Bob & Sheila Everhart have been performing old-time and traditional acoustic music in the "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" style for all 25 years of their married life. They actually started performing Bob's original songs as well as old-time music five years before they got married. They have one daughter, Bobbie Lhea, born October 3, 1996. Bob recently celebrated his 70th year in music He started playing music by ear when he was six years old. By the time he was ten, he was getting the huge amount of 50-cents to sing "Mule Train" at church, school shows, and county fairs. Sheila joined him as an upright acoustic bass player during his 40th year of musical endeavors, and adds old-style Ozark Mountain clog dancing, handed down from her own Scottish heritage of the mountains. Bob is proficient on his Martin 12-string guitar, French Harp, and lead vocals, as well as country style humor and storytelling. This couple have devoted their lives to the performance and preservation of America's rural music, in their words..."the real deal when it comes to an authentic musical genre, and one hugely discriminated against in today's commercial music world." They have created two amazing historical programs for the Smithsonian Institution, with six award winning albums to their credit, one of them a Grammy nomination.
"A Traveling Museum of Music"is a program devoted to the songs that were popular in rural America during all the wars America has been in. Historically accurate with stories, homespun humor, and little known facts, which took nearly three years of research. From 1776 to the present, they cover all of them. Including a fantastic song written in 1773 that not only survived all of America's wars, it is still popular, it is still sung, it is still a terrific gospel song. The story of the survival of this song is unbelievable. Especially popular with Veterans Associations, Historical Societies, and Museums, as well as libraries and schools. Bob & Sheila have set aside July 1-9, 2017, to perform this Smithsonian favorite in Wisconsin. Please call them at 712-249-5989 or 712-762-4363 or[email protected]for available dates.
They also do a popular program they created called "The Smithsonian Remembers."This amazing program, in progress, is a compilation of the songs most popular with a major number of successful national and international stars. Done in their own style, not an imitation or an impersonation, it is an authentic program devoted to the 'real' music of the creators of America's rural music. From Johnny Cash to Bob Dylan, from Woody Guthrie to Hank Williams, they prepare the concert to the needs of the user. 90 minutes of music recorded by the heros of America's original 'country' music. Each stars most important song, and one not so important but has a good story. Super fun for everyone.
They have conducted a huge number of concerts for festivals (they performed their Bill & Charlie Monroe 'Early Bluegrass Program' from the Monroe's days at KMA Radio in Iowa to a standing ovation from the International Bluegrass Music Assn. in Owensboro, Kentucky) , symphony halls (they performed with the New Zealand Symphony in Auckland to a standing room only audience), opera houses, schools, libraries, museums, and just about anywhere a venue desires authentic and realistic presentations of America's true 'rural' musical genres (they performed 'live' in front of over 10,000 Chinese on a tour to China for a fashion program that was televised 'live' to several million people).
Their own ancestors (Sheila's Scottish and English) and (Bob's German and English) play a large roll as they perform the music of the settlers, pioneers, and homesteaders of the Great Plains and Prairie lands of America. These Smithsonian Institution recording and performing artists have become one of the most in-demand acts of this nature in the upper Midwest, and have received tremendous accolades and honors from their peers as well as a large international fan base. In his early years Bob worked closely with, and became a lifelong friend to two very important personages that played a huge roll in his music development. Moses Asch, the founder of Folkways Records in NYC was among the first to record Bob, finally releasing six best selling albums before he died. All of those albums are now available from Smithsonian-Folkways. Bob and Sheila also recorded seven other albums for Prairie Music Records, several of which were re-released in foreign countries. Another benefactor of Bob was Marjorie Guthrie, the widow of Woody. She became a close confidant when she first heard Bob's rendition of "Going Down This Road Feeling Bad" one of Woody's greatest hits. After Bob started his old-time music festival (some 42 years ago, and still going), Mrs. Guthrie came to every one of them, until she passed away. Bob & Sheila have performed their one-of-a-kind concerts around the world, from a 30-day tour in China, to a one-night stand at the closest village to the North Pole (Bob was on an Arctic-Dewline Replenishment expedition). From behind the Iron Curtain (Bob performed in Berlin, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany before the curtain was raised), to the majestic symphony hall in New Zealand. From 'Hamburger in Paradise' in the Caribbean, to Formosa (Taiwan) in the Pacific. Yes, even from the Shetland Islands to the Canary Islands, this couple have definitely performed around the world. Attend one of their concerts, enjoy yourself, and find a unique and very rare entertainment offering, that can only come from the 'real' rural America.
Book them for your next presentation, listen to them at several locations
Smithsonian Institution Folkways - type in Bob Everhart to hear music from all six albums.
You-Tube - click up you-tube and then click Bob Everhart for 'Nothing Is Small'
You-Tube - click up you-tube and then click Bob Everhart for 'Down In Old Mexico'
You-Tube - click up you-tube an then click "Dear Grand Ole Opry"
2016 - Bob & Sheila were inducted into America's Old Time Country
Music Hall of Fame by fans Francis Hahn, Dale Eichor, and Dave Elifrits
2010 - Bob & Sheila were asked to be part of Tom & Bernie Worrell's
"Tribute to Ted Mack" in Miami, Florida.
2009 - Bob Everhart finished his biography (three years writing), a 500 page
book entitled "What I Saw." In this same year, the Smithsonian Inst.
released one of Bob's projects "The Renegade" to a massive audience.
2007 & 2008 - Bob & Sheila spent the winters of both years on tour in New
Zealand, ending with a performance with the New Zealand Symphony.
They also performed both years on the Marton Festival, receiving special
recognition from the promoter Anne George.
2004 - The Everharts received the "Inspiration Award" for their efforts at
preserving and performing old-time country music for a new generation.
This prestigious award has been earned by such greats as Roy Rogers
and Dale Evans, John Hartford, and many more. attesting to their talent.
2003 - Bob & Sheila Everhart were honored by the State of Iowa Legislature
as Resolution-35 was read aloud, attesting to the Everhart's great per-
severance and performance of old-time traditional music, and also honor
the festival they have founded, to a standing ovation. In August Bob &
Sheila were inducted into the South Texas Music Hall of Fame for their
contributions both musically and promotionally in helping Texas retain
it's own identification as a specific country music style. In this same
year, they were featured in Midwest Country Magazine, which will even-
tually become a reference book of upper Midwest performers.
2002 - Bob & Sheila concluded one of their most successful, among many,
tours of Europe, ending five months of performances in Portugal. They
gave performances in Ireland, North Ireland, Scotland, England, Norway,
Sweden, Denmark, East Germany, Holland, West Germany, Belgium,
France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Czech Repub-
lic, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. In November of the same year, they were
asked to perform on a fashion festival in China, which led to a 30-day
tour in Guangzhou, Beijing, Xian, and Guilin. The performed in a
small Christian church with standing room only. According to the Everha Everharts, it was one of the most remarkable tours
they ever made.
2001 - While on tour in Europe, the Everharts were acknowledged as the
'Entertainers of the Year' in Cologne, Germany. At the same time their
recording of "Dear Grand Ole Opry" rose to #12 on the European charts.
2000 - American Profile Magazine, a slick magazine with a circulation of
over 10-million ran a story about Bob & Sheila, their music, their devot-
ion. Bob & Sheila were stunned to receive a "Lifetime Achievement
Award" from CIOFF (Conseil Intgernational des Organisations de Fest-
ifals de Folklore d' Arts) an international cultural exchange group. The
purpose of the group to preserve, perform, and perpetuate, traditional
music and dance of individual countries.
In earlier years, Bob & Sheila were the proud recipients of the Kitty Wells Johnny Wright "Leadership in Country Music"award from this very well known couple in country music. In that same year the Everharts were also made "Tennessee Ambassadors" by the Governor, Don Sundquist. Bob & Sheila were made "Kentucky Colonels" early in their music career. You will find the Everharts listed in 'Who's Who in America' 'Who's Who in Country Music' 'Who's Who in International Music' and a dozen more similar references. Bob hosted and produced the very popular PBS television show, "Old Time Country" from 1989-1995. He performed with some of the notables of this genre of music, including Ralph Stanley, John Hartford, Mac Wiseman, Jim & Jesse, Jimmy Martin, Grandpa Jones, Lewis Family, Sons of the San Joaquin, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Kenny Baker, Josh Graves, Norman & Nancy Blake, and a host of lesser know stars. The program was taped before a live audience at Iowa Public Television in Des Moines. It was so popular it ran for seven years in 22 states, garnering many citations and awards. Bob is the only Iowan ever made a 'regular' on the Louisiana Hayride.
Bob Everhart was born in the great praire lands of Nebraska. He grew up listening, like many of his fellow country artists, to Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams Sr., and Roy Acuff on his dad's battery powered car radio. Out on the prairie, it was a Saturday night family gathering, to listen to the Louisiana Hayride, or the Grand Ole Opry. Bob's country music life is amazing. He went on to become the only Iowan ever to be made a regular member of the Louisiana Hayride. He started playing music when he was quite young, around age six. It was the old upright piano for him, which was exposed to him when his parents played cards at a neighbors house who had one. It took him about 14-minutes to figure out how to play a melody line. The first one being 'Mule Train.' Later, in grammer school it was the French Horn, because that was the only instrument available. He hated it. Then, in the Navy, he got a guitar in Japan, and being a Radioman on the USS Gen. J. C. Breckenridge, a troop and military-dependent transport ship, he was soon playing in the Captain's Band. His radio abilities in the 6th Fleet, took him all the way to the North Pole on a Dewline Expedition. At the end of his Navy duty, college days found him at the University of Nebraska, where he teamed up with a band called the Royal Flairs, playing the tenor saxophone. He eventually became the leader of the band which won the Beach Boys Battle of the Bands in Omaha, which eventually took the group to Chicago to perform on the Gold Coast, at the famous P.J.s nightclub. The band opened for name groups at the huge McCormick Place, notable among them the Hollies, Peter & Gordon, Herman & the Hermits, and some special moments with Sonny & Cher, and Bob Dylan. It was Dylan's concert in Chicago that Dylan switched from acoustic to electric, causing over half of his audience to walk out on him. Another occasion was with the Byrds at a theater presentation. As Bob and fellow show opener John Hammond, stood back stage watching the Byrds, they were awed when the audience started trying to rush the stage. The stage manager closed the curtains and pulled the Byrd's electric cords. John McGuin broke his acoustic guitar over the managers head. Bob was also, amazingly enough, with the Rolling Stones on their first tour to America. In Omaha, the attendance was so sparse that Mick Jagger was fearing for the death of the Stones, his arm wrapped around Bob's shoulders moaning about the near disaster in Omaha. Bob and his band cut the first Wrigley Spearmint gum commercial 'Hi-ho hey-hey chew your little troubles away.' Later at the same time Bill Fries (better known as C. W. McCall) was doing Old Home Bread commercials, Bob befriended him, and did Kitty Klover Potato Chip ads, as Hillbilly Billy. Bob is the only Iowan ever selected to be a regular member on the Louisiana Hayride, performing on that show about three or four times a year. Bob Everhart has been one of those quiet entertainers who has never 'sought' fame, but rather has spent the majority of his life honoring and recognizing talent in his fellow performers. Even though he has been highly honored himself, and could probably do any musical genre he would like, he has chosen to devote his musical life to perpetuate America's 'rural' music. Bob was shot in the head during a burglar invasion when he was in Chicago, which took him away from the music scene for several years. He emerged stronger than ever in keeping America's old-time country music alive. He entered old-time country music contests winning most of them, including the Grand Ole Opry 50th Anniversary Talent Search in Omaha. Bob settled into writing, recording, and performing 'rural' music. He's been on hundreds of television shows, including the Today Show; PM Magazine; Good Morning America; and tons of local and regional shows,, even performing on a huge BBC production from England. The program was called "The World About Us." Bob hosted, and co-produced 'Old Time Country Music' a state-of-the-art PBS television production filmed in Des Moines, Iowa. It aired in 22 states for seven years. Bob has done hundreds of radio programs, and even his own "The Old Time Music Hour" was a tremendously successful syndicated radio show in Mid-America. As a traveling music performer he has probably covered more miles than anyone in the business. His first and last love in music is the music of the early country music pioneers.
June 22-23-24-25 - Kenaston's Country Music Festival in Wahoo, Nebraska - performing and MC'ing and having fun at the fairgrounds there.
June 30 - OakTree Opry, Anita, Iowa, opening for the fantastic Storm Seymour and his niece Snow from Tama, they will be debuting their brand new CD. It's a party, you're invited.
July 1-9, A tour to Wisconsin performing our 'Traveling Museum of Music' created for the Smithsonian, devoted to the songs that were popular in America during all the wars she's been in. Please call 712-249-5989 for available dates. Or 712-762-4363
July 1 - Bob & Sheila performing 'Traveling Museum of Music' for the Civil War Museum in Kenosha, Wisconsin - 2pm
July 2 - Television appearance
July 3 - Heritage Hilll, Music on the Green, 2pm, Green Bay, Wisconsin- 6pm
July 4 - Wakanda Park, 6pm, 'Traveling Museum of Music' Menomonie, Wisconsin - followed by fireworks display.
July 14 - Oak Tree Opry, Anita, Iowa, opening for Capitol Recording artist Red Johnson, currently has 17 of his songs being prepared for use in national television shows. 7pm
July 15 - Mills Seed Store, Washington, Iowa, 7pm
July 17 - Bob & Sheila get to open for a music genius, Matthew Davis from Nashville. He's bringing his band 'Circus' with him. If you like absolute brilliance with your music makers, this show is a 'must see' for you.
July 21 - 3rd year in the row at our anchor gig for a Dakota Tour. It's at the State Capitol on the lawn, super nice venue, and lots of fun. 6pm
July 22 - We're on the 'Classic Country Music Festival' at Hill City, SD. Right next to Rapid City. Come and see us if you can, Aces & Eights set this nice event up, and they are great classic country music makers.
July 28 -29- Oak Tree Opry, Anita, Iowa, opening for composer of "Far Side Banks of Jordan" for Johnny & June Carter Cash, famous song-writer Terry Smith, 7pm
July 30 - Baptist Church, Wall Lake, Iowa, opening for Terry Smith, 6pm
August 4 - The Public Library in Burlington, Iowa, has a beautiful performance center. We will be doing their regular monthly program at 10:00 a.m. come and be with us
August 11, Oak Tree Opry, Anita, Iowa, opening for the Matney
Sisters (Like going back to the Andrews Sisters} terrific show
August 18, Oak Tree Opry, Anita, Iowa, Mark Jenkins and his Terrific Trio, featuring Dave Ellifrits and Angel Kuchera.
August 28-September 3, 42nd National Old Time Music Festival at Plymouth Cty. Fairgrounds, LeMars, Iowa. Join Bob & Sheila and 500 other performers for seven days of fantastic American rural music on ten stages.
September 8, Oak Tree Opry, Anita, Iowa, opening for Jenny Blackadder, banjo player extraordinaire from New Zealand, 7pm. We may also have a very special guest on with us, stay tuned in.
September 15, Oak Tree Opry, opening for Sherwin & Pam Linton and their band from South Dakota. Do you like Johnny Cash music. Do you like it done very very well? This is a must-see show for you.
September 22, Oak Tree Opry, Anita, Iowa, opening for Don Joy & Melanie Lynn, popular duo from Missouri, 7pm
October 6-7-8, Rural Roots Music Gathering, Christensen Field House, Fremont, Nebr. Join Bob & Sheila as they present a very special RFD-TV program consisting of performers that have performed on this national network.
October 13 - Oak Tree Opry, Anita, Iowa, opening for Jacob Austin Band, popular trio from Texas, 7pm
October 27 - Oak Tree Opry, Anita, Iowa, opening for KWMT Fort Dodge, Iowa, DJ, Dale Eichor, 7pm