June 17, 2006......
played two sensational sets at the Sagebrush Roundup in beautiful Fairmont, West Virginia. Dignitaries in attendance included the former Julia Yocum, Sleepless Sassy, Sami, Nikki, and Treva. This was actually the day when I first met the Mineral Wells contingent and proved to be the genesis of the popular bluegrass band Just Add Milk. Who among us will ever forget their rendition of the hit song "Nikki and Sami and Gary" at the 20th Annual Sally Mountain Bluegrass Festival a mere two weeks later? RHONDA VINCENT and the RAGE The other memorable thing about the Ragebrush Soundup was the high quality of sound during ths show. The gentleman working the soundboard was one of the hardest working and skillful individuals that I've ever seen in my life. Does anyone remember his name?
On June 14, 2006, I had flown into beautiful Columbus,
and picked up my rental car, the soon-to-be legendary DUHmobile. The following morning, I woke up early and drove to Crossville, Tennessee for a free OHIO show at the county fairgrounds. As usual, I arrived long before showtime, so I started walking around town. It was a very hot day, so I quickly ducked into the first air conditioned building that I could find. As luck would have it, this building turned out to be the local headquarters of the Democratic Party. Although I'm not a member of that organization, I was extremely grateful to get away from the hot air.....but enough about was going on in Washington, D.C. at that time. RHONDA VINCENT I also got directions to the fairgrounds from the Democrats, as they told me to go to the traffic light and turn right. So I did that, and soon found myself leaving Crossville and driving thru the countryside with no fairgrounds in sight. I eventually turned around and discovered that it should have been a left turn at the light. Just like Pelosi and Reid, these local Democrats were telling everyone to turn right when what's really needed is a sharp left turn. The show was great, of course, and I also enjoyed the opening band, Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain. This was the first time that I had ever seen or heard of them, but I became an instant fan. I can't remember where I slept that night, but it was probably at a truck stop somewhere on I-40.
Gary L K
The next night found me in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina in one of the most beautiful theatres that I've ever seen for a bluegrass concert. I had a second row seat, courtesy of Sleepless in S'ville. This was a rescheduled concert which she was unable to attend, so she allowed me to use her seat. Of course, she tried to claim credit for half of a show, but the Rager Supreme I-A-Told-Ya Julia ruled against her. Thanks for the seat, Sass!
At this particular show, I had the privilege of sitting next to the legendary Fred and Kim Black, two of the finest Ragers that a person could ever sit beside for a concert. They are both very friendly before and after the show, but they're all business from the first note to the last. I didn't hear a peep out of either one, aside from cheering after each tune, of course. Not only that, but they smell good, or at least Kim does. Hopefully, the feeling was mutual, although it had been quite a few long, hot hours since that truck stop shower. RHONDA VINCENT
G Lee K
In keeping with a long-standing tradition, I then headed up I-77 and spent the night at the West Virginia Turnpike Service Plaza near Beckley. By the time I reached Summersville the next morning, the hours since the shower were really starting to add up. Fortunately, I came up with what I considered to be a brilliant plan. I decide to stop in and visit a couple of the finest people that anyone could ever meet, Edgar and Eunice Kitchen, at the Summersville Music Park. They were kind enough to allow me to use the campground shower, so that I would be presentable when I reached Fairmont. I told them where I was going and they asked me to say hello to
, which I probably forgot to do. RHONDA Hello, ! RHONDA
Following the Sagebrush Roundup, which, in case you missed it, featured the greatest sound person in the history of music, I headed north on I-79. There was a great deal of construction near the City of Champions, but I eventually got thru the detours and slept at another truck stop near Erie, PA.
Tune in again tomorrow to find out which legendary Ragers I sat beside during the shows on June 18, 2006. RHONDA VINCENT and the RAGE
Gary, I must say that reading these posts is very interesting... I can still remember that hot summer day in Fairmont, WV. What a great day it was
I can also still remember the name of the greatest sound man ever that just happened to be doing the sound for Rhonda Vincent and the Rage that night. But I'd rather keep people in suspense. Gary, I would like to take this time to celebrate our 3 year anniversary! It doesn't seem possible that it's been that long. It would be great to get to go back to the "Ragebrush Soundup" sometime to relive the memories of the good ol' days. I wish I could name some things that happened on "this day in history" but unfortunately, I have a terrible memory... I can't even remember all the presidents, when they were in office, and how all of them died.. pretty sad, huh? But that's why we keep you around, so you can tell us all of these wonderful things! See you soon, Gary
Man! Has it been THAT long... wow how time flies!
Fred ... and yes Gary, Kim smells better than I do most of the time!
Fred, I know what you mean. It seems like only yesterday.
Happy Anniversary, Samantha Lynn! Getting to know you and your wonderful family, along with Nikki Marie, has been one of the greatest experiences of my career. I wouldn't trade it for all of the soundhumans in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia, no matter what their names might be!
Sassy, is this good night or good morning?
Im getting ready for Tenn
It's good night for me. I just got home and I'm getting ready for Tenn hours of sleep!
Happy Anniversary Gary Lee Kennedy, Gary Lee Kennedy, and Poopsie Lynn Daggett. Wow 3 years..how time flies. I wish I would have prepared a speech.
Gary Lee Kennedy
Nikki, that's it! That's the guy's name! I don't know why I couldn't think of it. The greatest sound person ever is named Gary Lee Kennedy. Have any of you Almost Heaveners seen him lately? I haven't seen Gary Lee Kennedy in three years.
Happy Anniversary to Gary Lee Kennedy!