Greetings from Cow Creek,
Well, here we are, another season come and gone. We are so grateful that we finally got some much-needed rain in June, and the lakes almost got back to normal levels. Then it turned off hot and dry again. This has been a “balls to the wall” summer traveling from Port Aransas to Perryton, and all points in between, and I must admit, some of the shows were pretty hard on me. Playing 3-hour shows in 90+degree weather can be exhausting but, “you have to be tough to wear the A-O brand!” I’m looking forward to some cooler weather, and playing some golf.
Our annual excursion to Belize was a rousing success and a good time was had by all. This is really special deal, as we take over the fabulous Victoria House Resort
on Ambergris Caye, just off the coast from Belize City. The quality of our guests that come is of the highest caliber; just the kind of folks you want to make your ‘friends for life!” Many are repeaters and come back every year. Many thanks to Steve Fronterhouse, manager of the fabulous Houstonian Hotel, for creating and organizing this great trip. We are looking forward to next year and are planning upgrades in every aspect to make it even better. Keep a lookout for announcements after the 1st of the year and we’re hoping you can arrange to make that trip with us. It’s the perfect laid-back island experience.
Our fall calendar is pretty much full with some great dates coming up. For those up in northwest Texas, we’re coming to the Bison Festival in Quitaque, Tx. That’s this weekend, Sept. 19th. This is an interesting area on the plains near the Caprock Canyons State Park. I’ll be sharing the bill with my good friends Lee Roy Parnell, Mark Powell and Jamie Richards. Later in the month I get to “cowboy up” and spend a few days on my annual trail ride with the Tejas Vaqueros. We’ll be at Tommy Alverson’s Family Gathering October 2nd in Arlington. We kick off November at the World Championship Chili Cook-off in Terlingua, Tx. I can’t mention them all here but just refer to our touring schedule on my Facebook page or at garypnunn.com.
Of course I can’t neglect to mention my 70th Birthday Celebration Weekend! I can’t believe the day has arrived, but I’m happy to say it has. I will be celebrating this milestone event starting at Billy Bob’s, Dec. 3rd, in Ft. Worth; then we head south to Floore’s Country Store in Helotes, Tx. on Dec. 4th, (my actual birthday);
then, on Saturday, Dec. 5th, to the Redneck Country Club in Stafford, Tx. (off Hwy 59 in southwest Houston area) for the Grand Finale where I am honored to have share the bill with me, the great Charlie Pride! I am hoping that you will all come out and support me at one of these dates when I am in your area. People are always coming up to me and saying, “I’ve been a fan for 30 years, but I’ve never seen you live!” Well now is the time to see me while I’m still alive! I don’t intend to do this forever. Mark these dates on your calendar and get a group together and be with me for this special occasion. “Didn’t we have us a ball……….”
Our family is all doing well. Son Lukin is recently married to a fine young lady and is getting settled in their newly purchased home in Nashville. His son, Sylas,
is in his 2nd year at the prestigious Hendrix College in Arkansas. Julian and his lady are recently returned to the USA from Melbourne, Australia. It’s not determined where they will lite as their work requires them to move frequently. Perhaps back in Houston, or perhaps in Tucson, AZ. Either would suit me. Australia is a lovely country, but it’s a long way from Texas! Ruth has been busy making improvements around the house in addition to managing my music business. She recently converted her fancy “chicken condo” in to a shed for her tools; the chickens having been given away when we went to Australia earlier this year.
RAISING A HAND FOR RETT
Before closing, let me brag just a little and share that yours truly is going to be in a pretty cool book that my friends Dave Clements and Kevin Black are finishing up now. Dave is a Houston based photographer who shoots many places including for the Houston Rodeo and does a lot of concert photography, as well as having done a lot of photography for me. Kevin is a fellow musician and does photography also.
Anyway, they are doing a book called Raising a Hand, which is a coffee table book that has over 200 pages of their black and white photos of singers who are raising their hand while performing. All the proceeds from the book are going to fund a cure of Rett Syndrome, a disorder that claimed the life of Kevin’s daughter Courtney at the age of 16. If you haven’t heard of Rett, it is a rare genetic neurological disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls and leads to severe impairments, affecting nearly every aspect of the child’s life; their ability to speak, walk, eat, and even breath easily. Some other artists in the book, if I can drop a few names, are Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Strait, Jimmy Buffett, and Kevin’s brother, Clint Black. All the artists volunteered to participate. I’ll be in pretty cool company! You can pre-order your copy of the book by going to their website, www.RaisingAHand.com. It’s only $35 plus shipping and handling and they are an approved non-profit. Once you raise a hand and buy it, please bring it to one of my shows and I’d be honored to sign it for you. By the way, Dave took my photo for the book at the Outlaws and Legends Music Festival in Abilene, TX., which makes it doubly cool since that is one of my favorite events to play for my friend, Mark Powell.
Well, I want to thank you all again for your continued friendship and support. I never thought my career would last this long and have accomplished more than I ever dreamed possible. I never intended to make a life out of music. I always thought I would get a real job someday. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I had ever really had a dream, but I supposed this is the life the Lord intended for me whether I knew it or not. He has kept me safe and healthy through millions of miles of travel, and I have lots of people that I can truly call my friends.
I have much to be thankful for and I thank all of you for making this life I enjoy possible. With that I will be looking forward to seeing you again somewhere down the road. Vaya con Dios, mis amigos por vida……………………………..
Gary P Nunn