1) Do you think there will ever be any more Family Reunion shows?
This is by far our most asked question, and, to be honest, you are asking the wrong guy. Larry Black owns the rights to Country’s Family Reunion, so he’s really the only person who can give you a definitive answer. BUT…based on what he’s told me in the past, I don’t think he plans on producing any more of these shows. We had a great 23-year run, the DVD’s are alive and well, allowing you to keep watching what we did, and we all thank you.
2) My question is as a left-handed pitcher you play guitar right-handed. Why?
The only thing I do right-handed is play the guitar. Other than that, I am a total southpaw. When I was first learning to make a few chords, my natural inclination was to play left-handed, but I had no left-handed instruction books nor left-handed instructors. I simply forced myself to turn the guitar around and learn to play it the normal way. And this ties right in with our next question….
3. I am interested in what brand of guitar do you play? And do you collect guitars?
Over the years I have played several different brands of guitars including Martin, Fender, Grammer, Gibson, Framus, Ovation, Taylor, Aria, and in recent years a custom made Yasuda. I’m sure I’ve left out at least one or two others. I am not a guitar “collector” like a Steve Wariner or a Vince Gill, who must have hundreds each, but I probably have between twenty and twenty-five different models scattered about.
Our Question Of The Month comes from Susan in Arizona: “It has been my dream for many years to be in attendance when the Opry celebrates its 100th Birthday in 2025. Do you know when tickets for that night’s celebration might become available?”
No, and right now the Opry doesn’t know either. I reached out to Dan Rogers, the Opry’s General Manager, and he says, “A 2025 Opry show calendar will not be available for several months as we make plans for a variety of activities to mark 100 years of Opry. The staff suggests that we all buckle up because they are tentatively planning at least 240 Opry shows over the course of the year.” That sounds exciting, and as soon as more information becomes available I’ll pass it along.
Quickies: Who determines when and to whom an invitation to join the Opry is extended? The Opry management team. How about your Fandango shows you used to do on TNN? Is there any way we could see them again? When TNN was sold to CBS years ago, I’m told that the master tapes of those shows were shipped to New York and put in a vault somewhere. Someone would have to open that vault and remove them for us to ever be able to watch them again. I have no idea who has the key! Did you ever write with Ben Peters or Don Gibson? No, but I was a big fan of them both and of the work they produced. Whatever happened to Anne Murray? Did she ever appear on Family Reunion? No she didn’t. Last I heard she was retired and living back home in Nova Scotia. I know we can see you on the Opry and when you have an event, etc., but is there a special place where you hang out? We tend to think you don’t shop at WalMart. What are the chances of just casually running into you somewhere? Who says I don’t shop at WalMart??
And with that, I think I’ll ride off into the sunset. Thanks again for all your questions this month. You can always send yours to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to answer. Remember if yours is chosen our Question Of The Month you win any item of your choice absolutely free from our online store. We’ll see you back here in December. Stay curious.