Everhart will perform at Gayville Hall Aug. 17

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

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

Bob Everhart was one of the pioneering performers in Branson and hosted shows at Silver Dollar City. He created and was host of the PBS television show Old Time Country Music for seven years that aired in 22 states and was taped in Johnston, IA, by Iowa Public Television.

Everhart earned a Grammy nomination and has been an international spokesman for "traditional old-time country music," as well as a practitioner. He recorded six albums on the prestigious Smithsonian Folkways label and has performed regularly in Europe on extended tours of four or five months since the late 1970s. His European records include re-releases of American albums and recordings made for Europe.

Everhart is a native Nebraskan, born in the Sandhills, who has lived in southwestern Iowa for many years. He has a music hall in Anita, IA, and plays music festivals around the U.S. when not in Europe.

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

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

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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