1) My question is about Miss Jan Howard. How is she doing? Is she still doing Opry performances or has she retired?
Jan’s health has not permitted her to perform for some time now, but in spite of a few limitations, she seems to be doing all right. Last time I saw her she was in good spirits and was her normal feisty self. If you know Jan, you know that nothing keeps her down for very long. And the word “retire” has never been a part of her vocabulary!
2) What was the last year that you did full time touring? Say 100 dates or more? Just curious.
Your question made me curious, too, so I went looking back through some old date books. As best as I can determine, it would have been sometime in the mid-seventies before I began doing the television games shows, soap operas, and appearances at our PoFolks restaurants. I was away from home as much or more with those other activities, but they cut into my concert dates considerably. I doubt that I’ve done as many as 100 concerts in any one year since about 1976 or 1977.
3) Would you ever record the song you opened and closed the Country’s Family Reunion concerts with in Branson? Is it called “Family Reunion?”
Yes, that’s the title, and I recorded it many years ago. The song was written by the great husband and wife team, Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, and was originally cut by Little Jimmy Dickens back in the late 50’s. My recording was first issued on a long-play album called “A Place In The Country,” and later on a CD titled “Out In The Country” back in the eighties. I’m not sure either of those can still be found, but the song is perfect for our live shows.
4) Are you planning to come to Dallas, Texas, anytime soon? Any chance you’ll becoming to Canada (Toronto) this year?
Obviously these are two separate questions from two separate fans. The closest we’ll be to Dallas, as of now, will be on April 10th in Granbury, Texas, which is a little southwest of Ft. Worth. We don’t have any Canadian dates on our schedule just yet, but my agent told me last week that some are in the works. Stay tuned.
And stay curious. Ask me the things that are on your mind. I’ll do my best to answer. We’ll do it again next month, but we can’t do it without you. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or to me at P.O. Box 888, Hermitage, Tennessee, 37076, and we’ll see you back here in March.