impact on the Inspirational and Christian country music genre. Over the years past winners include Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, Ken Holloway, Marty Raybon, T. Graham Brown, Steve Wariner, Johnny Cash, The Fox Brothers, Soggy Bottom Boys, Randy Travis, Darryl Worley, Josh Turner, Tim McGraw, Craig Morgan, George Strait, Point of Grace, The Roys, Carrie Underwood, Justin Moore, and many more.

RODNEY ATKINS SUN, SAND AND A SALUTE

RODNEY ATKINS’ AMERICA’S HEROES CELEBRATION: SUN, SAND AND A SALUTE TO THE MILITARY FAMILY
 
Rodney Atkins
Photo Credit: Philip Wages
 
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. –  (Monday, July 1, 2013) Enjoy a weekend of music, food and fun on Jekyll Island this August for Rodney Atkins' America's Heroes Celebration Weekend. Dedicated to the brave men and women who serve in our nation’s military, this weekend celebration will bring together families and friends for several exciting events including a spotlight for one of the biggest names in country music.
 
Throughout the weekend of August 16 - 18, artists will perform at a variety of venues around the island, ending with a concert from country music all-star Rodney Atkins. On Sunday, August 18, Atkins will rock the stage of the Jekyll Island Convention Center to entertain crowds in a mega-salute to the men and women of our military.
 
The east Tennessee-native will rock the Jekyll Island Convention Center stage with songs off his yet-to-be-released new album, in addition to hits such as "Take a Back Road," "Farmer's Daughter" and "These are My People." Atkins will take the stage at 5 p.m., following opening act Rose Falcon, who will begin at 4 p.m.
 
Tickets will go on sale at 9 p.m. Monday, July 1. Advance tickets will be $39 for General Admission, $29 for Military Appreciation General Admission, $54 for Regular Reserved Seating, and $44 for Military Appreciation Reserved Seating.  Only a limited amount of tickets will be sold.
 
More about the Weekend:
On Friday, August 16, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and Morgan Center will host the Carolina Breakers for the Golden Isles Shag Club's annual Shag-A-Ganza. You can catch them again on Saturday at the free Jekyll Island Beach Party alongside DJ Wayne Bennett while enjoying cool libations, food and games. Later that night, headliner Dean Torrence, of Jan & Dean Torrence, will light up the stage at the Jekyll Island Convention Center at 7 p.m.

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JAMIE SLOCUM, O CANTOR DE CRISTO (PORTUGUÊS)

JAMIE SLOCUM, O CANTOR DE CRISTO (PORTUGUÊS)
         
    1)Dependence
2)By your side.
    3)I cann'ott  turn way
    4)Say Hélio to havendo
    5)I picture God that way
    6)Fragile.
    7)Once again
    8)Different
     9) Another mountain.
     10)Son of my Owner.
      11)Figth for us
      12)Jesus,take my hand.

                   Há um cantor de Jesus Cristo,chamado Jamie Slocum!
                   Ouvimos o CD ,três vezes!Todas as musicas. No Brasil,muitas musicas Gospel não soam
Sinceras para nossos ouvidos.Com Jamie ,nos não sentimos isto...desde o principio eu senti sinceridade no jeito de cantar ...A primeira musica e excelente,assim como as outras,mas Dependence tem uma maneira de expressar o amor por Jesus ,totalmente diferente.Voz,guitarra,bateria etc tudo ao gosto de Jesus...
                   Por outro lado ,temos também I picture God that way ,que e preciosa também! Sentimos como se estivéssemos face a face com Deus...
                  As outras musicas também são muito boas e muito bem feitas.Destacamos Dependence e I picture God that way neste CD.
                   Jamie ficou onze semanas como o número um no radio e indicado para A musica do ano em 2009(Dove Awards).no site de Slocum vemos escrito...-If God is for us ,Who is against us?
                  Se Deus e por nos,quem será contra nos?Ele e cantor,escritor de musicas e produtor da Grants Pass,Oregon.ele mora em Nashville com a família.O,primeiro álbum foi Sound where under Heaven.Vem por aí uma nova musica chamada You are the reason.Esta musica foi toda feita por Jamie,letra e musica.Jamie tem Jesus e sua família no coracao!Sentimos que ele e sincero em seu jeito de cantar e passou sinceridade em relação a sua fé no Senhor Jesus!
                    Concluindo,nos mudamos um pouco o nosso jeito de ver e sentir a musica Gospel! Porém ,claro que fica um pouco de atenção em relação a muitos que usam a fé para tão somente ganhar dinheiro!
                    Ficam nossos parabéns a Jamie Slocum por ter demonstrado que se pode fazer Musica Gospel bem feita e com muita sinceridade.Pedimos desculpas por não ter mandado a revisão em Português ontem ,por problemas ,digamos ,técnicos...talvez ,mais cansaço do que realmente problemas técnicos....mas ....fica assim problemas técnicos!
                   Jamie Slocum, o Cantor de Cristo! parabéns e fique com Deus!
                    Pará nossos amigos do Brasil,dos Estados Unidos e da Alemanha um grande abraço e fiquem com Deus! Até a próxima oportunidade!  RR(Ronaldo e Regina ) de Campos dos Goytacazes,Brasil para Cointry Music News International.

SARAH DARLING ACCEPTS AWARD

COUNTRY MUSIC ARTIST SARAH DARLING ACCEPTS THE "STAND FOR MUSIC" AWARD FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION (NAfME)
Darling honored by NAfME music education leaders at 2013 National Leadership Assembly in Washington, D.C.
TYSONS CORNER, VA. (Saturday, June 29, 2013) -- Nashville recording artist Sarah Darling  was presented with the "Stand For Music" Award tonight by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) at their 2013 National Leadership Assembly in Washington, D.C. for her commitment to helping to preserve music in our nation's public schools. Darling met with legislative representatives and staff members from her home states of Tennessee and Iowa on Capitol Hill yesterday in hopes of encouraging them to back legislature that keeps music and arts a priority in public school curriculums. 
NAfME President Nancy Ditmer  presented the award saying, "The 'Stand For Music' Award is not given every year, because there's no guarantee that in each 365 day period, there will be a worthy individual. Toting with her the same leave behinds, "Share Your Story" books and legislative requests as the rest of us, Sarah made her way up to Capitol Hill, took on a full slate of visits, and made our case for the success of America's schools. In a time when celebrities and politicians say all the right things but often do not back up their words with actions, Sarah Darling is a wonderful exception. So thank you Sarah. Your assistance will help ensure our next generation will have the same opportunities that you had to develop the diverse array of skills that we know only music education can provide."
From the age of four, Darling aspired to sing country music. She credits those supportive educators in her life that helped nurture that dream through her most vulnerable years. 
"I don't know if I would have had the courage and belief in myself to truly chase after this dream if it weren't for my pre-school teacher,  Sherry Vanderploeg and middle school music teacher Stephanie Rumple. They saw my passion for music and honed my talent, giving me the most incredible gift and chance for success in all aspects of my life," she says. 
"I believe it is so important for our nation's leaders to understand the immense benefit music education has in young people's lives -- no matter what career they pursue. Music entertains, inspires and heals. I'm honored the NAfME has given me the chance to be heard."
Currently promoting her latest single, "Little Umbrellas," (now available on iTunes), country music fans can tune in on Monday, July 1 at 12 p.m. EDT to the homepage of Parade.com for the online exclusive World Premiere of the song's new music video.

MICKEY GILLEY COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

MICKEY GILLEY TO BE INDUCTED INTO AMERICA'S OLD TIME COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

 
     LeMars, Iowa....."1976 was a big year for the National Traditional Country Music Association," says Bob Everhart, current president of the organization. "That was the year of its founding, and it has been running continuously ever since.   It conducts the upper Midwest's most successful festival of early American country, bluegrass, folk, mountain, hillbilly, and western music. There's lots of labels and genres to describe 'country' music, but we are pretty much in the time-frame before it became what it is today.  Thirty-eight years is a long time to keep any kind of event going, and to see Mickey Gilley one of the best known country music piano players ever, to become one with America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame, is indeed a recognition of the importance of the roots of country music.  Mickey Gilley's most prestigious year was that same year the NTCMA was founded, 1976, when the Academy of Country Music awarded him with Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Song of the Year, Top Male Vocalist of the Year, and Music City News proclaimed him the Most Promising Male Artist of the Year.  1976, bicentennial year celebration of the birth of America.  Amazing isn't it, that in 2013, 38 years later, this same man, Mickey Gilley, will be inducted into this kind of Hall of Fame, that emanates from rural America."
     Gilly joins a spectacular star-studded event, that just in the past few years have inducted the likes of Bill Anderson, Jim Ed Brown, Michael Martin Murphey, Lynn Anderson, Charlie McCoy, and the legendary Patti Page.  "I couldn't hardly believe it when Patti Page told me she was coming out of retirement to join us in LeMars, Iowa, for our annual old-time music festival," Everhart said.  "She was such a gracious lady, the one single artist that made the "Tennessee Waltz" an international favorite.  She made the trip just fine, came on stage to a staggering number of people, accepted their standing ovation of appreciation for her contributions to the musical genre they love, and sang some of her favorite songs.  She had to use a cane, but she certainly blossomed as the entertainer she was her entire life.  That was in 2010.  She passed away in 2011, our event was her last performance.  It is so distressing that the largest Hall of Fame for country music only inducts two or three people a year.  We try to honor deserving individuals on many different levels.  International, national, regional. state-wide, even locally.  There are so many incredibly gifted artists in America today, many of them go un-noticed simply because the entertainment world is so locked-up in corporate control.  Locked-out might be a better term."
     Everhart is a strong advocate of keeping America's 'roots' music alive, and no longer refers to contemporary country music as 'country' music.  "We have to place ourselves in a different genre entirely," Everhart said.  "We refer to our music as 'rural' music now.  Mickey Gilley, unlike many country artists today, grew up in that same 'rural' atmosphere.  Natchez, Mississippi, produced not just Mickey Gilley, but his cousin Jerry Lee Lewis who emerged as one of America's most popular rock n' rollers, as well as cousin Jimmy Swaggert who emerged as an evangelist. What's amazing about these three gifted cousins is they all played the piano.  All three developed their own style, their own genre, their own musical personality on the piano.  Certainly not the electric digitalized keyboards of today, but good old-time upright pianos, whose tones and sounds have never been adequately imitated by the electronic revolution."
     Gilley will be inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame at the annual convention/festival that Everhart still directs.  Dates are August 26 through September 1, the full week before Labor Day in LeMars, Iowa.  "It's amazing," said Everhart.  "We started this with just three stages and three days, now we have ten stages and seven days, to accommodate the many pickers and players that come.  There must be well over 600 entertainers, so we start at 9am and go to midnight every day for seven days, and even then we sometimes don't have enough time for all of the participants to get stage time.  We're also very stringent about instruments, they must be acoustic, meaning we can survive even if there isn't any electricity. We've had to relax the rules on a number of occasions, the bass-guitar being a substitute for the upright acoustic bass simply because there are not that many acoustic bass players around.  Add to that the celebrities that attend, and it's a formidable undertaking to say the least.  Joining Mickey Gilley this year is: Joanne Cash (Johnny Cash's younger sister); Ed Bruce (composer of 'Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys"); Terry Smith (composer of 'Far Side Banks of Jordan' for Johnny & June Carter Cash); Michael Martin Murphey (probably America's best and most successful cowboy and western singer); LuLu Roman (from HeeHaw); Kenny Seratt (the man who taught Merle Haggard how to sing like Merle Haggard); and Dr. Harry Yates (founder of Cowboy Church)."
     Everhart likes to include 'beginners' in the celebration.  "We've consistently been aware that any musician or entertainer needs to 'start' somewhere.  Just picking up an instrument doesn't necessarily mean that person will become good at it.  Therefore we have one of our stages devoted to workshops, giving free lessons and instruction on nearly every musical instrument used in early country music.  It's the same with what we call 'jamming.'  One of our most popular jam spots is the "Patio Jam" that almost qualifies as a 'stage' area.  We even have 'contests' for those a little further advanced, and then we have shows, all kinds of shows on no less than ten stages.  Mickey Gilley is one of those gifted entertainers that has already seen what the top looks like.  He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a theater in Branson, induction into the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame, and he appeared in 'Urban Cowboys.'  From where he came, and where he went is absolutely incredible, and we welcome him with open arms as we induct him into "America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame."
     The NTCMA also owns the Pioneer Music Museum where the Hall of Fame is located.  According to Everhart, "We have been offered considerable amounts of money to either sell or move this Hall of Fame to a more touristy area, but we firmly believe that 'country' music should stay in the 'country' and Iowa is one fine 'country' state.  Our problem with the museum is that it's getting so full of mementos and memories of our great country music artists.  We need to expand but we're not quite at that point yet." 
     The NTCMA has a website that also features the Hall of Fame as well as their many activities at www.ntcma.net

ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS JULY 1. 2013


ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS
     "Our past week was filled with a few surprises, not the least of them being palpitations in the heart of Bob Everhart, the person writing this missive.  A quick trip to the hospital in Atlantic revealed some problems with the heart moving blood through the valve that was replaced some 15 years ago.  Now we're looking forward to a trip to the Vet's Hospital in Omaha for a more thorough examination which includes an Echo.  Ever had one of those?  I come out of it black and blue because they have to press so hard with the 'camera' that looks at the heart.  Anyway, we're not so looking forward to that, but at the same time we're absolutely amazed that the heart valve has lasted so long.  Usually they predict 10 years, so we're already five over the ones allocated to us. 
     "On the other hand, we are anxiously looking forward to our July 5th show at the Oak Tree.  This very interesting show features Lee Muller from Kansas, and Jackie Shewey from Nebraska.  Both of them are fine performers, Jackie however is in line for a liver transplant, and is stolidly waiting for that to happen.  Lee and his wife Deanna have taken on the responsibility of raising some of his grandchildren, so both of these artists are under some strain, reason enough to come support them in this time of worry.
     "The real attraction of the show is the presence of the very last American flag that flew over Vietnam.  It's a pretty amazing story, the young Major that salvaged it from the Viet Cong, took it with him through customs in Los Angeles (who tried to take it away), to his office in the Pentagon, then to his office in the CIA, then to his office in the basement in the White House, and then to an office in Nashville, Tennessee, called the House of Cash.  What a story, and he still has the flag with him.  He and the flag will be the centerpiece of entertainment honoring our great country the United States of America, which is under a great attack by atheists as I write this."
     "We definitely had a budget lunch this week," Bobbie Lhea added.  "Dad has been so busy getting things ready for Mickey Gilley to be at the LeMars festival.  First Mickey was coming by himself and would sing with one of our bands. Then he changed his mind and said he would be coming by bus bringing his whole band.  Dad said no electric instruments or drums, so Mickey said OK, I'll just bring my musicians and play acoustically.  Then he said he would bring three girls to sing harmony, could dad get him ten rooms.  Dad said no, so then Mickey said OK, I'll bring two busses then.  Well, mom just cooked up some terrific burgers from the grocery store here in Anita, and they were super good, broiled the good old fashioned way.  I sure didn't mind, they were kind of like her delicious hot dogs that she slow cooks for the shows at the Oak Tree."
Bob Everhart - www.ntcma.net

TRADITION BULLETIN JULY 1. 2013


TRADITION BULLETIN
 
Dr. Ralph Stanley, now 86 years old and still in superb voice (Oooooo Death), will commence his final tour October 16th.  It will run through Dec., 2014, so it's kind of a long tour, but it is projected to encompass more than 80 shows at festivals, folk clubs, and performing arts centers.  It is being billed as "Man of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr's. Farewell.  He will be traveling with the Clinch Mountain Boys, and will no doubt be a fantastic celebration of the life of Dr. Ralph, the mountain music he's made famous and his legacy that will endure the course of time.  I had him on my television show, and he was outstanding, even when he played banjo backing me on a couple of songs.  As for me, I had to change my diapers frequently the whole time he was with us. We've also tried frequently to get him to come to LeMars for induction into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame, but he has always been busy in that time frame.  Maybe next year will be the year since it's his last tour. Over his historic career, he has won virtually every honor America has to bestow on its master musicians, except ours.  He has three Grammy awards, one as best male country vocalist, a category in which he competed with Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Lyle Lovett. I'd have to say that's pretty heavy stuff.  He was the first performer to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in the 21st century, and he is a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.  And those that he has helped along the way....Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Larry Sparks, and Charlie Sizemore just to name a very few.  Come see us Dr. Ralph, we want you in our Hall of Fame too.
 
One of our young country singers from a couple of years ago, Matt Boone from Tennessee (Daniel was his great grandfather), had a mild heart attack.  He's at the Dyersburg Regional Medical Center in Tennessee, but believes it's only a minor attack, still....prayers appreciated.
 
I popped into a interesting experience on the internet regarding Waylon Jennings.  Most fans remember him as being a member of the Highwaymen (also had Johnny Cash in it), but sometimes we forget about another group he was in called the 'Old Dogs.'  That was with Bobby Bare, Mel Tillis, and Jerry Reed.  Shel Silverstein, a tongue in cheek writer if there ever was one, wrote most of that group's music, and then died shortly thereafter.  Anyway that particular album focused on aging gracefully (and maybe not so gracefully), but the song that was listed with the article was one entitled "Me And Jimmie Rodgers."  I hadn't heard it, so I fired it up.  It's pretty humorous, but it's also a touching ode to one of early country music's greatest artists, who eventually was known as the 'Father of Country Music." I was impressed.
 
Johnny Cash just seems to keep popping up all over the place.  The most recent addition to downtown Nashville is the Johnny Cash Museum, and it's been creating a lot of buzz in music city since it opened May 30th.  It's an incredible collection of over 600 artifacts that range from childhood toys to memorabilia from Johnny's last days. You don't suppose this is where our low-life thieves took the harmonicas of Cash that we had in our own museum?  Former Vice President Al Gore visited the museum, and he said "I've seen a lot of museums around the world, this is first class and you will see, you can mark my words, this will become one of the major tourist attractions in Nashville. Another of the visitors to the museum, none other than LuLu Roman, who will be at LeMars this year.
 
Coming to LeMars (with or without Bobby G Rice) is Allen Karl and Donna Cunningham.  They record for Allen's company Century II Records (who also records Jim Ed Brown).  At any rate, their latest release has hit pay dirt and is #1 on the top-200 radio show, a prestigious radio chart in Japan of all places.  Perseverance, performance, and production is giving them a great opportunity to be heard by more and more radio stations and fans.  They were part of this year's CMA Music Fest, singing at the Nashville songwriters gatherings on several days.  they also attended R.O.P.E.'s 'Breakfast With The Stars' where they were visible throughout the event, and as a result have gained new fans to listen to their music.  That's really what it's all about these days....building a fan base.  No one, and I mean no-one in Nashville is going to help an aspiring artist unless that aspiring artist has a few million dollars.  No major label, no recording studio, no press agent, no manager, no radio station, no television, no show...nobody will help you unless you have money up front.  That's not the case with Allen Karl.  He lives in Maryland, but he is putting a new spin on the music business in a big big way.  Of course some of those greed-mongers don't like it, but I'm with and for him all the way.  Both Allen and Donna are country music artists, and they aren't pretenders, they're the real deal. Watch for them at LeMars, you will be astonished at their abilities too.
 
Another 'coming to LeMars' maybe is the Deering Banjo Bus.  It's one of those huge busses made over to be a showcase for Deering Banjos.  They will not only have a great Deering display, they will also offer  banjo lessons, let you try out Deering banjos that will be for sale, even banjo books, etc.  We're trying.
 
Remember David Church and Terri his wife.  They came to Missouri Valley to our festival some years ago.  Since then they have risen quite a bit on that long ladder to fame and fortune via RFD-TV.  They've been most popular on the show that Sheila and I have done six times...."Midwest Country."  Now Church is a featured artist on the Reverbnation.com 'home' page after his song climbed to the top of the charts.  His song "The Old Red White & Blue" rose fast in the charts on one of the world's most popular music websites. David Church (who sounds somewhat like the original Hank) and his wife Terri (who sounds somewhat like the original Patsy) are recognized for making their own music.  David's background is firmly rooted in traditional music with a strong influence from Jimmy Martin, Hank Williams, Marty Robbins and Merle Haggard. This is a really nice couple that keep their country music country, so if you get a chance to see them, don't hesitate, you will enjoy their show thoroughly.  I told Terri I hoped they might make a return trip to LeMars, and she suggested that might happen, but we need to wait awhile until things cool down a bit.
 
Earl Scruggs.  Yes you know who that is.  So do I, I did a show with him in Oklahoma City for the Woody Guthrie Festival.  I know, why do I mention that I know these people.  I'm not bragging, I'm just saying I met them, or worked with them, or know them, or consider them a friend.  You would do the same thing.....wouldn't you?  Anyway, Earl Scruggs Gibson RB-Granada Mastertone banjo will become part of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The banjo, which was Scrugg's primary instrument and has never before been exhibited, will go on display July 12th.  This particular banjo will certainly be in good company in the museum's "Precious Jewels" display.  Already there is Mother Maybelle Carter's Gibson L-5 guitar; Lester Flatt's Martin D-28 guitar; Bill Monroe's Gibson F-5 mandolin; Jimmie Rodger's Martin 00-18 guitar, and Hank Williams Martin D-28 guitar.  It's kind of interesting how Scruggs got his Granada.  He got it in a trade with Don Reno in the late 1940's, and this is the banjo he played on his 1949 recording of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown."  He had another banjo, the one he learned on, which was an open-back 5-string banjo manufactured circa 1900, which belonged to his father. It will go on display in the Earl Scruggs Center, which is scheduled to open in Shelby, North Carolina, later this year.
 
Great news from the Smithsonian-Folkways Recording Company.  Well, yes, this is the label that Sheila and I record for.  They've been very good to us, and even though some of our recordings are getting older now, we still get royalty checks from them regularly.  The great news is....The Seldom Scene...a terrific bluegrass band stationed out of Washington DC, yes same city as the Smithsonian, performed on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival yesterday (June 28) Why this is important is because the Seldom Scene also previewed the group's first album with Smithsonian-Folkways, their very first one.  The album will be available in 2014.  I think Sheila and I are up for an appearance on the Folklife Festival next year, but we're still working on logistics. Anyway, the Seldom Scene played a significant role in popularizing bluegrass music in the Washington DC area for over 40 years.
 
Different kind of music....North Dakota's State Historical Society is considering a plan to buy Lawrence Welk's boyhood home to bring in tourists and preserve the musical legacy of one of the state's most famous sons.  The Legislature this year included $100,000 in the historical society's budget to buy the six-acre parcel in tiny Strasburg.  Welk died in 1992 at age 89, but his television show is still popular in re-runs on public television.
 
While off the beaten path, here's one of interest.  We live next to Atlantic, Iowa, about 12 miles away.  At the Interstate-80 Exit to Atlantic, there used to be about a dozen old railroad passenger cars, all painted purple.  They were called the purple-martin cars, and were moved from Griggsville, Illinois to that location as a tourist attraction.  Sheila and I played there a number of times, they had a nice little performance area, ice cream parlor, a tourism store, a small café, and whole railroad cars full of various birds, not the least of them being purple martins. A guy named David Thebodo was hired in Fairfield, Iowa, as assistant director of fiscal affairs.  He actually grew up in Massachusetts and in 1974 he was among the first out-of-state influx to Maharishi University in Fairfield.  There he studied transcendental meditation with an infused curriculum.  He later moved back to New England for graduate school, but returned to Fairfield with his children, and purchased a local scrap yard in 1989.  Business was not good, so he gradually transformed the business into a rail car brokerage, especially since he now owned the dozen or so passenger cars that failed as a tourist attraction in Atlantic.  And, he kept adding to his collection, adding a dozen or more railroad cabooses.  He formed a Rail Merchants Banner, and eventually received a call from Walt Disney Studios to see if he could supply them with six railroad cabooses.  "Sure" Tehbodo said, and he was in business.  You can see some of the cabooses, as well as some of the purple martin cars in the new movie "The Lone Ranger."  Don't be surprised if you see Johnny Depp running around on the top, or the bottom, or inside one of them. Thebodo also provided rail cars for 2011's "Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon."  Now the procurers of the upcoming fourth movie of the Transformers is asking Thebodo to provide them with a replica of Detroit's automated 'people mover' that circles the city.  No, Thebodo didn't get to rub elbows with Johnny Debb when he visited the film site in New Mexico, but he did get to watch a shoot of a train crash scene where Disney built a replica vintage train engine and an entire Old West town outside of Albuquerque.
 
Patrick Gottsch, formerly of Elkhorn, Nebraska (and still part time) never ceases to amaze me.  He created RFD-TV in 2000 on a shoe-string and took it to a national identity.  Then he started "Rural Television" another similar property to RFD-TV. Now get this....He's going to launch a radio channel through SiriusXM satellite radio.  This move into radio is expected to result in the hiring of 25 people in Omaha, where it will emanate.  Rural Radio will launch July 15 on Channel 80 and include commodity market news, weather, original and classic country entertainment and western sports programming.  Now he has an opportunity to reach SiriusXM's subscriber base which is now at 24.4 million. Patrick expects subscribers to listen in their cars, pickups, tractors, and combines. OK Patrick, please keep a little traditional country music and bluegrass too, on the air.
 
Little Jimmy Dickens begins three weeks of radiation treatments for pre-cancerous conditions on his vocal chords.  The doctors say he will recover, but prayers are always appreciated.
Bob Everhart - www.ntcma.net

THINGS TO SEE - THINGS TO DO JULY 4th - JULY 21st


THINGS TO SEE - THINGS TO DO
July 4th - Lund's Seed Store free potluck and music program, 5:30pm - Just south of Anita, look for signs
July 5th - Oak Tree Opry patriotic dedication to America and her flag 7pm - guests Lee Muller & Jackie Shewey
July 6th - Gayville Theater, Gayville, SD - Bob & Sheila in concert with John & Susan McNeill - NOT a gay community
July 13-14 - Juhl's Rural Gathering at their farm near Remsen.  Great arbor setting, beautiful trees and farm, good
     food at the foodstand.  This is a fundraiser for the Damascus Road Ministry which services prisons in Iowa.  Mark
     & Cheryl Juhl are the movers and shakers.  Worth going to, lots of great entertainment including Terry Smith,
     Rick & Harriette Andersen, Pat Boilesen, Vail Boller, Paul Burnett, Bob & Sheila Everhart, Francis Hahn, Marge
     Lund, Lee Muller, Elaine Peacock, Jackie Shewey, Russ Vande Vegte, ad more. 
July 19 - Incredible show at the Oak Tree in Anita, 7pm - John & Susan McNeill from SD.  Witty-funny-great music
July 20 - Jipps Barn, Aurelia, Iowa 6pm - Bob & Sheila concert in the old barn, public invited
July 20 - 9th annual Heritage Music Fest - Elk Point SD Jefferson School gym, donations at door - Terry Smith, John
     & Susan McNeill, Clarence Hayden, Elaine Peacock, Rick & Harriette Andersen, Wilbur Foss, Bob Baker and more.
July 21 - Hitchcock House, Lewis, Iowa, 2pm - Bob & Sheila concert on the lawn at this underground RR stop
July 21 - PMECI Hawkeye Jamboree, American Legion Hall, Des Moines 1:30pm - good line up of entertainment
Bob Everhart - www.ntcma.net

Pioneer Music Museum


Pioneer Music Museum
We had a couple of visitors from Sarasota, Florida, for a two-hour tour of the museum this past week.  Jim Canaday and his mom came to see what the hullalaboo was all about.  They found it very interesting, and left sizable donations in the donation jar.  Next week we have 14 Red-Hats coming for a tour from the Griswold area. That should be fun, except we don't have chairs or an easy way to relax while the tour is in progress.  We'll do our best to accommodate them.  They'll not have lunch at the Weathervane because the café closes at two, so they will stop somewhere on their way to us for a snack.  We still haven't resolved the leaking roof, though we have received several donations, which we are very thankful for, to help find a way to get it fixed.  We've not had that much rain, a little but not so much, so we don't have any more ceiling tiles falling down, but somehow we have to find a way to get it fixed.  We also have part of the front façade inching away from the building itself.  A couple more years at best before it falls to the sidewalk.  Arlyn Lund and his son Rance have taken on this project, and Arlyn showed me how he thought it easiest to keep the façade attached to the building, and I thoroughly agree with him, and thank him for taking on this responsibility.  We just really need someone in the roofing business or someone that can help advise us on this.  Being a musician all my life, I've never been very good at this kind of stuff, so we are reaching out to our membership to find a way.  Being a 501(c)3 non-profit we can give full value to any work done on the building as a completely deductible tax write off.  If that is of any interest, we can do the papers legally and make it work for anyone who can fix the roof.  We still have some smaller leaks in the Oak Tree Opry, but we think we have a guy who might be able to fix it, if it would stop raining on a Monday which is the day he wants to visit.  So far the past two weeks it rained on Monday.  We put a Michael Martin Murphey display where Tommy Cash's guitar used to be.  Of course the low-life thieves took his guitar along with Patsy Montana's.  As you already know they took Johnny Cash's harmonicas, Tom Swatzell's Dobro, and Maria Petersen's zither.  What morons.  The zither really doesn't have much actual cash value.  The instrument is so hard to play, it takes years to master even a simple tune.
Bob Everhart - www.ntcma.net

Oak Tree Opry


Oak Tree Opry
We're getting all geared up for a terrific show on July 5th at the Oak Tree.  It's not only going to be a super 'patriotic' show, it's also going to be a show that features songs from the various time frames of the many wars America has had to fight to keep freedom alive in our country.  Now there are people (atheists) picketing the White House (this very day) using that very same freedom so many of our brave young men and women died to save.....to tell the world that America was not founded on Christian principles.  It's astonishing isn't it?  What used to be bad is now good, and what used to be good is now bad.  Where does that leave us as Christians in our 'free' America.  Where are all our 'famous' preachers, our television evangelists, our speakers for the Lord Jesus Christ?  I believe this is only the beginning. Now we must support each other.  That's why we want to do this kind of program at the Oak Tree, before we might not be able to.  We'll begin with the Revolutionary War.  "Yankee Doodle" on harmonica and guitar with an old bones player making it a little more authentic.  Sheila and I will cover the War of 1812 with the 'Battle of New Orleans" and we'll also do the most popular song recorded during World War II.  Rick & Harriette Andersen have World War I covered, and the lovely Marge Lund has the Korean War covered.  David Green is doing the Civil War, and of course our mysterious visitor with the flag has the Vietnam war covered.  Lee Muller, one of our special guests has the Iraqi war covered, and Jackie Shewey will not only do her self-penned song, "Just Look At Old Glory" she'll also do "Two Little Boys" a song that would apply to all wars.  We'll be doing lots of other great old-time country songs as well, but our focus on this particular show is the wars America has fought so that atheists can march on our capitol to vent their anger at our freedoms.  So, please come see us July 5th, an exciting show, lots of good old-timey friendship and love for our country and our flag.
Bob Everhart - www.ntcma.net

Nur in Mississippi

Nur in Mississippi

Als amerikanisches Reiseziel fällt Mississippi nur Wenigen ein. Dabei hat der Staat im tiefsten Süden am gleichnamigen Strom eine ganze Menge Einzigartiges zu bieten: an Musik, Geschichte und ganz bestimmt auch Sonderbarem.
In Mississippi findet man die Lebensart des „Deep South“ so stark und ursprünglich wie nirgendwo sonst. Der Akzent ist besonders „southern“, die Küche sowieso: Man isst Barbecue oder Catfish und trinkt Eistee dazu. Der Staat, der den Mississippi River zu seiner Westgrenze hat und mit den Stränden am Golf von Mexiko im Süden endet, mag der wirtschaftlich ärmste der USA sein. Kulturell und geschichtlich aber sucht er seinesgleichen: Hier entstand und lebt bis heute der Blues, tobten im Bürgerkrieg große Schlachten. Man ist stolz darauf, die Dinge viel gemütlicher als im Norden anzugehen. In Sachen „Southern hospitality“ – der legendären Gastfreundschaft der Südstaaten – lässt man sich in Mississippi ganz bestimmt nicht lumpen. Diese Mentalität bringt mancherlei Einzigartiges hervor.
100 Jahre ohne Nationalfeiertag: Ziemlich genau 150 Jahre ist es her, dass der Mississippi-Hafen Vicksburg fiel. Die Nordstaatler zwangen die Konföderierten, ausgerechnet am 4. Juli zu kapitulieren. Zusammen mit der Niederlage von Gettysburg am Vortag leitete diese Demütigung des Jahres 1863 die Wende des Kriegsglücks ein. Der Süden konnte sich davon nie mehr erholen. Für die Bürger von Vicksburg Grund genug, den amerikanischen Nationalfeiertag 100 Jahre lang nicht zu feiern.
Finger Gottes: Auf dem Turm der um 1860 gebauten First Presbyterian Church in Port Gibson sucht man vergebens nach dem Wetterhahn. Hier zeigt Gottes Zeigefinger vergoldet zum Himmel.
Gleich zwei Könige: Der eine kam 1935 in einem ärmlichen Haus in Tupelo zur Welt. Die erste Gitarre bekam „The King of Rock ‘n‘ Roll“ noch in seiner Heimatstadt – eigentlich wollte er ein Gewehr, aber Mutter Gladys überredete ihn zur musikalischen Alternative. Er soll dann „That‘s All Right“ gerufen haben, aber das ist eine Lüge. Wahr ist: Elvis Presleys winziges Geburtshaus kann man besichtigen. Der andere König von Mississippi wurde 1925 geboren, auch er nicht gerade unter standesgemäßen Umständen: Riley B. King aus Itta Bena war in jungen Jahren Baumwollpflücker. Schon bald aber sollte er als B.B. King den Blues regieren. Das doppelte B steht schlicht für „blues boy“. In Indianola erzählt das B.B. King Museum die ganze Geschichte.
Ein Delta ohne Meer: Das Museum in Indianola erklärt auch das Mississippi Delta. Der Name täuscht, denn diese Landschaft liegt gut 300 Kilometer von der Küste entfernt. Früher, als es die Deiche noch nicht gab, trat der Ol‘ Man River jährlich über die Ufer und nahm sich sein Schwemmland. Das sah dann aus wie ein Meer und schuf einen Ackerboden, der zu den fruchtbarsten der Welt zählt. Hier gedeiht Baumwolle, die Mississippi einst sagenhaft reich machte. Und der Blues, den die Arbeiter früher auf dem Feld sangen.
Mississippi Blues Trail: Informationstafeln stehen an den Spuren des Blues. Die blauen „Marker“ finden sich an legendären Clubs, Geburtsorten von Musikern, Plattenstudios und Museen. Schon mehr als 160 Schilder sind aufgestellt und unter www.msbluestrail.org verzeichnet. Auf dieser Website hört man auch gleich die Musik dazu. Kein anderer Staat in den USA zählt noch mehr Wallfahrtsstätten des Blues. Und nirgendwo sonst gibt es von Frühling bis Herbst so viele Blues-Festivals.
Drei Gräber für den Teufelsgitarristen: Für den Blues soll der 1911 in Hazlehurst geborene Robert Johnson seine Seele dem Teufel verkauft haben. In Clarksdale erinnern zwei gekreuzte Gitarren an den Deal. Johnson nahm Ur-Songs des Blues auf, die Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan und die Rolling Stones nachgesungen haben. Das Gift eines eifersüchtigen Ehemanns brachte 1938 des Teufels Gitarristen zu Boden. An gleich drei Orten rund um Greenwood findet man seine letzte Ruhestätte.
Pfad der Freiheit: Am Freedom Trail erklären Infotafeln wichtige Schauplätze der Bürgerrechtsbewegung. Der Kampf afroamerikanischer Bürger um ihre Rechte in den 1960er-Jahren war in Mississippi besonders hart. Ein Denkmal vor der University of Mississippi in Oxford erinnert daran, wie sich James Meredith 1962 als erster Student dunkler Hautfarbe in die Traditionsuniversität mit dem Kosenamen Ole Miss einschrieb: unter Militärschutz. Die Rassentrennung gibt es in den USA längst nicht mehr. Mississippi versteckt seine schwierige Geschichte nicht, sondern beleuchtet sie – eben auch mit dem Freedom Trail.
Tanzende Eichen: In einem Staat voller Musik tanzt sogar die Begrünung. Im Jahr 2010 vollendete der kalifornische Stararchitekt Frank Gehry das Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art für den „verrückten Töpfer von Biloxi“. George Ohr zählte zu den Begründern moderner amerikanischer Kunst. Andy Warhol sammelte seine Keramiken. Gehry stellte die fünf Bauten in einen Eichenhain am Strand der Golfküste. Die Bäume „tanzen“ mit den Museumsbauten.
Mississippi ist aus Europa mit einmaligem Umsteigen gut erreichbar: über die Flughäfen der Hauptstadt Jackson und der Küste in Gulfport sowie über den Memphis International Airport im Nachbarstaat Tennessee gleich hinter der Nordgrenze.
Reiseinformationen: Verkehrsbüro Memphis & Mississippi, Horstheider Weg 106a, 33613 Bielefeld, Deutschland, Tel. 0521-986-0420, www.memphis-mississippi.de.

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