The New Christy Minstrels®

The world-famous group, The New Christy Minstrels® won a Grammy for their very first album and have Gold Records galore, as well as their Star on the Palm Springs Walk Of Stars. The New Christy Minstrels®, is now officially six dynamic performers strong, each adds a diverse and unique talent to the pool, with the record of 100% standing ovations since the revised line up in 2010. Still performing the folk songs that the audience knows, loves, and sings along as they remember that folk era, those memories of a wonderful time.

The New Christy Minstrels® proudly presents Tholow Chan who sings baritone, and plays bass; Cousin Dave Rainwater (Brenda Lee’s cousin) sings and plays his champion fiddle and mandolin; Greg O’Haver who is the group’s Chief Instrumentalist who sings and plays six-string guitar, twelve-string guitar, and banjo; Uncle Dave Deutschendorf (John Denver’s uncle) who is the booming wonderful low bass voice; Ed Stockton, who sings tenor and plays six-string guitar, and twelve-string guitar; and the newest member, Julianne Theroux (yes, she was named after Randy Sparks’ original song ‘Julianne’) sings and plays guitar.

“We’re still alive, we’re still creative, and still eager to please, so we make a deal with the audience: We’ll do all the old songs you came to hear if you’ll allow just a couple of newer ones,” says the group’s founder/creator Randy Sparks. The same songwriter who penned their hits: Today, Green, Green, Saturday Night, Denver, and Mighty Mississippi, etc.

Randy Sparks is still writing and singing his songs, still the fantastic showman, but not expected to perform with the group which he made famous, as he shall be 86 years old, July 29, 2019. His appearance on stage shall be a delightful surprise to the audience and his musical family, but only at Randy Sparks’ own discretion. His songs and legacy is celebrated by the one and only group in existence: The New Christy Minstrels®. After each concert, please join the group at the autographs tables, so that you can meet the performers, and they can thank you for coming. Available for sale at the concerts are CDs, including their latest CD titled “Nice Time To Be Alive”, as well as their Greatest Hits CD, which includes songs listed above, titled “RECYCLED”.

Meet The Minstrels

Randy Sparks

Founder and Director of the New Christy Minstrels and…
• Discovered and named John Denver.
• Steve Martin became a stand-up comic on my stage.
• Kenny Rogers and the First Edition came out of The NCM.
• Single-handedly rescued the word ‘minstrel’ from the landfill of Political Correctness. Successfully fought Columbia Records who refused to allow “racist word” to be associated with the label.
• Several later-on-important performers got their start with me: Michael Martin Murphey, Michael Johnson, The Hagers, Gary Mule Deer, Richard & Karen Carpenter (they were members of a group billed as The Spectrum, their first job), Michael Nesmith (sent him on the interview for The Monkees), Barry McGuire, of course, Gene Clark (later of The Byrds), The Back Porch Majority (originally The NCM ‘farm-team’), George McKelvey (big in Denver forever), etc. • Performed at Carnegie Hall.
• Wrote JFK’s favorite song, ‘Last Farewell,’ and that earned us our first invitation to The White House.
• Discovered by Bob Hope (at The Blue Angel in NYC), toured with him.
• Was Burl Ives’ writer & opening act in concert for more than thirty years, and he was my dearest friend. As I serve as custodian for nearly all of the Ives memorabilia, recently created a mobil museum, and shared it with family and friends on his 109th birthday (June 14th) at Newton, Illinois, Burl’s hometown.
• There’s a dentist in Cincinnati, OH, who loves my song ‘Today’ so much that he has the lyrics written on the ceiling of his office
• Owned a huge cattle ranch with Tennessee Ernie Ford, and worked with him quite often.
• My trio (RS3) was the first folk act to work the Vegas strip.
• Gave Tony Bennett his first (and likely only) guitar lesson.
• ‘Mama Cass’ Eliot and David Crosby still owe me money.
• Was Phyllis Diller’s opening act the first time she ever walked onstage, anywhere.
• Served as Maya Angelou’s opening act and personal bongo player.
• Was Lenny Bruce’s opening act and he became one of my dear friends, but never bothered me with his many problems.
• Was Jonathan Winters’ long-time friend and opening act.

BECKY JO BENSON
BECKY JO BENSONNCM Road Manager
After 22 years with the group playing the banjo, guitar, ukulele, accordion, tambourine and singing soprano vocals, on May 1, 2019, Becky Jo left the stage to be The NCM road manager handling contracts and logistics.
THOLOW CHAN
THOLOW CHANBass, Vox, Barritone
The New Christy Minstrels proudly introduces Tholow Chan who plays the bass and sings baritone.
DAVE RAINWATER
DAVE RAINWATERFiddle, Mandolin, Singer
The New Christy Minstrels proudly introduces Cousin Dave Rainwater who plays the mandolin, fiddle as well as sings.
DAVE DEUTSCHENDORF
DAVE DEUTSCHENDORFBass Singer
The New Christy Minstrels proudly introduces Uncle Dave Deutschendorf who provides the booming wonderful low bass vocal.
ED STOCKTON
ED STOCKTON6 String, 12 String Guitar, Singer
The New Christy Minstrels proudly introduces Ed Stockton who sings and plays the 6 and 12 string guitar.
GREG O'HAVER
GREG O'HAVER6 String, 12 String GUtar, Banjo,, Singer
The New Christy Minstrels proudly introduces Greg O’Haver, our primary instrumentalist who plays the 6 and 12 string guitar, the banjo and sings.
JULIANNE THEROUX
JULIANNE THEROUXGuitar, Singer
The New Christy Minstrels proudly introduces our newest member Julianne Theroux who was named after Randy Sparks’ original song “Julianne”. She sings and plays the guitar.

From California to the New York island, Randy Sparks and The New Christy Minstrels continue to perform for welcome audiences.

The world-famous folk band, The New Christy Minstrels, won a Grammy for their very first album and have numerous Gold Records. They were honored with a Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. The New Christy Minstrels is now officially seven dynamic performers strong, each adding a diverse and unique talent to the mix, with the record of 100% standing ovations since the current line up re-formed in 2010. The band still performs the folk songs that the audience knows, loves, and sings along with as they remember that wonderful, magical folk era.

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