Okay okay … so sorry haven’t been here lately … I’ve been on a sort of vacation … okay – a vacation. My 75 year old Mom retired at the end of August, and I am moving her to Colorado. So I flew out to Connecticut, put Mom’s stuff on a truck, put Mom in the car and headed west (not so young man and mom) 😉
We drove south to Frederickburg ,VA and had dinner with an old high school buddy, then drove west to Knoxville TN. What a hell-hole! I got out of the car at the hotel and thought I fell into a lake it was so humid. We went to the local restaurant and had the worst meal of the trip so far …. all attended to by one of the most “I love the Vols, but not more than the Lord… and those boys at the college are ungrateful for all they’re given” racist white women I’ve ever encountered 😦 … no less, about an hour west was the tallest flag pole I’ve ever seen, with the old confederate flag flying high!
There was one VERY VERY cool thing about Knoxville though – sadly. WDVX – http://www.wdvx.com/ …. damn fine Americana radio … totally supported by local underwriting and listener support. Check em out 🙂
Days 3 and 4 were spent in Nashville. WOW!!! Why I never moved there is beyond me. It was HOTTTTTTTTTTTT! and humid. Maybe that’s why???
So hot that Mom spent our second day there in bed from heat exhaustion – while I did the town. Music goes from 11AM to 3AM, seven days a week.
If you’re on Broadway, which is the main drag where all the tourists naturally go, seems like everyone plays for tips or a very very small guaranteed and tips ($30 to $40 a man for a 3 to 4 hour set is about what I was quoted by many). Speaking of … that’s 3 or 4 hours with NO break!!! Breaks are verboten … they drive customers out the door and down the street. Sound systems are made up of 16 channel mix wizards and little else…. and are used by the bands from the side of stage in most cases.
I’m sure I’ll have more later .. that’s it for now.