Now performing five great SMITHSONIAN SONG&STORY CONCERTS:
Bob Everhart is celebrating his 70th year as a performer in 2019. Come and be with us, wherever we might be, our 2019 schedule is on the right column of this page. "I started playing music on an old beat-up piano when I was 7 or 8 years old. By the time I got to age 13, I was playing for money. My first paying gig was singing Frankie Laine's "Mule Train" for the huge sum of fifty cents. I've been playing ever since, for a long time in traditional country, then rock when I was in college and later in Chicago and on the road and then back to traditional country as I saw the music business deteriorate to such a degree that this very important American musical genre appeared headed for extinction." Come and spend some time with us, wherever we may be, even at the age of 83, we are still having a wonderful time with music.
Bob & Sheila Everhart have been performing old-time and traditional acoustic music in the "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" style for all 26 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 is celebrating his 70th year in music He started playing music by ear when he was seven years old. By the time he was thirteen, 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 recorded six award winning albums with the Smithsonian Institution, and an additional six recordings for Prairie Music Records. They created five amazing historical programs for the Smithsonian.
"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. Please call them at 712-249-5989 or email@example.com availability. dates.
"The Smithsonian Remembers"is an amazing program, a compilation of the songs most popular with a major number of successful national and international stars. It's a historical presentation of the origins of rural music. 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 Jimmie Rodgers to 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 made famous by the heros of America's original 'country' music. Each of the stars most important song, and one that might not be so important but has a good story. Super fun for everyone. Please give them a call at 712-249-5989 or firstname.lastname@example.org for available dates.
"How Western Music Won the West"is an entertaining musical program of the very earliest cowboy and western songs along with the unusual stories associated with them. Not only the songs themselves, but the writers and singers of them. Sometimes very funny, sometimes very sad. The Everhart's spent many hours researching the origin of western music. It's fascinating, historical, entertaining, and educational. Just right for an audience ready to have a good time as well as be entertained. From the earliest cowboy singers right up to the days of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. A memory adventure to be sure. Bob & Sheila debuted this show at Apple Valley, California, in 2017, the ranch home of Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, with Dave Berg accompanying them on guitar. Dave Berg is an Executive Producer of NBC's 'Tonight Show." Dave produced all twenty years of the Jay Leno show. Don't miss an opportunity to bring a whole new aspect to cowboy and western music to your audience. Please give them a call at 712-249-5989 or email@example.com for available dates.
"Birth of Bluegrass" Iowa is the least of states that might hold some historical interest in Bluegrass music, however this was where Bill Monroe and his brother Charlie found their first paying musical job on KMA Radio in Shenandoah, Iowa. It's where Bill met his wife, and the argument and hard feelings between the brothers about who she liked best. The Everhart's perform the music and stories of the Monroe Brothers much like the music was played before the addition of Earl Scruggs on banjo, which altered the sound that became known as Bluegrass music, forever. Even more interesting, the radio station they worked for was in heavy competition with neighboring station KFNF. The two stations owned by two very competitive owners, were married to sisters. An energetic and 'fun' concert concerned with the music known as Bluegrass. The Everhart's performed this revealing concert for the International Bluegrass Music Association's ROMP Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, to a standing ovation including some of the superstars of the genre. Please give them a call at 712-249-5989 or firstname.lastname@example.org for available dates.
"Old-Time Wagon Train Gospel Show" Going all the way back to their own ancestors who homesteaded in the upper Midwest, Nebraska for Bob, and Missouri for Sheila, this delightful look at how early rural America sang and talked about Jesus Christ, their devotion to Him, and the old time Gospel songs they loved. One song in particular, written in 1773 was extremely popular among both State's early settlers, as well as the entire upper Midwest. Doing the old Spirituals, much the same as they were done as far back as the 1700's, it's a remarkable program perfectly suited to anyone wanting to know more about America's early rural Christian life, and the songs and stories the Everhart's share. Going back to the early country and mountain music recordings, the Everhart's found some astonishing side-bars of information, sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, but always very interesting. Please give them a call at 712-249-5989 or email@example.com for available dates
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The Everhart's have conducted a huge number of concerts for festivals, but the Everhart's have also performed in 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 that desires authentic and realistic presentations of America's true 'rural' musical genres (they performed 'live' in front of over 10,000 Chinese in the audience, on a tour to China for a fashion program that was televised 'live' to several million people). They spent some 20 years performing in Europe, from the Shetland Islands to the Canary Islands, and all across the map of Europe.
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. A gruff Russian Jew, Bob was working on his 7th album for Moses, when Moses passed away. It was to be an album of old-time American Gospel and Spiritual songs. All of those previous six albums are still 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 45 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' heart of rural America.
Book them for your next presentation, take advantage of the 'discount' they are able to offer when they do the booking themselves, rather than the Smithsonian. 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. 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. One of Bob's friends in Humanities was Peter Fonda. It was in college when Bob 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 four or five 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.
February 14 - "Paradise for Paradise" benefit concert for needy people whose town of Paradise was wiped out by fire. Dave Berg, Executive Producer of NBC's 'Tonight Show" is invited to pick with us again. Takes place at 1537 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 7pm
March 1-3 - "How Western Music Won the West" Smithsonian Concert arranged by Jerry Hughes in Apache Junction
April 26-27-28 - SpringFest at the Oak Tree Performance Center in Anita, Iowa. A fun weekend of local and regional artists join the Everhart raising money for the Pioneer Music Museum which is just across the street from the auditorium. Californian Bob Duff returns to Emcee this delightful program.
May 3 - Performing with Dale Eichor from KWMT Radio, Fort Dodge, Iowa. Dale is in the National DJ Hall of Fame in Nashville. Good show, don't miss it.
May 17 - Performing with Iowa old-time fiddler, Ben McClure at Oak Tree in Anita 7pm
May 31 - TBA
June 2 - Performing our "How Western Music Won The West" at the Betty Strong Center, Sioux City, Iowa, 900 Larsen Park Road, 2pm
June 5 - Knight Museum & Sand Hills Center, 908 Yellowstone Ave., Alliance, NE - 7pm - This is a good one, come see us.
June 8 - Gold Rush Days Festival, City Park, Sidney, NE. We'll be there all day, off and on. This festival lasts 3 days, but we are only on one day.
June 9 - The Archway. This is that huge museum concert hall that goes all the way across both lanes of I-80. Our second time here, it's loads of fun. 3060 E. 1st St., Kearney, NE, 2pm. We'll be doing "How Western Music Won The West,"
June 10 - 7-Valley Historical Society, Callaway, NE. 102 N. Grand Ave. We're working it out to do two shows at the High School Auditorium. One at 2pm for kids, and one at 7pm for adults. Should be lots of fun.
June 11 - Public Library Auditorium in Lexington, NE 7pm. More info coming
June 14 - Oak Tree Opry, Anita, Iowa. Guest entertainer to be announced
June 20-21-22-23 Kenaston's Country Music Festival at the fairgrounds in Wahoo, Nebraska,
performing, MC'ing, and having fun. These dates have not been confirmed yet. More info coming.
June 24 - Performing at the Archway over I-80 near Kearney, Nebraska. Our Western show, 2pm
July 12 - Oak Tree Opry in Anita, Iowa performing with David Green (super traditional show) 7pm - reservations recommended 712-762-4363
July 26-27 - Performing with Terry Smith, composer of "Far Side Banks of Jordan," for Johnny Cash and June Carter. 7pm shows both nights, highly recommend reserving your seats, 712-762-4363
August 9 - Holding for super singer-performer Kim Plender at the Oak Tree Opry, Anita.
August 23, Performing with western movie star and cowboy singer from Phoenix, AZ, Ed Gary at the Oak Tree Performance Center Anita, Iowa, 7pm
September 6, Oak Tree Opry, Anita, Iowa, guest performer to be announced
September 20, Oak Tree Opry, guest performer to be announced
October 3-4-5-6, 44th National Old Time Country Music Festival & Rural Roots Music Gathering, Christensen Field House, Fremont, Nebr. We will have three functioning stages and one jamming area at this location this year. Join us as we present a very special RFD-TV program consisting of performers thathave performed on this national network.
October 12 - Opening for Lee Muller from Kansas, and Chari Heldenbrand from Michigan - Oak Tree Opry, Anita, Iowa 7pm
October 19 - Opening for Tim McCasland, cowboy singer from New Mexico, at the Oak Tree Opry, Anita 7pm
October 26 - Oak Tree Opry, Anita, Iowa, opening for KWMT Fort Dodge, Iowa, DJ, Dale Eichor, 7pm