Below you will find the current musicians appearing at the 2015 July 4th Picnic. The list is subject to change at any moment.Continue Reading...
My dear father is a sweet, mellow, loving man that makes me light up inside when I look into his eyes. He has been an inspiration and a role model, teaching me the most important lessons of my life.
First of all he taught us how to have patience, and not rush to judgment. Judge not, least ye be judged he would say. “You don’t know what that man’s been through just to get to where he is today.”
He has taught me to listen to what others have to say more than talk about myself. He always said that helping others with their problems would only help you with yours.
We would all go and laugh and play Hide and Go Seek every night after dinner, teaching us the importance of having fun and playing with your children; medicine that doesn’t have to cost a penny. He would run to base with one of us on his back to make it more of an even game. It was about the playing, not the winning. Afterward we would all be tired, ready for bed and we knew we were loved beyond a shadow of a doubt.
He always said, “Whatever you do, keep a positive attitude. Everything happens for the best. Everything”. That pill is hard to swallow while in the grips of sadness or turmoil, but somehow in the long run it has ALWAYS proven to be the truth.
So, if I fail or falter it isn’t because I wasn’t shown the way. Dad, here’s to you and your infinite wisdom. I love you and hope I never let you down. Happy Father’s Day.
“The veteran, who turned 82 years old this spring, shows no sign of slowing down, kicking off his summer tour at Ogren Park/Allegiance Field riding a new wave of interest and popularity.” Read more at kpax.com
Dad recently did a PSA for the homeless veterans in America. Production crews set up cameras on the bus before the concert, and the Redheaded Stranger asked that everyone open their hearts to our many homeless vets. A highly decorated Viet Nam veteran, who was also a fan, had given Dad this well worn, heavy medal hat to wear in honor of all those who have served our country with honor and pride. God Bless our American veterans and please support them when you can. They have already supported you.
Well I have no idea if the is the right place to be sending this, as it was an e-mail address passed on by a stranger on FB.
But to make a long story short, a few months ago I commissioned a portrait for gentleman who’s dream it was to have a picture taken with Willie. Suffice to say, he never got the chance and asked me to draw one for him. He had been told for years that he looked like his idol Willie, and he wanted to show everyone they were all crazy! ( I personally thought he looked like Willie too! lol ). 24 hours after a family member of his picked up his portrait, Basil unfortunately passed away . Now I don’t personally know Basil well, but from in the short time I got to know him all he could talk about was Willie. So I’m hoping to do him one last honor of knowing Willie got to see this picture, and where ever Basil is now I know he would smiling from ear to ear!
If there is any way you can pass a copy of this picture Willie in anyway, I know you would make one life long Willie fan and his family a great honor.
Here is a link to Basil’s FB page. People still send him Willie updates lol
Thank you Kindly
The Starlight Theater in Kansas City was packed with love tonight. Jason Isbell opened up the hearts of everyone with his beautiful voice, then Alison Krause and Union Station stepped up to the stage and melted even the toughest among us. She sings like a sweet, soft, fragile winged angel.