Monday, September 9, 2013


Deluxe Edition Includes Three Bonus Tracks, Tribute To Band Leader


(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) His current chart-running single "Drinks After Work" may be wetting the whistle of music fans, but Toby Keith is springing for a dozen more rounds with the October 29 release of his latest album.

Available in 10-track standard and 13-track deluxe editions, Drinks After Work again finds Keith serving as sole producer and principle songwriter with credit on nine of 10 tracks. Longtime collaborators Scotty Emerick, Bobby Pinson and Rivers Rutherford return as co-writers on multiple songs. 

Beyond the title track and nine other cuts (listed below), the deluxe addition also includes "Call A Marine," "Margaritaville" (featuring Sammy Hagar) and "Chuckie's Gone." The latter is a tribute to Toby's bandleader Chuck Goff, who died unexpectedly earlier this year. Goff is also remembered in the liner notes:

"This album is dedicated in memory of Chuck Goff, our longtime bandleader-bass player. He will live on forever in our thoughts and in our performances. We miss ya, Shmudlo."

Toby Keith is one of the most consistent recording artists and touring draws of his era and continually ranking as one of the genre's top grossing live performers. Forbes ranked him as the top-earning country artist of 2012. An iTunes pre-sale of Drinks After Work will be available Oct. 1. A complete track listing: 

1. Shut Up And Hold On
2. Drinks After Work
3. Before We Knew They Were Good
4. Little Miss Tear Stain
5. The Other Side Of Him
6. Last Living Cowboy
7. Show Me What You're Workin' With
8. Whole Lot More Than That
9. I'll Probably Be Out Fishin'
10. Hard Way To Make An Easy Living

Bonus Tracks
11. Call A Marine
12.  Chuckie's Gone
13.  Margaritaville (with Sammy Hagar)

Chad Brownlee Gets The Party Started

Chad Brownlee Gets The Party Started With New Single Release
-   Single Where The Party At? Available on iTunes September 10, 2013  -

Toronto, ON; September 9, 2013  - Just in time to cap off the Country Music Week celebrations in Edmonton, 2013 Juno-nominee Chad Brownlee will release the first single Where The Party At? off of his upcoming album (set for release in 2014).  The new track will hit Canadian country music radio today - September 9, 2013, and be available on iTunes the following day.  A departure from his previous singles, the new track still stays true to his artistic form, blending Brownlee’s signature voice with a multi-layered musical composition, complemented with potent guitar riffs and captivating back-up vocals.    
Shares Brownlee, “It's a chill, sexy, tongue and cheek song that we all need from time to time; showing a more playful, light hearted side of my personality.  I can't help but smile whenever I sing this song.  The video we shot is so awesomely ridiculous (yes, I said awesomely), that it is sure to leave an impression!  We had a blast making this project come to life.” 
Performing the song during select tour dates across Canada, the track’s infectious hook is quickly becoming a fan-favourite as crowds sing along.  Known for his passion for song writing, Brownlee frequently writes his own music.  However when he first heard this song at a songwriter’s cafe, performed by his good friend Kelly Archer, he shares “sometimes there is a song I hear and instantly I fall in love.  From that day on I began to make Where The Party At? my own, knowing it was the perfect fit for my next album.” 
Brownlee will be traveling across Canada this fall, co-headlining the Your Town Throwdown tour with Deric Ruttan and Jason Blaine.

George Strait's Final Dates

Strait's Final Dates: Moments ago at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, George Strait, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the Messina Group's Louis Messina announced dates for the final leg of The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. Commencing Jan. 9 at CenturyLink in Bossier City, LA, the tour will make 26 stops, including Strait's final tour stop at AT&T Stadium at an unannounced date sometime after May 31 next year.
Guests featured throughout the tour will include Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack and Chris Young. Matching the supporting artist with the tour date can be accomplished through a planned "tweet to unlock" campaign. A fan club pre-sale begins Sept. 24, with general on-sale commencing Sept. 27. Strait will continue to record for MCA and perform select dates.
The Cowboy Rides Way Tour 2014:
Jan. 9 – CenturyLink, Bossier City, LA
Jan. 10 – Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
Jan. 17 – CenturyLink Center, Omaha, NE
Jan. 18 – Sprint Center, Kansas City
Jan. 30 – SAP Center, San Jose
Jan. 31 – Valley View Casino Center, San Diego
Feb. 1 – MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas
Feb. 7 – US Airways Center, Phoenix
Feb. 8 – Staples Center, Los Angeles
Feb. 14 – Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
Feb. 15 – Nationwide Arena, Columbus
Feb. 28 – Wells Fargo Arena, Philadelphia
March 1 – Prudential Center, Newark
March 7 – KFC Yum! Arena, Louisville
March 8 – Allstate Arena, Chicago
March 21 – Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
March 22 – Philips Arena, Atlanta
April 4 – Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, KS
April 5 – Pepsi Center, Denver
April 11 – Moda Center, Portland
April 12 – Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA
April 18 – Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA
April 19 – BOK Arena, Tulsa
May 23 – LSU Tiger Stadium Bayou Country Superfest, Baton Rouge, LA
May 31 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
TBD – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX



Country stars Aaron Lewis and Tate Stevens and Motocross Stars Line Up for
Ride and Concert September 14 in Dickson
Nashville, TN…(September 9, 2013)… Counting down the final days leading up to Craig Morgan’s 7th annual charity event, the country music star and award-winning TV host is excited about this year’s final list of music, motocross, and celebrity friends joining him for the weekend’s festivities.

Music friends Aaron Lewis and Tate Stevens, as well as a number of motocross celebrities, will join Craig for his 7th annual charity event.  Due to overwhelming response, additional ticket packages and prices are now available for this Saturday’s (September 14th) star-studded concert and celebrity off-road trail ride, taking place in Craig’s hometown of Dickson, Tenn., and can be purchased online at and at area TriStar bank branch locations. Concert tickets may also be purchased at the door on Saturday night. Proceeds will benefit Billy’s Place, a component fund of the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation. The organization’s primary goal is to assist foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.

The family-friendly festivities kick off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 14 in Dickson. The morning will start with a hair-raising motocross exhibition from several of motocross' top celebrities and competitors, followed by a group trail ride and lunch. Motocross stars participating this year include: Destry Abbot, Fred Andrews, Randy Hawkins, Andrew Short, Larry Ward, and Ryan Villopoto.

Later that night, fans can catch Craig along with “Country Boy” singer Aaron Lewis, whose latest single “Granddaddy’s Gun” is climbing the charts, along with X-Factor winner Tate Stevens, for an intimate acoustic concert at The Renaissance Center in Dickson. Craig will return to the stage to offer up a full throttle acoustic show with his band. A live and silent auction will also take place at the concert. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation.

Both events are open to the public and tickets can be purchased now at all area Tri-Star Bank locations and at  The weekend comes on the heels of the release of Craig’s new album THE JOURNEY (LIVIN’ HITS) featuring four emotional new tracks including his powerful new single, “Wake Up Lovin’ You” and eight of his biggest hits.

Craig Morgan Charity Weekend
Celebrity Off-Road Trail Ride
Date: September 14, 2013
Location: Paul Allen Farm 1286 Bell Hollow Rd Van Leer, TN
Registration Opens: 8:00 AM
Ride and Exhibition Start Time: 10:00 AM

Celebrity Concert with Craig Morgan, Aaron Lewis and Tate Stevens
Date: September 14, 2013
Location: Renaissance Center 855 Highway 46 South Dickson, TN
Doors Open: 6:00 PM
Concert Start Time: 8:00 PM

Ticket Prices:
$15 ride spectator
$40 rider pre-registration
$45 rider day-of registration
$50 concert ticket
$75 concert ticket and artist meet & greet
$99 including ride, lunch, concert and artist meet & greet

ABOUT CRAIG MORGAN: One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits:  “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “International Harvester” and "This Ole Boy," the title track to his latest album. The project boasted a Top 5 album debut on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. He's recently released his new album The Journey (Livin’ Hits), featuring the soulful single "Wake Up Lovin’ You," on Black River Entertainment. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, Craig Morgan spent over 10 years of active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the Army Reserves.  He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award. In addition to a prolific country music career, he hosts the award-winning show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors," airing on Outdoor Channel. For more information on Craig Morgan, visit and engage with him on Facebook, Instragram and Twitter.

ABOUT THE DICKSON COUNTY CRAIG MORGAN FOUNDATION: The main goal of the 501c3 is to assist foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee. The idea for Billy’s Place, a component fund of the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation, was born while Craig Morgan was serving as an Assistant Sheriff's Deputy in Dickson, TN and named for his wife Karen’s father. Craig’s continuing charitable mission is to eventually build and maintain a home called Billy’s Place in Dickson County Tennessee for temporarily displaced children in Tennessee’s 23rd District (5 counties) and to provide lasting funding for the home. The annual Craig Morgan Charity Event has raised $250,000 the last four years in support of Billy’s Place and other children's welfare organizations. 
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Busy Bluegrassers THE ROYS

Busy Bluegrassers THE ROYS Host Midnite Jamboree September 14; Talk Tracks On SiriusXM Beginning September 18

ICM Nominees Make National Radio Rounds and Will Present at IBMA Awards

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Nashville, TN (September 9, 2013) - Busy Bluegrassers THE ROYS  return to host the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, one of the longest-running radio shows in the U.S., on September 14.  They will bring along Country newcomers Branch & Dean ("The Dash") as their special guests.  Fans can listen to the world-famous show live online at  

Beginning at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday, September 18, audiences can hear the duo talk tracks on SiriusXM / Bluegrass Junction's Track-By-Track program.  Hosted by Kyle Cantrell, the feature shines the spotlight on the duo's current CD GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN (Rural Rhythm Records) and repeats (all times Eastern) Thursday at 9 p.m., Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.

THE ROYS will be presenters for the first time at the International Bluegrass Music Association's Awards Show in Raleigh, NC on September 26.  They are nominated for two 2013 Inspirational Country Music Awards (Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year and Vocal Duo & Performance of the Year) and winners will be announced in Nashville on October 24.  THE ROYS were previously honored with these ICM Awards: 2012 Bluegrass Artist of the Year, No. 1 Inspirational Country Single ("I Wonder What God's Thinking"), 2011 Bluegrass Artist of the Year and the 2009 & 2010 Duo of the Year.

The duo is currently on tour and upcoming dates include:

Sep 14 - Midnite Jamboree - Nashville, TN
Sep 20 - Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival - Morehead, KY 
Sep 21 - Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival - Kodak, TN 
Sep 24 - IBMA Raleigh, NC - Moonstruck Showcase
Sep 25 - IBMA Raleigh, NC
Sep 26 - IBMA Raleigh, NC - Awards Show  
Sep 27 - IBMA Raleigh, NC
Sep 28 - Willies Locally Known - Lexington, KY 
Sep 29 - Washington County High School - Sandersville, GA 
Oct 04 - Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival - Manteo, NC
Oct 09 - Song of the Mountains - Blountville, TN
Oct 18 - The Listening Room - Nashville, TN
Oct 19 - Orange Blossom Opry - Weirsdale, FL
Oct 20 - Orange Park Fall Festival - Orange Park, FL 
Oct 22 - ICM Conference
Oct 23 - ICM Conference
Oct 24 - The 5 Star Theater - Hot Springs, AR
Nov 22 - George Jones Tribute Concert at Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, TN

Stay social with Lee and Elaine at www.theroysonline,Facebook and Twitter.




Current BILLBOARD Feature Outlines Entertainer's Bold Moves

Nashville, TN (September 9, 2013) - Multi-platinum selling, award-winning country entertainer JO DEE Messina's new single,"Peace Sign," is currently impacting radio, bursting onto PLAY MPE's Top Five download chart in its first week of release.  In support of her new single release, APA Nashville is working on new routing for the singer's upcoming tour as JO DEE gears up to head north in October for her much-anticipated Canadian tour.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Sep 7  - Marion, OH - Marion Popcorn Festival
Sep 14 - Honolulu, HI - Hawaii Convention Center
Sep 21 - Bakersfield, CA - Kern County Fair
Sep 28 - Columbus, TX - Colorado County Fair
Oct 3 - North Battleford, SK - Gold Eagle Casino
Oct 4 -Swift Current, SK - The Living Sky Casino
Oct 5 -Yorkton, SK - Painted Hand Casino
Oct 6 - Melfort, SK - Kerry Vickar Center
Oct 8 - Grande Prairie, AB - Spurs Cookhouse
Oct 10 - Edmonton, AB - Cook County Saloon
Oct 11 - Whitecourt, AB - Eagle River Casino
Oct 12 - Regina, SK - Casino Regina
Oct 13 - Winnipeg, MB - McPhillips St. Station
Messina is presently featured on Billboard magazine's "The 615" column, which focuses on the formation of the singer's own Dreambound record label, her new crowd-sourced CD, and the Kickstarter campaign that made it all possible. 

"We are excited about the bold moves and vibrant marketing strategy that Jo Dee has put behind this project," says Steve Lassiter, SVP/Partner of APA Nashville.   "Jo Dee has gone outside the box and enlisted total support from her fans.  Jo Dee is determined to provide today's country fans with the music they want and how they want it...and she is succeeding."

Messina told Billboard writer Chuck Dauphin that the creation of the single and forthcoming album was a group effort... with her fans.  Via snippets posted on JO DEE'S Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts, her supporters were able to observe the recording process, perform on the record, and choose her current single.  Over 220,000 impressions were tallied during the 10-day voting period, and "Peace Sign" was the winner. 

"It was a close call between the songs," admits Messina.  "Now that the fans have spoken, it's up to Country radio to tell the rest of the story."  "Peace Sign," written by Amy Dalley, Scott Ledger and Tyler Hayes, and produced by Messina, is the first radio single from her forthcoming full-length album.  The song is now available for purchase on iTunes

The fiery redhead charted 23 singles on the Billboard charts between 1996 and 2009. She has won the ACM's Top New Female Vocalist award, the CMA Horizon award and the nod for Most Played Country Female of the Year from Billboard. 

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On The Road With The Everharts September 9. 2013

     We're finally on the road again, whew!  The LeMars Festival is definitely a two-week adventure away from office, other obligations, budget lunches, and other work.  Put it all together and it is a challenge, but we wouldn't trade it for anything.  Even though attendance was down, mostly due to the over-96 degree temperatures for six days straight, the economy might also have had something to do with that.  We enjoyed everyone that played and sang, however the celebrities this year were remarkable to say the least.  LuLu Roman was supposed to be with us on a Thursday, but her son had emergency surgery and she changed her flight at the last minute and went to Seattle, Washington, where he was.  She called us later and said she'd like to make-up the date by being with us on Tuesday, August 26, next year. By coming in early she said the weekend would still be free for other performances.  Those that were with us this year, Kenny Seratt for instance was super good; Joanne Cash has a charisma about her that gave me goose bumps just standing next to her.  So does her husband Dr. Harry Yates.  Barbara Fairchild brought the 'Teddy Bear' back to life in an amazing presentation (her husband Roy Morris is also a terrific entertainer).  The icing on the cake however was Mickey Gilley, still somewhat paralyzed from his accident a couple of years ago, he did an amazing show, starting off with "A Room Full of Roses" and it just went higher from that.  One of the 'secret' performers we really liked, was Olen Davis who came up from Oklahoma for Hall of Fame honors.  Olen once worked with Bill Monroe, Porter Wagoner, Vince gill, Jim & Jesse, Flatt & Scruggs, and many more through the years.  I got to hear him jamming with the Kenastons, WOW it was terrific, and he's only 85 years old.
     We will be 'on the road' the first weekend of October (Oct 4-5-6) for the Old Time Rural Music Gathering at the Christensen Field House in Fremont, Nebraska.  Super performers coming there too; John Rex Reeves the nephew of Jim Reeves (still keeping the Reeve's music alive); Terry Smith (Far Side Banks of Jordan); Betty Rydell (that flamboyant singer from Minnesota); Curt Shoemaker (steel player for Martina McBride); the Kenastons; Dale Eichor from KWMT Radio); Bobby Awe (one of Iowa's most beloved classic country singers) and over 60 other really talented performers, including a short version of Bob & Sheila Everhart's "A Traveling Museum of Music" we developed for the Smithsonian Institution.  Lots and lots of fun, come early and stay late.
     Bobbie Lhea finally got a budget lunch she really liked.  I was surprised, mostly because we hadn't tried them before, but the Culver's Restaurant mobile kitchen was at LeMars (they'll be at Fremont too), and we were able to get three delicious Reuben sandwiches and an order of sweet potato fries and still qualify as a budget lunch.  I have to say Bobbie was satisfied with that, so we had a couple while we were at the festival.
Bob Everhart

Fern Miller passed away

Fern Miller 
widow of the great Omaha mandolinist, Lyle Miller, passed away August 29th.  Born and raised near O'Neill, Nebraska.  She worked as a teacher in the O'Neill & Holt County public schools, and as an office manager at Jubilee Manufacturing during WWII, and later at Paramount Furniture.  In retirement she supported her husbands music making, and helped develop the Omaha Heartland Senior Center.  She and her husband Lyle were inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame very early in the beginning of that honor.
Bob Everhart

Bulletin September 9. 2013

Wow, like I said earlier, the LeMars Festival was just simply a knock-out this year.  Try to be with us next year, we already have LuLu Roman scheduled for a make-up date on Aug. 26th.  We'll be manifesting some changes too.  Mon-Tue-Wed is really our rehearsal time.  There just isn't a lot of people around to see a show at 9AM in the morning, on no less than ten stages, so we are going to make those three days at least into an 11am-11pm time frame.  The rest of the week will stay pretty much the same as before.  We had extremely good luck with the RRMC Awards this year.  It takes some doing to get it all sorted out, but those that took awards were extremely good.  Keep an eye out for Mike Thoma.  He's from Waterloo, and is an exceptional writer and performer.  Matter of fact he is going to help us with the sound in the Dance Hall next year.  Of the ten stages we do, I believe the sound in that building was the least viable this year.  Hopefully that will change next year.  House's sound on the church was delightful, so was Heernen's sound in the pioneer building. Both stages had great attendance and super good shows.  We are still using our old Yamaha system for the main stage, lots of additional work for Sheila and myself, but that system is a nice 'warm' sound very unlike the sharp digital sound of today's systems.  We save $2,000 by doing that even though we don't make it for ourselves.  It all goes into the NTCMA account to help pay the bills, which are enormous at LeMars.  Paul Burnett took on the challenge of running the Dobrotorium in the absence of Bertha and Mary Swatzell.  He did a super good job.  The Swatzell's promise to be back in 2014, so all the Dobro learners and pros alike will have their special place to go back to.  We can't seem to make the One on the Mountain stage work very well.  It's too hot to sit in the sun, and hard to get anyone to do that.  We might let that one go down, and substitute a smaller stage in the middle of the Tipi Village.  It's a nice little spot.  They are talking of doing new things there too, a larger trade-goods display.  Some tomahawk throws, still do the Busking Championship, and even maybe a Carl Sandburg Reading Adventure.  Sounds like fun, especially in the quiet of the village.  So hopefully you will get in there and support all that.  If you are into 'rendezvous' as a hobby, you would certainly be welcome to our adventure.  We don't allow liquor or illicit drugs, but we certainly do offer a good time.  We're also going to expand arts, crafts, antiques, and flea market.  We'll open up the workshop building to some of this, so if that is something you'd be interested in, let us know, we are making it extremely affordable and easy to do.  The jamming went over really well this year.  At one time, someone reported (I believe that was Marcia Greve) that there were seven or eight going on at the same time.  We really like that, so please tell your friends what we are about, what we are doing, and come in force to have a great time.  We did have one ambulance call on Thursday around 2pm by an elderly gentleman who was passing out from the heat.  An early emergency-nurse was on the scene, and after a careful check believed he was suffering from an extended stomach caused by excessive gas.  Have some winners from the various contests we held at LeMars, I don't think I have all of them, but here's what I have handy:  Bones & Spoons - Joseph Kooi; Kid's Accordion - Sarah Daskiewicz;  Junior Performer - Emma Heyen; Piano - Nikolas Kooi; Adult Accordion - Marissa Daskiewitz - Harmonica - Fred Larson; Over-50 Singer - Darrell Hamilton; Hank Williams Songwriting - Abe Reddekopp.  Contests are not nearly so popular as they used to be, so expect to see a little shortening up on the number of categories we have.
Had a very interesting conversation with Mickey Gilley when he invited Sheila and I on his bus after his performance. He was such a polite man, and we had a nice talk.  Then he told us about a new television show he is working on called "Cousins."  I was totally impressed.  Here's the background.  Mickey Gilley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Jimmy Swaggert are all first cousins.  They were born and raised in Southern Mississippi and Eastern Louisiana, and all three of them learned to play piano by ear.  What's so interesting is that the three of them had three distinctly different styles of music, Mickey Gilley with honky-tonk country; Jerry Lee Lewis with rock and roll; and Jimmy Swaggert with gospel.  The 'gist' of the show is to have all three of them on as hosts, each talking about various adventures in their life-long careers, each performing, and each bringing a guest from their musical past on. WOW that sounds like a winner to me.  When Gilley was performing at LeMars he said over the microphone,..."This is the FIRST time me and my band have done this show UNPLUGGED."  When they were finished I turned to the lead guitarist (on an acoustic guitar mind you), and said, 'you guys really sound good unplugged.'  And he said back to me...'sounds like 'real' country doesn't it?"  I rest my case.
One of our regular association members, Jim Malone (a great upright acoustic bass player and former FBI agent) had a letter printed in the Omaha World Herald on Sept. 5th.  I do not normally get involved with political ramifications, there is so much about politics I abhor, but his letter really made a lot of sense to me, so on this eve of final destruction (as some are saying) I'd like to repeat his letter....."I have been to war and offer the following advice.  When an enemy poses a threat to our national interest, retaliation must be swift and brutal.  You attack the enemy with everything in your arsenal until the enemy comes crawling out of the rubble begging to surrender unconditionally.  If you are not willing to do this, stay out of it.  A Bill Clinton-like strike against an abandoned training camp and an aspirin factory will not cut it.  It also raises a question that I would like addressed.  When Iran attacks one of our naval vessels in the Persian Gulf in retaliation for our attack on Syria, what does the president propose to do?  Run to the United Nations, study the situation for several months or go back to congress for further consultation?  Or perhaps retire to the golf course for another round?"  Jim Malone, Omaha, Nebr.
Also had a letter from Dale Eichor who is (was) the terrific disc jockey on KWMT Radio in Fort Dodge.  Dale, if you didn't know it, is in the Disc Jockey Hall of Fame.  Here's his letter, please respond accordingly, but whatever you do, please respond....."Thanks Bob & Sheila for the opportunity for us all to get together and celebrate our music at LeMars.  We do appreciate you both and what you do for traditional country music!  I had several listeners ask about my situation at KWMT.  I am still employed (I think) but as you know my Saturday Hall of Fame Show was canceled when the new Operations Director said I could not program it myself anymore.  Or play any music any other time that is not selected in the computer by him.  I tried to give them contact information if they wanted to comment on all this bit it was difficult to do with our busy schedule at LeMars.  If you would care to put the contact info in the Tradition Bulletin, here it is....
Steve Grossweiler, Market Manager
Three Eagles Radio
200 N. 10th St
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Business phone 515-576-7333
Thanks we'll see you in Fremont
OK members, here's a chance to set it straight.  They WILL listen to you if there are enough of you.  I am going to cancel all of our advertising on KWMT, but that alone sure won't make a big difference.  YOU can make a difference.
OK, enough of that.  Mattie Maloy of the great Plumb Theater group that did so well at LeMars, misplaced a small black case containing some microphones.  If you have seen it, know about it, have it, she would certainly like to get it back.  918-452-2020
Loretta Lynn had a concert at Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, at her ranch last weekend with Merle Haggard.  She fell and cracked a rib just before the show, but at age 81, she went on anyway.  Isn't it time that she let us put her in "America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame?"  Somehow there is someone out there that can get to Loretta's ear.  I can't get past her daughter Pat, who isn't very positive, but I keep trying.
Ernie Ruth another of our regulars here in the upper Midwest was in for back surgery and missed LeMars this year.
Here's an opportunity if there ever was one.  The Rathbun Country Music Theater, near the Rathbun Dam in Rathbun, Iowa, is up for sale.  This has been a very successful country music theater, and is now in it's 40th year.  I got to play it quite a few times when I was ramming around before I got married, and Tom Swatzell was a very popular performer there.  Willis and Faye Dickerson are the owners, and on Saturday, Oct. 26, they will close their long standing theater.  It's Iowa's longest running music and comedy show, and after 40 years of entertaining thousands of music fans, Willis and Faye will say a final goodbye to their countless followers, band members, guest performers, and close the curtains for the final time.  It's an air conditioned alcohol and smoke free theater located near the southern shore of beautiful Lake Rathbun. If you are interested in buying or investing in a time-proven enterprise, contact Willis or Faye at 660-344-2310 You can also still visit their website at
I have to tell the truth.   Both James Dean and Dean Martin were at the LeMars Festival this year.  Oh yes they were! Please don't forget to come to the Fremont Festival, October 4-5-6.  It is looking super good.  We might have the opportunity to introduce you to James Dean AND Dean Martin.
Pete Kuykendall, editor of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, was honored by Saga Musical Instruments as the 2013 recipient of the Blue ridge Carter Stanley Memorial guitar.  James Alan Shelton, himself a past recipient, accepted the guitar on Pete's behalf at the Ralph Stanley Hills of Home Festival this past May.  The guitar wads presented by Carter Stanley's daughter Jeanie Stanley.  We're still trying to get Carter and Ralph Stanley inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.  We'll keep trying.
Jim Ed Brown added a new chapter to his already successful music career when on Aug. 10th he celebrated his 50th Golden Anniversary as an elite member of the 50-Year Club at the Grand Ole Opry. Jim Ed, Bonnie, and Maxine Brown were inducted as members of the Opry in 1963, and since that time Jim Ed, while enjoying the great career with his sisters as The Browns (The Old Lamplighter, Three Bells, etc) moved on to more success with his solo career.  Jim Ed was inducted into America's Old time Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011 at the LeMars Festival.
Gosh I hate to tell you this, but Elvis Presely's gold-leaf piano is leaving the country music hall of fame.  The hall of fame has tried to sell it, using Craigslist, E-Bay, and lots of letters to Disney, BMI, the Grand Ole Opry, Graceland, and even wealthy private investors to no avail.  It's a 24-carat gold-painted grand piano, a first-anniversary gift from Priscilla, and it's still sitting in the country music hall of fame....for now.  It could go to a Japanese investor, is the latest 'hope.'  The family of Russ Kemppel of Akron, Ohio, owns the piano.  Kemppel paid $2-million for it, moving it out of Graceland 22 years ago.  Wanna bid?
In other 'museum' news, an exhibition focusing on the short but significant life of country music legend Patsy Cline is opening in Virginia.  The show opens at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester.  It will tell the story of Virginia "Ginny" Patterson Hensley before she became Patsy Cline.  Before her death at age 30, Cline recorded the country classics "Crazy" and "Sweet Dreams" among other enduring hits.  Cline spent most of her life in the Shenandoah Valley.  The museum exhibit, called 'Becoming Patsy Cline" will include rare photographs, video and audio recordings and clothing.  The museum says some objects have never been on public display.  Also, you might want to know that the Deering Banjo Company is opening a new tradition gallery at the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City.
Charley Pride is living proof that good music never goes out of style.  He's sold more than 70-million albums, and will be touring Australia for the first time in 17 years this November.  He's on our list for induction into "America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame" but it's been difficult to pin him down. 
As for 'modern' country singers, there is little to like about what they do and how they do it, simply because they are not 'country.'  Was a recent article out about the worst jobs these 'imitators' used to have, and should probably go back to....Tim McGraw used to pick tomatoes in Louisiana.  Kellie Pickler worked in a fast foods restaurant.  Brad Paisley worked as an internship for Fitzgerald Hartley Management.  Chris Young worked with heating and air conditioning.  Billy Cunningham was into landscaping.  Rodney Atkins was a repo man.  Joe Nichols sold steaks door to door.  Phil Vassar was an orderly in a hospital.  Steve Wariner detasseled corn.  You know what's really bad about all this, I don't even know who these people are.
Alan Jackson will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City on October 28th.  Jackson plans to highlight song selections for his upcoming 'The Bluegrass Album"  whaaaat? which is set for release September 24th.  Wonder when the Smithsonian is going to put Bob & Sheila on that stage for their "Traveling Museum of Music?"
Linda Ronstadt has revealed to AARP that she 'can't sing a note' due to her suffering from Parkinson's Disease.  The 67-year old performer catapulted to global fame in the 70's using a multiple-octave vocal range.  She has to use a wheelchair now to get around.  Remember some of her hits?  "You're No Good" "Blue Bayou" "It's So Easy" and she also did several recordings with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. We don't care if she can't sing, we still want her in our Hall of Fame.  By the way, you can see Bob & Sheila at an AARP concert on Oct. 8th at 1pm at their performance center in the Center Mall, 42nd St., Omaha. 
One of our Hall of Famers, Valerie Smith, is in the studio recording a new CD with Mike Scott as production manager.  She will be on tour in Europe during October.
Bob Everhart

Pioneer Music Museum September 9. 2013

We still have a leaking roof, but we are slowly gaining.  We now have $1,914 in our 'fix the roof' donation box, which isn't enough, but we might have a guy that was at LeMars helping us.  Keep your fingers crossed.  Annette Hawkins and Kim Cedeco from New Zealand paid a visit last Thursday, and were totally impressed with all that is in this museum and Hall of Fame.  We had saved a portion of space in the New Zealand exhibit for them, and they were also impressed with that.  They brought with them a very lovely wooden plaque made in NZ, engraved, and beautified with paua (abalone) shell.  Really pretty.  The new addition, the 1898 pump organ is in place but we still have some 'putting together' yet to do.  Should be able to get to that yet this fall now that LeMars is over with.  Keep your fingers crossed on the 'helper' for the roof, and anyone needing a little tax deduction, this is a good place to get full value.
Bob Everhart

Oak Tree Opry September 9. 2013

We just had a super good show with Greta Elkin from Londonderry, North Ireland.  She does such a nice job, and is known as the 'Queen of the Irish Yodelers' in her homeland.  Chari Miles dropped by for a few songs too.  I like her style and her voice.  If you remember hearing those pretty-girl sounding voices in the early Disney films like Snow White, etc., you can hear some of that in Chari's voice.  Very pretty, and very country.  (Don't forget, you heard about it here FIRST.  Chari and Louie Heldenbrand are going to get married September 29th)  Our next show is September 20th with a double-header.  Featured entertainers are the Johnson Strings.  This is a family of eight I believe, all of them play bowed instruments.  Fiddles, cellos, violins, violas, bass, etc.  They are just super great.  Not only do they do great country songs like "Orange Blossom Special" they also play some of their favorite classical music, and it makes for an extremely pleasant and restful concert.  On the bill with them is the flamboyant singer from Minnesota, Betty Rydell.  She is totally country, and plays a number of music instruments.  You will enjoy this program very much, so come spend some time away from the boob-tube on Friday, Sept. 20.  Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm.  Regular admission $7, reserved seats (sometimes recommended especially if you are driving any distance) $10 at 712-762-4363.  Nice night to have a lovely dinner at the Redwood Steak House (just on the west edge of town go early, everything is cooked from scratch so it takes a little time), and then take in a live show of great down-home entertainment.
Bob Everhart

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