“The first Terry Smith concert at the Phoenix Theater
in Neola, Iowa, went well,” said Bob Everhart the producer and promoter
of the event.  “We had some difficulties arranging the theater but it
turned out just fine.  A nearly full house, and lots of folks that
hadn’t seen him before.  Sheila and I got to open for him, which was a
treat because there are so many other musicians that want on the same
show, we sometimes get squeezed out, but it turned out very special for
us.  We’re so surprised when we begin the program by talking about
Minnie Pearl’s 100th birthday this year.  We’re kind of ‘auditioning’
the audience for our attempt at the LeMars festival to see how loud we
can do Minnie’s ‘greeting.’  What’s so amazing is the huge number of
people that remember ‘howwdeeeee’ and do it so well without prompting.”
     “I’m doing the ‘On The Road’ story a little early,”
Bob added, “because we have to go with Terry to Neligh, Nebraska, for a
Sunday matinee at the Legion Club there.  It’s also our family reunion,
so it’s a double-hazard day.  Well, not really, Terry does an excellent
job, but you know how ‘family’ is, how come we didn’t get a free
ticket?  It’s not so bad with my family, we haven’t had reunions for a
long time, and then last year when Terry played in Neligh, we invited
everyone, and a whole bunch showed up.  All of my family homesteaded up
near the Neligh area, some around Royal where Sheila and I would like to
retire to some day, that ‘some’ day may be earlier than we had
anticipated, and property is still very high up there.”
     “We’re also getting ready for Lemars,” Sheila added,
and the celebrity line up this year is pretty incredible.  Lynn
Anderson, Ed Bruce, Michael Martin Murphey, Charlie McCoy, Ben Steneker,
Terry Smith, Greta Elkin, and Ted Vigil, a guy who looks and sounds
like John Denver, is going to make for some really entertaining time for
everyone who attends.  Dates are Aug. 27-Sept 2 at the Plymouth County
Fairgrounds in LeMars.  Bob has the program printed and in the mail to
the NTCMA membership, and we’ll have copies available where we are
performing at, so please ask for one.”
     “We’re also really looking forward to our concert at
the World Theater in Kearney, Nebraska,” Bob added. “This is a restored
theater, used to be strictly vaudeville, than movies, then a combination
of the two, and finally closed due to other theaters using more mondern
techniques.   We will be performing just before the showing of the film
“Walk The Line” a story about Johnny Cash’s life.  We will be playing
the songs Johnny Cash would have listened to when he was just a child,
so it should be lots of fun.  We’ll be there Aug. 10 for a 7pm show, and
Aug 12 for a 2pm matinee. In between we’ll be at the Burton Bend Music
Festival in Holbrook, Nebr., about 50 miles away on Sat. Aug. 11th.”

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