Book Report May 2, 2023
Hey Guys & Dolls, First report from the road …. Met up with my Buddy Todd Albright in Johnson City, Tennessee at The Down Home… a great club I first played back in The early 70’s….. Ed Snodderly, a fine songwriter & picker has been there since the beginning, now the solo owner of this still very important venue…. “Back in the day”, Doc Watson, Billy Joe Shaver, John Lee Hooker, Keith Whitley who fronted JD Crowe & The New South and many others appeared there !
We had a large time with old & new friends before taking to the road in our Sprinters heading East and spending the night at the Flying J Truck Stop on I-81…
Next day we stopped in Bristol TN/VA…visiting The Birthplace Of Country Music Museum where The Carter Family & Jimmie Rodgers first recorded back in 1927.
An amazing exhibit, not to be missed! Movies, guitars posters, they had it all …
Next adventure carried us South to Mt. Airy NC the town of course that became Mayberry, Andy Griffith was born and raised there… great museum there for fans of The Andy Griffith show and a visit to Floyd’s barbershop and all that kind of stuff…. And they even have a museum for Eng & Chang, the original Siamese twins who settled there and marrying sisters an having 20 children! More info on the internet…. You can’t make this stuff up ….
In the Next Book Report I’ll tell you all about Merlefest where we headed after Mayberry….
Bye For Now, The Book