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On June 8th, 2003, I stepped onto the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House for the first time. Sunday Morning Country, sponsored each year by the Music City Christian Fellowship, is scheduled the last day of Fan Fair each year.

I was honored to be a part of this event. This year it was produced by Sam Lovullo, the long time producer of Hee Haw!

I was invited to sing in the Country Chorale, led by Cowboy Joe Babcock.

A fantastic writer and performer, Joe is also a man with a sweet spirit, and a profound love of the Lord.


Above, and to the Right, are some pictures I took as the stage crew and band were getting everything set up for the final rehearsal.
Just before Ray Stevens went out to rehearse with the band, I got a picture with him. He was working out "Guitarzan" with the guitar when I snapped the other picture. 
If SWEET had a name, it would be Vestal Goodman. The Chorale had the honor of singing background for Vestal at the end of the show.


Brenda Lee is also a very sweet person. She took time from her getting ready to host the show to have her picture taken with me.
I grew up on Jim Ed Brown's music, and meeting him was a tremendous honor.
Ricky Skaggs wasn't even supposed to be at the show, but he drove a red-eye trip from a show in New Orleans the night before because he wanted to be a part of this musical tribute to the Lord! 

Even as tired as he was, he still took time for a photo.

Thanks Ricky!

Ok, these guys are just nuts.... and I appreciate their humor. In case you can't tell, they are the Hager Twins from Hee Haw.

Thanks, Jim and John! Or is that John and Jim?

uhhh..... Thanks Guys!


Roni Stoneman is truly one of the best banjo pickers in the world, and despite all evidence to the contrary (especially if you have seen her "IDA LEE" character on Hee Haw).



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