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Johnny Rodriquez And More Go To Larry’s
Larry’s Country Diner Promises a Warm and Nostalgic November, Featuring Performances From Johnny Rodriguez, Jamie O’Neal, Tim Menzies, Hot Club of Cowtown and George Hamilton IV
“Larry’s Country Diner,” the down-home variety program produced by Gabriel Communications that draws over 1.5 million loyal viewers each month on RFD-TV and FamilyNet, continues to serve up hearty laughs and great music that will leave you thirsty for more! “Larry’s Country Diner” promises a warm and nostalgic lineup during the month of November: Veteran Country hitmaker Johnny Rodriguez, power house vocalist Jamie O’Neal, singer-songwriter extraordinaire Tim Menzies, critically-acclaimed group Hot Club of Cowtown, and beloved Grand Ole Opry performer George Hamilton IV. For more information on “Larry’s Country Diner” please visit larryscountrydiner.com.
Each week in November, you can catch Larry and the gang on the RFD-TV network, as well as FamilyNet**:
November 1: Johnny Rodriguez
November 8: Jamie O’Neal
November 15: Tim Menzies
November 22: Hot Club of Cowtown
November 29: George Hamilton IV
“Larry’s Country Diner” airs Saturday nights at 11 P.M ET/10 P.M. CT and Sunday evenings at 7 P.M. ET/6 P.M. CT on RFD-TV. “Larry’s Country Diner” also airs on FamilyNet (check local listings for airtimes in your area). All lineups and schedules are subject to change.
“Larry’s Country Diner” has captured the hearts of consumers across the nation, regularly earning top primetime ratings for viewership with ages 50+ [Nielsen]. Fervent fans and the shows’ growing popularity have led to a multiple-year waiting list to be a part of the studio audience.
Sabinal, Texas native Johnny Rodriguez was the first major Latin American star in Country Music. Breaking upon the scene in 1973, thanks to Tom T. Hall, the singer hit with his first single, “Pass Me By,” which quickly became a top ten hit. The singer remained a chart favorite throughout the 1980s, placing six singles atop the Billboard charts, including “That’s The Way Love Goes” and “Love Put A Song In My Heart.”
Jamie O’Neal began her musical career in a band with her parents while growing up in Australia. The soulful stylist came to the attention of Mercury Nashville in 2000, and she would top the charts with her first two singles – the haunting “There Is No Arizona” and the energetic “When I Think About Angels.” Her most recent album, 2014’s Eternal, features her take on songs made famous by artists such as Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Patsy Cline, and Connie Smith.
Tim Menzies has enjoyed one of the most well-rounded careers in Country Music. The Virginia native first achieved success as a member of the 1980s Warner Brothers group Bandana, and enjoyed success with solo singles such as “This Ol’ Heart” and ‘That’s Good.” He also penned some of the biggest hits of the 1980s and 1990s, including “Mama Knows” (Shenandoah) and “She Dreams” (Mark Chesnutt). He has just released his first project in a dozen years, the Gospel-flavored His Way Of Loving Me.
Whit Smith and Elana James formed the group Hot Club of Cowtown initially as a duo in New York City in the late 1990s. They soon picked up their musical stakes and moved to Austin, where they would became a trio with bass player Jake Erwin joining the group. Taking some time off in the early 2000s, the band re-formed in 2008, and have taken their music to a completely new level with appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, A Prairie Home Companion, and All Things Considered. Their most recent album is 2013’s Rendezvous in Rhythm. Their unique mixture of Jazz and Western Swing has become a favorite with fans and critics alike.
A member of the Grand Ole Opry for well over five decades, George Hamilton IV was one of the mainstays of the show’s cast. With an impressive string of hits that included “Abilene,” “A Rose And A Baby Ruth,” and “Fort Worth, Dallas, or Houston,” Hamilton introduced the music of Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot to the Country market, scoring hits on the Billboard charts with “Urge For Going” and “Early Morning Rain.” Known as “The International Ambassador of Country Music,” Hamilton furthered the cause of Country Music both here in the United States and abroad, with tours in Poland, East Asia, and the Soviet Union. Hamilton passed away at the age of 77 on September 17, 2014.