Thankful for 2019

2019 has been such a fun and adventurous year for us. Rod and I were blessed with so many more wonderful opportunities to travel around the state of Arkansas and sing at festivals, schools and senior centers. We are very excited to announce that after working hard the past five years on composing and recording we now have released our debut country album. “Rod and Carol Country Music” which will be available to hear at CDBaby and YouTube in a few short weeks.

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Carol and Rod Patriotic

We have used this fun picture for all our business cards so naturally it became the front of our Cd album cover. It was taken by Cindy Reyes at a patriotic program we sang for at the Children’s Library and Learning Center in Little Rock.

Patriotic Rod and I sang a patriotic program at the Jacksonville Air Force Base Children’s Library in the summer time 2018 and 2019.

We attended the June 3, 2019 Arkansas Country Music Awards and were thrilled to see nominations for Darian Stribling -producer/engineer (from where we record at Blue chair Recording Studio in Austin, Arkansas) and Tim Crouch who won The fiddler of the year award. He has played violin and several other instruments on every single one of our songs. All I can say is we have been blessed -Awesome!

Oh our album has one song that is a standard. It was the very first song I recorded in Nashville when I was a teenager, It is beautiful and the title of it is “ARKANSAS” composed by Damon Black in the 70’s. I choose to record it again because I loved it so much. Its about a young girl and her memories about a 40 acre farm. I was raised on a 40 acre farm in Madison county. I milked goats. We had about 40 goats and many had to be milked every day, twice. I remember my life on the farm fondly.

The other songs on the album are composed and recorded by Rod Ragsdale and myself. titles: “Something I Never Had” “Nothings Better Than You” Thought Wed Have More Time” Full of Class” “Where You Go” “Soldier” and “Clapping Hands”

We sang at the Arkansas Goat Festival this past October held in PerryVille. Wow must have been 8,000 people by days end, plus goats.

 

I sang the national anthem for the Alzheimer’s Walk for the Cure.  Craig O’Niell from channel 11 TVNews was the MC.  We also see him every year when he becomes the star of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and we are the Who-Ville singers. Actually after five years Rod got pretty excited to show off our new Cd to The Grinch. The two men always sit here in between shows and share a joke or two, it has become tradition.

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Singing at the Arkansas Goat Festival in Perryville, Arkansas October 2019.

Singing at a family Christmas banquet at Brookdale senior living in Little Rock.

I love recording in the studio and being creative with a brand new song idea. Engineer Darian Stribling is amazing and we lean on him for advise for much of it. Tim Crouch adds all the finishing instrumental touches. We are very blessed to have such a great team.

Banjo from Victory radio in North Little Rock invited us to sing live one afternoon and we ended up talking and singing for almost the whole two hour show. Banjo was and still is a great entertainer and a really nice fellow to call our friend. I use to be a disc jockey when I lived in Hawaii.  It was fun being in this studio and seeing how things have changed now that things are more digital. I really enjoyed being a disc jockey.

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We got into the elevator one day at FoxRidge Senior Living and this sign was taped up next to all the months activities. We are regulars for a many Happy Hours at senior Centers around Central Arkansas. A very fun time to sing, tell jokes and stories to some of the kindest audiences ever. Plus this wonderful golden generation thinks that we are just youngsters. We most often leave with big smiles on our faces from something someone said or did. Always so glad we came.

We also got to travel much more around the state this past year and hope to expand in 2020. (I guess we better do it while we are still ‘youngsters’.) Also with Little Rock, NLR, Maumelle, Bryant, Sherwood, and Conway, we also sang in Star City, Pine Bluff, Camden, Perryville, and Hot Springs. We are very hopeful to get up to Northeast Arkansas and Madison county in 2020.

When we are in Camden we always stop in at Woods Place to have lunch. Highly recommended. Thanks to James and Patty Woods, owners and friends.

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Well these are just some of the over 140 times we sang this past year at festivals, senior centers, schools, libraries, churches, book stores and radio shows. As well as highlights such as the Arkansas State capital, Holiday House, Children’s Library GrinchFest, The Little Rock Zoo, The Good Earth Pumpkin Festival, Outlet Stores, Jacksonville Air Force Base and Alzheimer’s Walk for the Cure. We are thankful for so many who took part in having us be apart of these special events. We love music and the opportunities it gives us to interact with the young and the young at heart.

We hope you will check out our music by going to YouTube and CdBaby online. May God richly bless you in this brand new decade -The Roaring ’20’s has come again!

God has been good to us. He has met our needs and kept us healthy to continue. (I had a medical emergency this past summer which landed me in the hospital for five days. It was a serious situation and I did not take for granted my recovery. More about that later.)

We are thankful for our life’s work and finding each other.

Thankful for our families, (My youngest son graduated from college and is an RN that works at the Arkansas Heart Hospital.  My five children and I added it up and realized that we have had a someone, including me, in college for the last 20 years – happy end of an era. More about that later.)

I am thankful for my job as a music teacher at Saint Mark’s and all the children and teachers that make my life absolutely joyful.

Rod and I are thankful for this great country America, where we have opportunity like no other.

We pray that our music  and stories will touch people and that sometimes we will cause them to sing and laugh along the way.

Blessing to you

Carol and Rod

Music by Rod and Carol

Music by Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale. We met at a Fall Festival in 2014. Rod was playing music and I was teaching music at St Mark’s Day School. We started paying music together right away. We had both just lost our mom’s to Alzheimer’s and were independently playing music for nursing homes, so we just continued this amazing mission together, b/c singing for the greatest generation of Americans is a blessing to us. Presently we are regularly singing for over 30 different venues of this kind each month, as well as festivals and children’s libraries.

Carol and Rod Patriotic

I played the ukulele and Rod plays the guitar and harmonica.

Rod and harmonica

My day school children just love Mr. Rod when he comes to do our annual Veteran’s Day program and he plays his harmonica and shows them some magic tricks. Rod served in the Navy and was in the golf industry for over 35 years. He has one son that works at Disney World as a golf pro. instructor. Now that Rod is retired he can sing with me every day after I come home from school.

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I love teaching music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School in Little Rock Arkansas. I have five children and nine grandchildren. I lived in Hawaii for 20 years and that’s why I play the ukulele. I have been a radio disc jockey and music resource teacher at many schools and churches. This picture was taken at don Roberts School in Little Rock.

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This is where we met. The Plantation Cotton Festival in Scott, Arkansas. That’s Rod getting ready to go on ‘stage’ and sing. He asked me out that day and we have been together ever since. I know what you’re thinking, and Yes!  he is as cute as pecan pie. This country singer sitting in front of this amazing cabin was more then I could stand, so I scooped him right up . See, I was raised on a goat farm in Madison county and so this is my cup of tea. I love this cabin and I love the country.

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Of course we composed our own wedding song from the book of Ruth… “Where You Go, I will go. Where you live, I will live. Your people will be my people and your God will be my God.” We were recording music at Blue Chair Recording studio in Austin, Arkansas with a talented engineer Darian Stribling. He was helping us record audiobooks and songs for children and presently we are working on a country album. All our music has beautiful violin music played by noted musician Tim Crouch. He makes the arrangements come to life. I wish we could record more, but its costly, so we pay as we go, recording whenever we have extra money in the kitty.

This beautiful picture was taken by Rebekah Schmitz at the school where I teach

  • side note here: Both Darian and Tim have been nominated for the Arkansas Country Music awards to be held in Maumelle June 3, 2019. Very excited and proud to know them.

    We are having so much fun with music.

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  • This is at FoxRidge Chenal

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We even did a bit of a road trip this year. During Thanksgiving break we sang in Camden Arkansas where Rod went to school. This was sponsored by Woods Catering. We sang for the nursing homes and the library. 140 children turned out to have Christmas stories read to them, sing Christmas songs, and see a bit of Mr. Rod’s magic.

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We also traveled to Star city during Spring Break and what a sweet town. We have plans to return several times this summer and fall. Looking forward to that.

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Singing Patriotic shows at the Air Force Base in Jacksonville library, and we will return July 11. Patriotic show at  Sherwood Elmcroft.

We sang Christmas songs and read a Christmas story for children “Twas The mouse Before Christmas” a Christmas tale I wrote and Rod and I sang. A film producer and writer friend of mine John Elchier captured the storytime and put it on YouTube.

Also Rod became the singing Santa at a Christmas in July program at Andover Place

( that’s why he has shorts on)  don’t you love those groovy socks?

Carol and Rod 1950s sang at a 1950’s sock hop patriotic Veteran’s show in North Little Rock.

Carol sings Alz.

  • This was a fund raising event for Alzheimer’s at Pleasant Valley.
  • Carol and Rod sing in snow
  • Singing in the Antrium at Woodland during a snow shower. April Pollard took this picture.
  • Carol and Rod at Mardi Gras
  • Mardi Gras program at Stonehaven.
  • A Roaring ’20’s show at Andover with director Donya.
  • Singing Christmas carols at the Capital every December is a highlight. Pictured with my sister Cindy and daughter Michelle dancing hula to White Christmas.
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    Hawaiian shows at Woodland with the staff. Bryant Sr. Center and Elmcroft in Maumelle.

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    Carol at piano

  • Composing music for our country album. Picture during Parkstone program.
  • Blue Chair Recording Studio in Austin Arkansas. We are having a great adventure and excited to see what’s next. I guess we can say, you are never too old to live your dreams. Thanks for stopping in. May God richly bless you with family, friends, and a dream in your heart.

A Christmas Carol

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Merry Christmas 2017. Love being a music teacher and entertainer especially at Christmas time.

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…and I’m engaged to the singing Santa, which makes it all the more festive.

It doesn’t matter what age you are, we are all childlike at Christmas.

Rod Ragsdale sang Christmas carols for Holiday House at the Arkansas State convention center  starting in November to kick off the season. Rod, Cindy and my daughter Michelle sang Christmas carols at the Arkansas State Capital December 2 for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Rod and I have been to over 30 senior centers and nursing homes in central Arkansas, festivals and several schools.

Plus the Jacksonville Library Children’s after school program and Children’s Library and Learning center.

We were the Whoville Christmas carolers for the GrinchFest along with channel 11’s Craig O’Neille, who is the Grinch master story-teller, held every year at the Children’s Library in Little Rock.

We also read our Christmas stories at the capital, several schools and libraries. Here is my sister Cindy Reyes who translates all my storybooks into Spanish.

These pictures are from the times I have traveled to Santa’s North Pole Adventureland in Jonesboro to sing and read for Kathy Johnson and her sisters for their magical store. I wrote a new story just for their Princess specials called “Santa’s North Pole Princess” the book is in their gift shop. https://www.facebook.com/santasnorthpolejonesboro/

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Rod has a Christmas adventure for young children called Golfing with Santa book four in The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course series.

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From our home to yours Merry Christmas and may God richly bless you in the new year 2018.

Happy New Year 2018.

Christmas Fun 2017

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Rod Ragsdale, Cindy Reyes and Carol Dabney will singing Christmas carols and reading our Christmas storybooks at the Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center Saturday December 16 beginning at 10am. Little Rock, Arkansas. This is a free family event. “Twas the Mouse Before Christmas” was the first and is the biggest hit everywhere we go this time of year. I hope you add it to your holiday keepsakes. Thank you for supporting local artists.

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Our holiday books: Big Book of  The Animals Used By God, The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course -book four – Golfing with Santa, Twas The Mouse Before Christmas, and Santa’s North Pole Princess. All available through contacting me, or http://www.amazon.com

https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Dabney/e/B0056B1AFW

 

Santa’s North Pole Princess is all about a Princess named Noel, who rides a magical polar bear to gather all the Christmas mail from children around the world for Santa. Have you written your letter yet? This book is about of a wonderful place located in Jonesboro, Arkansas where families can walk through a Disney-like animal animated snowy forest on their way to take pictures with Santa.

https://www.facebook.com/santasnorthpolejonesboro/

I had a lot of fun with reading “Twas the Mouse Before Christmas” and now they have added Santa’s North Pole Princess. If you get to this wonderful adventure-land, look for Carol Dabney storybooks. Great Christmas keepsakes for ages 2-10.

Rod Ragsdale got into the spirit of Christmas by becoming a singing Santa for a Christmas in July party this past summer and as you know he loves golf. Not much golfing goes on in the snow, but with lots of imagination he wrote a Christmas golfing with Santa adventure story about his son Andrew. Book Four in his golfing series. For ages 7-12.

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I had so much excitement with my St. Mark’s music students in writing The Christmas Animals Used by God last year. This is the newest published this year 2017. It can be interactive with walking with Joseph, Mary and the donkey, knocking on the inn keepers doors, making animal sounds. The kids really had fun with the repeating lines.

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Its the Christmas story in an easy to read poetic form with lots of colorful pictures for kids to enjoy as they learn about the Nativity . Its also translated into Spanish by my sister Cindy Dabney Reyes. for ages 2-10.

We have read our stories at The Arkansas State Capital, Holiday House, Jacksonville Library and several classrooms. We will be at the Children’s library Saturday December 16 from10-11 and you can get these books then and we will sign them for you. From our house to your…

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS. Carol and Rod

Capital Event 2017

Come join Carol, Rod and Cindy at the Arkansas State Capital in Little Rock Saturday December 2 for the annual Christmas tree lighting from 6-8pm to welcome Santa coming to town. Carol, Rod and Cindy will be reading their Christmas storybooks and singing Christmas carols.

 

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Story-tellers share children’s storybook “Twas The Mouse Before Christmas” written and illustrated by Carol Dabney. In English and Spanish. Spanish translation by teacher Cindy Reyes. Available in audiobook with song online at http://www.amazon.com write ‘Carol Dabney Music’ in the search. or click the links below:

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This is Carol’s first Christmas storybook published in 2013. It has a cookie recipe and an original song on sheet music in the book. The audiobook has character voices read by Cindy, Carol and Rod along with the song “Christmas in Your Heart”

Hear the story and see the illustrations on UTUBE on the link below: So much fun. Thank you for supporting teacher-artist Carol Dabney.

 

Thanks for listening. Hope you enjoy this very fun story. Please leave a message. Send to a friend with children.

From our house to yours… Merry Christmas…-Carol Dabney

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Also enjoy being a part of the Santa’s North Pole Holiday magical Adventureland each year in Jonesboro.

We have enjoyed sharing our story over the past 4 years at schools, libraries, festivals, nursing homes, annual Holiday House Santa event and the annual Christmas tree lighting at the Arkansas State Capital.

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The first time I read it was for a classroom at Schofield Army barracks in Hawaii. I also read at Ft. Lee when my daughter was stationed there. At home in Arkansas I travel the state and read with Cindy and Rod. Cindy and I are both teachers and love the classroom or school assembly events. Rod is a wonderful story-teller and has fun as the Singing Santa.

We will be presenting our story and music at the Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center Saturday December 16, 2017 at the 10am family story hour. You can get a book and we will personally sign it with your child’s name in it. Please share this with your friends and thank you for supporting local artist. It helps us continue our work.

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Merry Christmas 2017

Holiday books for children

Holiday books written by and Illustrated by Carol Dabney, Rod Ragsdale and Cindy Reyes. Two new stories this year: The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course Book four -Golfing with Santa and Santa’s North Pole Princess. Available on  Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Book/dp/1537450476/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478607026&sr=1-1&keywords=rod+ragsdale

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A child’s bedtime storybook, “Twas The Mouse Before Christmas” will be read in both English and Spanish by the three authors Saturday December 3, 2016 at the Arkansas State Capital annual Christmas Tree Lighting beginning at 6pm. Free event.

https://www.amazon.com/Twas-Mouse-Before-Christmas-Tail/dp/1477608370/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Fall Festivals October 2016

Fall festivals are my favorite time of year. The weather is cooling down, the leaves are turning colors, the pumpkins give me a happy feeling. Fall begins the holiday seasons of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For the next three months I get to read my holiday books at schools and Rod and I are practicing our Christmas songs

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In Octobter we kicked off the Fall Festivals at Scott’s Plantation Cotton Festival. That is where Rod and I met three years ago. He was playing music and I was selling my books. We have enjoyed getting to know each other, singing music everywhere together, and now writing children’s books together.

The Happy Pumpkin, Patch by Carol Dabbney. Great to read to young children every fall.

https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Pumpkin-Patch-childrens-Thanksgiving/dp/1480236675/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course by Rod Ragsdale

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Rod spent 40 years developing and working on golf courses. His son is a golf pro at Disney world. Rod has been showing me how to play golf the last year as well. I illustrate his adventure books. Great for young children 10 and under. Rod has four books in his series now, including a Christmas special new this year 2016… The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course – book four – Golfing with Santa.

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He read the first book at several libraries and showed the children how to putt. They loved golfing at the library.

The Good Earth annual Pooches and Pumpkins Festival. It’s my fourth year.

my artwork. watercolor. I love painting. Very relaxing.

We hope you will go online to amazon and maybe purchase some of our books as Christmas gifts. Thank you for your support.

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Rod and I will be singing and reading our stories at The Arkansas State Convention Center Saturday November 12 for the Holiday House Santa Event from 9-noon, where we will have our Christmas books for sell and will sign autographs.

Also: The Arkansas State Capital Saturday December 3, from 6-8pm for the annual Christmas tree lighting and Santa event. Saturday December 10 at 11:30 at the Maumelle Library. The Clinton Children’s Library Monday December 19 at 11am. Hope to see you there.