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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Dee McCall is returning to the country music scene

  • Dee McCall,  Carthage, Mo., is ready to hit the country music scene again.

    She was a guest performer with the Cruisin’ Crooners April 10 at the Frontenac Senior Citizens Center, and plans to be back again at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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  • Dee McCall,  Carthage, Mo., is ready to hit the country music scene again.
    She was a guest performer with the Cruisin’ Crooners April 10 at the Frontenac Senior Citizens Center, and plans to be back again at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
    “I had thought about to get a nice country show ready for summer,” she said in a telephone interview. “I saw Jimmy Mynatt on Facebook, ran over and it was awesome.”
    The Cruisin’ Crooners, composed of Mynatt, Mike Creek and Marsha Mauersberger, will perform free every Wednesday in April at the Frontenac Senior Citizens Center. They also perform frequently around the area, and McCall praised them as fine talents and great people.
    She was raised in Wyandotte, Okla., lived in Missouri until she was 15 and has been in Carthage for the  past 12 years, but also spent her share of time in Nashville and on the road.
    “I used to make my living in country music,” McCall  said. “I traveled all across the United  States and my records have played all over the country.”
    She recorded on the Republic label.
    “That was Gene Autry’s record label, but I  never met Mr. Autry,” she said.
    McCall has worked with numerous other artists.
    “About 15 years ago I brought little Hank down to the Neosho Civic Center,” she said, referring to Hank Williams III, son of Hank Williams Jr. and grandson of the legendary Hank Williams.
    Willie Nelson is another favorite.
    “Willie had been doing 30 minutes of spiritual music at the end of each show, and it sounded like heaven itself  had broke apart,” McCall said. “You should have seen the hats come off those old hippies’ heads.”
    She also performed with Little Jimmy Dickens, but she said that the highlight for her was a duet of  “Holding Altogether Now,” a song that she wrote, with Charlie Dick.
    “Charlie was Patsy Cline’s husband,” McCall said. “I loved Patsy Cline.”
    She has also written other songs, including “I Can’t Stand to Sit and Watch Me Cry,” “Stormy Nights” and “Line Dancin’ Rodeo.” They’re available on her CD, “Dee McCall,” released by Door Knob Records.
    McCall eventually left her career behind.
    “I got out to raise kids,” she said. “I’ve got my grandkids all raised now, so  I might  as well get back doing what I love. Maybe we could get a little Frontenac Opry going.”
    Whatever happens with that, McCall is ready to share her music with audiences again.
    “I used to play clubs in Joplin and some places in Pittsburg, and I’ve wondered what happened with all those people who used to come listen to me,” she said. “I’d like everybody  to come out and see me.”
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