Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: October 4-5-6, 2013

 

Rural Roots Music Gathering Returns to Fremont, Nebraska, October 4-5-6, 2013

 

The 'jamming's sessions that take place during the event.

 

Fremont, Nebraska (September 19, 2013) - "Old time acoustic music is becoming popular again,"  says Bob Everhart, President of the National Traditional Music Association.  He and his wife Sheila record for the Smithsonian Institution with six projects recorded, one of them a Grammy nomination.  "With 78-million baby boomers emerging into the recreational market across America, the opportunity to provide entertaining music and fun is in itself a 'fun' thing to do," says Bob.

 

One of the ways Everhart does this is by staging old-time music events. "We've been doing the Rural Roots Music Gathering for about twenty years now," he said.  "It takes place at the Christensen Field House in Fremont, Nebraska, with dates being October 4-5-6, 2013." 

 

What's neat about this facility is the fact that there are lots of electrical hook-ups for RV campers. The event attracts a lot of rural folks because this is sponsored by the Pioneer Ag Expo.  The event also attracts a lot of professional music makers who still play American country music much like it used to be.  John Rex Reeves is one of the featured performers this year.  He's the nephew of Jim Reeves, and he keeps his Uncle's music alive by singing it much they way it was originally recorded.  He'll be perform all three days, as will Terry Smith who wrote the "Far Side Banks of Jordan" for Johnny and June Carter Cash. His programs are always full of traditional and classic country music.

 

The main stage

 

Another gifted performer is Curt Shoemaker who plays steel guitar for Martina McBride, but will be playing at this Fremont Festival as a backing musician for many artists, including Betty Rydell, the famous Minnesota singer who has had a number of recording hits.  Add to that Bobby Awe who had his own television program in Iowa, and Dale Eichor, another Iowan who is in the Disc Jockey Hall of Fame.  Eichor will emcee much of the program.


Francis Hahn, a retired CIA agent, is a member of the National Traditional Music Association.  "I've been writing songs for the House of Cash Publishing Company for quite a long time now, and this gathering in Fremont is an intriguing and enjoyable music event.  Some of the performers come from quite a long distance away, and they do so to help the NTCMA (a 501(c)3 non-profit) raise money for the Pioneer Music Museum which is located in Anita, Iowa," says Francis.


There is arts and crafts inside the performance hall, as well as good food from the Culver's Restaurant mobile kitchen. 

"There's lots of contests too," Everhart added, "which helps us give a helping hand to those that are just beginning to play traditional music.  We have a great fiddle contest, but we also have an 'original' music contest.  Add to that adult performers, junior performers, and an over-50 singing contests and you can see what fun it is. We'll have at least 50 scheduled entertainers on stage, and we even have a 'jamming' room for those who come just to pick and sing."


Programs for the festival start at noon on Friday, Oct.4, going to 11pm, 9am on Saturday, Oct. 5 going to 11pm, and Sunday 10am to 5:30pm.  It's all indoors in a large climate controlled room, with a large parking area.  The promoters suggest bringing lawn chairs for your own comfort.

 

Admission is $15 per day or a 3-day pass for $40.  Camping is $15 per day with electric & water, or $10 per day without hook-ups. 

More information is available from the NTCMA at their website at www.ntcma.net or calling them at 712-762-4363.

 

Christensen Field House

 

John Rex Reeves, nephew of Jim Reeves

 

Terry Smith, composer of "Far Side Banks of Jordan" for Johnny & June Carter Cash

 

 

 Contact & Media Visits  

 

Media Contact: Bob Everhart

Email: bobeverhart@yahoo.com

Phone: (712) 762-4363

 

National Traditional Country Music Assn.

650 Main, P O Box 492, Anita, IA 50020

Web: www.ntcma.net

 

 Condensed Version  

 

Rural Roots Music Gathering Returns to Fremont, Nebraska, October 4-5-6, 2013

Fremont, Nebraska - "Old time acoustic music is becoming popular again,"  says Bob Everhart, President of the National Traditional Music Association.  He and his wife Sheila record for the Smithsonian Institution with six projects recorded, one of them a Grammy nomination. The the Rural Roots Music Gathering will be featuring John Rex Reeves, Betty Rydell, Terry Smith, Curt Shoemaker, Kenastons, and Bobby & Dale. Admission is $15 per day or a 3-day pass for $40. Camping is $15 per day with electric & water, or $10 per day without hook-ups. More information is available from the NTCMA at their website at www.ntcma.net or calling them at 712-762-4363.

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