Tag Archives: Pascagoula

October 18: Dewey’s Tune

Railroad Man October 18, 1900: My grandfather’s birthday.  It was just a few months after legendary  railroad engineer Casey Jones was killed in a train wreck and later immortalized  in song.  My grandfather, George Dewey Pittman, became a railroad man, … Continue reading

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Birthday 335

Reflecting on my birthday this year found me remembering my favorite of them all. In 1996, for my fortieth birthday, I was surprised by my wonderful wife, Gail, and friends with the gift of the cherry-red Gibson ES-335 electric guitar … Continue reading

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Kristofferson IV

September 13, 2014, for the fourth time since 1977, I saw Kris Kristofferson in concert. Truly a man who needs no introduction, he walked on stage with his guitar over his shoulder, smiled at the thunderous applause reverberating through the … Continue reading

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One shirt, with pedigree

The blue embroidered guitars with gold wings seemed to fly off the shirt in Lansky Brothers at the Peabody straight to me. I could almost hear some heavenly Memphis guitar licks as I viewed them on the shirt’s black background. … Continue reading

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My life at the Peabody

AUGUST 1, 2013-MEMPHIS, TN: LES KERR’S LIFE FLASHES BEFORE HIS EYES. That’s the way I felt sitting in the Lobby Bar of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. I was there with my wife, Gail, celebrating our anniversary. We were … Continue reading

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Pickin’, shellin’ and tellin’

“Make sure they’re not too soft, boy. I don’t want tomato juice all over the backseat of my Buick.” My first lesson in choosing tomatoes, around 1972. I think about those words from my grandfather this time of year as … Continue reading

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Pickin’ for American Pickers

When I walked into Nashville’s Antique Archaeology store to perform for the first time, I felt as if I were walking into an episode of American Pickers, the History Channel TV series. Makes perfect sense. Antique Archaeology is one of … Continue reading

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