Oh yes, it’s March and supposed to be SPRING in a few weeks. Well, we’ll see how that works out. Might have another Arctic Polar blast or whatever they’ve been calling it before we see what I call spring weather . At least it was nice for one week during the CFR cruise. I love Texas but I sure enjoyed a week of good weather in St. Thomas and St. Maartan in the middle of winter. Hate to rub that in to you folks still dealing with frozen tundra. I enjoyed meeting a lot of nice fans on the cruise too. We had shows with Bill Anderson, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, Bill Dean, David Frizzell, Rhonda Vincent, The Church Sisters and Mo Pitney. I had not heard the young twins, The Church Sisters before and they were amazing with their harmonies. Also enjoyed the fine voice of young Mo Pitney who is on Curb Records. I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more from these young artists and it’s nice to know they love classic country as we do.
Back here on dry land, the band and I are ready to hit the road for our March shows. Starting with this weekend, we’ll be in Rosco, TX (March 7), Arlington, TX (March 8), Hartselle, AL (March 14) ,Pace, FL (March 15), Washington, IN (March 22) and Lawton, OK (March 29).
Hate to do this to you but guess I’ll leave you with a few photos from the cruise. It was so much fun with Larry’s Country Dinercrew that we’re going to do an Alaskan cruise July 19-26th. Everyone says that is an event of a lifetime so sign up for that and enjoy Alaska when it’s sweltering in July. Just go to this link for more information: www.CFRCRUISE.com.
Hi Friends- I’m out on the high seas with the Larry’s Country Diner and Country Family Reunion cruise this week. We’re heading out to St. Thomas and St. Maartan and hopefully lots of sunny weather. After the arctic blast we’ve all had this winter, I’m looking forward to thawing out a bit. I’ve had a few fans ask me if the occasional rocking of the ship ever bothers me and I tell them the truth – after so many years on a tour bus , a person just gets used to all that swaying motion. Highly unlikely I would ever get sea sick ! I wish you were with us to enjoy the fun and mayhem that Larry’s crew will undoubtedly bring but maybe we can all cruise again next year.
Here are some photos from last year’s cruise : That’s me with The Sheriff, the great Jimmy Capps as we are about to rehearse a song
and then before the doors open to the show, you can see Nadine is watching to see just where that sound man is gonna stick that microphone cord on me. They stuck hers down the back of her frock so guess she’s thinking I’d better get equal treatment!
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Jan Feb 14 Newsletter
Hello Friends- are you surviving this winter chill that has set in on so much of the country?? Not easy for us Houston folks who travel a lot because I hate to rub it in, but it’s pretty mild most of the time where I live. But right now I’m in Nashville and it’s colder than a…well let’s just say it is cold! About now, I’m looking forward to cruising with the Larry’s Country Diner crew . We’ll be headed toward the Eastern Caribbean with stops at a private island, then St. Thomas and St. Maartan. I can’t wait to warm up. Rhonda Vincent’s on this trip and last year she was jammin’ bluegrass/country style every night. Rhonda could outlast the Energizer Bunny any day of the week! I know if she does that again on this trip it will be a huge treat for the fans. For those that can’t join us on the February cruise, we’ll take lots of photos for you and share here so check back later on. Meanwhile, you stay warm if you’re in the arctic blast or just think about moving to Texas! All the best, Gene
Hi Friends – Been up in Nashville this week finding out what the word winter means. We don’t get it quite that cold in Houston. But just like life , we have to have the lows to fully appreciate the good times and good weather. I sure did enjoy singing on the Eddie Stubbs tribute this week. Loved hearing all the great talent and catching up backstage with folks I don’t usually get to spend much time with. Enjoyed visiting a long time with Ray Price and with Ricky Skaggs and Duane Allen. Also talked with Josh Turner, Ronnie Bowman, Jean Shepherd, Shawn Camp, Bill Anderson, Cheryl and Buck White, Bill Cody and all the great musicians that were led by Jimmy Capps and his lovely wife, Michele (who sang harmony ).
Now about to get on the Country Family Reunion cruise and head to the Western Caribbean! Please don’t let there be any cold weather there. We stop in Belize and Cozumel. Oddly enough my cousin, Drop, and his wife are on another cruise but will be in Cozumel at the exact same time so I hope to meet up for lunch with them. Drop is a great guitar player and was in my band for awhile, then had his own band and now is back helping me out on the road. If you see him at the show, be sure to say hello to him. Rhonda Vincent and I are going to do a couple of duets on the cruise (see photo below ) . Rhonda’s such a character – no telling what she’ll do on this show. Not to mention what a great vocalist she is. I have to stay on my toes to keep up with her.
I was just talking to someone about these huge cruise ships. They’re like a floating city with a “main street” and shops on both sides of the “street”. They’ve got little cafes and a pub. Then there’s a library, a casino, a full spa and a variety of clubs for all types of musical tastes. Our group will take over the big theater for our shows. If you’re not able to make it on this one, I’ll take a lot of pictures for the newsletter which my office tells me should be go out around the first of February.
Stay in touch and I’ll be back here after the cruise with some cruise stories and photos. Til then, Gene