Hi Friends – Has this year flown by for you like it has for me? When I was a school kid it sure seemed like it took forever for us to get out for the summer but these days, the months just fly by so fast. At year’s end it’s nice to reflect back on all we’ve done. My January of this year kicked off with a Country’s Family Reunion Cruise – not a bad way to start the year! I’m going to be on the next CFR cruise in February 2014 so hope you’ll be coming along there. I hear we’re cruisin’ to St. Thomas and St. Maartan so that ought to be nice and warm about the time there’s plenty of snow everywhere else. We traveled this year to Canada, Norway, United Kingdom and Ireland and of course all over the United States. Even made it out to Las Vegas which was a lot of fun though the band and I did NOT break the casino’s bank. Ha! So what’s up for 2014? Our calendar is filling up and we’ve got all the shows so far added to the tour section which you can find here on this site. Of course we’re adding more shows all the time so check back regularly and if you have ideas for a place for us to play in your area, just get in touch with our great booking agent, Rob Battle. He’d be happy to hear from you. His email is RBattleArtistAgent@united.net or you can call him at 615-368-7433. Now here we are in December, in the holiday season and I sincerely hope that you will be able to spend time with your friends and family at this joyful time of year. Take care, Gene
Hi Friends- I read something recently about country music being very much like the blues - it’s about real life , about real love and hardships. There’s another artist that often says Pop music is what happens on the weekends and country music is the real life of Monday through Friday. Whatever REAL country is to you, I think we can agree that the best of it makes you laugh or cry but it’s REAL. I like to let everyone do their own thing but for me, I don’t want to hear a fake drum machine or voices put through a synthesizer and I don’t believe I need to hear one more song about a beer party, a dirt road or a tractor. I’m not going to get in to what’s right or wrong with what’s on today’s country radio but I’ll just say, it’s not what I’m listening to. I’m so grateful that Sirius XM is available and I can listen to folks who still play what I consider REAL country music. Mr. Charlie Monk , Mr. Dallas Wayne for example – they play some great songs. Of course over on WSM-AM , there is plenty of excellent music with Bill Cody and their whole staff. There’s some good country radio in England and Ireland too. I don’t guess what some consider one of the greatest country songs of all time “He Stopped Loving Her Today” would ever be heard on radio. I don’t believe they’d ever play “Farewell Party” or ”Okie From Muskogee”. Probably would never know the voice of Patsy Cline – but we could go on and on with that. Let’s just be glad there’s REAL country still going on with the live shows and I’m proud to be out there with you night after night as together we keep it going. You can find the real thing on Country Family Reunion shows on RFD-TV and I’m happy to say I’ll be performing this weekend with one of best REAL country singers you’ll ever hear, Mr. Charley Pride. Come out and hear some real country music with my Farewell Party Band. We’d love to see you, Gene
Hi Friends – I’m back from a great tour of the UK and Ireland and working in Texas this weekend. I sure appreciate all of you that sent me cards and wished me a Happy 70th Birthday on October 11th. It was a milestone . It made me start thinking on the early days in my career and how fortunate I’ve been to be able keep singing for my supper all these years. As any of you singer’s know, it’s just a gift from God to be able to sing. You either are blessed with it or you’re not. Of course it’s hard work , determination and plenty of good luck that makes one able to “make it” in this business over an equally talented other. I never take it for granted. But on the lighter side, when you’ve been in the business for fifty years as I have, I’m always seeing old photos from the early days which reminds me of all the great places I’ve played and people I’ve met. I’m going to put a few photos here that you might enjoy. I have to let you help me on the years they were taken as I can only guess. The very first one though is one I took before I ever had a record deal. I was out playing in clubs as soon as they’d let me in the door. I didn’t mind at all that I was playing music all night and working all day on cars. Don’t know when I slept but seemed like great fun at the time. Just know that I’m still having just as much fun now as then and I’m going to keep singing as long as you’ll let me. Take care and come see us when we’re in your neighborhood, Gene
Hi Friends – I’m over in Ireland today for shows in Bundoran and Armagh and just finished my shows in England. It was a great time to have a birthday as those English folks sure know how to throw a party! I appreciate all the cards, flowers and gifts. It was a very special 70th birthday for sure. It’s always fun here to see everyone driving on the wrong side of the road. Haha. I’m not actually doing any driving myself which might be a good thing. It’s hard enough walking and crossing the street since it’s so easy to be looking the wrong direction.
But such wonderful fans we have here and it makes me happy that our shows are all sold out. It’s so interesting to me also that from a historical point, often in the US, we love a great old building that might have survived from the late 1800′s but folks, over here it’s not even close to old unless it was built before the 1400′s. Seems like every restaurant or shop building is at least early 1800′s so that barely makes a ripple. Have you ever noticed all their pubs are called The Nags Head or the Lamb & Flag or something like that. Ours are called “Joe’s” . They need one called the “Moe & Gene’s ” don’t you think? Hope you can make the trip yourself sometime. If you like castles, you can see all sorts in both England and Ireland and these days they even allow you to spend the night. I personally don’t need to stay in a castle. I figure the moment I do, that ‘ll be the be the day the plumbing goes out . Never know what could happen to a place over 500 years old. I’ll be back in the USA October 18rth and performing in Texas at the Old Lovelady Gym. Reckon that gym is what, maybe 40 years old?
You take care and come see us sometime , Gene