We all arrived home safe and sound from our Country’s Family Reunion cruise to the Caribbean.
Well, all but my suitcase that is. It didn’t arrive with the rest of our baggage, and I spent half the night filling out forms and providing the airline with a list of things that were packed inside. About midnight, the airline called and said they had located my bag….in Oklahoma City! I had put the “Nashville” baggage tags on it myself before we got off the ship. How it got to Oklahoma I’ll never know.
But it did finally find its way home, so the good news is that nobody in OKC is walking around in my underwear!
We had a wonderful time. Twelve artists and thirteen-hundred country music fans. Beautiful, warm weather and lots of good food and drink. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.
And those thirteen-hundred people loved the music and the laughter generated by Moe Bandy, Gene Watson, Johnny Lee, Jeannie Seely, Joey & Rory, Helen Cornelius, T. Graham Brown, Ronnie Robbins, Linda Davis (a last minute replacement for the ailing Jim Ed Brown), Rhonda Vincent, and yours truly.
Mike Johnson headed up the Family Reunion Band, and it was magical.
Larry Black, the executive producer of our Country’s Family Reunion series, also performed his “Larry’s Country Diner” show live on stage, with in person appearances by everybody’s favorite senior citizen, Nadine; the guitar pickin’ sheriff, Jimmy Capps; and the Diner’s favorite waitress, Renee. Several impromptu pickin’ and singin’ sessions broke out in various places around the ship, and I can truthfully say that a good time was had by all.
Larry estimates that the average price for the fans to take part in the cruise was in the neighborhood of $1295.00 apiece. For those who think traditional country music is dead….or that our fans won’t pay to see and hear what we have to offer anymore….I can only say:
“You Shoulda Been There!”
And thanks so much to all of you who were.