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
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
Music Gathering for about twenty years now," he said. "It takes place
at the Christensen Field House in Fremont, Nebraska, with dates being October
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
More information is available from
the NTCMA at their website at
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
Media Contact: Bob Everhart
Phone: (712) 762-4363
National Traditional Country Music Assn.
650 Main, P O Box 492, Anita, IA 50020
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.