Monday, January 16, 2012

ON THE ROAD WITH IOWAN'S BOB & SHEILA EVERHART January 16th 2012

ON THE ROAD WITH IOWAN'S BOB & SHEILA EVERHART
 
    California.....Bob, Sheila, and Bobbie Lhea Everhart are on hiatus in Oceanside, California still hoping to do a couple of shows with the legendary Patti Page.  There's a new book out called "Satan Is Real" written by an old friend of theirs, Charlie Louvin.  "I remember when he came to our festival," Bob said, "his brother Ira had passed away some time ago, but Charlie came so the Louvin Brothers could be inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.  He was in good spirits, and I asked a competent guitarist, Clyde Broadston, to gather together some musicians to back Charlie.  As a matter of fact, he had something like ten musicians ready for rehearsal, which Charlie seemed to like a lot.  They practiced for about two hours (for a half-hour show), and the musicians all felt they had the material exactly where they wanted it.  According to Clyde, when they got on stage, Charlie only did a couple of the songs they rehearsed, and those were in a different key.  All the rest of the songs he did, they never rehearsed.  He said it was an adventure that's for sure."
     "We have some amazing photos of when Charlie was with us," Sheila added.  "There's one in particular that is really funny, it's Charlie and one of our regulars Happy Valley June Campbell (a performer from the great 'live' radio shows emanating from Shenandoah, Iowa), with Bob and another friend Sherwin Linton laughing like crazy in the background.  Happy Valley June is asking Charlie how old he was when he lost his virginity, and the look on his face, and the serious look on her face, was very funny indeed.  Charlie's marriage lasted 60 years. Sometimes you can see the photo on our website at www.ntcma.net
     "The book "Satan Is Real," Bob added, " is a memoir written by Charlie, much the same way the Louvin's sang their great songs.  Simple and plain-spoken, just like Charlie was, and very strong both in content and character.  Charlie passed away in 2011 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 83, and he really tells it like it is (or was in most instances).  The Louvin Brothers had a domineering sharecropper father, and lived a difficult childhood in rural Alabama.  Charlie also recounts stories from their incredible fame and popularity, one about a very poor Johnny Cash (still only a teenager)   outside one of the venues they were playing at.  Cash was so enamored with the Louvins, Charlie let Johnny and one of his 'pickin' friends in for free.  Remember, "Satan Is Real" was also one of the Louvin Brothers songs, and that LP along with "Tragic Songs of Life" are among the best selling records.....still.....in Nashville.
     "Never mind about Satan's songs," Bobbie Lhea, the 15-year old daughter of the Everharts said. "we had a great budget lunch.  Just up the road from us is a Church's Chicken.  It was pretty incredible when you go on 'coupon' days.  So off mom went with a coupon.  Dad had an order of wings (crispy fried); mom had a chicken sandwich combo; and I had my favorite, chicken strips.  The bill was $12.47, and we each had a drink too.  I sure hope we have another budget lunch there.

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