Fri – Three On A String
With an infectious laugh and a twinkle in his eye, Jerry has led TOAS through 38 years of foot-stompin’, belly-laughin’ good times to remember.
“Jerry has a natural ability to win an audience almost immediately” , says fellow member Bobby Horton. With a quick joke and a smile or poking fun at himself, he sets the tone for a dynamic, power-packed show. Showing expertise on guitar, harmonica, and vocals is secondary to his ability to act as emcee and keep things moving. “The show is the thing people want to see.” says Jerry. “We just want to entertain the audience…whatever it takes.”
Jerry is right at home entertaining farmers, lawyers, kids, seniors, doctors, truckers…even microplasmoligists.
“I love what I do.” says Jerry, who also books himself and “Blue” as a one man band. “I don’t fish or play golf…I just love to perform for people.”
An expert musician, Bobby “plays anything that ain’t tied down” quips Jerry . But it is probably his physical humor that has endeared himself to TOAS audiences
throughout the years. “He does things effortlessly” says Brad. “You can’t take your eyes off of him, you’ll miss something. I’ve been genuinely laughing at the same shtick for years.” As a soloist, Bobby is perhaps the most prolific recording musician in History, or is it, the most history oriented recording guy with prolific tendencies? Which ever you choose I don’t think you will find a more sought after music producer. Bobby has found a niche as a music historian. His series of “Homespun Songs of the Civil War” has been featured in many publications and won numerous awards. “I have two passions.” says Horton. “Music and history. I’ve been able to combine the two and do something I love to do.”
A quick look at his recent production file:
For PBS & Ken Burns: “Civil War”, “Baseball”, “Thomas Jefferson,” Lewis & Clark,”, “KatJune 7, 2007t; and “Mark Twain”
Brad Ryan (Jerry’s son) was recruited as the bass player over 26 years ago. “They told me they needed me to fill in until they could find someone” Brad says. “That was 25 years ago.” Since becoming the third string, he has also written and produced theme songs and commercial jingles for some well known clients such as: The Rick and Bubba Theme song, Sonny & Wimp, International Trucks; McCmillan’s Big & Tall, Hamburger Heaven (Featuring Bobby), and Milo’s Famous Tea.