Bob Everhart plays Gayville Hall Saturday

Bob Everhart plays Gayville Hall Saturday Gayville Hall presents old-time country music legend Bob Everhart at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, in Gayville.

Joining Everhart will be Sheila Everhart on bass, Gayville Hall hosts John and Susan McNeill, and a special guest from the Czech Republic, 22-year-old fiddler George Kralick, who is appearing with the Everharts in Branson, MO, and elsewhere on their tour.

Everhart was an early performer in the Branson area, hosting shows at Silver Dollar City. He later created the television show Old Time Country Music that was taped by Iowa Public Television and aired in 22 states.

Everhart recorded six albums on the prestigious Smithsonian Folkways label, earned a Grammy nomination, and has been an international ambassador for traditional country music since the 1970s, performing four or five months each year in Europe.

Everhart is a native Nebraskan, born in the Sandhills. He has lived in southwestern Iowa for many years.

He owns a music hall in Anita, IA, and plays music festivals around the U.S. when not in Europe.

Everhart produces the annual "National Old Time Country Music and Bluegrass Festival and Contest" in Avoca, IA, over the Labor Day weekend, which has attracted crowds of 35,000 each year since the 1970s. He also has helped produce festivals in Dublin, Ireland, and Vienna, Austria.

His repertoire includes Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, bluegrass and gospel, in addition to original tunes.

Kralick gave up classical violin for the fiddle at age 16 and plays in the Prague bluegrass band, the Sunnysiders. He first met Everhart in 1999 in Dublin.

Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Admission is $10 at the door or $12.50 for advance reserved seating. Call 605-267-2859.

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