By: Patty Loveless
There was always a lot of people in the city of Louisville that when they heard you, and knew of you, and they knew of something else that was going on, a place to entertain, you know, "Call those Ramey kids up, they're really great!" That was a real honor.
It was during one of those touring Opry shows in Louisville Gardens that one particular night that Bill Anderson, Connie Smith, the Wilburn Brothers, and there was one other act, and then Jean Sheppard. Jean Sheppard was caught in a flood, and she wasn't able to make it in. So Danny King, our DJ buddy, gives the Ramey kids a call. And says, "Can you kids come and do about ten or fifteen minutes of opening for these people?" Ha! Why not?... Love to! And Roger and I went and did songs together. Of course, you know.. what can you do in ten or fifteen minutes? You know, one song apiece solo. So we did a couple of songs as a duet. And I remember I was singing Mule Skinner Blues.
Doyle Wilburn, of the famous Wilburn Brothers, dragged Teddy out of their dressing room to watch me perform. "You gotta come out here, you got to hear this girl." And it was me that he drug Teddy out of his dressing room to listen to. After my performance they were backstage wanting to talk to me. Doyle asked me about myself and I told him I was working some with Porter (Wagoner). He asked me to come to Nashville and bring some of my stuff with me... and I did.