Dear Fans – It’s been awhile since we’ve caught up about what’s going on in my world ! I’m just back from the Country Family Reunion cruise to Alaska! What a great time that was with all those amazing artists and the fun crew from Larry’s Country Diner!! I think this may have been the best cruise ever - and each one has been incredible. Musically, we enjoyed outstanding songs from Dailey & Vincent, Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely, Jimmy Fortune, Rhonda Vincent, Jim Ed Brown, Sweethearts of the Rodeo and of course, my good pal, Moe Bandy. One amazing song after another just blew me away including Jimmy Fortune with his high tenor singing “How Great Thou Art” with Dailey & Vincent. I saw more than one teary eye in the crowd on that one. Then Bill Anderson moved the audience to more tears with a beautiful rendition of “Old Army Hat” which he dedicated to a WW II veteran in the audience (the audience were on their feet with an ovation for this great veteran before Bill sang the first note!). Ms. Jeannie Seely had the audience standing and begging for more when she sang her fun song , a parody of the Elvis tune “Are You Lonesome Tonight” in which she laments the agonies of growing old. Dailey & Vincent knocked it out of the park with a Statler Brothers hit, “I’ll Go To My Grave Loving You”. You know I like to tease my buddy Moe Bandy ALL the time but besides being one of the funniest people you’ll ever meet, he’s truly one of the best Entertainers you’ll ever see and a powerful singer. He gave outstanding performances of “Bandy The Rodeo Clown” and “Too Old To Die Young”. If you couldn’t get enough music during the regular shows, the energizer bunny known as Rhonda Vincent, held nightly jams (with her Mom on standup bass and a good crew of other musicians ). I got to hear Moe tell a few jokes one night and then he sang his CMA Song of the Year “It’s a Cheatin’ Situation” with Janis Oliver of Sweethearts of the Rodeo filling in on the original Janie Fricke part. You know you had to be there for that! There was something musical going all the time — and we haven’t even talked about the great ports in Alaska! The glaciers we saw were spectacular ! Folks were seeing whales off the side of the ship and it was just something special. Alaska should be on everyone’s bucket list. I’ll leave you here with a few photos from the cruise . Take care and come see us on the road, Gene
Top Photo: Our cruise Ship, the Norwegian Jewel
Middle Photo: Some of the crazy folks on our trip including Keith & Emy Joe Bilbrey, Tami & Moe Bandy, Randy Little (Boot Daddy), Nadine and Homer , Jamie Dailey, Moe Bandy , Jimmy & Nina Fortune and Jimmy & Michele Capps .
Last photo: Moe Bandy, Jimmy Fortune and me at the autograph signing