ON THE ROAD FROM JACK



 06/11/2009 - June 11th 09

Hello every one.

Since we have been back home, Armand and I have been busy recording music on my pro tools recording software so that we can do more shows as a duo. We’ve also been involved with two 2 weddings this past June.
We’ve also recorded a new Cd during the last two weeks of May. A good friend of this ministry who has a state of the art recording studio in Abbotsford BC has donated his studio time to our ministry and as a result we have put together a cd with ten great songs that you our fans have been asking me to record. We should have the cd ready for sale by mid July if all goes well.

A lot of the clients that we have worked for in the past have cancelled their entertainment activities because of budget cuts this year.
This will be the first year in about ten years when I have not had a Calgary Stampede market place venue for work.
A lot of the market place venues we have been involved with in the past have either canceled, or are asking us to come and do the concert for promotional value. (free entertainment) Unfortunately promotional value doesn't pay the bills or put fuel in the coach.

We’ve also experienced a tremendous drop with church bookings as well. If you are a member of a church perhaps you could approach your pastor and encourage him to invite this ministry to come and conduct an outreach concert in your community?

Thankfully we have a fairly busy schedule in August and September but until then, there is not a lot happening between June and July.

We are updating our tour schedule this week and will let you know what our schedule is so that you can join us at a fair this summer.

Jack



 





 04/09/2009 - Traveling Home

Hy every body. Well we've been on the road heading for home now since Sunday Afternoon. We travelled over to California and are driving up the coast of California and Oregon. I've never been over here before and what a magnificant trip this is. Yesterday we drove through the Red Wood forest of Northern California. I was blown away with the size of these beautiful old trees that have been standing for thousands of years!

Today we are going to travel the Oregon coast and overnight just south of Portland. Tomorrow (Friday) we will drive up thru Washington and enter Canada. As I said earlier we are going to have Easter celebrations with Debs Family and then head to Alberta and home on the Monday.

Thanks for dropping by to visit. I'll try to get some picks of our trip up on this blog soon.

Have a blessed Day!!!!

Jack

 







 03/29/2009 - March 29th

Hey Every one.

Glad to see you stopped by to check out our web site again. As you may or may not know we are still in Arizona.
One more week to go and we will head home. April 6th is our departure date. But until then we are going to be busy. As I’m writing this note we are just getting ready to host our final dinner show for the winter season at Country Junction USA. This is where we have been hanging our hat for most of the winter. We travel out most weekends to a show or outreach and then return midweek for the dinner shows.

Last week end we were at the Sakaton Indian Reservation for a Cowboy Church Service. We met a wonderful young native family Eddy Holyan whom invited us to host a church service at the annual rodeo and Pow wow on the reserve. We had bout 20 people at the service with about 100 or more standing around the concessions listening to the music and testimonies.

We then went up to Phoenix to pick up some friends of ours who are going to travel back to Canada with us. Oscar and Irma Kreiger have escaped the cold north country for a couple of weeks and are really enjoying our 90 degree farenheit weather. That’s about 30 plus celcius for those of you who are no longer familiar with the old imperial scale of measurements.

When we get home we will be busy for a couple of weeks taking care of winter business and taxes. Then we will leave for Williams Lake where we are going to host a concert at the Williams Lake Pentecostal Church on May 3rd. We are also going to spend a little time with my Dad whom will turn 76 on April 30th.

March 29, Hey back again!!

Good to see you again. Since I signed off last Thursday we have been busy. We stripped our theater down and remodeled the stage added 8 feet to the length and another four feet on the front. Then we retooled the stage and set it up for the Bud Issac birthday bash, which was hosted by the South West Steel Guitar Association.

Saturday was the benefit from 11:00 to 7:00 pm. We had over a thousand people come out to support Mr. Issac whom is a pioneer in the American country music scene. He was the very first steel guitar player to record in Nashville using pedals. In 1952 he recorded with Web Pearce on a song that was a number one hit record for Web called “Slowly”. Mr. Issac has made Yuma his home base for a lot of years and is very much loved in this area. He and his lovely wife Gerry spent the day with us at Country Junction USA and we had a wonderful time visiting and playing music together. There were over 2 dozen musicians that came out for the day long event and there was non stop music for 8 full hrs. Debbie and I were blessed to be a part of such a great gathering. Armand was in his glory playing with all these really hot guitar pickers from all over the south west. We met a lot of really great musicians and were able to let our light and witness shine for all to see.

Next weekend is our final weekend at Country Junction with another birthday bash for Nokie Edwards whom is a really great guitar player and was the guitar player whom played on all those great Ventures tunes of the 60’s. Walk don’t Run, Pipe Line, Hawai 5-0, and wipe out were al ventures hits with Mr. Nokie Edwards playing them on guitar. Nokie will be 74 years old on Friday and still playe those tunes as if he were 25 years old. What a tremendous player. Armand and I and the rest of the Country Junction staff have been hanging with Nokie and his wife over the last month and are really building a lasting friendship with them.

Sat April 4th is out big windup here at Country Junction with a big old barn dance with Jack Jackson and friends. A lot of the winter visitors are going to come and join us for Sat and Sunday when we are having a final “Gospel Sing” On April 5th at 3:00. Then we load everything up and leave for Canada on Monday the 6th of April.

Well that’s all for now. I’ll update you in a couple of days with some more news.

See you all in a couple of days.

Jack




 





 03/10/2009 - March 10th 2009

Hello again everybody.

Well we are still in Arizona. Debbie, Armand and I have had a really successful winter down here this year. I’ve already mentioned a time or two in previous blogs what we’ve been doing with the new dinner theater project. It is going very well for it’s first year and looks like it might be a project we will continue with next year as well.

As many of you know my goal in life is to be as significant as I can in impacting lives around me. One of the things we are looking at that people are wanting me to do while we are down here is to start up a “Cowboy Church”. We are getting lots of people who love the inspirational music and like the way I share the word in its simplicity. Its something we will have to seriously look at for next year.

Our winter season down here in Arizona will end on April 5th. We will then leave for home in Calgary and be back on the 10th or the 12th, not quite sure yet just which route we will take home. Will be home for a couple of weeks to take care of taxes and then head to BC around the 25th of April to see my Dad and celebrate his 76th birthday on April 30th.

As many of you know he had a major heart attack two years ago and has now just come thru cancer surgery as well. We are going to take a little time to see him and encourage him before we get busy this spring.

I ran across this great little thought provoking quiz that I thought some of you might enjoy.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday and they are not second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners .

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

How was this quiz?

Easier?
So what’s the point you ask?

The lesson:
That people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care .

By the way. Don't worry about the world coming to an end today.
It's already tomorrow in Australia.

Have a great week, we’ll see you again soon!



 







 02/01/2009 - February

Well Hello again.
Glad that you dropped into my little site here. We’ve been very busy over the last three weeks with shows in California every weekend and then returning to Wellton AZ. for our dinner theater performances on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The Theater is a brand new project we have been working on for three years now. We decided last year that we would make a season long commitment to it as it was showing some real promise. We arrived at Country Junction USA on Nov 20th to start the season with a Micheal Martin Murphey Cowboy Christmas concert to kick our season off with a big bang. We had about 800 people come to the outdoor concert which was a real blast. Then we started our dinner theater performances which were a take off from the Pioneers and Legends show with out the videos and stories. Just lots of great music and songs. Armand and I are doing it as a duo and I might sound a little boastful with this next comment but I think we are doing a pretty good job just the two of us.

We also just came back from Red Deer Alberta where we flew up so that I could host the 62nd annual convention of the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies. This was my second year in a row to have such a great honor as their emcee and Saturday gala awards entertainment..

We are also going to be hosting and entertaining at the 57th annual “Great Canadian Picnic” at South Mountain Park in Phoenix again this year. This will be the 4th year in a row that we have had this great honor as well. If your reading this update and are going to be in Phoenix over the 7th of February, plan to join us. It’s a free venue with lots of Canadian fun.

Let me also invite you to join us at the Country Junction Chuckwagon Dinner theater as well. Ech of the three nights is a different meal and entertainment. The price is only 19.75 with tax included and it’s a great evening of fun, food and entertainment. It is a rsvp event so if you want to join us you will need to call 928 785 4886.

Well that’s all for now. I’ll try to be in touch next week with some more news from on the road.

Have a blessed day and remember that there is someone whom loves you more than you could ever imagine no matter who you are, what you’ve done, or where you’ve been. Were all His children and He just wants to shower His love and blessing upon you.

May His blessing overtake you,
Jack and Debbie.

 





 01/14/2009 - Blog Feb 19th

Hey everybody, hope your enjoying life. We are still in Arizona. We’ve been real busy these past two weeks with musical outreaches into Wickenburg Gold Rush Days in Arizona and then The great Canadian Picnic on February 7th.
Met a lot of great people and were just overwhelmed with the acceptance and response of people as they listened to Armand and I with our music and entertainment

We sure miss having the rest of the band with us but we are dong amazingly well playing with the pro tools and computer trax that we ‘ve recorded over the last year.

Between Armands dynamite fiddle and guitar playing and my stories and songs we seem to be able to arrest the attention of the people whom come to listen to us and see them leave raving about the entertainment value we provide. We’ve had several standing o’s where ever we’ve played. Even got people driving two and half hrs to come and listen to us.

Our chuckwagon dinner shows have really picked up and we are averaging about a hundred plus every performance now. The Country Junction Dinner Theater is becoming well known and talked about around the South west of Arizona and it looks like this could become a semi permanent home for our ministry in the winter season

We sure miss all of our family and friends back home and if any of you decide you need to escape the winter for a week or so you can sure come down here and visit us at the Country Junction Ranch. W e have ample parking for dry camping and there is an inexpensive Microtel Hotel 5 minutes from the theater.

Any way thanks for dropping by my site, I’ll have some more news ina week or so,

God bless all of you abundantly and beyond your wildest imaginations or desires.

Sincerely

Jack

Here's some great encouragement from the heart of God Psalms 103:1-5

 







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