March 2009


In 1954, Wanda Jackson was a high shool student when country legend Hank Thompson heard her singing on an Oklahoma City radio station, and invited her to record with his band.  And the career of a legend was born.
For the next 50(!) years, Wanda has toured and recorded all over the world, becoming one of the world’s best loved country and rockabilly singers.
In 2009, Wanda is being inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame in Cleveland, Ohio and our own Mandy Marie of the Indy Kicks It tour, is playing for her induction!
Mandy says she’s  “Super excited” about this opportunity, and all of us are excited for her.  Mandy, you go girl!!!  And bring back some good stories for us!

To learn more about Wanda Jackson, here is her web site. And, here is Mandy’s MySpace page.

Mandy, you go girl!  We’re all proud of you!

On Wednesday evening, the members of the crew met at the Red Key Tavern in Indianapolis for a planning meeting.  We discussed the route, merchandise for the trip, and contacts in various towns.

Our first stop will be in Chicago on September 9th, and we’ll meander down the route for the next couple of days, before playing dates in Cuba, Lebanon, and Strafford Missouri.  We’ll leave Strafford on Sunday morning, the 13th of September, and head to Oklahoma City, where we’ll be Sunday night.  The next day, it’s off to Amarillo Texas.

Our MySpace page is taking shape, and Holly, Mandy, and Rick will have their first official rehearsal on Tuesday of next week.

We’re all so excited about the tour, sharing our music with the folks we meet, and hearing their stories!  And, it looks like we might be in store for an old fashioned barn dance/hoedown in Missouri!

Here are a couple of pictures from the meeting:

Gabrielle and Mandy pouring over the map...

Gabrielle and Mandy pouring over the map...

L-R Gabrielle Price, photojournalist, Mandy Marie, Danny Thompson  (Mandy's hubby), Holly Jae Smith, Rick Garrett

L-R Gabrielle Price, photojournalist, Mandy Marie, Danny Thompson (Mandy's hubby), Holly Jae Smith, Rick Garrett

We’ve booked our first two shows along the way…if you’re in the area, we’d love to have you join us!

Friday Night, September 11th and Saturday Morning, September 12th:

Route 66 Museum, Lebanon, Missouri

Saturday Afternoon and Evening, September 12th:

The Great Route 66 Festival, Strafford, Missouri

Hope you’ll come out and join us for some music and storytelling!  We’d love to meet you!

One spring evening,  Holly and Rick were watching “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives” on The Food Network, and in this particular episode, Guy Fieri was highlighting diners along Route 66.  We happened to be chatting with friends on Facebook at the time, and we started discussing how cool it would be to travel down the Mother Road, playing music and collecting stories.

And that’s how it all started.  We’re currently planning our trip.  We’ll leave Chicago on September 9 and get as far west as we can.  We’d love to stop and play in your town!  If you’re interested in having us stop, send us an email at IndyKicksIt@yahoo.com (or simply reply to the post here) and we’ll get the ball rolling!