Introducing a truly great entertainer who recorded his first yodel song in the early 70's
following a year of training under the renowned opera instructor, Dr. Jean Wardian, Head
of the Gonzaga University Music Department in Spokane, Washington.
release after signing with MGM records was "She Taught Me How To Yodel".
This song reached the "Top Ten" world wide within a month. This release
was followed with "Yodel Sweet Molly", "Cattle Call" and
"Cannonball Yodel" all three making the charts. In 1976 "Going Home" a
song he wrote, went "Top Ten" in Canada and had the biggest reaction ever for a
Country song in that country. He was "Top Pick" in Billboard Magazine, and
considered a virtuoso in yodeling; "The Best" by the Gavin Report.
Rod has made many TV appearances and was on WSM's Ralph Emery Show, as well as Paul
Harvey's "The Rest Of The Story". He was on the MGM Show in Nashville, and
toured the Southeastern States with Grandpa Jones, Stringbean and others from the Grand
Ole Opery. Other stars he worked with include Tammy Wynette, Marty Robbins, Bill
Anderson, Mel Tillis, George Jones, Lefty Frizzel, Jerry Lee Lewis and many more.
For over 25 years Rod and Nancy owned the Fireside Lodge, a B&B, Restaurant, RV Park and Recording
Studio in Spirit Lake, Idaho.
And now Rod and Nancy's dream of converting the historic Fireside
Lodge site into a city park on Spirit Lake will become reality. In
late 2012, The Spirit Lake Urban Renewal Agency purchased the property
on the mill pond.
Rod and Nancy wish to thank all their loyal friends who have
joined them at the Lodge over the years and invite you to check
out Rod's touring schedule.
After a brief illness, Rod passed away from a brain tumor on
April 14th, 2015. He will be missed.