Big John & His Spare Parts

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Big John’s band, The Spare Parts, is made up of a variety of multi-talented and “Hall of Fame” musicians he has met in the Midwest and Rio Grande Valley.  Band members might vary, depending on the location off the venue.  The one Spare Part  who is always by his side, is his wife, Connie.   She does vocals, creating the great harmony;  and in 2015, she has picked up the bass guitar and is helping out when it’s just the two of them.     

The “Spare Parts” sometimes change depending on location and band members availability. 

The Winter 2018 “The Spare Parts Band” is full of multi-talented musicians:

Special Guests to the Spare Parts are Roger and Sharon Kenaston, RFD-TV, Midwest Country Show.  Both are members of several Halls of Fame.  They are extremely popular band in Rio Grande Valley and Midwest.  Roger plays lead guitar, fiddle and dobro while Sharon plays stand up bass and does vocals.  Plus, RGV local, Epi Martinez, Texas Hall of Famer joins on the drums.  We have a great time!!  

Sharon Kenaston is the CEO of the Wahoo Country Music Festival.  It is a Festival held every third weekend in June in Wahoo NE.  Check out their website.  www.wahoocountrymusicshow.com   You might want to come to WAHOO!!!

History:

Big John Pedersen grew up in a family who loved music.  His father and brother played guitar and taught him the basics.  His mother played church organ and piano.  The music on the radio in their home varied from gospel to rock ‘n roll with Classic Country always a favorite.  His strong voice and guitar playing naturally led to entertaining, starting in high school, a college rock ‘n roll band and playing as a single and in various country bands.  

His entertaining came to a halt when he started farming and got married.  His time was consumed with raising a family, farming, a construction business and a seed business.    His entertaining was limited to church groups and campfires. 

While on a trip to South Texas in the winter, he discovered that his love of Classic Country music was shared by many people from all over the country.   He found out that there were music festivals in the midwest that he’d never known about.  

In summer of 2009, he and Connie traveled to the Avoca IA music festival.   This included entering the contests,  just for the fun of it.  His performances there earned him the full sweep of contest awards.  Best Male Vocalist, 1rst Place Country Song Writer, 1rt Place Gospel  Song Writer, and the coveted PEOPLE’S CHOICE Entertainer Award.  Since that time, he’s won several more awards and in 2012, Big John was inducted into the Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame at the LeMars IA Traditional Country Music Festival. 

Favorite Spare Part,  Connie, joined the band in 2012.  She is doing her share of the vocals blending with Big John’s great harmonies.   In 2015, Connie started joining in with her bass guitar.  

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