1) Do you “do things up” for Christmas in your home or is the decorating more subdued? Also wondering what you do to celebrate the New Year.
When my kids were younger, we “did things up” a lot more than I do now. Now I let THEM do most of the decorating at their own houses, and I go over and enjoy it with them and the grandkids. I do put up a tree at my house, I still hang stockings by the fireplace, and I leave milk and cookies for Santa. I plan to never outgrow that! I’m somewhere performing quite often on New Year’s, so I have no set routine for celebrating. Mostly I’m just thankful to be alive to welcome in one more year.
2) How is Stonewall Jackson doing? I have not heard him on the Midnight Jamboree lately.
Stonewall came and sat in the circle with us on our latest Country’s Family Reunion taping (Country’s Unbroken Circle), and he sang his classic song, “Why I’m Walking.” I couldn’t help but notice how some of the younger singers looked at Stonewall in awe, particularly Sam Williams, Hank Williams’ grandson. Stonewall sounded great, and seemed happy to be sharing his songs and stories with his friends again.
3) What is your oldest granddaughter doing now that she graduated high school a couple of years ago? I know she wanted to go into show business. Has she appeared in any plays locally?
I hate to tell you, but that graduation a “couple of years ago” took place in 2012. Time flies when you’re having fun! Rachel, who prefers to be called Rae, appeared with just about every theater group in Nashville during her college years (she graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2015), and figured if she were going to take the next step as an actress, singer, and dancer, that she needed to move to a larger city with an active theater scene. She moved to Chicago, got a job teaching dancing, but so far she’s not gotten the big show biz break she’s been looking for. She wasn’t able to get home for Christmas this year, but will be coming in early January. I’m looking forward to talking with her and seeing what her plans are from here.
4. Is there any way you could do a concert in Dodge City, Kansas, this winter? I would love to come to one of your concerts sometime, but it seems they are always in the Eastern U.S.
I get quite a few letters from folks west of the Mississippi who wonder why we don’t get out their way more often than we do, and I’m not sure that I know the answer to that. I go where my agent books me, and he books me in places where he gets offers for us to perform. I’d love to come to Dodge City (I was there many years ago), but unless a venue or a promoter invites us, the chances of it happening are not very good.
Thanks for your questions, and I hope you’ll keep them coming in the New Year. Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or in care of P.O. Box 888, Hermitage, TN. 37076. I’ll look forward to hearing from you. Stay curious.