HELLO FRIENDS – It’s been quite a busy week! I rolled into Nashville on Monday for a quick rehearsal for the Country Family Reunion show that was taping Tuesday. Tuesday morning we had a call time of 8:30AM . First thing that happens is you get hit in the face with a big powder puff. Those makeup people have to work long hours to powder down all the acts on the show. After that you can grab some coffee and a little breakfast and visit a few old friends which I enjoy doing, before we start the show. On this particular day it was a real pleasure seeing some old friends I hadn’t seen in years. One was the super steel guitar maestro, Buddy Emmons. Buddy played on so many of my sessions and he’s a real hero to today’s steel players. I also enjoyed visiting with the honky-tonk and Western swing great, Curtis Potter. Curtis was also very involved with Step One Records, a label I recorded for. Of course they seated me next to my good friend, Moe Bandy. They like me to sit next to him to keep him in line. For the show, I sang “Make The World Go Away”. I know a lot of folks associate this song with Eddy Arnold but for me, it will always be a Ray Price hit. I first heard it by Ray and his version impressed me so much I recorded it for my new album “My Heroes Have Always Been Country.” I’m not sure when this CFR will be aired but we will be sure we get that information out for you as soon as we know. Just after the show taping, I had to rush off to the airport for the flight to Canada.
I’m in Canada the rest of the week – Brantford, Renfew, Marmora and Spencerville. Really looking forward to seeing all my great Canadian fans again. You just don’t know how much I appreciate all of you that drive such long distances to see me. We’re always hoping to get a tour to the west coast of Canada too so be checking back with us to see when we can make that happen.
See you on the road and until then, take care, Gene