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Ramblin' Rhodes: Year of interviews again produces favorite quotes

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In keeping with tradition, my last column of the year is my favorite quotes obtained from my interviews in 2012:

Suzy Bogguss was in Augusta on Dec. 14 to perform her Christmas show in the Morris Museum of Art's Budweiser True Music Southern Soul & Song series.   SPECIAL
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Suzy Bogguss was in Augusta on Dec. 14 to perform her Christmas show in the Morris Museum of Art's Budweiser True Music Southern Soul & Song series.

CHARLES HUMPHREY III: Upright bass player for bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers. “I had a dream my freshman year that I was playing in Carnegie Hall in New York City. I went out the very next day and signed up for upright bass lessons. And not long ago, I did get to play in Carnegie Hall with Steve Martin.”

ROBERT “FLASH” GORDON: On how he came to manage James Brown’s radio stations. “Through Mal Cook. Mal was his man in Augusta, but he got teed off with Mal when Mal went to open up WENZ in Richmond, Va. He had told Mal not to go. That’s when he told me, ‘You’re my man, now,’ but you know who ran everything anyway. He’d tell you how he wanted it done.”

DARRIN VINCENT: On creating the Dailey & Vincent Helping Hands Fund. “We started this out of love for these kids. My wife, at the time we started this, was a school teacher, and was telling us about kids with holes in their shoes and no coats in the winter. I’d come home from being on the road with Ricky (Skaggs), and my wife would say, ‘There’s a child here with holes in his shoes, size 3,’ and we’d go buy some with money out of our pockets, or we’d go to Walmart and buy six coats for kids who needed them.”

RICKY SKAGGS: On the secret of being married 31 years to Sharon White of the Grand Ole Opry trio The Whites. “It’s been our love of the Lord and our desire to serve him and honor him with our marriage. Both of us had come from bad marriages in the past, and we didn’t want that to happen again for us. And we knew that Sharon’s parents, Buck and Pat, and my mom and dad had God in the centerpiece of their marriages lasting so long.”

MICHELLE HONAKER: On starring in Becky Hobbs’ original musical NANYEHI – Beloved Woman of the Cherokee about Hobbs’ ancestor Nancy Ward. “Being the first to play this role in its first full production is overwhelming and wonderful. I want to work at setting the bar for all others who will play her in my footsteps. It’s a lovely challenge. She’s such a strong woman with such a tender outlook on life. It’s an amazing role, a great script and the music is gorgeous.”

AARON WILBURN: Southern gospel songwriter on becoming a Christian humorist. “I had never really listened to humorists or comedians until after I was doing what I was doing. People kept saying, ‘You’ve got a warped sense of humor. Have you got any recordings of your stories?’ I had never thought about it, but I started making some recordings of them and people started buying them.”

MICKEY MURRAY: On what killed ’60s soul music. “Disco music started killing our rhythm and blues shows. You could have a club full of people and take a break, and you’d see the dance floor jam packed when they started playing disco songs during your break. You could see it coming what disco was doing to our business.”

ED ROMANOFF: On writing his song Lady Luck. “My cousin Gary disappeared in New Orleans. I went to look for him, but he was never found. They did find his car in park and his stereo still under his seat. It could be a number of things that happened. My mom said every time the phone rang she thought it might be him.”

SUZY BOGGUSS: “Being from a small town, I didn’t realize that somebody had to make this stuff (metal jewelry). I was so green. I also knew about Elton John and other big performers, but it never occurred to me that somebody like me from my small town could make a living making music.”

RICK BROTHERTON: Former Augustan now touring with Robert Earl Keen. “I have a very happy life in Austin (Texas) with my wife, Kathy, and two daughters. I enjoy what I’m doing. Never mind reaching for that brass ring of super stardom. Just enjoy that ride on the merry-go-round.”

DELBERT MCCLINTON: “I did get to see Bob Wills at this little bitty nightclub that was in a cotton field outside of Lubbock, and it actually was called The Cotton Club. Bob Wills and his band (Texas Playboys) would play there while us kids played out in the parking lot and looked in the windows.”

IVAN PARKER: “That’s part of the joy of doing gospel music. You don’t retire. You sing until you die. Record companies of other kinds of music judge your career on about a four-year span, but with gospel music you sing until you get done.”

MANDY BARNETT: On starring in the musical Always, Patsy Cline. “When we first did the show in the Ryman, I let them (show publicists and others) parade me around town in the stage costumes. But I finally said, ‘I’m never showing up in costume again anywhere. I’m an actress, and I’ll portray her in costume on stage, but when I’m not on stage, I’m going to be me.’ ”

OKEFENOKEE JOE: Former Nashville songwriter Dick Flood on teaching kids about nature. “It’s humbling and rewarding, and I’m grateful and honored. I was in a Walmart one Christmas season selling my albums, and more kids wanted to sit in my lap than in Santa Claus’ lap. The limelight I had in Nashville was great, but I like the woods better.”


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