And welcome to our April fan club newsletter.
For our online members, this letter is coming close on the heels of our March newsletter which was delayed by computer issues. And again we apologize for the problems. Hopefully, the little gremlins are gone for good now and things will be more consistent from here on in.
It’s been an emotional week here in Nashville with the death of bluegrass legend, Earl Scruggs. I have been pleased to see the ourpouring of love and admiration for this man who accomplished so much and influenced so many in his 88-years.
One of my all-time favorite afternoons was spent at Earl’s home a few years ago when he allowed us to haul in a bunch of microphones and fancy equipment to record one of our “Visit With The Legends” radio shows in his living room. Earl sat on the sofa and played his banjo; his son, Randy, played along on his acoustical guitar, and Earl’s wife, Louise, unleashed a lifetime of stories for our listeners. Earl always let his music do most of the talking for him, but that day, for some reason, he really opened up and what started out to be a sixty-minute visit ended up lasting more than ninety.
When it was over, and many times thereafter, Earl insisted that it was his favorite of all the interviews he had ever done. I have never received a nicer compliment. He was a special man and will certainly be missed.
Quite a few of you have begun asking me if I’ll be making any appearances during this year’s CMA Music Fest (“Fan Fair” to most of us old-timers), and I will. On the Wednesday night before the event officially opens, I have signed on with Billy Yates and some young traditionalists to be part of a real country evening at the Texas Troubadour theater. Details are not all available just yet, but I’ll appear on the songwriter segment with just my guitar. I’ll also be making some autograph appearances in some of the various booths inside the Convention Center. And I plan to be on both the Friday and Saturday night Grand Ole Opry shows that weekend, June 9th and 10th. I hope to see lots of you here.
The fiddle player in my band, Kenzie Wetz, has been chosen to play the part of….guess what?….a country music fiddle player in the pilot episode of a proposed new ABC-TV musical/drama called “Nashville.” The pilot should air sometime in late spring or early summer, and we’re all hoping it becomes a regular weekly series. I know you join me in wishing Kenzie the best of luck in her acting debut.
We’ll be on the road the last two weekends of this month….making up a date I missed due to illness last fall in Belleville, Ontario, Canada on April 21st and taking our Country’s Family Reunion Road Show to Manistee, Michigan on the 28th. I hope lots of you in those areas will come be with us.
Enjoy this great weather while it lasts, and thanks for all your continued support of me and my music. I’ll see you back here again in May.