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Cruz Contreras Live
Sep21

Cruz Contreras Live

Read our review of Cruz Contreras live in Bristol VA/TN   Birthplace of Country Music Theatrette Bristol VA/TN – TriFest Music Tour 20 September 2018   Words – Rob Dickens Images – Jim Jacob   Front man of the alt.country outfit The Black Lillies Cruz Contreras is not only that.  For quite some time he has been the ONLY man that has enabled a continuous thread as the band has evolved significantly in recent times....

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Outlaws and Earls – Day 5 in Nashville
Sep21

Outlaws and Earls – Day 5 in Nashville

Read about our day five at Americana Festival in Nashville The day I met dobro maestro Jerry Douglas. Today (Thursday 18 September) started with another walk through Music Row, past the recording studios and music business offices.  We came upon RCA Studio B where numerous hit recordings were made by Elvis Presley and many others.   Our destination this morning is the Soulshine Pizza Factory where Canadian indie label Six Shooter...

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Farewell To Memphis And Memphians
Sep16

Farewell To Memphis And Memphians

Read about our last day in Memphis as part of our music travels     This morning we leave Memphis – four days here on this my third visit to this music-history-drenched town alongside the Mississippi River. This would have to be my most enjoyable stay here.  To go to Levitt Shell where Elvis first performed, to see the wonderful Black Lillies, to meet Wayne Jackson and to be invited back to his and Amy’s home and...

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Ducks And Rock n Roll
Sep14

Ducks And Rock n Roll

Read about our music travels in Memphis with The Black Lillies & ducks I am writing this article outside my motel room on the concrete path and under the stairwell leading to the second floor.  As soon as I step into our room, the Wi-Fi tends to have to rely on the two rats and wheel in the lobby, chasing the piece of stale Jack cheese.  Hopefully this will avoid the bloggus interruptus of yesterday. After the brilliance of last...

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Give Me Memphis Tennessee
Sep13

Give Me Memphis Tennessee

Read about our music travels and return to Memphis Tennessee An uneventful morning. We bade a fond farewell to the wonderful Shack Up Inn. Heading into Clarksdale one last time, Sandra needed some cash so we insisted she use a drive-thru banking facility rather than have anyone get out of the car and walk (perish the thought).  Breakfast at Yazoo Pass again (yes we are creatures of habit, but it has good, healthy food, is clean, cool...

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