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Fonda Arts Center features Smithsonian musicians

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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The Fonda Arts Center is pleased to be able to feature Smithsonian recording artists Bob and Sheila Everhart in two big shows, set for July 7 at 7 p.m. and July 8 at 3 p.m.

The Everharts, who have been performing old-time and traditional acoustic music in the "Oh Brother Where Art Tho" style for all 20 years of their married life.

Bob has been performing close to 50 years and is proficient on 12-string guitar and French harp, sings and also is a brilliant reconteur revealing the many stories behind America's most famous old-time songs.

Sheila plays the upright acoustic doghouse bass and clog dances in the style of her Ozark Mountain ancestors.

The couple makes their summer home in Anita and spends their winters on tour.

The Everharts have devoted their lives to the preservation and performance of America's rural music. Bob has recorded six albums for the Smithsonian, one of them earning a Grammy nomination.

They have conducted a huge number of concerts over the years for symphony halls, opera houses, museums, libraries, festivals, concert halls, schools and now the Fonda Art Center, all built around the historical aspects of America's early music on the frontier.

Their 2012 program celebrates the 100th birthdays of music icons Bill Monroe, Woody Guthrie, Minnie Pearl and Roy Rogers.

Bob and Sheila have performed with some of the biggest heavyweights in music and have also been awarded some very nice honors. They have been honored by the Iowa Legislature; have received the Lifetime Achievement Award from World Music Events in Vienna, Austria; are members of the Texas Music Hall of Fame and America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Everharts also produce festivals, their largest being in its 37th year, "The National Old-time Country Bluegrass Festival and Pioneer Exposition of Rural Life Style" in LeMars. They also produce. "Old Time Rural Music Gathering" in Fremont, Neb. and do shows at their own performing arts center in Anita.

The Fonda Arts Center directors are excited to bring the Everharts and their music to the area for the first time. There is limited seating at the Fonda Arts Center (4th and Main). Tickets are $10 and can be reserved now by calling 712-288-6278 or 712-288-6681.