Find Gospel Music, Animals, Magic and More at This Year’s Fair
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The Red River Valley Fair is the biggest entertainment event of the year! On Thursday September 27th, 2012, the RRVF was swarmed with families and friends eager to catch the thrills of our annual event. We experienced rides like the YOYO, The Zipper, After Life’s “Last Ride”, and many more spectacles of entertainment including music! The Geneva Norwood Family Gospel group celebrated the life of Jesus with hundreds of music gospel fans. Mrs. Norwood initiated the show with her rendition of “My God is Real” and set the mood for what was to come. Following Geneva was a collaboration of her loved ones. Music filled the air as Scotty Norwood, Linda Musgrove, Glenn Evans, Stoney Musgrove, and Stacy Musgrove backed the multitude of vocalists slated to perform. Neva Jean Oats, Frankie Norwood, Scotty Norwood, Treda Norwood, Linda Stoney & Stacy Musgrove, Charity Needham, Treda, Amber, Taylor, Mayzie, Bryle, Tyler, Gatlin, and many more grabbed the microphone to shout glorious praises to the lord.
We had a chance to sit down with Stacy Musgrove and ask him a few questions about the show and his musical career…
IPT: Just hanging out in Stacy’s tour bus side stage at the Lamar County Fairgrounds, getting ready for an awesome performance from the Geneva Family.
Stacy Musgrove: Yes we are! My aunt is headlining this thing, Geneva Norwood.
IPT: How long have you been in the music business?
Stacy Musgrove: Mostly all of my life. I was in the first grade, in Cunningham, Texas and I won a talent contest by singing “Your Cheating Heart”. But this lady you are going to hear tonight I grew up with standing beside her upright piano and she would say “Honey, sing by the letter. Just open your mouth and let her fly” and that’s what I’ve done ever since.
IPT: That’s a great way to start. Now we have also seen you perform at Three Brothers Drafthouse and you can tear an acoustic up. Do you do many solo performances or do you perform mainly with a full band?
Stacy Musgrove: Not a lot. It’s mainly with a full band. I have done some stuff acoustically, but I’m not the guitar player that I fake to be. I’m a good faker I can make it look good. The boys tell me “well we’re not going to turn you up tonight so that we sound good”, and I say “well do whatever you want to do, I’m not going to sit up there and act like I know what I’m doing.
IPT: What do you do when you aren’t playing music? What is your daily routine?
Stacy Musgrove: I have a trucking business that I maintain. I’ve got a few trucks that I run and that’s what keeps the food on the table. We also have a lot of land down in Cunningham. We don’t farm a lot or ranch, but we have the land and we cut hay. I’m just an old cowboy…we don’t have cows anymore because they got high and we sold them all. We do still have horses as well.
IPT: Are you married?
Stacy Musgrove: I’ve been married 31 years. Her name is Linda…you’ll see her tonight! She will be on stage playing the keyboard, singing, and my daughter will be singing with her. My son will also be on drums and singing. His name is Stoney Musgrove. The bass player is Scotty Norwood, he is my cousin. Frankie Norwood will be emceeing tonight. All of the kids, my grandkids will be singing tonight. I could get it all screwed up by telling you who belongs to whom tonight. But Neva Jean Oats will be singing tonight, she’s my cousin. IT IS A FAMILY TRADITION. We would love to start our family show back up.
IPT: As you know, Paris Live Open Mic is all about helping out our local music scene. So put us down for anything that you need help with. What can we expect out of your performance tonight?
Stacy Musgrove: I have to call out my soundman. His name is Monty O’Neal he is one of the best in the business. You can expect all gospel music tonight! They have called my aunt Geneva in, and it will be all gospel along with some upbeat stuff, probably not a lot of traditional music that you hear. But it will be some good gospel music. If you want to dance tonight you can. The dance started in the church!
IPT: Thank you for sitting down with us for a moment Stacy and good luck tonight!
We had a good time cutting up with Stacy Musgrove and as we left the bus he thanked us for everything that we do for the community.
The evening was engulfed with glorious gospel tunes as the Geneva Norwood family displayed their mutual love for Jesus Christ and lifted His name up in song. Familiar numbers like “I Believe”, “Just in Time”, “I Saw the Light”, and “Amazing Grace” were among the timeless melodic treasures enjoyed by us all. We hope to see the Geneva Norwood Family again soon as they express their passion for the Holy Spirit under the lights of the stage.
The Red River Valley Fair has been a tradition in Paris, Texas since 1911, and has proven to be the biggest week of entertainment leading right in to the holiday season.
You can hear the entire interview with Stacy Musgrove this Wednesday night on Paris Live Open Mic.
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Photos by Robbie Gunn