It’s just another day for the Larry’s Country Diner cast and crew to come together to create some great episodes filled with wonderful entertainers to make some precious memories for guests.
The first episode featured John Anderson. Anderson was there to promote his new album Goldmine. The new album was named No. 38 on Rolling Stone’s 40 Best Country Albums of 2015.
Anderson performed two songs off of his new CD including, “Don’t Forget To Thank The Lord” that was written with John Rich and “Back Home” which was written by Merle Haggard. He also performed “Seminole Wind” and his hit “Swingin’.” Nadine enjoyed it so much that she got up and started swingin’.
Since Anderson was the guest, the special of the day was John Anderson’s Swingin’ Spaghetti!
Colonel Littleton was there to present Larry Black with a special gift, a wood frame black leather picture with the letter “B” engraved on the picture. Black absolutely loved it. Renae was saying the “B” stood for “Best Waitress,” while Keith was saying it stood for his last name, “Bilbrey.”
The fun fact for Episode 1 was: Did you know that Betty White is older than sliced bread? Literally! Sliced bread was created in 1928 and White was born in 1922.
A feature on the show was Jean Shepherd. Shepherd is celebrating 60 years of being a Grand Ole Opry member! She also has a new book out “Down Through The Years” that you can check out at jeanshepardcountry.com.
Larry and the gang were also talking about them just getting off of the Country’s Family Reunion Cruise. Larry said everyone was getting on to him about calling the ship a boat. They were trying to drill in to his head that ships carry boats!
Witty lady, Nadine, walked into the room she sat down and started enjoying a cup coffee. She said “I’m not addicted to coffee but we have a committed relationship!” Nadine had started talking about her daughter’s electricity going out and she had to go over and help eat all the ice cream! As always, she entertained with her homespun tales.
The guest for Episode 2 was the legendary Country artist, Gene Watson. Watson was there promoting his new album Real. Country. Music. Available now at genewatsonmusic.com.
Watson performed four songs off the album including “I’m Not Enough For You,” “Talking To My Heart,” “Help Me,” and one of my personal favorites, “Don’t Waste It On The Blues.”
Make sure to check out Gene Watson at the Starlite Theater in Branson, MO, May 2-4, 2016. It’ll be a great time! It was also a pleasure to meet Mr. Watson!
The special of the day for this episode was the Gene Watson Burger.
Michelle Capps, the Sheriff’s wife, had something very special to present to Jimmy Capps. Michelle had a special custom ring made for the Sheriff to celebrate 58 years at the Grand Ole Opry, being in the North Carolina Hall of Fame, and the Musicians Hall of Fame. Jimmy has played guitar on some very famous country songs including, “Stand By Your Man” by Tammy Wynette, “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones and “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers.
The songs for the This Day In Music segment were from 1978 and included, “Take This Job And Shove It” by Johnny Paycheck, “What A Difference You’ve Made In My Life” by Ronnie Milsap, “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love” by Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, and last but not least, “Do You Know You Are My Sunshine” by The Statler Brothers.
When funny lady Nadine walked through the door, she started talking about them being on the cruise and then said “Where’s Moe?” Nadine was also talking about a passenger that suddenly died on the cruise. She said to the cast “If anything happens to me just throw me overboard, it’s too much to send me back to the States! It’s the only time I’ll be smoking hot!” She continued to talk about her husband Homer and said that he had a coupon for their burial plans, but added that she’ll have to be cremated because all of her potential pallbearers would have already passed.
Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey was in the audience to present Gus Arrendale, the guy from Springer Mountain Farms Chicken, to make him an honorary citizen of the state of Tennessee. Arrendale was quiet surprised.
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