Asheville NC to Bristol VA/TN
Sep17

Asheville NC to Bristol VA/TN

12 September 2016 Bristol VA/TN So, two nights in West Asheville.  Not much going on there it seems. But that, dear reader, is not why I am here.  Nor am I here because of the Rodeway Inn, (which looks good in the light of Extended Stay America, but in no other way).  It all served a purpose, though, a bed during a busy time between two festivals – Black Mountain and Mountain Song.  Both highly rewarding and in the most...

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Louisville to Asheville to Black Mountain
Sep14

Louisville to Asheville to Black Mountain

  10 September 2016 Asheville North Carolina It was a drivin’ day, no two ways about it. The schedule for the day was a 5 to 6 hour drive from Louisville KY to Asheville NC, drop off my luggage, have a short rest (hopefully) and make my way for twenty minutes to the Pisgah Brewery, Black Mountain and the Todd Snider East Nashville Revue. The first act was at 5.00 pm, so time was on the wing. I got away from my (way-too)...

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Bill Monroe
Sep10

Bill Monroe

8 September 2016 Louisville Kentucky Bill Monroe is the father of bluegrass. Mandolinist, singer, songwriter, band leader.  A star of the Grand Ole Opry for over fifty years and a recording artist for more than forty years.  The first person to be inducted into The International Bluegrass Hall of Fame.  He has also been inducted into two other Halls of Fame – Country and Rock and Roll.  He was presented with the National Medal...

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The International Bluegrass Music Museum
Sep10

The International Bluegrass Music Museum

7 September 2016 Owensboro Kentucky I was staying at Central City as it was the base for two important musical discoveries – one today and one tomorrow. Today’s highlight was a visit to Owensboro, fifty minutes due north, across The Green River.  Owensboro is on the impressive Ohio River and has a population of around 60,000.  The River is unofficially part of the famed Mason-Dixon Line which, at this point, separates the...

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My Day in Louisville KY 
Sep10

My Day in Louisville KY 

.   9 September 2016 Louisville Kentucky It was an inauspicious introduction to downtown Louisville.  I found the nearest Walgreens for some supplies and the lady had great trouble in understanding me! She seemed emphatic that I wanted to dye my hair.  I resisted stoutly. Now the reason I am here is for a Chris Stapleton concert tonight.  It is being held at Waterfront Park, which appears to be a park on...

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Welcome To Kentucky
Sep10

Welcome To Kentucky

6 September 2016 Central City Kentucky  Time to get outta Nashville.  I’ll be back in two weeks, for a bumper Americana Festival time, so I need to move to other things. Now, today I remembered that I had a sheet music book, containing The Monkees‘ many big hits.  This is going way back, black and white photos and probably a spin-off from their very successful TV series.  There were stories about how they were the first...

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