Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, Gary served in the army then worked as a deep sea oil field diver in the North Sea and Gulf Of Mexico. He backpacked the world carrying his guitar and somehow collected a basement full of Gold and Platinum records along the way! "Saying the most with the least, is what I'm good at!" Constantly on the move, he has ridden his motorcycle loaded with a sleeping bag and guitar on a solo journey around the United States and parts of Canada in a constant search for inspiration. This journey took him to Normandy where he wrote on Omaha beach and then back to Africa in 2017 on a  solo motorcycle journey to the exact locations where brothers in arms had made the ultimate sacrifice.  These songs were then recorded in an ongoing compilation 'Songs from the battlefield'.  Currently Gary is touring the US in a built out van, sharing his songs and  blogging from the road.  - from https://garyjhannan.com/about-1

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Be sure to stay tuned immediately following the show for some special music!

1st Show

I was honored to sit down with Tom Canup of Mt. Airy, GA.  Mr. Canup was a Korean War veteran.  He shared a glimpse of his life from before, during, and after the war.


Show premiered on 11/11/18

Kathryn Elizabeth Smith was born in Greenville, Virginia on May 1, 1907. It was at an early age that she first fell in love with singing and dancing. In 1926, while performing locally in theaters and nightclubs, a New York City show producer discovered her talent. She was first featured on Broadway in the musical comedy, Honeymoon Lane. Four years later, in the year 1930, she appeared in two other musicals, Hit the Deck and Flying High.

In 1932, because of her radio success, Kate was offered a cameo role in Paramount’s musical film, The Big Broadcast. This is where she sang “When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain,” which later became her signature piece. In 1933, Kate had the opportunity to play herself in her own movie, Hello Everybody!, with her co-stars being Randolph Scott and Sally Blane. It was then, ten years later, Kate made a guest appearance in the Irving Berlin picture This is the Army, where she sang God Bless America.

Kate’s career came to an end on a high note when she sang her version of “God Bless America” for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team. This inspired the team to go on to win two successive Stanley Cups (1974 and 1975). Kate was named Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade in 1976. And on July 4th of that same year, Kate sang “God Bless America” one last time. After a long battle with diabetes, she passed away on June 17, 1986 in Raleigh, NC.

Excerpt from: https://www.cmgww.com/music/smith/about/biography/

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We lost Tom Canup on March 2nd, 2019.  It was a great honor to have been able to share time with him, and a tremendous loss.  I was about to schedule another interview with him when I learned of his passing.  He will be missed!

https://www.whitfieldfuneralhomes.com/obituary/tom-canup

3rd Show

Part II of my sit-down with James Ramey, WWII Veteran


Show played on 11/25/18

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2nd Show

I am awestruck, having spent four hours one morning with James Ramey.  Mr. Ramey is a WWII veteran and former tanker under General Patton.  I left with two shows worth of history, and an invite for more!

6th Show

A BRAND NEW show!  I was honored to spend the morning with James Ramey again.  Mr. Ramey shared some more details about his combat in WWII, and stories about General Patton. 


Show aired Sunday, March 24th at 6pm, eastern.

5th Show

With endless stories about WWII, Korea, the Olympics, and a very active and productive post-military life, Larry Kinder shares a mere glimpse into his world.

More shows with Mr. Kinder are coming!

Show played live on 12/16/18

Greg W. Funkhouser


A frequent guest to veteran events, Greg honors our veterans with the gift of his voice.  He wrote the song THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING THE CALL and performs it for local veteran groups.


For inquires and copies of THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING THE CALL, please contact Greg at: gfunkhouser@rabuncountybank.com

4th Show

I finally get one of my good friends to sit down with me to share his experiences.  Don Vickery, a decorated Vietnam Veteran, with 2 combat tours, sits down and shares a bit of his life with me.


Show played live on 12/2/18