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Driving Ms. Dottie [Hardcover]

By Larry Ferguson (Author) & Mike Collins (Author)
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Pages   164
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   WOODLAND PRESS, LLC
ISBN  0972486739  
EAN  9780972486736  
UPC  9780972486736  


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Have you ever wondered what it's like to live on a tour bus, traveling from town to town, or what really goes on behind the stage before a concert appearance? What are some of the funny experiences that can happen on the road? Do overzealous fans sometimes go too far? What is it really like to get to know a famous Gospel singing legend? Larry Ferguson, manager of the late Gospel music artist and songwriter Dottie Rambo, has put pen to paper and compiled a number of adventures that answer these and many other questions in his book, Driving Ms. Dottie, co-authored by Mike Collins. The release, from Woodland Gospel Publishing, offers an enjoyable and touching "behind-the-scenes" look at living in the center of the Gospel music industry. The book also portrays the private side of Ms. Dottie that the public didn't get to see, away from the bright lights and stage, from a unique perspective that only her manager could tell. As Dottie herself revealed in the book's foreword [yes, she even gave her stamp of approval to the project!], some of the stories you'll read will make you laugh, while others will make you cry. But overall you will be able to gain an insight into what it's like to take the Gospel in song all over the world. Readers will find both a variety of stories and photos that focus on what may seem like an unlikely compilation of cherished friends, including Dolly Parton, Bill Anderson, Lily Tomlin, the Crabb Family, Stella Parton, Eva Mae LeFevre, Michael Sykes, Benny Hinn, Mark Lowry, Carol Channing, Barbara Mandrell, Tammy Faye Messner, Joan Rivers, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, the Gaither Homecoming Friends and others. Larry also pays homage to both Vestal Goodman (Dottie's closest friend) and Jake Hess. Larry tells the story behind Dottie's 2003 Stand By the River recording session with friend, Dolly Parton. Dolly Parton wrote about this title: "I am very honored to be included in his book, Driving Ms. Dottie. (I, too, love Ms. Dottie!). Larry has done a wonderful job, and I'm sure you readers will enjoy it." Homecoming Friends' comedian Aaron Wilburn, after reading a pre-release copy of the book, said: "Jump in for a joyride as Larry Ferguson takes us on a journey of laughter and reflections in Driving Ms. Dottie--and best of all, everybody gets a window seat and Larry pays for the gas! Bless his heart!"



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Driving Ms. Dottie Rambo just released; Manager shares stories from the road  Nov 16, 2006
NASHVILLE, TN - Have you ever wondered what it's like to live on a tour bus, traveling from town to town, or what really goes on behind the stage before a concert appearance? What are some of the funny experiences that can happen on the road? Do overzealous fans sometimes go too far? What is it really like to get to know a famous Gospel singing legend?

Larry Ferguson, manager of Gospel music artist and songwriter Dottie Rambo, has put pen to paper and compiled a number of adventures that will answer these and many other questions in his exciting new book, Driving Ms. Dottie, co-authored by Mike Collins. The new release, from Woodland Gospel Publishing, offers an enjoyable and touching "behind-the-scenes" look at living in the center of the Gospel music industry. The book portrays the private side of Ms. Dottie that the public doesn't get to see, away from the bright lights and stage, from a unique perspective that only her manager could tell.

As Dottie herself reveals in the book's foreword [yes, she even gave her stamp of approval to the project!], some of the stories you'll read will make you laugh, while others will make you cry. But overall you will be able to gain an insight into what it's like to take the Gospel in song all over the world.

"After laughing and crying for years over some of the things that have happened to us while on the road, we have often joked that these stories would make a good book," Dottie told the Singing News Magazine. "When Larry recently told me he wanted to write it, I knew it would be something special. However, since he's never written a book before, I was really amazed when he let me read a few excerpts. He's a natural storyteller!"
Larry is obviously more than a manager to Dottie Rambo; he is a dear friend. The depth of that friendship and their mutual respect are very easy to sense throughout this volume.

"My wife, Judy, and my two sons, Christian and Pierce, often travel with Dottie and me while on tour," Larry said. "We are all one big family. My children even call Dottie `GranDot' like her own grandchildren do. You know, Dottie is such a unique individual and, at times, as funny as a monkey! I want readers to see this lighter side of the woman who has blessed my life again and again," Larry said.

In one chapter Larry explains that, as any diehard fan already knows, Dottie removes her shoes sometime during a concert and, after performing a few of her hits, takes requests while performing with just a box guitar. One night, while Dottie was going into this segment of the concert, a woman in the audience yelled, "Dottie, you have a hole in your pantyhose!"

Always quick at the draw, Dottie looked down at her hosiery and said, "Uh, I sure do. Well...I guess I'm a Holy woman!"

On another occasion, Dottie told an audience in the Midwest that she needed to get comfortable, as she removed her earrings and wristwatch. "Don't worry," she said, jokingly. "That is as far as I'm going!" At that very moment, a shower of tiny beads began falling from her sparkling gown. "Catch them!" Dottie shouted, as the beads sprinkled and bounced all over the stage floor. "I'm going to get my money back for this sucker!"

In addition to the humorous and unusual occurrences revealed, there is one rather frightening chapter about a fan who turns into a stalker and ultimately endangers Dottie's life. In another chapter, there is an account of a harrowing airplane story where Dottie and Larry experience a bizarre bomb threat.

Larry discloses how Dottie has gone through numerous health issues, including having three near-fatal bouts of pneumonia, each time leaving her in a coma, and how she has struggled with acute back pain for many years and undergone ten back surgeries. Then just last year she broke her femur, the largest bone in her leg, in a mishap at home. Yet as you can see in Driving Ms. Dottie, her reliance upon Christ seems to shine through on every page and in every episode. Larry shows how through it all, she refuses to slow down, pressing onward with the Gospel in song. She is truly an encouraging and inspiring personality.

"It's times like these that make me depend upon the Lord and my faith," Dottie explained. "Roman 8:28 is absolutely true: the Lord will make something good come out of all these experiences and trials."

Readers will find both a variety of stories and photos that focus on what may seem like an unlikely compilation of cherished friends, including Dolly Parton, Bill Anderson, Lily Tomlin, the Crabb Family, Stella Parton, Eva Mae LeFevre, Michael Sykes, Benny Hinn, Mark Lowry, Carol Channing, Barbara Mandrell, Tammy Faye Messner, Joan Rivers, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, the Gaither Homecoming Friends and others. Larry also pays homage to both Vestal Goodman (Dottie's closest friend) and Jake Hess.

The hardbound 144-page book, with its additional 16-page full color insert, is packed with photos from Larry and Dottie's personal collection. There are also special moments and hilarious snapshots of Dottie on the road and at home.

Larry tells the story behind Dottie's 2003 Stand By the River recording session with friend, Dolly Parton, as well as the touching account of the shooting of the music video for this project. After reading an early galley of the title, Dolly penned a recommendation, saying: "I am very honored to be included in his book, Driving Ms. Dottie. (I, too, love Ms. Dottie!). Larry has done a wonderful job, and I'm sure you readers will enjoy it."

Homecoming Friends' comedian Aaron Wilburn, after reading a pre-release copy of the book, said: "Jump in for a joyride as Larry Ferguson takes us on a journey of laughter and reflections in Driving Ms. Dottie--and best of all, everybody gets a window seat and Larry pays for the gas! Bless his heart!"

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