Texas Drug Store Cowboys Celebrating 50 Years as Dancehall & Venue Legends

50th Anniversary will be on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 at John T. Floores Country Store & Dance Hall in Helotes, Texas. 3-7 p.m.

Admired by fiercely loyal fans, The Drugstore Cowboys have brought their electric energy to venues throughout the US and Europe.

The south side of San Antonio, in the neighborhoods surrounding McCollum and Harlandale high schools, are the childhood homes of many notable people in Country, Funk, Soul and Tejano Music.

Legendary Country Music DJ Hall of Famer and everybody’s “Cousin” Jerry King went to Harlandale in the 1960s. I can remember when King, along with other DJs and musicians, played with the likes of Willie Nelson and George Jones at a charity basketball matchup at the McCollum gym in the late 1960s.

During the 1972-73 school year Nashville recording artist Johnny Bush played on stage at the McCollum Auditorium. Country.

Down on Harding Blvd., a talented local newspaper country music and entertainment writer, John Goodspeed, served as an early inspiration for me.

The late Emilio Navaira, from the McCollum Class of 1980, was a Mexican-American musician who performed country and Tejano music nationally. His classmate from the year ahead of him, Yolanda Saldívar, is the convicted murderer of Latin music superstar Selena, and is serving a life sentence in a Texas prison.

Especially in the late 70s and early 80s many of us would go watch Horizon perform. Southsiders Charlie, John, and Geoff Boggess joined classmate Freddy Carrillo and others (T-Bo Gonzalez, Bill Dudley, Larry Scott and Sahara Greer come to mind) and actually opened for the Commodores. The story goes they were offered to go on the road with Cool and the Gang but turned them down.

Through the years, southsider singers and musicians continued to play venues and dances as far away as Europe, on television and especially throughout the Lone Star State.

Some of the more enduring included Rex Allen McNeil, Walter “Tooter” Ripps, Ray Morris, Randy Potts, Lonnie Castleman, John Marsh, Leonard Wong, and the rockers, The Toman Brothers, Randy and Russell—and who could forget R

1972

In the fall of 1972, 17-year-old McCollum senior Dub Robinson had organized a country trio and began playing around a little bit. He went to go see Willie Nelson at the John T. Floore Country Store northwest of San Antonio in the foothills of the Hill Country town of Helotes.

Johnny Bush, Paul English, Willie Nelson

Nelson was to perform as a trio with drummer Paul English and Bee Spears on bass. The steel player didn’t show.

“I watched Willie play that gut string guitar and it didn’t lose anything,” Robinson remembers. Since age 12, Robinson had played professionally across South Texas, but on this night he was particularly inspired.

He called his drummer, Robert “Cotton” Payne, and his bassist, Tommy McKay the next day and proclaimed that if they could be a hundredth as good as Nelson was, they might have a chance.

They knew their taste in music was a blend of country, rock, and blues. McKay suggested the perfect name for their new band. It described the kind of “cowboy” who didn’t want to get his boots dirty.

I’ve followed Dub and other fellow McCollum Cowboys classmates over the years. He continues to be a favorite.

At a ten year class reunion in 1983 at the downtown El Tropicano Hotel Ballroom, Dub and his band honored his classmates as we danced in memories of “old times.” I was particularly honored. I knew the band was good, but when I was called over during a break, he asked me what Elvis song I was going to sing later that evening.

I suggested “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Hearbreak Hotel,” and “Hound Dog.”

He grinned, and with guitar in hand, said, “Okay. Let me hear you sing them.”

1983 McCollum 10 Yr Reunion. Dub (guitar) was the ultra-professional. What an honor for me.

I only had to belt out a sentence or a few words of each. He immediately knew what key and chords to play.

Later, when some of our classmates were literally pulling my pants off while singing, I looked back at Dub. He was grinning big time. He and his band never missed a lick. I tried my best not to also. It remains a fun and wonderful memory in my heart.

In 2011, while interviewing George Strait and Ray Benson at a fundraiser for wounded veterans at Tapatio Springs outside of Boerne, Texas, Strait said something that reminded me of Dub.

“When everyone thinks of Asleep at the Wheel, they think of Ray.”

That’s exactly how I feel about the Drug Store Cowboys. When I think of them, I think of Dub Robinson.

The Drugstore Cowboys with Gary Stewart: Dub Robinson (left), Stewart, Randy Toman and Robert "Cotton" Payne.
Dub Robinson on the left.

Dub just announced the band will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with a new CD. What are his thoughts?

In his own creative words, the songwriter, musician and singer posted:

Originally, McKay lasted about a year and a half and Randy Toman, (who now performs with his brother Russell), became the bassist for 13 years.

They became the touring band for country stars Gary Stewart and Stoney Edwards. The Drugstore Cowboys also backed Johnny Rodriguez, Freddy Fender, Johnny Bush and Gene Watson.

Other artists they shared the stage with or even backed up include Nelson, Merle Haggard, Mel Tillis, Frenchy Burke, Greg Allman, David Allen Cole, Charlie Daniels, the Mavericks, Jerry Jeff Walker, and even Asleep At The Wheel.

“They joined Stewart, who was known for such hits as “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles),” when his backing band could not make a gig at the old Kicker’s Palace,” Goodspeed once reported. “The owner told Stewart they knew all his songs and he gave them a try. Stewart hired them and they toured coast to coast. Robinson quit after four years.”

“I didn’t want to be somebody’s backup band the rest of my life,” he said. “I’m a songwriter first and wanted to do my own thing.”

In 50 years, at least that many musicians have played in The Drugstore Cowboys.

Some of the members went on to play for the Bellamy Brothers, Janie Fricke, Bill Anderson, and Judas Priest.

“I believe it’s all about the song. It’s a lot of work running a band, but I do it just to play my music the way I want to hear it,” Dub said.

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Barbara Eden to Appear at Graceland for Elvis Week 2022

Barbara Eden will make her first-ever appearance at Elvis Week 2022 on August 15 at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee as a special guest at Conversations on Elvis. In memory of the 45th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s passing, she will share some of her favorite memories of co-starring alongside Elvis in the 1960 film “Flaming Star.”

Throughout her illustrious career, Barbara Eden has starred in over 25 feature films, five network TV series, and 19 top-rated network made-for-television movies. Her iconic “I Dream of Jeannie” NBC Television series, launched in 1965, became an instant hit.

Flaming Star

In addition, Barbara is a New York Times bestselling author with her memoir, Jeannie Out of the Bottle. She most recently released her debut children’s book, Barbara And The Djinn.

Barbara also guest starred on Nickelodeon’s #1 animated Pre-School series Shimmer & Shine lending her voice, for the first time, as Empress Caliana.  Barbara keeps busy acting, making personal appearances, touring, participating in numerous charity events and home life, all of which are a part of her regular agenda.

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What’s New at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee?

We stopped by Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee back in 2020 knowing it is one of the most-visited attractions in that area. Although it was open, we elected not to go in because of limitations due from the pandemic.

It is definitely on our bucket list to go back to what looks to be a world-class theme park. We heard from locals that we made a good decision at the time, but “come back again because they are always making good improvements and introducing something new.”

For 2022, Dollywood officially opened to the general public on March 12th, with season passholders getting a sneak peak on March 11. Dolly Parton was there, her first time at the park since 2019, to greet everyone back.

Dollywood didn’t waste much time with planning exciting updates with a a variety of projects. Here are some of the changes and additions:

🔹The Emporium, a very popular shop with visitors, was updated aesthetically.

🔹Victoria’s Pizza received a kitchen renovation to improve efficiency and help with visitors getting meals faster. An enlarged seating area has also improved the dining experience.

One change that will really benefit the guest experience are the wider walkways and more space for guests to spread out. Congestion has always been a struggle at Dollywood, but now the park is taking steps toward improvement! The park is creating wider walkways and better utilizing spaces throughout the park. Recently crews removed an old mine tunnel near the tracks for the Dollywood Express. This creates more space for visitors to walk, or stop and watch as the train rolls by.

The Flower & Food Festival has quickly become a fan-favorite festival at Dollywood. Now they have expanded it with new iconic Mosaiculture displays that visitors will love, and hundreds of thousands of blooms throughout the park. The culinary team has created a menu full of items that highlights the tastes of spring in the Smokie Mountains.

Another popular festival is the Summer Celebration. In 2022, Dollywood is expanding the Summer Nights drone and fireworks show with even more drones. The show features hundreds of drones flying high above the park, telling a story with 3D animations and a symphony of light.

Dollywood express train

Hoot Owl Hollow

Hoot Owl Hollow is a new area coming to life for Dollywood’s Harvest Festival. It’s located in Craftsman’s Valley and features a number of owl-themed displays in the park and suspended in the trees. The festival has thousands of carved pumpkins, performances from talented artists and Great Pumpkin LumiNights

Dollywood is introducing a brand new season pass structure (Silver, Gold and Diamond) that provides more for guests.

Here’s what to expect with the passes:

🔹Silver – With the Silver Season Pass, visitors get unlimited entries to Dollywood during the 2022 season, 2 Bring-A-Friend Free tickets and a $5 discount on single day tickets. Adult Silver Passes are priced at $149.

🔹Gold – The Gold Season Pass includes access to all-new Golden Hours and Events, unlimited visits to the park, 4 Bring-A-Friend Free tickets, a $10 discount on single day tickets, free parking, and 15% off select food and merchandise. Adult Gold Passes are $204.

🔹Diamond – With the Diamond Season Pass, visitors receive access to Golden Hours and Events, unlimited visits to Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country, free parking, 20% off select food and merchandise, 6 Bring-A-Friend Free tickets and a $15 discount on single day tickets. These passes are priced at $314 for adults.

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Texas Hill Country Thunder Rally is Back- March 24-27, 2022

Texas Hill Country Thunder Rally is back.

The March 24-27, 2021 event will be the 20th straight rally held at Bandera’s Mansfield Park.

Consisting of tent camping, poker run, vendors, food, and field events, there will be music throughout the day Friday and Saturday. Their bike show, tattoo contest, and Sunday morning church service are popular. 21 OR OVER, NO EXCEPTIONS.

One of the most popular Texas rallies, they feature a covered stage to  enjoy outdoor concerts and contests in “the wide-open fresh air, under the bright stars of the beautiful Hill Country.

“Ride the beautiful Texas Hill Country all day then come back and shop with our many vendors,” their promotional material states. “Enjoy your meals with one of nine Food vendors located outside the Barn, then go shop with over 30 Inside Vendors (spaced out) and over 40 Outside Vendors, before enjoying the evening concerts and contests.”

The first leg of Twisted Sister is now fully opened as the construction of a new bridge on Highway 337 is complete.

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“The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. We start it off loud! Hot Bands rock the night away…We will treat you so many ways you are bound to like one or two.”

The Bike Show categories include Peoples Choice, American Touring,
Metric Touring, Radical Custom, American Cruiser, Metric Cruiser, Antique Trike/Sidecar and Sport.

Other events include a Tattoo Contest, Nightly Risque Contests, The Famous Weenie Bite, Balloon Toss, Drag Race, Slow Race, Pole in the Hole, Keg Push, Keg Throw and Burn Out Contest.

Other features include 2 Beer & Liquor Gardens Ice Sold Onsite Hot Showers Full Hook-Up Spots Available Free Tent Camping Sewer Dump Available Rain Or Shine Event
Lots Of Self Contained Camping
Free Auto Parking Vendors
and lots of shade in this rain or shine event.

“For further information or questions, please contact our office at (409) 655-8800 or visit us at http://www.bikerralliesoftexas.com or follow us on Facebook, Biker Rallies of Texas.”

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The People’s Convoy of American Truckers Roll in Peaceful Protest to DC

Millions of Patriots Supporting, Praying and Cheering Along Routes

American Truckers launch The People’s Convoy, a peaceful and unified transcontinental movement for freedom, on February 23, 10:00 am, from Adelanto Stadium in California.

This verse was read and shared by thousands before they embarked:

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will surely help you; I will uphold you with My right hand of righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

Citizens are supporting the Convoy For Freedom by:

  1. Praying for their safety and success.
  2. Attending their send off rallies and cheering them along the routes. 
  3. Driving part way with them.
  4. Donating money through their website. https://ThePeoplesConvoy.org/
  5. Turning out to show support as they pass.
  6. Sharing information about The People’s Convoy on social media and by email.
  7. Living not by lies or fear.

As The People’s Convoy begins their peaceful and unified transcontinental movements for freedom, hundreds of truckers are hearing encouragement and blessings from speakers including FLCCC President Dr. Pierre Kory and Godspeak Church Pastor Rob McCoy.

“The truckers are joined by freedom-loving supporters from all walks of life on this peaceful and law-abiding transcontinental journey for freedom,” one spokesperson said Tuesday night.

“This convoy is about freedom and unity,” they announced.” “The truckers are riding unified across party and state lines with freedom loving people of all colors and creeds. Everyone is welcome to participate by attending the launch rally and/or by following the big rigs in their own vehicles.”

First 4 Days: Truckers, Bikers, RVs, and Other Vehicles Main Convoy Route Across America

Day 1: CA to AZ
Day 2: Through AZ (Snow expected)
Day 3: AZ to TX
Day 4: TX to OK

The People’s Convoy Message

The 23 months of the COVID-19 pandemic have been a rough road for all Americans: spiritually, emotionally, physically, and – not least – financially.

Good therapeutics and the hard work of courageous, frontline doctors and nurses contributed to declining COVID-19 cases and severity of illness. It’s time to re-open America. It’s time for elected officials to work with American workers to and restore accountability and liberty – by lifting all mandates and ending the “state of emergency.” Americans need to get back to work and living in a free and unrestricted manner.

Adjoining Routes

Truckers Are Ready

Many non-mainstream media reporters, photographers and staff will embed with the Convoy. Note: As of this writing Newsmax, Eric Bolling, Maureen Steele, The Epoch Times and other journalists, media outlets and podcasters are joining.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and the Children’s Health Defense’s http://CHD.TV will cover the convoy with live updates every day at 10 am EST at https://live.childrenshealthdefense.org/.

Retired military and security experts are assisting the convoy and spearheading logistics to ensure a 100 percent safe, lawful, and peaceful journey.

“We have the freedom our forefathers and veterans have continually died for over the past two hundred years. Just visit our National Cemetaries and view the rows of sacrifice on the grounds. This freedom needs to be defended whether foreign or domestic,” was a message passed around by supporters to truckers before they left. “All of us must fight these communists. I know this because I am a cold war veteran. This time they have attacked us from the inside via money and political means.”

“Our representatives seem to be very quiet during these times, why? God bless all of you in this endeavor to retain our freedom that we still have today,” wrote FireDogRazor54. “To my brothers and sisters in Canada, your blood has been shared in the past many times and I know personally that you do not quit, defend the Maple leaf! To all I repeat ‘esprit de corps’. Post this message on your trucks!! To the police, go 10-7 with the blue covid flu for about a week, just saying. Where is our clergy? Tend the flock and ward off the foxes!”

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Your Nov.-Dec. 2021 Guide to Pro-American Rallies and Events

Your Guide for National, State and Local Patriotic Events

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Florida
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Minnesota

Oregon

South Carolina

Frisco, TX
Young Republican Christmas Party – The Biden That Stole Christmas
 
 Sat Dec 11 2021 at 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
(Central Standard Time)
 
 Code Ranch, 12013 Fitzhugh Road

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New 2022 ‘Green Truck of Year’ Announced

Green Car Journal magazine named Ford’s all-new Maverick its 2022 Green Truck of the Year on Friday, November 12, during a Green Car Awards™ press conference at the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show. The magazine also honored the Toyota Sienna minivan as the 2022 Family Green Car of the Year™ for the second year in a row.

“Ford’s Maverick is a milestone vehicle offering pickup enthusiasts an affordable choice that’s highly fuel efficient, functional, and right-sized for everyday use,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and GreenCarJournal.com. “The Toyota Sienna hits a sweet spot for families by blending sophisticated design, hybrid efficiency, and an array of thoughtful family-friendly features in an appealing minivan form.”

Featuring a compact design offering easier maneuverability in crowded areas, the all-new Maverick pickup aims at work and play with its ability to seat five, handle a 1500 pound payload, and tow up to 4,000 pounds. It comes with a standard hybrid powerplant delivering up to 42 mpg in the city and an approachable price starting under $20,000.

Toyota reimagined the minivan with its innovative Sienna, distinguished for the second time as Green Car Journal’s Family Green Car of the Year. Sienna sets the standard for those seeking a highly-efficient, roomy, and tech-rich family vehicle offering premium style and three-row seating for up to eight.

Finalists for this year’s prestigious Green Car Awards™ featured powertrains ranging from plug-in hybrid and battery electric to hybrid and efficient internal combustion, highlighting the diversity of today’s automotive landscape.

Along with the Ford Maverick, vying for Green Truck of the Year were the Ford F-150, GMC HUMMER EV, Rivian R1T, and Toyota Tundra. In addition to the Toyota Sienna, candidates for Family Green Car of the Year included Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Honda Civic, Kia Sorento, and Volkswagen ID.4. Their selection as the top 5 ‘green’ cars in their award category earns each model Green Car Journal’s 2022 Green Car Product of Excellence™ honor.

“The San Antonio Auto & Truck Show is filled with truck aficionados and families who are vested in energy efficient vehicles,” said San Antonio Auto Dealers President Pam Crail. “We love to host the Green Car Awards, because it gives our Show guests the first look at the winners.”

The San Antonio Auto & Truck Show will be held from Friday, November 12, through Sunday, November 14, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

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Car Collector Auction Hits $37.5 Million in Sales

Scottsdale, Arizona based Barrett-Jackson, billed as “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions,” continued at full throttle during their inaugural Houston auction at NRG Center last month with $37.5 million in sales.

Leading the way was the $1.98 million sale of a 1979 Porsche 928 driven by Tom Cruise in the film “Risky Business.” It was a world record auction sale of any Porsche 928 from any year.

They continued to fill the demand for collector car non-fungible tokens (NFTs) with two movie-themed Motoclub SparkNFTs.

NFTs are not the actual cars, but “the digital packaging of an exclusive video, an illustration, and three still images,” indicated the car collections dealer. “It’s a digital piece of automobilia of sorts commemorating the sale of a spectacular VIN 001 vehicle.”

🔹The 1959 Cadillac “Ghostbusters” Ectomobile Re-Creation NFT sold for $8,000.

🔹The 1994 Toyota Supra from “The Fast & the Furious” franchise NFT hammered in at $6,000.

Barrett-Jackson’s first auction in the Lone Star State featured a 100% no-reserve docket with nearly 500 collectible vehicles that sold for more than $35.4 million. The Automobilia Auction featured 279 pieces that sold for over $1 million, marking the company’s most successful non-Scottsdale Automobilia Auction. Barrett-Jackson also continued to trailblaze with the auction of two NFTs, which brought in a combined $14,000.

“This was a banner year filled with historic events made up of over 200 world-record auction sales that are forever etched into automotive history,” says Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson.

“Thanks to our sponsors, consignors, bidders and guests, our inaugural Houston auction was an extraordinary extension of this year’s success. We’re far more than a car auction; we’re an immersive automotive experience with exhibitors, thrill rides and activities that rivals any event. We can’t wait for our January 2022 Scottsdale auction, when we’ll celebrate everything we’ve accomplished over our 50-year history, in true Barrett-Jackson fashion.”

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California

San Francisco Republican Party: Lincoln-Reagan Dinner featuring Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene
Saturday, November 6, 2021 / 6:00 pm – Location Announced 48hrs Prior to Event, San Mateo County

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021 / 7:00 pm – Elite Event Center , 2670 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

Liberty Forum of Silicon Valley invites you to save the date for their November Meeting with guest speaker Jack PosobiecSenior Editor, Human Events.

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Saturday, November 13, 2021 / 7:00 pm – Calvary Chapel San Jose , 1175 Hillsdale Ave, San Jose

Liberty Forum of Silicon Valley invites you to save the date for a special event with guest speaker Sara CarterInvestigative Journalist.

Florida

Georgia

Kentucky

Michigan

Tennessee

Texas

Thu, November 4, 2021
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CDT
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Old San Francisco Steak House
10223 Sahara Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78216

Washington State

Wisconsin

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