Monday, September 16, 2013


Mallary Hope  

Nashville, TN (September 16, 2013) -- APA Nashville has signed acclaimed singer/songwriter Mallary Hope to its roster, it was announced today by Steve Hauser, the company's Senior Vice President.   Hope's duet "I Will Love You Still," with superstar Darius Rucker, is a track on Rucker's current Top 10 BILLBOARD Country album "True Believers".  Hope is managed by McGhee Entertainment. 

Signed to SONY/ATV Music Publishing, Hope is the powerhouse pen behind songs like "Georgia Peaches" (Lauren Alaina) and "King Of Apology" (Jana Kramer) and she has also enjoyed cuts by Faith Hill, Danny Gokey, Katie Armiger and others.


Nashville, Tenn. (September 16, 2013) – With the SOLD OUT tribute concert already hosting top names in all genres of music, Nancy Jones is excited to announce the addition of George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire, and Alabama to the all-star lineup. 

“I am thrilled and honored that so many of George’s friends are coming to what would have been his last concert, but is not a fitting tribute,” says Nancy Jones.  “George loved these artists and before passing had actually wrote letters to almost all of them.”

The newly added list of performers will join previously announced artists Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, and others.  All previously announced artists are currently being reconfirmed.

George Jones, often referred to as the "the greatest living country singer" was on his farewell tour titled "The Grand Tour,” when he passed away. The icon’s hits, "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair", "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes", "White Lightning" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" will surely become standards for honky-tonk cover bands for years to come.

About George Jones
George Jones was the #2 best-charting country artist of all time, with a staggering list of hit singles since the ‘50s.  The Beaumont, Texas native also has 143 Top 40 hits to his name, has received two Grammy Awards, was a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, is a Country Music Hall of Fame member, was presented with a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and holds a National Medal of Arts medallion.

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Country Music News International September 16. 2013

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CD: EDDIE NOACK – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

EDDIE NOACK – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Prod. Bear Family Records, Nr. BCD17142
Genre: Classic/Old-Country/Singer-Songwriter

Medium 1
001 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
002 Triflin' Mama Blues
003 Pyramid Club
004 Simulated Diamonds
005 Hungry But Happy
006 Raindrops In The River
007 Frown On The Moon
008 Unlucky Me
009 Green Back Dollar
010 Tragic Love
011 I Can't Run Away
012 I'd Still Want You
013 Music Makin' Mama From Memphis
014 Please Mr. Postman
015 There's A Place In My Heart
016 I'm Going To See My Baby
017 Too Hot To Handle
018 How Does It Feel To Be A Winner
019 Nothing
020 First And Last Thing
021 (As The Band Played) Paul Jones
022 Pride
023 Spoken message to Don Pierce
024 Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby
025 As Long As You Call
026 Forlorn, Forgotten, and Forsaken
027 Walking The Street
028 Simulated Diamonds
029 Moonlight On The Water
030 Hungry But Happy
031 Raindrops In The River
032 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
033 Unlucky Me

Medium 2
034 Fair Today, Cold Tomorrow
035 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
036 Take It Away Lucky
037 Don't Trade
038 Left Over Lovin'
039 Don't Worry 'bout Me Baby
040 I'll Be So Good To You
041 Think Of Her Now
042 Wind Me Up
043 If It Ain't On The Menu
044 Me And My New Baby
045 The Life You've Lived
046 You Done Got Me
047 The Life You've Lived
048 If Hearts Could Talk
049 When The Bright Lights Grow Dim
050 Think Of Her Now
051 It Ain't Much But It's Home
052 For You I Weep
053 You Done Got Me
054 The Worm Has Turned
055 She Can't Stand The Light of Day
056 Think Of Her Now
057 Scarecrow
058 Dust On The River
059 What's The Matter Joe
060 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes [alt]
061 For You I Weep [alt]
062 Can You Answer To God
063 Lucky In Cards
064 Mister Nice Guy
065 Six Feet Down
066 Relief Is Just A Swallow Away
067 Are You Really Here
068 It's Hard To Tell An Old Love Goodbye
069 That Certain You Know What

Medium 3
070 Can't Play Hookey
071 My Steady Dream
072 Wonderin' Oakie
073 Have Blues -- Will Travel
074 The Price Of Love
075 Relief Is Just A Swallow Away
076 It's Hard To Tell An Old Love Goodbye
077 Love's Other Face
078 I Don't Live There Any More
079 Walk 'Em Off
080 The Man On The Wall
081 Shake Hands With The Blues (1)
082 A Million Friends But No Sweetheart
083 Don't Look Behind
084 A Thinkin' Man's Woman (A Lovin' Man's Girl)
085 Shake Hands With The Blues (2)
086 Sunflower Song
087 Too Weak To Go
088 Firewater Luke
089 The Price Of Love [alt]
090 The Same Old Mistakes
091 Invisible Stripes
092 So Funny I Could Cry
093 Shotgun House
094 I Slipped Out Of Heaven
095 Firewater Luke
096 Invisible Stripes
097 The Same Old Mistakes
098 Shotgun House
099 Where Do You Go (When You Say Goodnight)
100 Love Is For Fools
101 The Life You've Lived
102 I Speak Your Name
103 The Same Old Mistakes
104 You've Got A Woman

Vor uns liegt ein 3-CD-Digipak mit ausführlichem Booklet, 104 Einzeltitel und einer Spieldauer von ca. 230 Minuten. Es handelt sich um eine Retrospektive von Eddie Noacks musikalischem Wirken der Jahre 1948 bis 1961. Die Texte sind durchwegs einfach gestrickt, behandeln Themen wie Einsamkeit, Suchen, Finden und Verlieren einer Liebe, Rufe des Kindes nach dem Vater (Please, Mr. Postman) oder diamantene Mädchenaugen.

Eddie Noack blieb bis zu seinem Tod 1978 seinem Stil, dem unverfälschten texanischem Honky-Tonk, der Hillbilly- und Rockabilly-Musik treu. Viele Titel auf diesen CD’s scheinen mehrfach auf. Es wurden teils Liedfragmente, Demo-Songs und verschiedenen Varianten eines Liedes eingespielt, mal swingend oder langsam gewalzt, dann wieder als flotte Tanzmusik. Mal nur mit Gitarre und Gesang, dann wieder voll besetzt mit Mandoline, Fiddle, Gitarren, Pedal Steel, Kontrabaß, ab und zu Klavier und auch mal ein Akkordeon.

Es ist nicht möglich, jeden einzelnen Titel zu besprechen, daher möchte ich nur einige hervorheben: 003) klingt wie ein österreichisches Gstanzl. 013, 042, 043, 059 und noch viele andere sind sehr flotte Tanzmusiknummern. 058) >Dust on the River< – eine sehr schöne Ballade. Und natürlich 017) >Too Hot To Handle<, die Hymne des Honky-Tonk schlechthin.

Für Freunde von authentischem Honky-Tonk, Hillbilly und Rockabilly sind diese 3 CD’s ein >Must Have<. Ich persönlich bin begeistert.

Text: Elisabeth Kölbl für Country Music News International



Brasil is our Land and we have too much Country singers ....Good many, bad a lot!Country is. Kind of music that needs to be done seriously ,like all in life!
We have serious people in our Land....Not so Country ...we need to do all Good!
Many times I hear a music that has the name ...Country, but God not a music ..Is empty...if I was a songwriter(this is my trouble...I am not) I have no courage to say ...this music..I do!
Brasil Country has gold in musics,like Rancho Fundo...You Put see the page ,go to music...You see...write musica music in Portuguese,write Rancho Fundo and listen!Is a old music ,but has all the roots that Country needs to have..and say much to our HEART!

Go ahead....Return to musica and Put ..Vítor e Léo...Eu e Deus no Sertã like I and God in the Country....more or less..What wonderfull music of my Brasil, say about simple things ,like love,stars shinning and the name of the Almigthy Lord God!Deus is God in Portuguese!And people think that do music is easy!!!!Only to people Who has simple things in HEART!We say Sertaneja like Country..the same thing.
I choice this two musics because one is old but Very Nice and the other is new and wonderfull....You see that both has deply roots ,different times and tell me that in all times ,Country is in the top ...forever...and is the same way in all the World!What You think?
I have in my mind that in small towns live the Very soul of Country ,and there the roots of Countrynever like a fountain ,drops of WATER ...going on...doing a small river ....a great river ....and Then open inside the sea....and it is in all the world! is my idea!
I ask You ....Country is easy? a complex thing! One day I understand it better.
To our readers a great hug and lets go in this wonderfull world!
RR to CMNI ,from Campos dos Goytacazes .Brasil.See You soon!

30. Donauinselfest in Wien vom 21. – 23. Juni 2013

30. Donauinselfest in Wien vom 21. – 23. Juni 2013

30 Jahre und kein bisschen leise – das muss doch gefeiert werden. Wie immer organisierte der OMCCA (Old Mississippi Country Club Austria auf der Countryinsel drei Tage lang das Musikprogramm, 32 Stunden insgesamt. An zwei Tagen konnte ich wenigstens einen Teil davon besuchen.
Freitag, 21.06.: Bei wunderschönem Wetter traf ich nachmittags gerade zum 1. Set der Band >CHILI CHICKS< aus Oberösterreich ein ( Wie der Name schon ahnen lässt haben sie ihren Stil an den der Dixie Chicks angelehnt. Die drei Frontfrauen mit kräftigen Stimmen (Daniela Konrad, Doro Buchinger und Dani Oberransmayr) und vier Musiker, Hermann Höller (Elektrische und Akustische Gitarren, Mandoline und Blues Harp), Hubert Größwang (Bass) und Manfred Six (Schlagzeug und Percussion) und Christian Wirth (Geige) spielten Modern Country und auch Blues und vor allem die passende Musik für die zahlreichen Linedancer.

Nach ihnen kam eine für mich neue Band aus der Steiermark mit dem zum OMCCA passenden Namen >MRS. SIPI< (
Ganz so fremd war sie mir doch nicht, zumindest die Sängerin Rabea kannte ich von den B.B.Country Painters. Dann gab es noch eine Geigerin (Kathy) sowie vier Musiker. Sie kommen alle aus verschiedensten Musikgenres und gemeinsam lieferten sie hier auf der Bühne Country, Blues, Pop und Rock. Der originale Drummer lag leider mit Fieber im Bett, doch sein „Ersatz“ machte es mindestens genauso gut. An >Redneck Girl<, >Dixieland Delight< und >God Bless Texas< hatten alle ihre Freude.

In der Umbaupause zeigten >SILVERADO LINEDANCER< ihr Können ( um von der Band >FOAK< (= Four of a Kind=) ( abgelöst zu werden. Die Band wurde bereits 1987 gegründet und ist nicht leicht einzuordnen mit ihrem Stil, der Elemente aus New Country, Country Rock und irischen Traditionals aufweist, eigenständig interpretiert und arrangiert. Sie spielten sehr temperamentvoll, professionell und gefielen sehr gut. Die Musiker: Lois Stipsich (Vocals & Guitar), Amarilio Ramalho (Violine), Bernhard Hein (Keyboard & Vocals), Stefan Weigl (Drums & Vocals), Johannes Pauleschitz (Bass, Guitar & Vocals), Kristian Stipsich (Guitar).

Pause: >NO LIMIT LINEDANCER< Showblock ( und ein weiteres Set >CHILI CHICKS< (u. a. >Hard Rock Cafe<), das ich nicht mehr zur Gänze verfolgte weil ich einen Abstecher auf die Hauptinsel machte zur Ö 3-Bühne. >AMY MACDONALD< ( war mein Ziel, aus reiner Neugier, da ich kürzlich bei der >Ghost City Band< einen Song von ihr hörte der mir immer noch in den Ohren liegt. Doch tausend andere hatten das gleiche Ziel wie ich sodaß ich nach ihrem Auftritt das Feld räumte.

Samstag, 22.06.:
Ich begann mit >THE CASHBAGS< aus Deutschland ( Mit ihrem US-Sänger Robert Tyson sind sie derzeit eine der gefragtesten Cash-Revival-Bands Europas. Er trifft mit seiner Stimme haargenau dessen Bariton und mit dem Boom-Chicka-Boom-Sound war die Band absolut authentisch. Das war auch für Nicht-Cash-Fans ein Ohrenschmaus.

Umbaupause und wieder eine Linedancevorführung, diesmal von >PARADISE OF HORSES< ( Bekannte erklommen danach die Bühne, >JOHN DEER< ( diesmal als Trio: Jörg (Gitarre), Brett (Voc., Baß) und Dolfi (Drums) und sie rockten das Fest mit bekannten Coversong (King of the Road, Mercury, u. a.).

Danach folgte eine Show der ganz anderen Art: Schottland war zu Gast in Form der >VIENNA PIPES AND DRUMS< ( Seit 1996 pflegen diese MusikerInnen schottische Dudelsackmusik in Österreich. Als Tüpfchen auf dem „i“ zeigte eine zierliche kleine Japanerin einige schottische Tanzweisen – entzückend!

Es blieb weiter international, denn nun ging es in die Schweiz zur >ANDY MARTIN BAND< (, fünf Musiker (Andy Martin - Git., voc., Achim Budde – Fiddle, Marcel Britt – Bass, Michael Schweizer – E+A-Git., Ray Gunn – Drums). Ich erlebte diese Band zum ersten Mal, obwohl sie bereits seit 25 Jahren in der Countryszene daheim ist. Viele Auszeichnungen, CD-Produktionen und Reisen durch die ganze Welt sprechen für sich. Die neueste CD trägt den Titel „Lost Higway“. Aus ihrem Repertoire hörte ich sehr gut vorgetragen u. a. >Amarillo By Morning<, >I just want do dance with you<, >Burn me down<, und als Zugabe noch >Guitars Cadillacs<.

Eine Linedanceshow gab es noch an diesem Tag, die >WILD WING DANCER< begeisterten das Publikum ebenfalls. Und zu guter Letzt noch einmal >THE CASHBAGS< , wovon mir zwei ausgezeichnet vorgetragene Songs besonders in Erinnerung sind: >Will the Circle be Unbroken< und >Jackson< mit tollem Rhythmus.

Jeder schöne Tag geht mal zu Ende, doch damit das nicht so schwer fällt spielte >JOHN DEER< noch ein zweites Set und holte sich zur Verstärkung für einige Songs seinen Musiker-Freund J. D. Hank auf die Bühne. Zur allgemeinen Linedancerfreude erklang nun >Achy Breaky Heart< sowie >Sweet Home Alabama< in rasantem Tempo und >Have you ever seen the rain<.

30 Jahre – eine lange Zeit – und alle hoffen wir, dass es 2014 ein 31. Donauinselfest in Wien mit super Musik - besonders natürlich Country ;-) – geben wird.

Text und Fotos: Elisabeth Kölbl für Country Music News International


 Had an interesting trip down to Nodaway, Iowa, for a huge farm auction that listed several musical instruments. I was very surprised to see the prices bidded. A Fender acoustic guitar $175; an Ibanez $155; a Sigma $260; a Peavey electric $100; a Gibson Epiphone $260; a Chinese fiddle $95; an Antonio Stradivarius student fiddle $105.  Well you can see the buyers were serious.  I bid on a couple of boxes of old 78rpm records for the museum, one had a 78rpm of Elvis singing "Hound Dog" and another box had a 78rpm by Marty Robbins.  I didn't think Robbins recorded 78, but he did. I have one of Elvis's first 78's in the museum "Jailhouse Rock."  Wow look where we are in such a short time from 78rpm.
     We're finally getting caught up a little after the big festival in LeMars.  You'd think the 'focus' would also lessen a bit, but no, we're already working on next year.  We want to expand the arts, crafts, antiques, flea market, whatever we can do to get a few more of these kind of 'sales' things going.  We went to an art & craft fair in Red Oak and passed out quite a few invitations, and today we went to Walnut for their fall craft festival.  Lots and lots of Redwing crockery, which was their focus.  Sheila, Bobbie Lhea, and I had to pay a visit to the Walnut Opera House.  You may, or may not, have known we once owned it, and converted it from a total wreck to a beautiful opera house again.  The tales and experiences with Carl the Ghost there is pretty remarkable.  Today, as we visited it, it just didn't seem as large as when we were doing shows there.  Is that normal?  It just seemed pretty small as an antique store.  Sure brought back some fine memories.
     Our next big show at the Oak Tree in Anita, Iowa, is the Johnson Strings.  Wow, this family is so very gifted.  They all play bowed instruments which makes their music so incredibly beautiful.  They will do the Orange Blossom Special, and then swing into a lovely piece of classical music.  It's just a super performance.  And, along with them is the sparkly Betty Rydell.  She's a flamboyant country singer and a terrific instrumentalist (she plays four or five different stringed instruments).  Add our regulars to that and you know it's going to be a special night.  All takes place Friday, Sept. 20th, showtime 7pm.
     I had to go to the Vets Hospital for my regular check-up, and I figured out a way to take Bobbie out for a budget lunch that would be very different.  You know that television show "Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives?"  Anyway they had made a visit to Joe Tess's Fish House in South Omaha.  The reason?  Joe Tess is well known for his ability to 'score' carp so you can eat it without any little bones.  So that's what we had.  A carp sandwich costs $3.45, and comes with some rye bread and a pickle.  So, that means we could also have a drink and still have a budget lunch.  I enjoyed my carp sandwich, but I don't think Bobbie and Sheila appreciated theirs.  We probably won't do that again, they said the fish tasted 'muddy.'  I didn't think so, after all they raise their own carp now.


Not quite as busy as last week, but still lots going on.  We stem from Iowa, and carry news of the upper Midwest, as well as anything else that comes into our mailbox.  Knowing this column is re-sent throughout Europe via International Country Music, we extend an invitation for anyone who get this to respond with your own news, etc., that might be of interest to us here in the middle of a corn field in Iowa.  We'd also like to extend an invitation to those of you from the international community to come visit us during our festival next year in LeMars, Iowa.  Your Germany passport (any European pass port) is valid as your entry to the festival free of charge. 
At the Oak Tree Opry in Anita, Iowa, you are all invited to witness a combination of artists never attempted before. The Johnson Strings, as many of you know, can play the Orange Blossom Special better than just about any family around.  Put eight of them together, all on bowed instruments, and you have an idea what this is going to sound like.  They are not only adept at really really good country music, they also play classical music.  Whaaaaaaat?  Classical music mixed up with old-time rural country music.  Sure why not?  Besides, the Johnson Family are incredibly gifted in their ability to provide the 'just-right' change-overs that makes them so very entertaining.  Here's the part that's not been attempted before.  We're going to add one of the most flamboyant, beautiful, sparkly, and super talented country singers to the melting pot.  Betty Rydell from Minnesota is a terrific talent.  She can play five or six instruments, I forget there are so many, but her 'style' is like sunshine on the loose.  You are going to 'so' enjoy this show.  along with our regulars it should be one of our better ones this year.  All takes place September 20th, showtime 7pm, tickets $7 or reserved seats $10 at 712-762-4363
Most of us who like many different varieties of country music will remember James Taylor.  It took a while for it to happen, but James Taylor finally sang with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  Taylor is 65 years old now, and sang a dozen or more songs in Salt Lake City with the 360-person choir.  He also sang with the Utah Symphony as well as with his own combo backing band.  A large crowd of nearly 20,000 were on hand to hear him do some of his classics "Fire and Rain," "Carolina On My Mind," and "Shower The People" among many others.  Taylor really liked the experience.
Country music singer LeAnn Rimes is on tour in Ireland, and was forced to cancel her gig in Dublin after she was admitted to a hospital emergency room.  The singer had been having throat and cough problems for several weeks,  but her lingering cough took a turn for the worse in Dublin, prompting her to visit a local hospital.  She explained on Twitter...."I never thought I'd see the ER in Dublin.  I have coughed myself into pain.  The spasms are intense, I'm coughing hard and injured myself, but I'm feeling pretty good otherwise."
Ernie Ruth is in the local news here in Iowa, he is setting up a "1st Hill & Heritage Festival" to raise money for the little rural town of Thurman, which was devastated by a tornado last year.  He's picked September 27-28 for the doings, and all are invited.  The festival site is located in the South Loess Hills of Iowa, but I do not know exactly where.  It starts on Friday evening with an open stage, so anyone can sign up to be on.  If you are staying overnight for the Saturday show, please remember this is very rough and rustic camping.  No electricity or water, and only porta-potties for toilet facilities.  Camping is free however, as are the shows.  Donations will be taken for the Thurman Fund.  There's going to be a chicken dinner on Saturday, and there will be jamming around the campfires both nights. The Saturday evening show features Bluegrass Playground from Omaha; Jerry Forney Band from Missouri; and the Cahoots Bluegrass Band from Omaha.  Better check with Ernie for more information 712-355-0161
You are also invited to Doug & Debbie's annual Pickle Jar Party and Old Time Country Music/Bluegrass Jam, Oct 11-12-13 in Mount Vernon, South Dakota.  It all takes place at the Senior Citizen Center.  There will be a really big jam set up for Saturday night, some come pick around the campfire here too.  They are a stern group, absolutely no electric instruments allowed.  Meals will be provided, Friday night it's burgers; and Saturday night is pulled pork and smoked brisket (hey that's sounding better);  The camping is free in their back yard which is about 2 blocks away.  Extremely limited electrical hook-ups.  More information at 605-236-5474
And of course we want to invite everyone to our last festival of the year, the Old Time Rural Roots Music Gathering at the Christensen Field House in Fremont, Nebraska.  Starts at noon on October 4th, and goes all day and evening October 5th, and then goes until around 6pm on October 6th.  We have great RV camping facilities, both water and electricity at $15 a day ($10 a day without hook-ups).  Tickets are affordable too, a full 3-day pass for only $40 with young'uns under 17 admitted free of charge.  Culver's Restaurant will have Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner specials along with their regular food items.  The 'line-up' is incredible considering how low it is to get in....John Rex Reeves the nephew of Jim Reeves is carrying on his uncles incredibly beautiful country music.  Betty Rydell, the flamboyant country singer from Minnesota who can play more than four stringed instruments, but not all at the same time, and our favorite country singer songwriter, Terry Smith from Nashville.  Wow, that alone is worth the cost of admission, but wait there's more.  The Kenaston Family on hand for backing as well as dancing;  Dale Eichor and Bobby Awe the Midwest's most popular duo; Marge Lund the singing lark from Anita; Mark & Sue Jenkins (who by the way have a terrific bluegrass band 'SiouxGrass' that performed at LeMars.  They are super good, be sure and see them.  Rick & Harriette Andersen.  If you've already read this far, you might as well be up to date on Rick & Harriette.  Harriette told Rick she needed her own car.  Why? Rick wanted to know, we have a car.  "Yeah" said Harriette, "but sometimes I want to go someplace and you have the car."  She kept on nagging until finally Rick said 'OK, lets get you a car, a brand new one, then no more complaining."  Sure enough, Harritte took her new car down town to Neola to get some groceries.  Before she left, Rick said "Now Harriette you be careful, we don't want any accidents with your new car."  Harriette drove off, and pretty soon the phone rang at the house.  Rick answered, and it was Harriette.  "Yeah, what's the matter Harriette?"  "Well" said Harriette, "I got some good news and I got some bad news."  "What's the good news" Rick wanted to know.  Harriette said, "All of the air bags on the new car work."....More fun at Fremont with Francis Hahn (the singing retired CIA agent); Pat Boilesen (Nebraska's Daughter and a super singer and songwriter): Ed & Kathy Dovel (they've been shy on the circuit lately, but we're hoping they will be at Fremont.  Curt Shoemaker (Whaaaaaat?  The fantastic steel player from Kansas who does Martina McBrides CD's and just got married, and is worried about the grape crop in Kansas?....Yeeeeesss, he's going to be with us to back none other than....Molly & Mary Channer Paul (who won a CD of the year from the RRMC which they will receive in Fremont).  Bill Hendren (just took a new job ramrodding heavy equipment, but also one of our finest country singers); Paul Burnett (He did a super job taking the Dobrotorium under his wing at LeMars.  He lost his outlaw singing partner, but my guess is he'll be ready to go at Fremont); Lee Muller, another of those Kansas flat-landers that picks and sings good; Down Home Dulcimers. (I always say if we can have a steel guitar, we can have a dulcimer too!)  Eldon Hardekopf (whaaaat two steel players?  Yeah sure, why not?); Mike Behnk from Greeley, Nebr (Mike also won a CD of the Year award from the Rural Roots Music Commission.  You will find the price of admission worth hearing Mike do some of his winning songs; Paul Wold that crazy west Nebraska cowboy banjo picker.  Yeah he's pretty good too; Outta Gas, not sure if they are going to make it or not, sometimes we don't know until the last minute; Marcia Greve is all fired up and all of Oakland, Nebraska said they were coming to hear her sing....or not sing, I can't remember which.  Oh she's fine, that's a joke Jay Leno.  Here's a really good singer, going to be on Saturday only....the beautiful Emma Heyen.  If you haven't heard her you are definitely in for a treat.  If you have heard her, you know what I'm talking about.  Jack Langley really draws big crowds to his various concerts in Sioux City.  This terrific songwriter has some super stories to tell about his tour to Austria and his fellow band mates.  All of Sioux City said they were coming to see him. The Dwayne Reed Family.  Dwayne is one of our super-pickers, but not sure about wife Sandi.  She's under chemo and doing OK, but never know for sure.  Jay Kelly had his picture taken for the newspaper in LeMars.  The cute little reporter said Jay was one terrific fiddler.  Bob Keim is straightening out his personal life, and back on track as one of our better keyboard players.  David Green is the Avoca Come-Back Kid, doing great hillbilly music after the style of his Uncle Ben.  David is busy in Kansas City on Fri-Sat, but he promises to be with us on Sunday.  The large Balyeat Family from Montana will be with us in full force again this year.  These kids just get better and better every time we hear them.  Don Diemer is not washed away in Colorado, but he's coming to be with us to perform as well as help with the sound.  Wilber Foss is that great old-time old-time fiddler from South Dakota.  He'll do some MC work too, as will Bonnie Banks, who's just terrific with her emceeing.  Chari Miles formerly of Michigan, and now more permanently from Iowa as she marries up with Louie Heldenbrand.  They make a nice couple, we wish them well in all they do.  Rayne Magill is also on tap to do some performing, she is deeply involved in some family situations, but we hope she will be with us.  Dave Elifrits may or may not be with us, he's also deeply involved in taking care of his family's kids in Missouri.  Claude Pinkley will be on a couple of shows, as will Jackie Shewey, and Tommy Buller (who's in the middle of divorce proceedings???) will try to be up from Nashville.  We'll see.  Wow, I didn't realize how much I could write about just the Fremont Festival.   If you've read all the way down to hear, you should know that this 'last one of the season' for us, is going to be a good one. 
Heard a nice little quote from James Dunkley a sound engineer with Amon Amarth...."As a producer of 'real' country music, be honorable.  This is a small industry and if you're out with the band acting like an idiot, it's not long before everybody else hears about it."  Couldn't agree more.  Here's another from him..."You can't drop a job you've booked just because a better paying one comes along."  Another sage piece of advice.  If you can't get the better paying gig to change dates...or years...don't let yourself become a 'NO-SHOW' because of money.
Speaking of jobs, heard about this one....Gibson is looking for a 'Chief People Officer' to join their team.  This position is based out of Gibson's World Headquarters in Nashville.  You must have a BA, preferably in human resources and at least 8 years related experience.  Visit:  to apply.
Will try to keep you notified about the FolkHouse concerts coming up in Omaha at 2440 Fontenelle Blvd., Omaha, NE at the home of Jerome Brich. 402-598-7955 has info.  First one of the season is Sunday Sept. 29 featuring Sally Barris a Nashville songwriter.
Fifty-seven years after Johnny Cash's first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville has solidified an agreement to continue the legacy of the "Man in Black," on the airwaves of 650-AM WSM Radio.    According to Tom English, the WSM general manager, said..."We are very honored to help introduce our worldwide audience to the amazing Johnny Cash Museum.  Our listeners will be excited about the museum just as they are about calling and emailing us every day to request their favorite Cash songs."  Don't forget, Joanne Cash, Johnny's younger sister who was at LeMars this year, is also a 'legacy carrier' of Johnny Cash.  Especially in the restoration of his birthplace home in Dyess, Arkansas, as well as carrying on his gospel music.
Bob Everhart

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