Singer Told Of Roads That Led To ‘Drugs Or Jesus’

Abby Ward displays her award-winning poster at the Fools’ Day Fun event this past Saturday.

Abby Ward displays her award-winning poster at the Fools’ Day Fun event this past Saturday.


Throughout our lives, each of us face a multitude of difficult choices. If we make good choices, life is good. But if we choose the wrong fork in the road, our life’s journey is often filled with potholes and even life-threatening.

When we are young and in our impressionable years, making good choices can be a very difficult challenge. We want to fit in, be accepted by our friends and follow along with the crowd.

Last Saturday, in the Payson High School “old” gym, the Community Prevention Council held its annual Fools’ Day Fun. The festivities brought awareness to the problem of underage use of alcohol and drugs and the consequences of making poor choices.

In 2005, this week’s music trivia artist, released the song, “Drugs or Jesus,” which told the story of the two main roads in his small hometown. One road led to drugs and self-destruction, the result of making poor choices. The other road led the traveler to Jesus, peace of mind and a good life.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the country music superstar who recorded the hit, “Drugs or Jesus”? Is this artist A) Kenny Chesney, B) Tim McGraw, C) Martina McBride or D) Deb Shewey?

This singer/songwriter/guitarist/actor broke through to stardom with the artist’s second album, “Not A Moment Too Soon,” which became the best-selling country album of 1994. The album’s first single, “Indian Outlaw,” caused considerable controversy, as critics argued that it presented Native Americans in a patronizing way. Some radio stations refused to play it, but the controversy helped spur sales and the song became this artist’s first top 10 country single.

On that same album, this country music artist achieved a No. 1 hit with “Don’t Take The Girl.” To date, this singer has produced over 20 chart-topping hits, including “Something Like That” (1999), “Live Like You Were Dying” (2004) and “Southern Voice,” which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart just two months ago.

This week, if you are caller number four and have the correct answer, you’ll win complimentary breakfast or lunch for two from Laura’s Small Café, courtesy of new owner, Laura Seeley-Beall. The Small Café — where the atmosphere is cozy and the food is down-home delicious!

Now, let’s check out how we did with our last music trivia question, which asked you to match three well-known country female artists with their “bed” hits.

In January 1978, Loretta Lynn’s “Out Of My Head And Into My Bed” was a No. 1 hit on Billboard’s country music chart. In the fall of that same year, Barbara Mandrell topped the chart with “Sleeping Single In A Double Bed.” Shania Twain scored a top 15 hit in 1995 with “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under.”

Congratulations to our latest music trivia winner, Rochelle Hitzhusen, who won a $25 gift card to the Payson Galleria, courtesy of owners, Darren and Carrie Rhea.

A little about Rochelle: She was born and raised in Columbia, Mo., which is located just about smack dab in the middle of the “Show Me” state.

Rochelle was introduced to her husband, Ben, through a blind date, set up by her best friend. The foursome attended a Smothers Brothers concert and had the good fortune to meet and spend time, following the show, with Tommy Smothers.

As we all know, blind dates can be a very chancy thing. I asked Rochelle if it was love at first sight on the couple’s initial date. She coyly responded, “Well, for Ben it was.”

Apparently, though, it didn’t take too long for Ben to “grow on” Rochelle, as the two were married just six months later. Now, the couple is just three short years away from celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. They have three adult children.

In 1973, Rochelle and Ben moved from Missouri to Queen Creek, where Rochelle worked primarily as a professional tax preparer.

On Independence Day, 1982, the twosome moved to Lower Round Valley, just south of Payson, where they have settled in to their retired life. Rochelle enjoys reading, trail riding her horses, hiking and taking care of their animals.

Both classic and contemporary country music are Rochelle’s favorite music genres. She especially enjoys listening to Carrie Underwood, Conway Twitty and Garth Brooks.

Lastly, you can check out new pictures that I have just added to my Web site — from last week’s Fools’ Day Fun and also from the recent Michelle Vanderbyl benefit at the Butcher Hook in Tonto Basin.

DJ Craig

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