I have watched Larry’s Country Diner for years and never thought in a million years that I would have the once in a lifetime opportunity to get to see not only one, but four live tapings of the popular hit television show on RFD-TV! It was a privilege and honor to be able to attend such an incredible event.
As a longtime fan I always wondered what it takes to create a television show like that and what goes on behind-the-scenes. Well folks, I will say it looks much simpler in real life than it does on television.
When we started rolling on the first episode, Larry Black’s son, Adam Black, was currently in the hosting role. Adam had just done The Promise segment when to everyone’s surprise, Larry walks through the door! Adam Black then proceeded to give the hosting reigns back to his father. They didn’t do their This Day In History segment in this episode so that Larry could explain what happened in his horrific ATV accident a few months ago and he explained how well he is doing now.
The guest of the hour was Gordon Mote who is a blind piano player that you may recognize from The Gaither Vocal Band.
Before Mote began to play his first song “Power Of Love,” Ann Tarter from Tarter Farms, one of the show’s sponsors, announced to a couple of the attending audience members that they had just won Tarter Ranch’s contest! The couple received $10,000 worth of free Farm and Ranch equipment for their farm in Illinois. The couple planned to use the prize to extend their ranch. This was a touching moment for them as the woman in the couple was in tears.
After Mote performed his first song, he talked about when he started to first play the piano at three years old. He explained that a woman told him, “I just can’t understand how you can stop and start, but know what keys to go back too.” Mote replied to her, “Well, I’d also like to know how to drive too!” It was a very good joke.
Mote then continued to talk about his children, ages 8, 16 and 19 years old. He talked about the first time he rode in a car with his 16 year old who had just gotten their driver’s license. Mote said you have a new faith with the Lord three or four times before you reach your destination.
The Fun Fact in Episode 1 was quite interesting. If the month starts on a Sunday, you will have a Friday The 13th. Which is actually true. I had never thought about it before.
Mote performed some songs from his new album All Things New. He is a very nice guy and a great performer. It was a pleasure to meet him. If you get the chance definitely check out Gordon Mote’s album and see if he is performing in a town near you.
The second episode’s guests were the hit group Shenandoah. They performed four of their big hits including “Two Dozen Roses,” “If Bubba Can Dance,” “I Want To Be Loved Like That,” and closed it out with one of my personal favorites, “The Church On The Cumberland Road.”
Marty Raybon, the Shenandoah’s lead singer discussed in the episode about an upcoming new album that the band are making with known producer and Rascal Flatts member Jay Demarcus.
It was great meeting Marty and I look forward to hearing new music from Shenandoah soon.
In the second episode when they did the “This Day In History” it was a day in 1970. These were some legendary songs that came out that day: “Coal Miner’s Daughter” by Loretta Lynn, “Hello Darlin'” by Conway Twitty and “Is Anyone Going To San Antone” by Charley Pride.
Nadine, a witty lady that is on the show, talked about what her sign at the church was going to say for that week. She said, “Faith is like WiFi, it’s powerful to connect you with what you need.” I personally think it’s a great quote and very true.
In this episode one of Larry’s Country Diner sponsors Boot Daddy announced a new feature on their website. They announced that you could now book your Branson, MO vacation through them. You can book your stay and shows all at once. You can check out all their items, Larry’s Picks and book your Branson Vacation at bootdaddy.com.
The guests for the third episode was The Hot Club of CowTown! Larry said, “He welcomed the band back because he finally learned their name!”
The Hot Club of CowTown is from Austin and have been together for over 18 years. In the episode you will see a cute service dog near the lead singer, Elana James. The dog goes everywhere with her because she knows when James gets anxiety and the dog makes her feel better! The band members are James, Whit Smith and Jake Erwin. They sang some of their songs including “Stay A Little Longer,” “Indeed I Do,” and a song by Cindy Walker called “It’s All Your Fault.” It was wonderful getting to meet The Hot Club of CowTown.
We learned on the This Day In History segment that 1953 was the year that Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz had a child in real life and on “I Love Lucy.” The Fun Fact was, every time you lick a stamp, you lose 1/10 of a calorie. Guess everyone better start licking a lot of stamps!
Renae The Waitress also talked about Larry’s Country Diner Newspaper that serves up to 7,500 people and is available international online.
The fourth episode featured guest Jimmy Fortune. You may recognize Fortune from the hit group The Statler Brothers. He performed songs off his new album Hits & Hymns including, “Life’s Railway To Heaven,” “To Much On My Heart,” and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.”
Fortune was there to talk about his brand new CD and DVD, (both titled Hits & Hymns) The CD reached No. 1 on Southern Gospel on Billboard, No. 6 on Christian/Contemporary music and it debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Country Albums chart!
Fortune’s band that performed with him featured Sydni Perry and Michael Rogers. Rogers plays bass for Fortune when he can. Perry is a very talented violinist who started playing violin at the age of nine years old and started performing for Patty Loveless at 16. She is currently on tour as a back-up singer for Carrie Underwood! Perry plays with Fortune when she is not touring with Underwood. It was cool getting to meet one of the Statler Brothers!
One of the highlights of being at the tapings was meeting Grand Ole Opry member, the lovely Jean Shepherd.
It was a pleasure getting to meet all of the cast of Larry’s Country Diner and the show’s guests. It’s definitely something if you get the chance to do, go do it! You won’t regret it and you’ll have the best time of your life. I know I did.