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June 2011

Hello Friends,

Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame
For those of you who might have missed the news, on November 4, 2010, I was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. This is greatest honor I could receive since Oklahoma is my home state and my name is now included among many of the greats in the music world. The Oklahoma Hall of Fame doesn’t recognize just Country, Cowboy or Western Swing Music, but gives recognition to Oklahomans in all forms of music, such as Jazz, Blues, Rock, Pop, Folk, Gospel, Opera and even Native American Music. But it does feel pretty good to be listed with folks like Woody Guthrie, Patti Page, Merle Haggard, Gene Autry, Albert E. Brumley, Bob Wills, Johnnie Lee Wills, Hank Thompson, Wanda Jackson, Roger Miller, Roy Clark, Cal Smith, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Joe Diffie, Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, just to name a few in our type of music. If you ever have the opportunity to go to Muskogee, Oklahoma, please stop by the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. I think you will enjoy the experience.

Next CD
It may come as no surprise that my next CD will be a tribute to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. It will include some new material plus songs that were originally recorded by folks who have been inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. The new CD will be released on or around August 31, 2011. That day, by the way, will be the 55th wedding anniversary for me and my sweetheart, Martha.

 2011 Public Bookings
All our bookings and my email address are shown on my website If you have access to the Internet and have an email address, please send your email address to me because I send out other newsletters from time to time, in addition to this annual printed newsletter. The list below shows only the public bookings as of today but new dates are continually being added. Call me at 580-762-4837if you need more info on our bookings.

June 11 Grove, OK - Grand Lake Festival with Jana Jae 918-786-8896

June 25-26 Kenton, OH - Gene Autry Days Hardin County Fairgrounds 419-673-4131

August 13 Benton, KS – Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper 6:30pm 316-778-2121

September 8-10 Hastings, NE – Miles of Memories Country Music Festival – Fairgrounds – For more information, check their website 

September 17 Gilmer, TX – Arts Council Concert - 7:00pm - Civic Center (Hwy 271 North)

For reservations, call 903-843-3219 (band)

September 24 Gene Autry, OK – Gene Autry Birthday Jamboree - No Admission Charge

Music 10:30am to 6pm & Auction

October 2 Sandstone, MN – Open for Gene Watson – Midwest Country

Two Shows - 2pm/7pm Call 888-729-1033 for reservations

October 12-29 Branson, MO – Silver Dollar City - Missouri’s Biggest Barn Dance

Wed–Sun 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm (band)

November 11 Junction City, KS – C. L. Hoover Opera House Concert 7:30pm (band)

For more information, call 913-956-8901

November 19 Grenola, KS – Community Building - Museum Fund Raiser 6pm

For reservations, call 620-358-3241

December 10 Winfield, KS – Western Swing Christmas Ball – 7pm For reservations and directions, call 620-222-2154 (band)

December 31 Benton, KS – New Years Eve Concert/Dance, 6:30 supper followed by concert/dance - please call 316-778-2121 for reservations and directions (band)

The list of available CDs and cookbooks is the same as printed in the 2010 newsletter. They are also shown on our website If you need a list of our available CDs and cookbooks, call me at 580-762-4837 and I’ll send a list to you. But please remember that my next CD, “Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame” will be available on September 1, 2011.

Martha and I want to thank you for your friendship and support. Hope to see you soon.