The recreation area of “Sninské Rybniky” is going to be awaken again for the11th time by the most resonant Slovak and foreign rock & metal names.

     Music festival ROCK POD KAMENOM will start on 8th of august and last until 10th of the month.
     Fans, who will come to “far east”, can enjoy very energic, metal, 120 minutes long show of the Avantasia on the first day. It’s the project of The Edguy´s frontman. They have started the new chapter of their being with the latest CD The Mystery of Time and have started their tour as well. The story, guests, songs, timing, opera in opera, world of the fantasy. Everything is hidden in the name of this configuration.p>

     By the combination of the words Stratocaster & Stratovarius was formed legendary Finnish power-metal group Stratovarius. It won’t be their first concert in Slovakia, but their first here, in “Sninske Rybniky”. People can also look forward to almost 30-years old German metal band Helloween.
Italian folk-metal impact is going to bring here group Elvenking during their “ERA” tour.

     Festival Organizers also thought about Slovak and Czech music and so they gave out first headliners Doga, Alkehol and rock band Harley which is going to present their new album. Fans can also see brilliant performances of Czech band Wanastowi Vjecy and Slovak


     There is possibility to buy limited edition of 3-days tickets via Ticketportal, on specialized places or by COD.
     During the last 10 years our open air music festival has grown in popularity and our audience was able to see performances from not only Czech and Slovak top bands but also foreign stars such as:

Lordi (FI), Primal Fear (DE), U.D.O. (DE), The Sweet (UK), GOTTHARD (SWI), Tarja Turunen (FI), GUANO APES (DE), EDGUY (DE), SONATA ARCTICA (FI), Die Happy (DE), Mike Terrana (USA), Korpiklaani (FI), Eluveitie (SUI), Pretty Maids (DAN), Sabaton (SWE), Kabát (CZ), Wanastowi Vjecy (CZ), Arakain (CZ), Ewa Farná (CZ), Divokej Bill (CZ), Aneta Langerová (CZ), ŠKWOR (CZ), Kreyson (CZ), Horkýže Slíže, Iné Kafe, Tublatanka, Desmod, IMT Smile, Peter Cmorík, No Name, Gladiátor, Peha, Polemic, Zuzana Smatanová, HEX, P.S., Nocadeň, Aya, …

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Pioneer Music Museum, The Only One In Iowa

      Anita, Iowa….. It may be the ONLY museum in America’s upper Midwest devoted to Iowa’s pioneers, settlers and homesteader’s music.  It is without a doubt the ONLY museum that contains a Hall of Fame devoted to the music of these same people.  According to the curator of this unpretentious undertaking, Bob Everhart, “We’ve been working hard for the past 39 years, accumulating, sorting, filing, displaying, and telling the stories about the musical instruments and the music itself that found its way to Iowa.  It’s called the Pioneer Music Museum.  It’s an ongoing task, and to have the museum broken into, with thieves making off with Johnny Cash’s harmonicas and Patsy Montana’s guitar is heart breaking to those of us who find their celebrity, their music, and their memories taken away so easily.  I guess that’s why we keep working so hard on the building in Anita, Iowa, that has become a focal point of Iowa’s musical history.”

      Everhart is a recording artist for the Smithsonian Institution.  He and his wife Sheila have developed a program for the Smithsonian called a “Traveling Museum of Music.”  In their performance they do the music that was popular during all the wars America has fought.  According to Everhart, “We will be doing this musical presentation for a number of Iowa museums this summer.  It’s especially attractive, not only to seniors, but to kids who might not know what the music was like so long ago, or what the wars were like on such a personal basis.”

      The Everhart’s were honored by American Profile Magazine for their preservation work dealing with Iowa’s old-time music, and their continuing work as museum music curators in Anita, Iowa.  They are members of the Iowa Museum Association, and as such, work hard keeping Iowa’s musical heritage alive.

      The Pioneer Music Museum has become a focal point for tour groups, and smaller gatherings like the ‘Red Hats.’  According to Everhart, “We’ve had a number of tours already this summer, and expect more.  At the same time, we are trying hard to stem some leaks in the old building’s roof, and that has become a challenge to say the least.  We are a 501(c)3 non-profit group, very dedicated to Iowa’s musical memories, but we haven’t found that special sponsor or grant donor to help us keep up with Iowa’s very changeable weather, so we keep spot-fixing, hoping for the best.”

      To keep the museum financially going, the Everhart’s produce and direct a festival of old-time acoustic music, now in it’s 39th year.  “We’ve had to move the festival locations a few times,” Everhart said, “either because of rate increases or non-availability, but we are now in our 6th year at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa, the ice cream capital of the world.  The event is seven days long, August 25-31 this year, and has ten stages going from 9am to midnight everyday all seven days, to accommodate the many performers of old-time music that attend.  It’s also where we conduct the induction ceremonies of those going into America’s Old Time Music Hall of Fame, which is why we have the Pioneer Music Museum.  Some amazingly famous and popular artists come for the ceremonies, this year is no exception with John Carter Cash being inducted on a Tuesday.  John is the only child of Johnny and June Carter Cash, and is very busy and productive keeping his own family’s traditional music alive.  Also going into the Hall of Fame is LuLu Roman a comedienne from the very popular television show Hee Haw, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Thursday.  She is a very popular gospel singer today.  Add to that David Davis of the Warrior River Boys, from Alabama, who goes into the Hall of Fame on Monday, and a host of other celebrities awaiting confirmation, and anyone who likes an older style of acoustic music can begin to see why this event has been going for 39 years in Iowa.”

      The University of Iowa Mobile Museum “Iowa’s Ancient Agriculturalists” will be at the festival on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and another display at the fairgrounds ‘Round Barn’ will also be open.  “It’s all about Iowa’s history,” Everhart said, “and Iowa’s music, from the very first homesteader to today.  It’s incredibly entertaining, and for young people it’s incredibly educational.  We even have a Tipi Rendezvous Village in an old ghost town that will be hosting an autoharp gathering, a dulcimer do, a fiddler’s jubilee, a poet’s corner, a songwriters circle, a guitar pull, a mandolin pickin’ and even a storytellers sit.  We’ve offered free admission to any school that wants to have a ‘field day’ to be with us during our stay in LeMars.”

     More information about the ONLY museum in Iowa devoted to Iowa’s pioneer’s music is available at their website at or telephoning them at 712-762-4363.

Prepared by Bob Phillips, Correspondent for the National Traditional Country Music Association, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corp.
P.O. Box 492, Anita, Iowa, 50020 – 712-762-4363 – –

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Wilsonic Festival 2014 in Bratislva, Slovakia

Date: June 06, 2014

What’s that:
Wilsonic is an international music festival, held annually in Bratislava, Slovakia. The festival is a spectacular celebration of today’s forward-thinking music, connecting the best elements of music fused within the atmosphere of a concert, a club and a party. Wilsonic is presenting a wide variety of modern music which transcend categorization.

Opening: June 06, 2014 – Club Atelier Babylon

Cid Rim live (AT)
Bobby Tank live (UK)
Slick Shoota live (NO)
Hermigervill live (IS)
Sekuoia (DK)
Ben Frost AURORA live (IS/AU)
Jimmy Pé + Biotrick (SK)
Stratasoul (SK)

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Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires discuss their marriage in a highly personal interview on WNYC’s Death, Sex & Money

I thought this new, highly personal interview with Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires – just release today–might be of interest.

While not household names, these two musicians – married to each other – have achieved critical acclaim. Americana Award-winning musician Jason Isbell, formerly of Drive-By Truckers and whose latest solo album Southeastern was hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s best in any genre,” recently married Texan fiddler Amanda Shires who was praised by the Huffington Post as “ha(ving) a way with words that goes far beyond her 31 years.”

Though they’ve only been married a year, the couple has already had their share of hardship: Isbell checked into rehab, Shires and Isbell both released solo albums, they’ve spent lots of time on the road, and they are still navigating the everyday complexities of settling into marriage all couples face.

On the latest episode of WNYC’s podcast DEATH, SEX & MONEY, Isbell and Shires open up to host Anna Sale for a very revealing conversation about marriage between artists, sexual temptations on the road, and the challenges of living a clean & sober life as a touring musician.

Some excerpts from the interview:

On their first year of marriage:
Isbell: I think we did a great job, we got along for a large part of it, and we don’t have the same arguments at the end of the first year that we had at the beginning of the first year. And I think that’s important. I think for anything to be successful, your problems have to become different problems over time.

On the importance of trust and how it can be unsettled by technology:
Isbell: Trust. Trust, we didn’t know each other very well. And I was a philanderer in a past life, so it was hard for her to trust me. That I was actually going to stick around, and wasn’t gonna make a fool of her. As far as—relationship wise. I wasn’t an easy person to trust, because I hadn’t been sober very long. I felt like hadn’t been a grown-up very long at that point. But I was determined. And I think we’ve had some more proof of that over the last year.

Sale: Would you put it the same way?
Shires: Yeah trust too, cus, he pretended like he put his trust more than he did. I think. All this technology and stuff, it’s easy to develop a new relationship with somebody else if you wanted to, but we got over that.

On co-parenting and family planning:
Shires: Generally when a woman has a child, the child is always left to the woman. The guy can go off touring or gallivanting around the world. I understand there’s sacrifice and everything, but I’m still a selfish person. I still want my own career and freedom and time. I want the — and I don’t know how this is gonna work, I guess I’ll see. I feel like if I do have a child, it’s something I’d be very involved in.
Isbell: I’ll be there until the baby or I’m gone from the earth. I’ll take care of it. I’m not gonna screw up on that responsibility. But at the same time, that motherly instinct when it’s combating the desire to be your own individual person for a woman, I can’t even weigh in on that. That’s just incredibly difficult for me to even wrap my head around.

On how cheating is a lose-lose situation:
Isbell: We don’t ignore it, the fact that there are other people vying for our attention. And that when you’re on the road, it makes it easier to think you can get away with stuff like that. We discuss it. If somebody’s worried, we talk about it. And usually if you name something, it becomes a lot less difficult to defeat.
Shires: Some days, I’m like, whatever he does, I have no control over his actions. Whatever he does or does not do, it’s no reflection on me. . . . Sometimes it helps me to say it right out, or say it in my brain, I’ll feel so bad for you if you f*** this up. I say it all the time.

On communication helping maintain sobriety
Isbell: I have certain things that I do when I want to drink, and usually the first thing I do is tell her I want to drink. I’m not gonna have one, so I’m not telling you this because you need to be on guard. I’m telling you this to say it out loud.
Shires: When you do that, it winds up being that we talk about why that is. For me it’s cool, I like to know what and when and why, and then, I’m just glad to be a part of it, I’m proud of you.

To hear the entire interview and read a full transcript, go to:

You can also hear Jason and Amanda performing songs off “Southeastern” on WNYC’s Soundcheck here:

Prepared by Mallika Dattatreya, Publicist of New York Public Radio, 160 Varick Street, New York NY 10013
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Mickey Gilley To Be Inducted Into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall Of Fame

 LeMars, Iowa…..”1976 was a big year for the National Traditional Country Music Association,” says Bob Everhart, current president of the organization. “That was the year of its founding, and it has been running continuously ever since. It conducts the upper Midwest’s most successful festival of early American country, bluegrass, folk, mountain, hillbilly, and western music. There’s lots of labels and genres to describe ‘country’ music, but we are pretty much in the time-frame before it became what it is today. Thirty-eight years is a long time to keep any kind of event going, and to see Mickey Gilley one of the best known country music piano players ever, to become one with America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame, is indeed a recognition of the importance of the roots of country music. Mickey Gilley’s most prestigious year was that same year the NTCMA was founded, 1976, when the Academy of Country Music awarded him with Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Song of the Year, Top Male Vocalist of the Year, and Music City News proclaimed him the Most Promising Male Artist of the Year. 1976, bicentennial year celebration of the birth of America. Amazing isn’t it, that in 2013, 38 years later, this same man, Mickey Gilley, will be inducted into this kind of Hall of Fame, that emanates from rural America.”

 Gilly joins a spectacular star-studded event, that just in the past few years have inducted the likes of Bill Anderson, Jim Ed Brown, Michael Martin Murphey, Lynn Anderson, Charlie McCoy, and the legendary Patti Page. “I couldn’t hardly believe it when Patti Page told me she was coming out of retirement to join us in LeMars, Iowa, for our annual old-time music festival,” Everhart said. “She was such a gracious lady, the one single artist that made the “Tennessee Waltz” an international favorite. She made the trip just fine, came on stage to a staggering number of people, accepted their standing ovation of appreciation for her contributions to the musical genre they love, and sang some of her favorite songs. She had to use a cane, but she certainly blossomed as the entertainer she was her entire life. That was in 2010. She passed away in 2011, our event was her last performance. It is so distressing that the largest Hall of Fame for country music only inducts two or three people a year. We try to honor deserving individuals on many different levels. International, national, regional. state-wide, even locally. There are so many incredibly gifted artists in America today, many of them go un-noticed simply because the entertainment world is so locked-up in corporate control. Locked-out might be a better term.”

 Everhart is a strong advocate of keeping America’s ‘roots’ music alive, and no longer refers to contemporary country music as ‘country’ music. “We have to place ourselves in a different genre entirely,” Everhart said. “We refer to our music as ‘rural’ music now. Mickey Gilley, unlike many country artists today, grew up in that same ‘rural’ atmosphere. Natchez, Mississippi, produced not just Mickey Gilley, but his cousin Jerry Lee Lewis who emerged as one of America’s most popular rock n’ rollers, as well as cousin Jimmy Swaggert who emerged as an evangelist. What’s amazing about these three gifted cousins is they all played the piano. All three developed their own style, their own genre, their own musical personality on the piano. Certainly not the electric digitalized keyboards of today, but good old-time upright pianos, whose tones and sounds have never been adequately imitated by the electronic revolution.”

 Gilley will be inducted into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame at the annual convention/festival that Everhart still directs. Dates are August 26 through September 1, the full week before Labor Day in LeMars, Iowa. “It’s amazing,” said Everhart. “We started this with just three stages and three days, now we have ten stages and seven days, to accommodate the many pickers and players that come. There must be well over 600 entertainers, so we start at 9am and go to midnight every day for seven days, and even then we sometimes don’t have enough time for all of the participants to get stage time. We’re also very stringent about instruments, they must be acoustic, meaning we can survive even if there isn’t any electricity. We’ve had to relax the rules on a number of occasions, the bass-guitar being a substitute for the upright acoustic bass simply because there are not that many acoustic bass players around. Add to that the celebrities that attend, and it’s a formidable undertaking to say the least. Joining Mickey Gilley this year is: Joanne Cash (Johnny Cash’s younger sister); Ed Bruce (composer of ‘Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”); Terry Smith (composer of ‘Far Side Banks of Jordan’ for Johnny & June Carter Cash); Michael Martin Murphey (probably America’s best and most successful cowboy and western singer); LuLu Roman (from HeeHaw); Kenny Seratt (the man who taught Merle Haggard how to sing like Merle Haggard); and Dr. Harry Yates (founder of Cowboy Church).”

 Everhart likes to include ‘beginners’ in the celebration. “We’ve consistently been aware that any musician or entertainer needs to ‘start’ somewhere. Just picking up an instrument doesn’t necessarily mean that person will become good at it. Therefore we have one of our stages devoted to workshops, giving free lessons and instruction on nearly every musical instrument used in early country music. It’s the same with what we call ‘jamming.’ One of our most popular jam spots is the “Patio Jam” that almost qualifies as a ‘stage’ area. We even have ‘contests’ for those a little further advanced, and then we have shows, all kinds of shows on no less than ten stages. Mickey Gilley is one of those gifted entertainers that has already seen what the top looks like. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a theater in Branson, induction into the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame, and he appeared in ‘Urban Cowboys.’ From where he came, and where he went is absolutely incredible, and we welcome him with open arms as we induct him into “America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.”

 The NTCMA also owns the Pioneer Music Museum where the Hall of Fame is located. According to Everhart, “We have been offered considerable amounts of money to either sell or move this Hall of Fame to a more touristy area, but we firmly believe that ‘country’ music should stay in the ‘country’ and Iowa is one fine ‘country’ state. Our problem with the museum is that it’s getting so full of mementos and memories of our great country music artists. We need to expand but we’re not quite at that point yet.”

 The NTCMA has a website that also features the Hall of Fame as well as their many activities at

Prepared by Bob Phillips, Correspondent for the National Traditional Country Music Association, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corp.
P.O. Box 492, Anita, Iowa, 50020 – 712-762-4363 – –

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Festivals during May and June in Slovakia and Czech

Festivaly SK:
1. May 2. – 30, 2014 Month of LGBTI history
2. May 17. – 18, 2014 – Rotenstein – historical fest
3. May 22. – 23, 2014 – Slovak Food Fest 2014
4. May 23, 2014 – Bažant on Mills
5. May 23. – 25, 2014 – Cirkul art 2014-Fest of new cirkus
6. May 28. – June 30, 2014 – Tutti Frutti fest
7. May 30. – June 01, 2014 – Bratislava book fest
8. May 30, 2014 – Gurman fest Bratislava
9. June 03. – 06, 2014 – Artterapy
10. June 05. – 21, 2014 – 2014
11. June 06, 2014 – Wilsonic 2014
12. June 07, 2014 – Farm fest 2014
13. June 21. – 28, 2014 – Viva Musica!
14. Jule 18. – August 03, 2014 – Summer Shakespeare fest 2014

Festivaly CZ:
1. May 17, 2014 – Klášterecká Country koza
2. May 17, 2004 – Wanted Ranch
3. May 17, 2014 – Dřetfest
4. May 17, 2004 – Malá parta (Pidi Free Fest )
5. May 17, 2014 – 1. annual country fest
6. May 17, 2014 – Country club Těrlicko
7. May 23. – 25, 2014 – 39. annual of Tramp song Fest
8. May 24, 2014 – Třinecká country sešlost
9. May 24, 2014 – 13. meeting of Bob Dylen fans
10. May 24, 2014 – Country galaevening
11. May 30, 2014 – Habart Fest
12. May 30. – June 01, 2014 – Karl May fest in Radebeul Germany
13. June 07, 2014 – Přílepské Békal
14. June 07, 2014 – Bluegrass Party

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Hi Guys

I wasn‘t here long time. Unfortunatelly, man isn‘t timemaster of himself.

But never mind. I d like to invite you to some concerts and festivals:
1. May 17, 2014 – Recovery – Praha
2. May 17, 2014 – Country day – Kamenný mlyn (Stone Mill near Bratislava)
3. May 27, 2014 – Concert of František Nedvěd & Vojta Nedvěd – in Jablonica
4. May 29, 2014 – Concert of František Nedvěd & Vojta Nedvěd – German Cultural House in Rača in Bratislava
5. May 30, 2014 – Coutrny bál – in Bratislava
6. May 6. – 7., 2014 – Truck Aréna – in Piešťany
7. June 12, 2014 – Country Fountain – in Prague
(artists: František Nedvěd, Fešáci with Tomáš Linka, Roman Horký with Kamelot, Jitka Vrbová and Standa Chmelík, Plavci with Honza Vančura with Irena Budweiser, Petr Kocman with exclusziv guide Yvonna Přenosilová
8. June 15, 2014 – Recital of Rattlesnake Annie – in Dolní Cerekev
9. June 15, 2014 – Fešáci – in Pohořelice near Brno
10. June 22, 2014 – Country Fountain – in Brno
11. Jule 19, 2014 – Fešáci – in Miroslav near Znojmo

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America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame Announces First Inductee for Their 38th Year

LeMars, Iowa…..

For thirty-eight years, the National Traditional Country Music Association has been honoring and inducting deserving country music artists into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.  Formed in 1976 as a means to salvage and save some of America’s very unique and truly American musical art forms, the president, Bob Everhart, set about honoring those that have made significant contributions to the musical genre.  According to Everhart, “We knew back in 1976 that the inevitable changes that were taking place in America’s very own musical art form called country, would drastically change in the near future.  Today music called ‘country’ is hardly recognizable as that same genre of music.  We hold a Pioneer Ag Expo in Iowa, and have been since 1976.  That is the venue we use to induct deserving individuals into the Hall of Fame.  We represent ‘rural’ America, the farmers and small town folks that still care about America’s rural music, and country music on a whole.  We have a large membership in our organization that still desire and listen to the music they still call country.  We like to refer to it as ‘rural country’ so as not to have it confused with today’s so-called country music.  In just the past few years we have inducted Jim Ed Brown, Lynn Anderson, Charley McCoy, Michael Martin Murphey, Bill Anderson, even the legendary Patti Page who had a deep and abiding love for ‘real’ country music.  It is with a great deal of respect and honor that we announce our first inductee into the Hall of Fame for this year, none other than the cowboy that mama let grow up, the one and only Ed Bruce.”

The induction takes place in LeMars, Iowa, where the NTCMA holds their annual Expo, festival, and old-time country music event.  According to Everhart, “We have so many performers and supporters for America’s ‘real’ country music, the event is now seven days long.  It goes from 9am to midnight every day on no less than ten stages.  What that means is, for an entire week, well over 650 musicians and performers congregate at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa, for the festivities.  It’s a very ‘acoustic’ music event, we do not need nor do we want, loud electrified noise.  We’re more interested in the ‘truth’ of country music, the bottom line, the ‘gift’ if you will.  Can you imagine Bill Anderson, all by himself on a stool with just an acoustic guitar, entertaining 2,500 folks, so quiet you could hear a pin drop.  And not one show but two, simply because there were so many that wanted to see him inducted into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.  We expect the same thing to happen to Mr. Bruce, who will be with us on August 31st.  The festival runs from Aug. 26-Sept. 1, and is now in it’s 38th year.”

Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings recorded “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” in 1978, only two years after Everhart created the National Traditional Country Music Association.  The song, written by Ed Bruce, became a major hit, and put Mr. Bruce on the upward spiral. In 1979, Tanya Tucker recorded Bruce’s “Texas When I Die.”  By 1980, Ed Bruce was a songwriter and recording artist of incredible merit.  He signed with MCA Records, recording such self-penned hits as “When You Fall In Love,” and “Love’s Found You and Me.”  His biggest hit “You’re The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had,” was in 1982.  As an actor he also scored big time working with James Garner, as a surly town lawman in Maverick.

According to Everhart, “Ed Bruce is a very likable, successful, and deserving man for this ‘rural’ Hall of Fame honor.  The Hall of Fame is located in the Pioneer Music Museum in Anita, Iowa, and contains some incredible memories of what real country music was all about, and memorabilia of many stars and superstars.  Ed Bruce is a welcome addition to this honor.  Anyone interested in our work can find us at  There’s great RV camping facilities at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds where we have the inductions, along with terrific rural food and a number of other attractions, including a rendezvous tipi village in a ghost town, workshops, jams, contests, themed shows, old-time dances, old-time rural critters and animals, and a tremendous interaction of musicians and guests.  We’ll also have other celebrities with us to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” he said.

Prepared by Bob Phillips, correspondent for National Traditional Country Music Assn
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Festivals in 2010

Maybe it’s so early, but here calendar of country and folk festivals in Slovakia:


Date Place Name Info
February 12 Nova Bana Nova Bana Winter Folk Festival A review of non-professional guitar soloists

MAY 2010

Date Place Name Info
May 8 Prievidza Strunobranie Folkforum 2010 A regional festival of music genres

JUNE 2010

Date Place Name Info
June 2010 Zvolen Country Garden
June 11 – June 13 2010 Trnava Dobrofest 18th year – An international festival celebrating John Dopyera
June 18 – June 19 2010 Radimov Radimovska sopa 14th year – A festival of good music
June 2010 Nove Zamky Country Castle 2010 2th year – A festival of country. bluesgrass and western

JULY 2010

Date Place Name Info
July Nove Mesto nad Vahom Country Park 10th year – Festival of country music groups and dance groups genres
July Nova Bana Nova Bana Summer Folk Festival 14th year – A festival of folk and country music groups
July 16 – July 17 Turzovka Drotaria 2010 6th year – Festival of folk, country and tramp song
July 24 Povazska Bystrica Country Music under Starry Skies 8th year – A festival featuring music bands and soloist groups and dance groups genres
July 30 – July 31 Liptovsky Hradok Folk under Skalka 14th year – A festival of folk, contry, tramp and blegrass music


Date Place Name Info
August 6 – August 8 Tuzina pri Prievidzi Country Fest Tuzina 14th year – A review of Slovak bands and performers of country, folk, bluegrass, tramp music and related genres
August 26 – August 28 Piestany Lodenica 2010 12th year – An international festival of folk and country music
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Marty Robbins II

Marty Robbins

Marty, own name Martin David Robinson, was born was born in September 26, 1925, in the southwestern region of the United States, in state Arizona. Nickname of this state is rand Canyon State, but in Slovakia and Czech I think, most people know this state name from one famous comedy, western – Limonadovy Joe aneb Konska opera (Lemonade Joe). Unforgiven song – “Arizona, Arizona, that’s all right men’s zone”. :O)

Marty became of 10 siblings. His childhood was formed by his father, who played on harmonica and also songs and stories, which his grandfather (Bob Heckle) spoke. But situation in family was very difficult, unhappilly his father was drunkard and it was main reason to divorce marriage. Marty interested in films of Gene Autry and his dream was to become singing cowboy too.

He left the family in age of 17-teen and sign on US Navy. All The Second World War he spent in Pacific and during this time he learned to play on guitar and to write songs.

After end of War, he left Army and started to play in clubs in Phoenix. During short time he had own TV show. One of his quests was also Little Jimmy Dickens. Jimmy was surprised of Marty and advice Columbia Records to sign exclusive contract with Marty Robbins. In 1952 studio released Marty’s single Love Me Or Leave Me Alone.

Marty RobbinsThe third Marty’s single (I’ll Go On Alone) became No.1 of Country Hit-parade in 1953 and next record I Couldn’t Keep From Crying was in Top Ten.

He was also few times on scene of The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and from 1953 he started to be permanent member of it.
His next famous records were Pretty Words, That’s All Right, Singing The Blues, Knee Deep In The Blues, The Story Of My Life, White Sport Coat, Teenage Dream, etc.

He triumphed on country scene and in same time he permeated to pop scene. You can see it on his records from 1958 She Was Only Seventeen and Stairway Of Love. His absolute famous song was El Paso.

In 1961 Marty recorded single Don’t Worry. Next famous song was Devil Woman and brought him again to the top of Pop Hit-parades. In same year Marty recorded Ruby Ann. From that time Marty till his death, stayed only in country scene and brought other famous songs (Begging To You, Ribbon Of Darkness, Tonight Carmen, I Walk Alone, My Woman, My Woman, My Wife.

From 1972 Marty signed three years contract with Decca/MCA. From 1976 he recorded in Columbia Records again. He became on Top Ten with El Paso City and Among My Souvenirs.

You can also see Marty Robbins in movies as actor – The Gun And The Gavel, The Badge Of Marshal Brennan a Buffalo Gun. He showed in many TV shows and had a lot of concerts.

He had been known by kindness to fans. It’s irony of destiny that in 1982 he brought new single You’ll Never Get Out Of his World Alive. Only two months later, when his song named Some Memories Just Won’t Die left Top 10, he died on heart attack.

Family life:

In 1948, Robbins married Marizona Baldwin and he dedicated her his song My Woman, My Woman, My Wife. They had two children – son Ronny (born 1949) and daughter Janet (born 1959). Both stay also in show business (daughter has a singing career in Los Angeles, son create records for recording studios Artic, Columbia, Epic), but they didn’t achieve so large success as their father.

Marty Robbins was also very impassioned race car driver. He had show his passion also in movie, he played himself in Hell of Wheels.

Marty Robbins

  • Albums
  • 1956  Rock’n Rollin’ Robbins
  • 1957  The Song of Robbins
  • 1957  The Song of the Islands
  • 1958  Marty Robbins
  • 1959  Marty’s Greatest Hits
  • 1959  Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs
  • 1960  More Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs
  • 1961  More Greatest Hits
  • 1961  Just a Little Sentimental
  • 1962  Marty After Midnight
  • 1962  Portrait of Marty
  • 1962  Devil Woman
  • 1963  Hawaii’s Calling Me
  • 1963  Return of the Gunfighter
  • 1964  Island Woman
  • 1964  R.F.D.
  • 1965  Turn the Lights Down Low
  • 1966  Saddle Tramp
  • 1966  What God Has Done
  • 1966  Drifter
  • 1967  My Kind of Country
  • 1967  Tonight Carmen
  • 1967  Christmas with Marty Robbins
  • 1968  By the Time I Get to Phoenix
  • 1968  I Walk Alone
  • 1969  Singing the Blues
  • 1969  Country
  • 1969  It’s a Sin
  • 1970  Story of My Life
  • 1970  El Paso
  • 1970  My Woman, My Woman, My Wife
  • 1971  Greatest Hits
  • 1971  From the Heart
  • 1971  Today
  • 1971  The World
  • 1972  Own Favorites
  • 1972  Bound for Old Mexico
  • 1972  All Time Greatest Hits
  • 1972  I’ve Got Woman’s Love
  • 1972  Have I Told You Lately
  • 1972  This Much a Man
  • 1973  Marty Robbins
  • 1974  Good’n Country
  • 1975  Two Gun Daddy
  • 1975  No Signs of Loneliness Here
  • 1976  El Paso City
  • 1977  Adios Amigo
  • 1977  Don’t Let Me Touch You
  • 1978  Performer
  • 1978  Greatest Hits
  • 1979  All Around Cowboy
  • 1980  With Love
  • 1981  Everything I’ve Always Wanted
  • 1981  Encore
  • 1981  The Legend
  • 1982  Come Back to Me
  • 1982  Biggest Hits
  • 1983  Some Memories Just Won’t Die
  • 1983  Lifetime of Song
  • 1983  Twentieth Century Drifter
  • 1984  Long Long Ago
  • 1986  Christmas to Remember

  • singles
  • 1952  I’ll Go on Alone
  • 1953  I Couldn’t Keep from Crying
  • 1954  Pretty Words
  • 1954  Call Me Up (And I’ll Come Calling on You)
  • 1955  Time Goes By
  • 1955  That’s All Right
  • 1955  Maybelline
  • 1956  Singing the Blues
  • 1956  I Can’t Quit (I’ve Gone Too Far)
  • 1957  Knee Deep in the Blues
  • 1957  The Same Two Lips
  • 1957  A White Sport Coat
  • 1957  Please Don’t Blame Me
  • 1957  Teen-Age Dream
  • 1957  The Story of My Life
  • 1958  Just Married
  • 1958  Stairway of Love
  • 1958  She Was Only Seventeen (He Was One Year More)
  • 1958  Ain’t I the Lucky One
  • 1959  The Hanging Tree
  • 1959  Cap and Gown
  • 1959  El Paso
  • 1960  Big Iron
  • 1960  Is There Any Chance
  • 1960  Five Brothers
  • 1960  Ballad of the Alamo
  • 1961  Don’t Worry
  • 1961  I Told the Brook
  • 1961  Jimmy Martinez
  • 1961  It’s Your World
  • 1962  Sometimes I’m Tempted
  • 1962  Love Can’t Wait
  • 1962  Devil Woman
  • 1962  Ruby Ann
  • 1963  Cigarettes and Coffee Blues
  • 1963  Not So Long Ago
  • 1963  Begging to You
  • 1964  Girl from Spanish Town
  • 1964  The Cowboy in the Continental Suit
  • 1964  One of These Days
  • 1965  Ribbon of Darkness
  • 1965  Old Red
  • 1965  While You’re Dancing
  • 1966  Count Me Out
  • 1966  Private Wilson White
  • 1966  The Shoe Goes on the Other Foot Tonight
  • 1966  Mr. Shorty
  • 1967  No Tears Milady
  • 1967  Fly Butterfly Fly
  • 1967  Tonight Carmen
  • 1967  Gardenias in Her Hair
  • 1968  Love Is in the Air
  • 1968  I Walk Alone
  • 1969  It’s a Sin
  • 1969  I Can’t Say Goodbye
  • 1969  Carmella
  • 1970  My Woman, My Woman, My Wife
  • 1970  Jolie Girl
  • 1970  Padre
  • 1971  The Chair
  • 1971  Seventeen Years
  • 1971  Early Morning Sunshine
  • 1972  The Best Part of Living
  • 1972  I’ve Got a Woman’s Love
  • 1972  This Much a Man
  • 1973  Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)
  • 1973  Walking Piece of Heaven
  • 1973  A Man and a Train
  • 1973  Love Me
  • 1973  Crawling on My Knees
  • 1974  Twentieth Century Drifter
  • 1974  Don’t You Think
  • 1974  Two Gun Daddy
  • 1975  Life
  • 1975  It Takes Faith
  • 1975  Shotgun Rider
  • 1976  El Paso City
  • 1976  Among My Souvenirs
  • 1977  Adios Amigo
  • 1977  I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do)
  • 1977  Don’t Let Me Touch You
  • 1978  Return to Me
  • 1978  Please Don’t Play a Love Song
  • 1979  Touch Me with Magic
  • 1979  All Around Cowboy
  • 1979  Buenos Dias Argentina
  • 1980  She’s Made of Faith
  • 1980  One Man’s Trash (Is Another Man’s Treasure)
  • 1980  An Occasional Rose
  • 1981  Completely Out of Love
  • 1981  Jumper Cable Man
  • 1981  Teardrops in My Heart
  • 1982  Some Memories Just Won’t Die
  • 1982  Tie Your Dream to Mine
  • 1982  Honkytonk Man
  • 1983  Change of Heart
  • 1983  Love Me (w/ Jeanne Pruett)
  • 1983  What If I Said I Love You
  • Don’t Worry

    El Paso City

    Big Iron

    Mr. Shorty

    Ghost Riders In The Sky

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