Rural Country Music is a blog created by Bob Everhart, President of the National Traditional Country Music Association, as a means to keep news, reviews, items of interest in the ‘traditional’ country music world alive and well on planet earth.
Bob Everhart was born in the prairie lands of Nebraska. He started playing country music at around age 5, playing piano for whatever opportunity arose. He enjoyed listening to the Grand Ole Opry and the Louisiana Hayride on his dad’s old battery powered radio, and much to his surprise became a regular member of the Louisiana Hayride in later years. He went to high school in Council Bluffs, Iowa, served four years in the United States Navy traveling all over the Pacific as a top-secret cleared radioman, even going as far north as the North Pole. He went to the University of Nebraska when his military time was complete, where he joined a soft-rock band called the Royal Flairs. This led him to several years working in Chicago, where the group opened for a number of nationally and internationally known super-stars. A gunshot wound crippled him, and for several years he recuperated, listening to his early heroes of country music. He went back on the entertainment trail as a country peformer, eventually performing with a huge number of country and bluegrass superstars, as well as hosting and co-producing a popular PBS television show “Old Time Country Music.” He started his festival of old-time country/bluegrass/folk music in 1976, and is still producing and hosting it. A number of ‘live’ radio programs and television shows, including one for the BBC in England called “The World About Us.” He recorded six albums for Moses Asch of Folkways Records that eventually became Smithsonian-Folkways, and all of his material is available from that company. He and his wife Sheila (married in 1991 with one child, daughter Bobbie Lhea), recorded an additional eight albums for Prairie Music Records. They own their own performance center the Oak Tree Opry in Anita, Iowa, and are also the owners of the Pioneer Music Museum located in that same rural village.