Jean Shepard, Gene Watson, Johnny Rodriguez, Jamie O'Neal and Tim Menzies
Each week in November, you can catch Larry and the gang on the RFD-TV network, as well as FamilyNet**:
Nov. 1: Jean Shepard
Nov. 8: Gene Watson
Nov. 15: Johnny Rodriguez
Nov. 22: Jamie O’Neal
Nov. 29: Tim Menzies
"Larry's Country Diner" airs Saturday nights at 11 P.M ET/10 P.M. CT and Sunday evenings at 7 P.M. ET/6 P.M. CT on RFD-TV. "Larry's Country Diner" also airs on FamilyNet (check local listings for airtimes in your area). All lineups and schedules are subject to change.
"Larry's Country Diner" has captured the hearts of consumers across the nation, regularly earning top primetime ratings for viewership with ages 50+ [Nielsen]. Fervent fans and the shows' growing popularity have led to a multiple-year waiting list to be a part of the studio audience.
There are few artists in the Country Music format any more beloved than Jean Shepard. The Oklahoma native hit the charts before she turned twenty-one with 1953’s “A Dear John Letter,” a duet with Ferlin Husky, the man who would also be her legal guardian for a brief period during the song’s chart climb. She added such hits to her resume as “Second Fiddle To An Old Guitar” and “Slippin’ Away.” She will mark sixty years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry next year, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011. The singer released her autobiography, Down Through The Years, earlier this year.
For four decades, Gene Watson has kept audiences entertained with his traditional style of Country Music. He broke onto the radio airwaves in 1975 with “Love In The Hot Afternoon.” Other hits would include “Paper Rosie,” “Farewell Party,” and “Don’t Waste It On The Blues.” Watson is a frequent performer on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, and has just released his newest project, My Heroes Have Always Been Country, a collection of his favorite songs that has become his highest-charting album in a quarter-century.
Sabinal, Texas native Johnny Rodriguez was the first major Latin American star in Country Music. Breaking upon the scene in 1973, thanks to Tom T. Hall, the singer hit with his first single, “Pass Me By,” which quickly became a top ten hit. The singer remained a chart favorite throughout the 1980s, placing six singles atop the Billboard charts, including “That’s The Way Love Goes” and “Love Put A Song In My Heart.”
Jamie O’Neal began her musical career in a band with her parents while growing up in Australia. The soulful stylist came to the attention of Mercury Nashville in 2000, and she would top the charts with her first two singles – the haunting “There Is No Arizona” and the energetic “When I Think About Angels.” Her most recent album, 2014’s Eternal, features her take on songs made famous by artists such as Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Patsy Cline, and Connie Smith.
Tim Menzies has enjoyed one of the most well-rounded careers in Country Music. The Virginia native first achieved success as a member of the 1980s Warner Brothers group Bandana, and enjoyed success with solo singles such as “This Ol’ Heart” and ‘That’s Good.” He also penned some of the biggest hits of the 1980s and 1990s, including “Mama Knows” (Shenandoah) and “She Dreams” (Mark Chesnutt). He has just released his first project in a dozen years, the Gospel-flavored His Way Of Loving Me.