Country and gospel music legend Rusty Golden, who was sent packing back to the USA after flying into Bahrain due to a visa mix-up, has returned to the kingdom this week to a warm welcome and a VIP reception.
After news of the airport calamity appeared in the GDN, communication with government officials followed and the star was all set to make the trip again when his mother was suddenly diagnosed with cancer.
He described it as a ‘blessing in disguise’ and was able to concentrate on family matters before returning to Bahrain on a fifth annual musical adventure.
“After the visa problem back in late July, the authorities here flew into overdrive to make sure that it didn't tarnish the love I have for this wonderful, beautiful kingdom.
“Then it was revealed that God had the whole thing planned out for me to return home and be with my mother, Frogene.
“When word came that she had been rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, both my brothers were on tour so it was easily decided that I would head back to her house to do whatever I could.”
Family and friends rallied round when treatment started.
“Whether it was making sure she made all of her chemotherapy treatments and doctors’ appointments, to trying to make sure she stayed hydrated and fed,” explained Rusty.
“These two things, which most people take for granted, become extremely challenging for those affected by cancer and its treatment."
“Days turned into weeks and months which reminds me of the old saying: ‘If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans’!
“All during this time, the same Bahraini authorities were sending me messages to check on my mother and to let me know that, although I was missed in what has become a second home for me, they reminded me that family is everything and that my return tickets would be waiting for me whenever I felt the time was right.
“So once I knew that she would be back home from hospital and, after talking to my Mom, I was ready to return this week.
“Please continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers. If that sounds too cliche for some of you, just think about us with positive vibes or whatever you want to call it.
“We certainly appreciate your concern and support.”
Rusty, Chris and Craig are the sons of William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys, a multi-million record selling country act.
During his time with family, Rusty has also written and recorded new songs, watched his father’s band record material for their new Christmas album and watch them headline a Grand Ole Opry show.
He also performed with his brother Chris at his annual sold out ‘Family & Friends' concert at the Palace Theatre in Gallatin.
During his trips to Bahrain, Rusty regularly sets the stage alight at Big Texas Barbeque & Waffle House inside Best Western Plus - The Olive Hotel in Juffair, helps local acts with recording and performing guidance, as well as playing and singing at Friday gospel services at the US naval facility.
He has 'exciting musical projects' planned during his current stay in Bahrain which will be announced shortly.