TONY IS PICTURED WITH COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND HANK THOMPSON. TONY PLAYED GUITAR AND BASS FOR HANK THOMPSON, AS WELL AS SERVING AS OPENING ACT, DURING SOME OF HIS PENNSYLVANIA TOURING DATES. SOME OF THOSE APPEARANCES INCLUDED BOB CRISSEY'S COUNTRY CROSSROADS LOUNGE IN GREENSBURG, PA (WESTMORELAND COUNTY), AND THE AUCTION BARN IN BELSANO, PA (INDIANA COUNTY).
THE FOLLOWING BIO INFORMATION TAKEN FROM THE OFFICIAL HANK THOMPSON WEBSITE...
Hank Thompson has been an integral part of the music industry since the 1940s. He has recorded in each of the seven decades since he recorded Whoa,Sailor in 1946. Hank has sold over 60 million recordings and has toured extensively around the globe. Hank is a leader in the music industry with accomplishments including the first music-based television show to be broadcast in color, the first artist to travel with sound and lighting systems, the first to record a live album, the first to record a live album in Las Vegas, and, along with Frank Sinatra, the first artist to record in seven consecutive decades. In 1989, Hank was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I don’t think there’s anything we have to do daily in our walk that’s more important than how we deal with each other,” Williams confesses. “To me, it’s everything. So when you’re looking for songs, if they can express that, then you’ve found something special.”Without a doubt Williams, whose hits with the likes of Good Ole Boys Like Me, I Believe In You, Love Is On A Roll, Amanda and Tulsa Time, have always had a knack for finding songs that speak directly to people’s hearts.
The current generation of country fans will recognize Jimmy from his frequent guest spots in the videos of Brad Paisley, but the truth is that Jimmy first gained national exposure nearly half a century ago. None other than Roy Acuff first introduced him to the old Ryman Auditorium stage all the way back in 1948, and Dickens has been wowing Opry audiences pretty much ever since— And for those from western Pennsylvania, you would be surprised to learn that for about 30 years DAVID NYE (of Ellwood City, PA) toured with Little Jimmy Dickens and backed him up on the Grand Ole Opry as lead guitarist.
Darrell became a studio harmony vocalist, singing on records by Faron Young, George Jones, and Ray Price among others. In a short time, the studio work metamorphosed into road work, as he played bass and sang harmony for several different touring bands, including those of Young, Price, and Hank Williams Jr. Darrell wrote the hit song "ELEVEN ROSES" for Hank Jr.
HERE IS A VIDEO OF TONY BARGE AND DARRELL McCALL SINGING TOGETHER. THE VIDEO WAS RECORDED "LIVE" AT THE PENNSYLVANIA CMA PICNIC (1990's) AT THE CHEWTON WHITE EAGLES PICNIC GROUNDS NEAR WAMPUM, PA. BARGE WAS FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF PCMA.
When Brad was inducted as an Opry member in 2001, a letter from George Jones was read to the crowd that said in part, “I am counting on you to carry on the tradition—and make folks sit up and listen to what good country music should sound like.” Tony Barge is pictured with Brad, backstage at the Grand Ole Opry. Tony also opened the show for Brad Paisley at Cooper's Lake Campground near New Castle, PA. Brad is originally fom West Virginia where he performed regularly with the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree staff band "1170" with some of thesame musicians which Tony has worked with thru the years, including Charlie McVay Jr (steel guitarist) and Johnny Parrendo (fiddle).
As a regular on Hee Haw since its inception in 1969, he became a television
celebrity. But Jones' influence went much further than that chain of successes
would indicate -- he was almost single-handedly responsible for keeping the
banjo alive as a country music instrument during the 1930s and 1940s, and in
addition to his own work and songs, he was an important associate and
collaborator of Merle Travis.
CHARLIE PRIDE and DON PRIESTER
Charley Pride is one of the few black country musicians to have enjoyed considerable success in the mostly white industry. During his 20s, he played baseball for the Negro leagues but moved over to music in 1966 when RCA signed him. He was the first black performer to appear at the Grand Ole Opry. Two of his big hits include "Is Anybody Goin' to An Antone" and "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin' ". The 'Late' Don Priester was one of Tony's dearest friends and a known country performer from the areas of Kittanning, PA and part-time Florida Resident.