REPORTS OF RECENT/PAST TOUR DATES
The Cotton' Pickin' Festival: Caldwell, Arkansas
I'm looking forward to getting back to play the Caldwell Cotton Pickin Festival in Caldwell, Arkansas along with Sonny Burgess and The Legendary pacers on September 23rd, 2016. We always have a blast, as it's like old-home-week. My father was born in Colt, Arkansas, which is right next door to Caldwell, and I was born in Forrest City, which is just a couple of miles away from Caldwell. We'll be playing on the field "behind the fire-house". One of the promoters told me that we had the largest crowd they've ever had when we played there a few years ago, so hopefully we'll do as well this time. Hope to see you there, Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at 7:00PM.
Sold Out Show at Robinson Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas
Thanks to all of our friends and family that came out to party with us at the beautiful Robinson Auditorium in Little Rock, Arkansas. We had a wonderfultime and played to a sold out crowd with my friends Sonny Burgess and The Legendary Pacers—original SUN Records recording artists. It was great to see old friends from back in my high school days and it was great to see how cool the downtown Little Rock district has become. It's really a great place to visit.
My friend Jay Brentlinger showed me the actual "little rock" which Little Rock is named after. Who knew?
The Country Gold Tour
I recently got back from doing several dates with Leroy Van Dyke's Country Gold Tour. What a blessing it was. I've been a big fan of well, just about everyone on the tour...We're talking big names here folks. Leroy Van Dyke himself: (The Auctioneer, Walk On By, and Texas Tea) T.G. Shepperd, T. Graham Brown, Connie Smith, Jeannie Seely, Helen Cornelius, Jett Williams, Rex Allen Jr., Lacy J. Dalton, Bobby Bare, and many others. Each show is a star studded event with some of Country Music's greatest entertainers. I loved doing these shows, and it reminded me of what it used to be like at the Grand Ole Opry back-stage. Everyone was a joy to be around and lots of laughs and good times. I look forward to doing many more of these shows. Keep your fingers crossed and maybe we'll get to an area near you. :)
South by Southwest.
I had a lot of fun hanging out and playing with my good buddy, Sam The Sham. He was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame--and rightfully so. Sam's hit Wooly Bully, Little Red Riding Hood, Ring Dang Doo, That's Good-No That's Bad, and countless others have made Sam a living legend. Besides being a musical giant, he also happens to be one of the most genuine and funniest people I've ever had the delight to be around. Sam, you da' man. I also got the chance to see Pete Townsend of "The Who" do a killer set, and visist with my good friends Augie Meyers and Flaco Jiminez of the Texas Tornados. This was one of the coolest events of the year. It was my first trip to SXSW, but hopefully it won't be my last.
Tex-Mex Fest is a Huge Success
I just got back from doing the Texmexfest in Las Vegas at the Orleans Casino Arena. I was thrilled to share the bill with such Tex-Mex greats as Ramon Ayala, Roberto Pulido, Johnny Hernandez, Johnny Rodriquez, Tierra, Augie Meyers, and "The King of the Brown Sound"—Little Joe y La Familia.
The central theme of the show was to celebrate the great contribution our dear friend Freddy Fender made to Tejano/Tex-Mex music. Portions of the proceeds benefit the Freddy Fender Scholarship Fund.
THE FREDDY FENDER BAND was reunited to back up the aforementioned artists during a special Freddy Fender musical tribute. On a personal note, it was just great to see the guys again. Rhys Clark on drums, Chad Watson on bass, Mark Tate on lead guitar, Vern Monnett on steel guitar, yours truly on keys, and of course Augie Meyers on accordion.
A video segment of the late Freddy Fender was displayed on the big screen projector and the audience was deeply moved to see vintage clips of Freddy during his legendary career.
Plans are in the works to take the show to other venues across the U. S. throughout 2007.
Texarkana was a blast.
Any time I get together with my good buddy Jo-El Sonnier— it's gonna' be a party. We had a wonderful time in Texarkana at the Oaklawn Opry, a great venue and wonderful listening room. Special thanks to all of our dear friends in the Texas/Arkansas region who came out to see us. Also a big thanks to our pal Darryl Miller, who made it all possible. Cheers :-)
Midwest Tour A Big Success
We were very anxious to get back up to the midwest to do some shows. It had been quite a while since we were last there—or maybe it just seemed like a long time :) Anyway, we added two new spots to our touring list, and we couldn't be happier. Paramount and Sandstone Minnesota. It's the first time we had played these venues, but we had the time of our life. Great audiences and great times. We made a lot of friends and had lots of laughs on the road.
This time out we rented a 12 passenger van. Flying is just not as fun as it used to be. It's a shame too, as I love to fly, but it's become a drag nowadays.
We also hit Hayward, Wisconsin which is always a favorite. The weather didn't exactly cooperate, and I think that had a lot to do with one of the smaller crowds we've had there. In all fairness, the Hayward gig was added at the last second, and we really didn't have enough time to promote it well. I think I had it posted on the site here just a few days before we actually played there. Oh well, lesson learned. Next time, we'll do more promo from this end.
The big hit this time was Flandreau, South Dakota. They always treat us well there, but I was really surprised and happy to see both shows jam packed. We sold a ton of CDs and many folks that had bought CDs from the last time we were there knew all of our original songs. There's nothing like getting requests from people that know the words to songs you've written. Very cool indeed.
Well, we have a few things coming up that should be fun. Texarkana, Texas with my good buddy Jo-El Sonnier, and The Florida State Fair. Both very cool gigs. We're also commiting to a BIG PUSH. Don't be surprised if this is one of our busiest touring seasons. Wish us luck. We're going back on the road with a vengeance.
Another Great Year
for Charlie Rich Jr and Friends
Wow, this has been a super busy year. Lots of touring with my band, as well as Freddy Fender, Augie Meyers, Jo-El Sonnier, and others. I've been really enjoying my "other" gig with Orban, as website manager. I feel like it's been a very productive and satisfying year and I'm extremely grateful to all who helped make it possible. Highlites of the year (for yours truly) were visiting Amsterdam, playing for the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas, The induction of my father into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, getting to perform with The Jordanairres, J. M. Van Eaton, having a Meisner, Swan, & Rich reunion in Las Vegas, and meeting Carl Mann of Sun Studio fame. I know that was a long run-on sentence, but hey, a lot has happened this past year.
My wife Teri and I finally got to go to Disneyworld. I got to turn her on to Hot Springs, Arkansas—one of the coolest places in the world. We had our one year Anniversary. My family in Memphis bought a new house—after thirty years at the old place on Cherry Circle. They love the new place.
All in all it has been a fantastic year and I'm hoping next year will be just as good or better. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you.
International Rockabilly Hall of Fame
Inducts Charlie Rich
Thursday, August 4th Charlie Rich was inducted into The International Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, Tennessee. Charlie Rich Jr was there along with his sister Laurie Rich Lee, nephew Cole Lee, and brother in law Keith Lee. Al Holcomb, Charlie's former manager was also in attendance, as well as Jerry Phillips, son of legendary producer Sam Phillips of SUN Studio fame. Speaking at the ceremony were Phillips, Don Dortch - music promoter, and Charlie Jr.
A life size portrait of Charlie Rich, painted by Lendon Noe, was unveiled shortly before Charlie Rich Jr and family took the stage to perform some of their father's early rockabilly hits, including Lonely Weekends, Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave, and Break-Up. The finale of the show was Behind Closed Doors, the song that finally brought Rich worldwide fame as one of country music's legends.Charlie Junior's guests included Jay Brentlinger, President & CEO of Orban Systems, Inc. and his daughter Alex, long time friend Randy Whitley, andBob Terrell and Mark Williams of Orban.Jimmy Carter, popular Nashville TV reporter (not the former President) was on hand to help emcee the show along with Patsy Anderson.As a special treat Charlie enlisted the help of legendary rock& roll drummer J. M. Van Eaton to help with the drumming chores.Rich, Jr.said "This is a great honor, and I'm so happy that my family was here toshare inthis celebration of my father's musical legacy."
Special thanks to Henry Harrison of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame for his help in honoring one of music's most enduring and deserving talents, Charlie Rich.
On the way back from the show, Charlie's friends visited Graceland and took a photo of the Rolls Royce that was once owned by Charlie's father, Michael Landon, and Elvis Presley. We thought you might get a kick out of this.
Texarkana, Arkansas: Oaklawn Opry
This was one of those rare magical occasions when everything just went right. First of all, I got to see and share the stage with one of my best friends and favorite artists, Jo-El Sonnier. Jo-El really brings it. I've never seen him do a bad show. Each one is an event, and this time was no exception.
I opened the show for Jo-El. It was the first time I had ever played Texarkana, but it sure won't be the last. I made some lasting friendships and got the opportunity to visit a part of the country that's not too far from where I grew up. Jo-El's band backed me up and they did a fantastic job. Jo has some of the finest players around, so it was sure fun to kick into the songs, knowing they could follow me anywhere I wanted to go. The audience made us feel great, as they gave us a big hand after each and ever song we did. At the end of my set, we received a standing ovation.
After my part of the show I went out front to catch Jo-El's performance. Jo-El had the crowd rocking from the very first song. He did several of my favorite Jo-El hits, including "Tear Stained Letter", "If Your Heart Should Ever Roll This Way Again", and "Come On Joe". Jo-El even called me up to play along on several of the numbers. Just as I was leaving the stage, the promoter Darryl - a wonderful guy that helped put everything together - got on the microphone and asked me to come back out to the stage. He read a letter from Jo-El and his wife Bobbye that spoke of our personal history together, how we had weathered good times and bad as friends, and how much they appreciated Teri and me. I was speechless. Not only did it mean a lot to me, but I think the audience came to realize that this was not just another show. This was a labor of love for both of us.
I decided right then and there that I wanted to do more shows with my good buddy Jo-El. He's a great fellow and nobody gives more onstage or in the studio than him. He's the real deal in my book.
(Farmfest) Wynne, Arkansas:
Once again we were honored to appear at this year's Farmfest in Wynne, Arkansas. I joined SUN Studio rockabilly pioneer Sonny Burgess and The Legendary Pacers, along with The Hoosier Daddies. We played to a large crowd near my old stomping grounds of Wynne, Arkansas. It's always one of our favorite places to play, as it gives us an opportunity to see family and friends. My sister Renee, niece Maggie, and former highschool football coach Darryl Smith were all on hand. As a special surprise my good friend Jay Brentlinger and his son Devon drove all the way from Little Rock to come see us. They brought with them my former highschool principal John Butler who I hadn't seen in many years. It really was like old times, and I cherished the opportunity to play for them.
Even though it wasn't on our playlist, I threw in a request for Jodi Dugan, mother of Bill Dugan. She was a friend and fan of my father's from his earliest years in music. I did "Feel Like Goin' Home" which was very apropo, as this was indeed a chance to go home again.
Special thanks to Bill Dugan, Sonny Burgess, Bobby Crafford and all the guys for doing a fantastic job backing me up. Since this was such a personal show for me, I brought along my sister, brother in law, and nephew to play and sing with me. Everyone had a great time and we sure hope we get a chance to do it again.
San Benito TX:
Okay, well this wasn't exactly a tour date, but it was one of the coolest things I've gone to in a long time. Freddy Fender turned 67 last June 4th. That's reason for celebration in my book. Ron Rogers invited me down to San Benito Texas where the city has built a 24 million dollar water tower with Freddy's picture on it. I was invited to be a guest speaker, and I jumped at the chance. It gave me a rare opportunity to tell the people of San Benito how much Freddy means to me, to music, and to the world. I also got the chance to tell them how much San Benito means to me personally. San Benito not only gave me us Freddy, who has fed my family and myself for many years via the work he has given me, but it also gave me the chance to meet the girl of my dreams, i.e., my beloved wife Teresa.
The water tower lighting celebration was really a beautiful event. We drove to the event in a vintage car and arrived to a standing ovation from the attendees. The channel 4 Action News team was there and covered the entire event. After the guest speakers had finished singing the praises of San Benito's favorite son, the man himself got up to say a few words.
Those of you that have attended a Freddy Fender concert already know how great Freddy is at speaking. It's never contrived, always spontanious, and genuine. He was simply golden. He spoke of how much the award meant to him and about how proud he was to be from San Benito. There were lots of laughs too, as Freddy is one funny guy. Frankly, he had the crowd in stiches talking about how he and the mayor used to get drunk together in there younger days. Well, he said it. Fred always tells it like it is ;) Then he went on to speak right from the heart and you knew that to receive this award from his hometown meant a lot to him.
Afterwards we all went to a reception that was held a few miles away. Suffice to say we made a lot of good freinds and had some great food too. Teri and I had a wonderful time and special thanks to Ron Rogers for inviting us to be a part of this very special celebration.
Laughlin, NV: May 3rd-8th
I just got back from the Riverside Resort and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada. I had the pleasure of working with my good friends Freddy Fender (aye yi yi) and Augie Meyers, along with some of the finest musicians around. It's always one of my favorite gigs to play, as the sound crew is incredible. We don't even have to ask for anything in the mix. It's all there - perfect every time.
On bass guitar we had Chad Watson, who in my opinion is one of the greatest bass players that has ever lived. I don't think I'm overstating it one bit either. He was "hands-down" my father's favorite, and he played with a bunch of em'. On drums we had the incomparable Rhys Clark, who has played with Billy Joel, Hoyt Axton, Jan Brown, and countless others. My old buddy Vern Monnett was on steel guitar this time. Vern and I have worked together for many years now and he's one of the hottest guitar/steel men around. Mark Tate was on lead guitar. In the past Mark has played steel with Freddy, but the last few years he has moved into the lead guitar role. He got many standing ovations for his burning solos. Besides being a great player, Mark is also a fine actor and has been in many movies and television series. He also makes one helluva Santa Clause.
The shows were the smoothest I've ever seen with Freddy. He truly has a top notch band surrounding him. Oh yeah, Augie Meyers was on piano. Not only did he provide tasteful keyboards, but he stole the show when he got up to do his four song set as Freddy's special guest star. The Laughlin audience knows and loves Augie. They expect to see him whenever Freddy plays the Riverside.
There was one other special guest star there too. Me :) Freddy's band made my songs sound good and the audience gave me a great response. I'm very grateful and have made a lot of good friends playing the Riverside.
We're scheduled to perform there again in October, so keep a lookout.
NAB SHOW: Las Vegas, Nevada
This was one of the most special shows I've ever been a part of. Special thanks go out to Orban for making it all possible. Randy Meisner, Billy Swan, and Augie Meyers joined me for a Tuesday Night Party in Las Vegas for the NAB 2005 convention. It was great. I got to bring my band and some of my best music buddies.
I kicked off the show and did about an hour of my songs and some of my father's hits too. The crowd was great. The show was videotaped, so I'll keep you posted on that. I don't know if it will be made available to the public or not, but we'll see.
After I finished my set with noneother than "Behind Closed Doors", I brought up my Texas Tornado buddy and Best Man at my wedding, Augie Meyers. Augie never sounded better. I think the combination of his vocals and J. M. Van Eaton on drums was pure magic. My band backed all of the performers. My sister Laurie, brother in law Keith and nephew Cole were all there to fill out the sound. The background vocals were particularly effective on Augie's stuff. I'm used to just hearing a bunch of guys sing backup, but Laurie and Keith's blend really added to the effect of Augie's songs. He did about six songs, each one a gem, and left to thunderous applause.
Then I introduced my next special guest star - Billy Swan. I hate to be redundant, but I've never heard Billy sound better either. His voice is so recognizable and unique. He has an edge in his voice that is pure rock and roll. The arrangements to the songs were out of this world too. I've never heard "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" sound like it did. It was really exciting stuff. He closed with his 1975 #1 super hit "I Can Help". The crowd just loved him, so I asked him to stay up for the next guest star. He obliged.
Last, but certainly not least, was my good friend Randy Meisner. I don't have to tell you much about Randy. He is on THE BIGGEST SELLING ALBUM OF ALL TIME. The Eagles: Their Greatest Hits. Randy was a founding member of supergroups Poco and The Eagles. His body of work is incredible. He's played with James Taylor, Linda Rondstadt, Ricky Nelson, and on and on...
The first song he did was "Take It Easy". My nephew Cole burned on the banjo. I could tell Randy was really digging it. After a super job on that song, he launched into "Already Gone". It smoked. Rockin' guitar solos from Vern Monnett, and some serious bass riffs from Randy made it one of the rockinest things we did all night.
Finally, Randy went into "Take It To The Limit", the song he personally is best known for. It really was beautiful. The crowd all gathered around the stage and just took in the moment. How do you top that? Well, we didn't really know how to, but at rehearsal we had gone over an old Meisner, Swan, & Rich song - " You Look Like Someone I Could Love". It's a song that Billy Swan and I wrote, and we recorded it on the Meisner, Swan, & Rich album. So, we went into it. It sounded fantastic. The three part harmonies soaring over the smooth bass line and steady groove. It was definitely a great way to end the show.
We signed autographs after the show. I even got a photo autographed by the band. Beleive it or not, I didn't have anything like that after all the years I had worked with Randy, Billy, and Augie. I'm proud of that autographed photo. The shot was taken the day before the show - so we would have something to remember the show by. It also served as a nice little souvenir for those that attended the show.
Afterwards, we were treated to a fantastic feast at Benihanna's. I almost hated to leave the following day, but it was time to go home.
Well, that was the most fun I've had since the old Texas Tornado tours with Doug Sahm, Freddy, Flaco, Augie, and the four ring circus. I guess in a way this was also a four ring circus. Randy, Billy, Augie, and yours truly. CRjr :) I hope we can do something like that again in the future. In fact, there's talk about doing just that. Stay tuned.
January, February, March, and April
Well, I didn't "just" stay at home working on the Orban, Charlie Rich Jr, Cowboy Jack Clement, Jo-El Sonnier, Greg Crowe, and Charlie Rich sites, but that was the lion's share of what I did during the months from January through April. I had hoped to be finished with the new Orban site redesign, but that just didn't pan out.
Orban launched four new products and then we went right into preparing for the big National Association of Broadcasters convention. My band was asked to play on behalf of Orban. We had done the big IBC show in Amsterdam for them back in 2004, so I knew it would be a fun and important gig. Lots of program directors and radio people were there.
I wanted to make the NAB 2005 show in Las Vegas really special, so I invited some of the biggest names I could find. It didn't hurt that they were also some of my best friends. Randy Meisner, Billy Swan, and Augie Meyers agreed to perform with me, so beginning in April, we started working on the show. With a band like that you need a special drummer, so we called on the legendary rock and roll icon J. M. Van Eaton, and as fate would have it, he agreed to join us. There's a brief summary of how the gig went just above this.
I headed out to Phoenix/Tempe Arizona to get some training on the Orban products, worked on a basic layout, and discussed the goals of the site with Jay, Laura, David, and Greg from the company. I took a lot of notes, put the tour dates on hold, and got down to work. We had a nice laid back Christmas and I got to spend time with my beloved Teresa.
I made the big decision to go into semi-retirement mode. Not really, but sort of. Actually winter is a slow tour season anyway, so I thought it would be an ideal time to focus exclusively on the web sites. I made a ton of updates to the two primary Orban sites, and learned a lot about what was right about the sites, as well as what was wrong, and how they could be improved. It's still a work in progress, but I think we've made some nice additions and changes already. http://www.orban.com
Our Wedding Photos
Wow, with all that's happened since I got married, I just realized how long it's been since I've updated this section. Sorry bout' that. I hope you'll understand though. We hit the ground running after our wonderful wedding down in South Texas. Rio Grane City, that is. It was lovely. I couldn't have dreamed of a nicer wedding, and the best part of all is that I got the girl I wanted. How about that?
My good buddy Augie Meyers served as my best man. He even got up and sang a few songs. Of course the crowd love him. It was just a little family wedding, but Teri has a big family. Seven brothers and six sisters, plus all of the cousins and relatives made for a great big old Texas wedding. I'm so honored to be welcomed into Teri's family. They're some of the kindest people I've ever met.
Special thanks to my good buddy Jay Brentlinger, who made the long trip to Texas. It was great seeing him there. I've been working on the Orban website since the wedding, and it's coming along real nice, if I do say so myself ;)
Thursday, February 3rd, I go into Bayou Studios here in Nashville, to record a new album. We've already laid the tracks and they sound great. There will be some special surprises on this album. Some big special guest appearances to put it mildly. Anyway, we'll keep you posted.
Oops, I almost forgot. Here are the WEDDING PHOTOS !. Also special thanks to Dolly for the photos and for taking care of EVERYTHING having to do with the wedding coming off perfectly. Thanks Dolly.
Flandreau, South Dakota: Sunday, October 24th
Charlie and family travel up to Flandreau, South Dakota's Royal River Casino this month. Charlie will be judging the Colgate Country Showdown regional finals on Saturday, October 23rd, and then they'll stick around to perform 2 one hour shows the following night (SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24th). For ticket information please contact the Royal River Casino. The band has been anxiously awaiting this show. It's their first time to play in South Dakota, and we're sure Charlie and the gang will make it a special evening.
Ferndale, Washington with Freddy Fender
Charlie just got back from playing two big shows with his long time friend, Freddy Fender, in Ferndale, Washington. The band consisted of Chad Watson on bass, Mark Tate on lead guitar, Vern Monnett on steel guitar, Conrad Askland on synthesizer, Rhys Clark on drums, and of Charlie on piano. Freddy showed why he is one of the greatest voices of all time, with hits like "Before The Next Teardrop Falls, "Secret Love", and "Wasted Days And Wasted Nights". The audience was extremely enthusiastic througout the show, and they went wild when Freddy introduced Charlie as his special guest star. As many of you know, Charlie was Freddy's band leader for many years, and has remained close with Fred and all the band members since leaving to pursue a solo career. Charlie said it was great fun, and he would love to do it again. There's a lot of history and magic when these guys get together. Charlie will be playing three more shows this year with Freddy. Be sure to go to freddyfender.com for information on his touring schedule.
Amsterdam was awesome!
We had an absolutely wonderful trip to Holland, Amsterdam specifically. We were hosted by Orban CRL Systems, who attended the International Broadcasting Convention. Thank you Jay Brentlinger for being the perfect host. I hope we did you proud. The convention was pretty spectacular too. All kinds of cool techie stuff, so that was great for yours truly. I missed the Macromedia booth, but hit most of the others. Hey, I had a show to do. Actually two shows. Lots of folks came by and seemed to dig our music.
J. M. Van Eaton was on drums. He played on "Great Balls Of Fire", "Whole Lotta' Shakin' Goin On", "Breathless", and a lot of other great Jerry Lee Lewis songs. He also played at SUN Studio with my dad, Charlie Rich ;), Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Billy Lee Riley, and a host of others. I was honored to have him playing with me. I can see why he was one of my father's favorite drummers of all time. J. M. was recently inducted into the International Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Before there was John Bonham, there was J. M. Van Eaton. Nuff said.
Chad Watson was simply killer on the bass guitar. Chad and I go way back, and I was delighted when he told me he could make these shows. He just gets better and better, which is hard to believe, since he's already as good as it gets.
Brian Otto was the guitarist. He's not only one of my all time favorites, but he's a great guy to hang with. If you're going to be in Amsterdam any time soon, get somebody you can hang with. Brian puts the "oo" in cool.
Ya' want photos? We got your photos! Special thanks to ONO for many of the photos, and Teri. Brian's shots should be in soon, but he had so much fun he decided to stay an extra week. Good move, Bri!
Hayward, Wisconsin was a big hit!
The show in Hayward, Wisconsin was a blast. We want to thank Bruce, Lona, and David, and all the fine folks that helped us out so much. We love you guys!!!
COMING SOON: Sunday, October 24th: Flandreau, South Dakota, Royal River Casino
Charlie will be a judge at regional finals of the Colgate Country Showdown in Flandreau, South Dakota on October 23rd. The following night (Sunday, October 24th) Charlie and the band will perform 2 shows at the Royal River Casino. Contact the casino for ticket information.
Rockabilly Hall of Fame
Thursday, August 5th
Charlie recently played the International Rockabilly Hall of Fame for the Sun Record Company Awards. Charlie did three songs and showed again why he is one of the hottest talents in the country. Chuck of BR549, told Charlie he had a mean left hand, referring to his wicked walking bass pattern on the songs. Charlie got to meet long time heroes The Jordanaires. Charlie said, "The Jordanaires, Wink Martindale, Matt Lucas, Sonny Burgess, Bobby Crafford, and everyone there was just fantastic." Charlie got to hang out with fellow famous son, Stan Perkins, son of the legendary Carl Perkins. Stan did a great set featuring D. J. Fontana on the drums. D. J. was Elvis Presley's original drummer. Brenda Lee received a special award, as did SUN Studio drummer, J. M. Van Eaton. Henry Harrison is the man behind the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. The event was held at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackon, TN. It's a beautiful facility. The Rockabilly Fest continued on the 6th and 7th, but Charlie had to get back to Nashville on business. A great time was had by all. He looks forward to going back again next year.
Charlie plays Nashville's Exit/In: Tuesday, July 6th
Charlie just finished playing at Nashville's famous Exit/In. It was a hot show. Charlie and the guys did a hit packed 30 minute show before a packed house. Ex Freddy Fender/Texas Tornado guitarist Houston, was on lead guitar, and singer/songwriter A. J. Masters was pounding out the bass. Billy Block, who is the impresario of the Western Beat show, and a long time friend of Charlie, was on drums.
Maybe it was the fact that all four of the musicians spent time playing together on the West Coast, or maybe the crowd brought it out of them, but the show featured world class musicianship, and frankly, they rocked. One of the highlights of the show was "Break-Up", an old Charlie Rich standard that was made popular by none other than the Killer himself, Mr. Jerry Lee Lewis. It really brought the crowd to their feet. Charlie closed with, what else, "Behind Closed Doors", which brought the house down. The 4 piece ensemble allowed the guys to jam out a little more than they do when the full big band is playing. After all, you can't have 7 or 8 guys playing their hottest licks all at the same time. Charlie's show works with both the 8 piece pseudo orchestra, as well as the kickin' little 4 piece. All in all, it was an awesome night for Charlie, bass, drums, and guitar.
MALVERN, ARKANSAS BRICKFEST: Saturday, June 26th
Saturday, June 26th
BIG CROWD AND BIG FUN at this years Brickfest in Malvern, Arkansas. Charlie did a burning 1 hour set, backed by Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers. Many of his high school friends came out to see the show. Everyone seemed to love the show, and brought Charlie back for an encore.
CHARLIE WOWS EM' AT THIS YEAR'S FARMFEST: Friday, June 12th
Charlie and the band just returned from Wynne, Arkansas' Farmfest. It was a huge success, one of the largest turnouts in years. Charlie treated the audience to a collection of classic Charlie Rich Sr. hits, as well as several original songs, and a special appearance by A. J. Masters, writer of such hits as Faith Hill's "Love Ain't Like That", Randy Travis' "Old Pair Of Shoes", and countless others.
Charlie got a chance to visit with both relatives and fans after the show. Charlie and the rest of the guys said they would love to come back and do it again, as they all had a great time.
Still more stuff...
- Being taken seriously.
- How my father became a star.
- So, you wanna' be a country star?
- Who do you like better, Garth or Gershwin?
- You'll eat what you're served...
- The Media: Out with the old, in with the new.
- It's great exposure.
Thoughts on some of the people I've played with or known.
- Charlie Rich
- Freddy Fender
- Smokey Robinson
- Jo-El Sonnier
- Randy Meisner
- Billy Swan
- Flaco Jimenez
- Augie Meyers
- Doug Sahm
- Jerry Lee Lewis
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