On December 10, Emily Frank and her husband Fred went to Nampa, ID, to play Bluegrass in the Barn with the house band “Tradition”. But this time, there was a little different twist to the weekend. The James King Band was winding down their Western Gospel tour, and James had called Bob Greer, the Barnmaster, to see if he could get them a bass player for their appearance at the Barn. Bob told James there would be no problem, he’d have a great bass player all lined up. The next day, Sunday, December 11, when Emily and Fred would normally be headed back home, everyone was awaiting the arrival of The James King Band.
They burned through a version of “On the Wings of Angels” and James looked at his band, and remarked: “We won’t have any trouble with this gal!” A beautiful rendition of “White Dove” and another barn-burner and James pulls his guitar strap off his shoulder, and said “Let’s not waste this here.”
Clay Lillard, the banjo picker remarked: “That may have been the best we have sounded on this tour.”
Mandolin player, Donald Dowdy, said: “Yeah, I think she’s better than our regular bass player!”