Anita, Iowa…..Iowa’s Governor
Brandstad has declared June 10-15 as “Museum Week.”  In the small rural
Iowa village of Anita is where the Pioneer Music Museum is located.  A
brainchild of Smithsonian Institution recording artist Bob Everhart,
it’s a one-of-a-kind kind of museum.  According to Everhart “The Pioneer
Music Museum is definitely one-of-a-kind.  We started collecting
old-time country, bluegrass, and folk music memorabilia fifty some years
ago.  Add to that the contributions of country-folk-bluegrass
superstars who have been inducted into America’s Old Time Country Music
Hall of Fame, as well as National old-time fiddlers (there are over 100
fiddles on display) since 1976, all on show in the museum, and you can
begin to see the bigger picture.  So big that American
Profile Magazine (distribution over 5-million copies nationwide) came
to Anita, Iowa, where the museum is located, to do a Hometown Heroes
story about it. In it they talk about the museum and the National
Traditional Country Music Association which I formed in 1976, to
preserve the music of the nation’s frontiersmen and dirt farmers,
cowboys and coal miners.  These were hill folk and sons of the soil and
their music shouldn’t be relegated to the coal bins.  This is part of
our heritage.  America’s heritage.’  They went on to say that Sheila (my
wife) and Bobbie Lhea (our daughter) are as unpretentious as the music
we perform and record for the Smithsonian Institution. The article goes
on to say, ‘The Pioneer Music Museum is filled with artifacts such as
Patsy Montana’s old Fender guitar (which was stolen last year as well as
Johnny Cash’s harmonicas, Tommy Cash’s guitar, Tom Swatzell’s Dobro,
and Maria Petersen’s Bavarian
zither.  Why?  We don’t know, and we’ve never been able to recover
those precious items.)   However the museum is still the proud survivor
of well over 2,500 musical instruments as well as the suit Bill Monroe
wore on his very last performance on the Grand Ole Opry before he passed
away.  It’s the same with Patti Page.  We inducted her into the Hall of
Fame in 2010, and she passed away in 2011.  We have several of her LP’s
autographed by her, as well as some of her early performance clothing. 
The museum is just loaded with things like that: The early Jimmie
Rodger’s guitar; rare photos of the Everly Brothers when they performed
in Shenandoah; a rare one of a kind hammer dulcimer made from the mop
boards of a Pennsylvania farm house that traveled west in a covered
wagon; a massive amount of Johnny Cash’s recordings, Bradley Kincaid’s
‘Hound-Dog’ guitar; a guitar once belonging to Woody Guthrie; Rhonda
childhood mandolin as well as her dad’s early banjo; Roy Acuff’s jacket
that he wore on the Grand Ole Opry; a guitar that Hank Williams once
played; and guitars that once belonged to Jimmy Martin, Marvin
Rainwater, Tommy Overstreet, Charlie Louvin, George Hamilton IV, Jimmy
C. Newman, Bill Anderson, Claude Gray, and hundreds of others. We even
have the original Gold Record Award from the RIAA that was given to
Freddie Hart for his million-selling song “Easy Lovin”  There’s way to
many items to go into detail, needless to say, it’s one of the most
under-rated museums in Iowa.”
     “Just across the street from the museum, in
Anita,” Sheila Everhart said, “is the Oak Tree Performance Center.  It’s
here that we are going to do a very special program of old-time music
dedicated to the Pioneer Music Museum and Museum Week, just like
Governor Brandstad wants us to.”
     “We’re going to do a very special show, June
14th at the Oak Tree Opry in Anita, of million-selling songs by our
regular performers on the Opry; Marge Lund a lovely yodeler and singer
of classic country songs; David Green who specializes in old-time gospel
music and mountain songs; Francis Hahn a retired CIA agent who writes
songs for Johnny Cash’s music publishing House of Cash; Rick &
Harriette Andersen who are backing musicians, and Bob and I will do some
of our Smithsonian songs,” Sheila added.  “We are also very fortunate
to have Capitol Records recording artist Red Johnson with us. He began
his music career with an old friend Dave Dudley who went on to record
the smash hit “Six Days On The Road.”  Red Johnson and Dave Dudley sat
down and co-wrote “Taxi-Cab Driver” for Dudley. Red also wrote for Rex
Allen (“The Voice”) and Hank Thompson among many others as a staff
writer for Tree
Publishing, now Sony Publishing, in Nashville.”
     “Red’s biggest hit,” Bob added, “was ‘There’s A
Grand Ole Opry Show Playing Somewhere’ which was originally written for
Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, and Johnny Horton.  He will be performing it
at this special “Museum Week” show, and you will most likely hear it
being played by Dale Eichor on KWMT Radio in Fort Dodge, Iowa.”
     “Red is a member of America’s Old Time Country
Music Hall of Fame, located in the Pioneer Music Museum,” Sheila went on
to say, “which is a pretty good reason for having him perform for us
June 14th at 7pm at the Oak Tree Opry in Anita.  This is a small theater
and it often fills up, so we recommend reserved seats, especially if
traveling any distance, for $10 at 712-762-4363
Overnight accommodations are available at the Anita Grand Motel.  You
can find out more information about this special show, and the Pioneer
Music Museum at our website at http://www.ntcma.net/.”

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