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Jimmy stuff / JIMMY ALERT! Bill & Gloria Gaither: Tent Revival Homecoming
« on: December 04, 2011, 03:49:58 PM »
Mom and I stumbled on a Gaither Homecoming show on PBS this afternoon and started watching it.  I don't even know who was singing at the time when I discovered a certain familiar face on stage.  I said, "Was that Jimmy?!".  The camera scanned back and Mom and I both yelled, "IT'S JIMMY!".  It looks like Jimmy was sitting next to Joe Moscheo & Terry Blackwood of the Imperials.  Mom and I got to meet Joe & Terry at the one Elvis week we went to a few years ago.  Both of them couldn't have been nicer. 

The show is called "Bill & Gloria Gaither: Tent Revival Homecoming".  It was filmed at the Billy Graham library.  Frankin is in the audience. Mom and I are enjoying watching it on PBS right now.  The Oaks, the Imperials, Gaither Vocal Band, Dailey & Vincent and Jimmy are on there for starters. 

There are two DVDs and CDs to this.  Jimmy is on the DVD & CD called "The Old Rugged Cross".  He and Dailey and Vincent sing "On The Other Side of the Cross". 

It has been a great show.  I will be getting both DVDs and CDs.  Check it out!


Jimmy stuff / Re: Scottsburg IN - Ross Country Jamboree
« on: November 08, 2011, 11:45:21 AM »
This was kind of a spur of the moment thing.  We were coming back from the festival in September and I said, “We should go to Scottsburg”.  I didn’t know it was just on the other side of Louisville until Dena mentioned it.  Not an overly long drive for us.  I think Nina was a little shocked to see us come walking in the door.  I told her we just happened to be in the neighborhood.

I had an absolute blast!  You talk about a crowd being a Jimmy crowd.  You would have thought it was a audience full of Fortune Tellers.  They LOVED Jimmy!  I can’t remember if it was when Jimmy was singing, “I’ll Fly Away” or “He’s Getting Me Ready”, but he held that last note FOREVER.  The backup singers gave up.  One of them asked Jimmy, “How many lungs do you have?!”.  I could have listened to Jimmy sing another couple of hours.  I was not ready for it to be over.

John was nice enough to swap seats with me and he sat with Mom and I was on the front row with Dena.  That stage was so high.  But, thanks again John for swapping!

After the show Mom had to get a good look at the piano.  I’m surprised she didn’t try to take it.  She looked like a little kid in a candy shop just looking at it.  I wish I had taken a picture!

All of us FTs stayed at the same hotel and we ended up staying up until 2:00 talking.  I laughed so hard that my sides hurt.  I haven’t laughed like that in a long time.  It was too much fun.  Love y’all!

I really didn’t take pictures.  I sat there and just enjoyed the show.  Dan didn’t even bring his camera.  I think we all went on strike on Saturday.  LOL!

I already have May 12th circled on the calendar.  We will be there!!!

Thanks guys for a great weekend! 


General Fan Discussion Forum / Re: Happy Birthday, Riley!
« on: September 28, 2011, 03:11:02 PM »
I hope you had a great birthday Riley!  Was this your 25th birthday?


Prayer Requests / Re: Hobo
« on: September 28, 2011, 03:10:27 PM »
I have never seen somebody facing what Hobo is facing have such a positive outlook about everything than Hobo. It was so great seeing him again this past weekend.  He is still the same old crazy Hobo that I have come to know.  I hope and pray that he doesn’t have any complications from the chemo. 


« on: September 28, 2011, 09:33:54 AM »
Wow, where to start?  Last weekend was so much fun!  I laughed, I cried, laughed some more.  I have so many favorite moments that I just can’t pick a favorite part.  This was my favorite festival ever!

Of course one of the highlights was Friday’s Songwriter’s show.  Dean Dillon was so funny and I loved hearing him talk about how he wrote his songs and the stories behind them.  I made it a point to talk to him after the show because you know how much I love George Strait.  Dean couldn’t have been nicer.  Gail Davies was awesome too.  We were all hanging out in the lobby of the hotel Friday night and she walked in and saw us.  She went and put her stuff back in her room and came out and talked to all of us well over an hour.  I loved listening to her stories.  She is such a nice lady.  I’m going to have to buy her book for sure!

Saturday was great.  Jimmy put on probably one of the best shows I’ve ever seen him do. I was not ready for him to stop singing.  He had some kind of bug all weekend so he was worried about how he would do.  You wouldn’t have known he was not feeling well.  He hit a grand slam out of the ball park for sure!  I love Sydni and Justin who now play with Jimmy.  I got both of their CDs and they are excellent.  Plus both of them are just so nice.  I hope Jimmy keeps them for a long time!  Jimmy sang “Amazing Grace” for Hobo during the show.  I lost it.  It totally gave me goosebumps.  It was so great seeing Hobo again and I have never seen somebody be as positive and upbeat with what he is going through right now than Hobo. 

I think of all the headliners they have had over the years, Suzy Bogguss was my favorite.  She is so talented and so pretty.  Her pictures don’t even do her justice.  She gave a good 2 hour show and I honestly was not ready for her to be done.  She is also a very nice person.  After the show I was talking to her and told her about how she had played our local fair years ago but I couldn’t go because it had been on a marching band rehearsal night. She said, “Thanks for reminding me you were in high school Julie”.

When we were heading back home on Sunday morning, I started thinking about the past 8 years of following Jimmy around God’s green creation and knowing you guys. 2002 and the first part of 2003 were not good years for Mom and I, between losing family members and my parents divorce, Mom and I were both depressed.  Then along came Jimmy and the FTs.  I told Mom after you guys came along, life turned around for us and things got a lot better.  You guys mean the world to me. 

Thank you Jimmy for bringing this crazy bunch of people together!

And thank you Smitty, Nina, Jimmy, Robin and Linda for all the memories that have been made at the festival over the years!  It went out in style!

Stay tuned for pictures.  I still have yet to look at them. 


« on: September 25, 2011, 04:23:58 PM »
We got home around 3:00 this afternoon.  I am exhausted.  I had a blast this weekend.  Will give more details when I'm awake.  Love y'all!


« on: September 23, 2011, 06:22:13 AM »

OK, somebody needs to hit me upside the head.  I'm too excited!  Yesterday I felt like a 5 year old kid waiting for Christmas morning.

Today is the day for the FORTUNE WILLIAMS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2011!!!!!! 

All of us traveling today, I hope we all arrive safely.  Can't wait to see everybody!!!  I'm sure the local authorities have been warned that a swarm of Fortune Tellers are descending upon Staunton as we speak and to be on full alert this weekend.  READY OR NOT STAUNTON.....HERE WE COME!!!!!


« on: September 19, 2011, 11:48:31 AM »
I have enjoyed everybody’s memories.  I have SO MANY!  I look back on them and smile and laugh.  Other than missing the 2009 festival, stupid conversion at work, I have been there every year. 

Here are some of my memories…  I’m trying to break these down by year.

2003- The Clocktower with “Johnny Fontaine” was a hoot.  They literally were finishing building the stage that night.  We kept asking John Rimel if we needed to bring a hammer.  Whatever did happen to that Johnny character?  This was also the first time I got to meet Nina’s Mom Judy, who is just a hoot.  I remember being downtown and hearing her telling Clayton who everybody was.  It was priceless.  LOVE YOU JUDY!  Oh and who can forget how freezing cold it was that year?!   Other than when I marched in the Macy’s parade, I have never been that cold in my life!

And this was the year of the infamous honey mustard incident with Skip! 

I also got to see Ricky Skaggs and KY Thunder that year.  I just remember the fiddle player Andy.  BOY HOWDY!  HE WAS GORGEOUS!!!!  I think I was drooling the whole concert.

2004- This was the last year for the festival downtown.  Skip managed to get in trouble AGAIN at the Depot Grill preshow by pushing tables together and then they told us not to so he pulled them apart and caused a big mess.  That is Skip for you!  That was the time we attempted to have a big group picture in the middle of the road and kept having to dodge cars.  This is when we got the picture of Jimmy & Hobo on the railcar.   I also remember talking to Lynn and somebody mentioned the time she was on the Statler Brothers show and she broke into that whole thing Harold made her say without missing a beat.  Miss that lady! 

2005- This was the first year at the Frontier Culture Museum.  This was the year we all got to meet Tony Brower and his wife Tina.  Tony was such a nice guy.  He made me laugh the entire weekend.  One neat thing about the festival being at the Frontier Culture Museum was getting to witness the Naturalization ceremony.  It was so neat to get to see those people become US citizens.  This was also the group picture with what Jim Watson called “Insert your Jimmy here”.  It was hilarious how everybody slid into the group picture and stood in Jimmy’s spot before he could get there. 

2006- This was the year with Garrison Keillor.  He made me laugh so hard that my head was hurting.  This was also the year that Mary Chapin Carpenter all surprised us and showed up at Songwriters night.  I also think this was the year Rodney Crowell was the Saturday night performer.  I remember how KK kept getting tickled the entire concert.  I also think this was the year that somebody, who shall remain nameless, thought Bob was my Dad.  I about had a heart attack.  This was also the year that Jimmy and I just couldn’t seem to get the concept of looking at the camera for getting our picture taken.  We gave it one last shot on Sunday afternoon.  Just as the camera snapped, Donna yelled, “Everybody look at the camera”, Jimmy looked away on purpose.  We died laughing.  The picture we ended getting is by far my favorite picture of me and Jimmy together.  We both were just laughing so hard.  Absolutely priceless!

2007- This was the year that during the day on Friday, Mom, Shelia and I made a day trip to Lexington and ended up walking around VMI and all those cute cadets kept walking by us.  The word was “cha-ching”.  Boy howdy that was a nice afternoon!!  This was the year that Marty Stuart did the bluegrass version of “Staying Alive”.  That was so awesome!  I think this was also the year that Sandy was waiting for me and Dan to collide trying to take pictures.  Was this the year of the Fortune Teller Paparazzi in the left hand section?!  I believe it was.  I think this is when I dubbed Dan “Daniel Yamato”

2008- I believe this was the year that it was so cold that I had to go by long sleeve shirts at Wal-mart on Friday morning.  What is a trip to Staunton without a trip to Wal-mart?! 

2009- Glad to know I was missed because I sure had to answer for my absence with many people!

2010- Last year was a blast!  I really enjoyed Patty Loveless on Saturday night.  I had seen her at our fair years ago and was kind of bored with her show.  I didn’t know what to expect but she really impressed me.  Songwriters’ night was the best one so far. Don Schlitz and Rivers Rutherford were amazing.  I still remember Rivers telling Don, “They like you better than me”.  Both were just so nice. I really liked getting to visit with Don. I was wearing a ETSU shirt on Friday night and Don commented on it and we started talking ETSU basketball.  Amazing!  I never thought I would have a conversation about ETSU basketball in the heart of Virginia. 

This just tips the surface of memories that I have over the years at the Fortune Williams Festival.  I will treasure them forever!!


« on: September 18, 2011, 08:57:07 AM »
Spongebob asked me to explain Track #4.  So here goes....

Once upon a time in a land called Charlottesville, VA....

We had went to Jimmy's concert in Charlottesville.  After the show a lot of us decided to go to IHop for a little post show fellowship.  One thing about us FTs, if it involves food....WE ARE THERE!.  Anyway, I digress.  Bob said he knew where IHop was and for everybody to follow him....BIG MISTAKE!!!!!!  This was the same guy who took me down a one way street the wrong way my very first time in Staunton.  I should have known better! 

I think there were about 4 vehicles following Bob.  Mom and I were riding with Dena and John.  Bob couldn't even get us out of this subdivison.  I think we passed this one house about 5 times.  Teresa was driving Dena and John's van and said, "WE'RE NEVER GOING TO GET OUT!".  John started singing that line from Jimmy's song "Cryin' Ain't Gonna Get Me Over You".  That first line about "Round and Round and Round loves goes".  Well, now it was "Round and round and round and round Bob goes".  When we FINALLY got to IHop, I opened Bob's van and JJ had this look of "Oh just shoot me now".  It was hilarious! 

For the longest time after that, everytime Jimmy did that song in concert we all would just look at Bob and do a circle motion with our fingers.  It was pretty funny when the entire 1st row did it at the concert in Boonesboro, MD. 

Anytime we get turned around now we just yell, TRACK 4!!!!


Oh the memories!!


Jimmy stuff / Re: Fortune Williams Music Festival 2011
« on: September 13, 2011, 06:28:46 PM »
I love the CD.  When Robin was on the radio with Kris last week, Dean called and they talked to him.  Kris also did a montage of Dean Dillon written songs.  This only scratches the surface of what he has written.  I cannot wait for songwriters night!


Jimmy stuff / Re: Jimmy on WKDW Radio
« on: September 13, 2011, 06:25:13 PM »
Great interview Kris.  I also got to listen to the interview with Robin too.  I loved the conversation with Dean Dillon and I LOVED the Dean Dillon montage of songs.  Boy we are in for a treat on Friday night!!!


Jimmy stuff / Re: Fortune Williams Music Festival's last year.
« on: September 10, 2011, 12:08:55 PM »
I am not angry either.  Far from it!  Kind of shocked and very bummed out but I understand that this festival takes A LOT of time and energy, even during the festival.  I am sure it's a never ending cycle, as soon as the festival ends, it's time to start planning for the next one.  Phew, I'm tired just thinking about it. 

But, we FTs are tough.  We will get through this!  The world will not end, the sun will still shine.  Life will go on!!!


Jimmy stuff / Re: Fortune Williams Music Festival's last year.
« on: September 08, 2011, 12:17:44 PM »
Hmmm...different venue/setting.  How about Jimmy doing the halftime show at a UT football game?! Jimmy and the Pride of the Southland Band.   NOW THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!!!!

Or how about Jimmy throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley Field and doing the 7th inning stretch?!  Phew, after hearing some people trying to do the 7th inning stretch this year, THE CUBS NEED JIMMY!!!! 


Jimmy stuff / Re: Fortune Williams Music Festival's last year.
« on: September 08, 2011, 12:12:33 PM »
I hope so too Patsy!  Even if it’s just having ham and cheese sandwiches in Gypsy Hill Park.  I don’t care!!!!


General Fan Discussion Forum / Re: Happy Birthday, Julie!!
« on: September 08, 2011, 11:49:21 AM »
Wow, I didn’t even see this until today.  Boy, I need to keep up!!  I must be getting old! I had a great birthday weekend.  I had fun Friday night at my high school homecoming football game.  Saturday was a blast with Dena, John, Francis and Eugene.  They even had orange cupcakes for me!!!!  One can never have too much orange!!! Sunday was a day of relaxation.

Jimmy put on the best concert. It is in my top 5 of all time favorite Jimmy concerts!! I wish he could get those guys from now on.  They were awesome!!!  I was not ready for that concert to end!!!  When we were talking to Jimmy after the show, Jimmy said I was turning 18.  I’ll go with that!!! 

Saturday night’s concert in Marion was amazing.  Jimmy had more of an acoustic sound going and I have to say I loved it!!  Jimmy sang “On the Other Side”, which has become my favorite Jimmy song.  It totally gave me goose bumps and I couldn’t help but think of my Grandpa so of course the water works started.  I didn’t bring my camera because I didn’t think with it being on TV that we could take pictures.  I just sat there and enjoyed the music. 

My actual birthday was Sunday.  I watched the Cubs play on WGN and they won, which always makes me happy.  Anytime I can hear that song “Go Cubs Go”, it makes me smile   Love my Cubbies!!!!  Can’t help it, I will always be my Grandpa’s girl and he loved the Cubs.  If they were good enough for Grandpa, they’re good enough for me.

Thanks for all the birthday wishes!  I’ll see you guys in a few short weeks!!!


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