03) Been Gone A Long Time - Wally O'Donald and SingAkadamie
Been Gone a Long Time

Share America Foundation, Inc.
Release: May 16, 2019
Crimson Records

Been Gone A Long Time – Wally O’Donald (3:41)

Songwriters: Tommy Lee Scott
Publisher and PRO: Katona Publishing Co./ASCAP

Wally O'Donald: Lead Vocal and Guitar
Randall Franks: Fiddle
Warren Carnes: Acoustic Guitar
Tyler West: Electric Guitar
Colton Brown: Harmonica
Ryan Stinson: Piano
Drew Sherrill: Acoustic Bass
Tim Witt: Steel Guitar
Trevor Holder: Banjo
Colton Brown: Drums
SingAkadamie directed by Sheri Thrower including Jacob Trotter, Grant Lewellen, Nicholas Hickman, Lilly York, Haleigh Grey, Kayla Starks, Chelsea Brewster,and Logan Lynne: Background Vocals

Wally O'Donald, 11, attends Ringgold Middle School and he lives in Ringgold, Ga. He has played guitar and sang since the age of four. He has performed as a regular at the Ringgold Opry for six years and the 1890s Day Jamboree and has competed at the Great Southern Old Time Fiddler's Convention in the Song category every year since he was five.

“It was really cool to be in a recording studio and see all of the equipment. I didn’t know before how much time it takes to record a song. I am grateful though for the opportunity.” Wally O'Donald

"In the 1950s, Country/Western Music Pioneer and Film star Ramblin' Tommy Scott wrote a whimsical rockabilly love lament "Been Gone a Long Time" spinning the song around classic nursery rhyme characters such as Little Bo Peep, Old Mother Hubbard and others. When our youngest singer Wally O'Donald joined the project, I thought it would be a perfect song that people would love to hear him sing." Randall Franks

Producer: Randall Franks
Associate Producer: Ryan Stinson
Studio and Mastering Engineers: Tim L. Witt, Witt Studios, Rocky Face, Ga., and Bradley Powell, Ringgold, Ga.
Associate Engineers: Randall Franks and Ryan Stinson

The Share America Foundation, Inc., a 501-C-3 of Georgia, which fosters the arts and preserves the history of Appalachia while presenting the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship annually to youth who continue traditional music styles of Appalachia. The organization hosts special events and creates projects that perpetuate the Appalachian experience.

It operates with a five-member volunteer board, and a task force of volunteers. The organization has assisted 28 college scholars thus far and numerous other youth in aspiring towards their musical goals through entertainer mentors, live performances, and creating opportunities for learning and success.

The music featured on this project is distributed to
radio stations thanks to a Round Up Grant from the North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation Foundation, the Kiwanis Club of Ringgold and the Wes and Shirley Smith Charitable Endowment.

Monies raised from the CD benefit the Share America Foundation, Inc. and its Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship. The project is distributed by Crimson Records.

Learn more or donate at www.ShareAmericaFoundation.org.