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June, 2004

Hello Friends:

Western Swing Cruise

The big news is about our Western Swing Cruise in April, 2005. My Silverlake Band and I will be providing western swing and country music each day for your dancing and listening pleasure. We are all excited about spending the week with you on the Carnival Cruise Ship in the western Caribbean. J.C. Broughton will be there with his fiddle, Kenny Glasgow with his bass, Don Long will have his drums, and of course, Smiley Weaver with that fantastic steel guitar.   

The dates are April 22-28, 2005. Village Tours  and Travel will provide motor coach transportation from Wichita and Oklahoma City to Houston on April 22 with an overnight stay in a motel in the Houston area. You have the option of meeting us in Galveston where we will board the ship on April 23. The five night cruise will stop at two ports-of-call, Cozumel and Cilica/Playa Del Carmen. There will be numerous options for sightseeing and on-shore fun and educational activities at these ports. And the days and nights on the ship offer so many choices of food, fun and entertainment.  We return to Galveston on April 28. For information and reservations, call Village Tours and Travel in Wichita, KS at 800-333-0312 or 316-721-4455. Hope you will join us.

Railroad Days, St. James, Minnesota

My ole buddy Dave Ringen and I invite you to our shows in St. James on June 25-26, 2004 - Call 507-375-4102 for more info.

Lawton, OK Birthday Party

August 3, 2004-Museum of the Great Plains. My performance will start at 7pm. No charge.

Valiant, OK Watermellon Festival

I will do two shows on August 7, 2004 at 9am (main street) and 11am (park). No charge.

Chisholm Trail Western Town, Cleburne, TX

August 7, 2004, 6pm - There will be lots of food, fun and cowboy music at the west edge of Cleburne, Texas, right on the Old Chisholm Trail. For reservations and directions, call 254-752-5833.

Clifton-Vining KS Music Festival–Clifton, KS

A wagon-load of entertainers will be at the two-day music festival in Clifton, Kansas on August 20-21, 2004 at Berner Memorial Park. I will sing on Friday night and twice on Saturday.

Red Rock Guest Ranch – Soldier, KS

September 17/18, 2004. Call 1-866-FUNGRUB for reservations and directions.

Hastings, Nebraska in September, 2004

Come join us at the “Miles of Memories Country MusicFest & RV Rally”, September 9-11, 2004 at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Hastings, Nebraska. It is a three day festival of music, theme shows and activities for jammers and RVers. Find out more at

Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper-Benton, KS

You will have a great time visiting the new Hopalong Cassidy Musuem, wagon and train rides, followed by great food and cowboy music. I’ll be there 9/16.  Call  316-778-2121 for info.

Gene Autry, Oklahoma

The annual Cowboy Film and Music Festival in my hometown of Gene Autry, Oklahoma will be held Sept. 22-26,2004. It starts Wed. I’ll sing on Friday night, my band and I will be on Saturday night, and I’ll be on the Sunday morning show. 

Silver Dollar City in 2004

This will be the 8th consecutive year to work the Great American Music Festival at Silver Dollar City in Branson. The dates for our appearance there are October 6-10 and 13-17.

Cowboy Christmas Balls

Please join my band and me for one or both of the Cowboy Christmas Balls, to be held in Yukon, OK and Winfield, KS in December. Call or email me for more info.

Martha’s Cookbooks

Last year, Martha published her fourth cookbook titled “Tastes on the Range” which contains over 800 recipes and a story about the Arbuckle Mountains where I spent so much time as a lad. To order any of her  cookbooks, see the product section, below. She is now collecting recipes for her 5th (and last, she says) cookbook. She would like to include one or more recipes from you. Send ASAP to the address shown on the back

My Ninth Album Now Available

My latest CD, “It’s Time to Sing a Song” is now available. Included are 8 cowboy classics and 4 songs that I wrote. See the Merchandise section on my website.

Album Number 10

I have a target date of Sept 1 for release of my next  CD. It will be a tribute to Gene Autry. The working title is “I Remember Gene”.

Thanks For Your Support

 A special thanks to all who sponsored and/or attended any of our performances recently.  We hope to see you again real soon.

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