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September

August came to a close in fine style. The concert in Fruita, Colorado had the second largest crowd in the festival’s history. The concert promoter, Ron Wilson, was kind enough to drive us up to Monument National Park the afternoon before the show. The park has unbelievably spectacular views of giant pillars of rock reaching up to the sky and sheer cliffs that drop seeming forever. Not a great place for those who have a fear of heights…and that would be me.
Grandfather Young had a pharmacy in Fruita back in the 1930’s and my Dad grew up there. I brought some of my Dad’s ashes and we spread them around some of the most beautiful spots. Luckily, it wasn’t very windy and we didn’t have a repeat of the scene in The Big Lebowski. I think Dad would have loved it.
The show in Canada was wild. It was on the Wood Mountain Ranch way out in the middle of the Canadian mountains. They told us the valley was in was one of Sitting Bull’s retreats during the Indian Wars. It was remote and beautiful. Judy Mergel, who owns the ranch, was very sweet and such a big Poco fan. I wish there had been more people at her festival, but I think the fact that it was SO remote had something to do with it. I told management ‘If nowhere wanted somewhere to hide…it would be there!’
Then came the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame induction in St. Louis and we had a blast. So many friends showed up I was blown away. Sara and Tyler drove up from Nashville and Mary’s mom, four sisters and grandson sat at a table holding signs they made saying things like Rusty Rocks, Congratulations and Rusty Steels the Show.
I didn’t think I would be, but I was really nervous when it came time for the award ceremony and time to play. I was so nervous I forgot the bridge in ‘A Little Rain’! My favorite part…Wow!
Thank goodness Jack was there! He REALLY helped me get through it. There were a lot of great steel players there that day. Tommy White, who was also inducted, was without question the best. But I had my day and I’m proud that they decided to include me in the Hall of Fame. I just hope they put my plaque right next to Barbara Mandrel’s.
Mary’s working hard on her children’s books. I think she wrote two more last week and is getting some others illustrated. Pretty soon Pucky Huddle Publishing is going to give Scholastic a run for their money! She’s like me when I’m working on songs-the light goes on at 2:30 a.m. and up you go jotting down ideas.
I did get some fishing in this past week and Mary took a couple of kayak trips down the river. Next we fly to Carlisle, Penn for a show at the Performance Center. I know a bunch of ‘nuts’ are going to be there and it’ll be great to see them. It’s the last show in the North East this year and who knows what the New Year will bring.
Hang in there…Rusty

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