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Carol Perkins: Star Power
Guy spotted him first and confirmed that the man on their plane with obvious 'star power' was Johnny Rodriguez, and that they had a lot of friends in common including the great groups and singers from Edmonton, KY, and even found a connection in Cave City. And with the new friendship made, expect to hear an interview with the man who sings "Desperado" on the Susan & Carol Unscripted Radio Show, soon
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By Carol Perkins
Almost every time I travel by plane, I have a celebrity spotting. This time, however, Guy spotted first. We were coming home from his annual business trip to an industrial show in Las Vegas, and I noticed this guy who took a seat behind me but didn't recognize him. He had "star power" in his looks, but so many travelers headed to Nashville have that look, especially if carrying a guitar.
Guy was sitting across the aisle from me, so when the flight ended Guy stood leaned over the man behind me and said, "Aren't you Johnny Rodriguez?
"Yes, sir, I am." They shook hands.
Guy told him how much he liked his music, especially "Desperado." By then, I had joined the conversation when Guy asked him if he ever knew Lonzo and Oscar? Of course, he did and even hung out with them behind stage at the Opry. "I was so young," he said, "that all those stars used me to be their runner. Later, I was playing with them on stages! They called me .... ant!" It was actually Bobby Bare and Tom T. Hall who encouraged him to come from Texas to Nashville after hearing him play. A small man in stature, but a giant in the music world, especially in the 70's and 80's, he recorded fifteen number one hits.
Guy continued, "Do you know the Kentucky Headhunters?" He lit up. "Of course I do. I've played with those guys." He went on to describe Richard with the big hair and Fred with the sideburns. Then Guy told him I was their English teacher. "My favorite teacher was my English teacher," he said.
He was in Nashville to do a host of TV interviews having just done a gig in Utah the night before. "Somebody who calls himself Mr. Nashville is interviewing me. I don't know who he is, but he must be somebody special to call himself that." Then he laughed all over. That was when Guy said, "You should do Carol's radio show!"
"You have a radio show?" Suddenly I was famous.
"Yes, just a small station in Cave City."
"I've been to Cave City," he said. "Went through that Cave with a girl I was dating there. She dumped me." He laughed again. (I think he has been married three times.) "That cave wasn't very large best I remember."
"You must have been in one of the smaller ones," I said. "Maybe you just thought you were in Mammoth Cave!" He gave another big laugh.
"I would love to do your show. Just text me." Then he wrote his cell phone number on a piece of paper I dug out of my purse. All of this occurred while we were waiting to get off the plane. Later, while waiting for our luggage, a nice young man came up and asked, "Do you mind if I ask you who you were talking to?" He didn't know Johnny Rodriguez, but I told him to Google him.
Stars from his generation are still as dynamic as they once were. They have a string of hits that people like Guy and me still want to hear. At running the risk of sounding my age, most of these singers of the last ten years all sound alike. They have no specific sound the way Johnny Cash did or Willie Nelson or Dolly Parton or---Johnny Rodrigeuz.
I look forward to interviewing him and hope he answers his phone when I call.
(My new book, A Girl Named Connie, is available at Blossoms Florist and Boutique Unique, 507 Happy Valley Road, Glasgow, KY 42141, Phone 270-629-3597; the Edmonton/Metcalfe Chamber of Commerce, 109 E Stockton Street, Edmonton, KY, Phone 270-432-3222; and the Lighthouse Restaurant, 1500 Sulphur Well/Knob Lick Road, Sulphur Well Historic District, KY 42129. Phone 270-629-3597. And Also on Amazon.com) Carol Perkins, PO Box 134, Edmonton, KY 42129. Phone 670-432-5756
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