Tag Archives: Tennessee

He was a “char-actuh” – remembering Dr. John

About 5:15 Thursday afternoon, June 6, 2019, I was listening to Nashville’s fine Americana radio station WMOT FM and noticed that a Dr. John song was playing. I’ve heard Dr. John on that station many times before and was happy … 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 every summer as tomatoes, green … Continue reading

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Playing Guy Clark’s guitars

On a September morning in 2013, I found myself in the home of a hero. I had come to Guy Clark’s house to interview him for a column in 2nd & Church, a quarterly literary magazine published for several years … Continue reading

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In reverence of reverie

Are “devices” “the vices” of our age? No. It is our dependence upon anything with a screen that seems to make them so. As an independent career person, I strive to  to lead a balanced life between personal happiness and … Continue reading

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Tracks

  The memorial service at a little West Tennessee country church was followed by fried chicken, green beans and potato salad. Mixed in between the homemade banana bread and sweet tea were, “It’s good to see you,” “How have you … Continue reading

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To do: 1-meet Jimmy Dean. 2-do laundry.

The apartment I rented when I moved to Nashville in 1987 was high on a hill in a complex surrounded by beautiful trees. I was fortunate because mine was on the hill side of the highest point in the complex. … Continue reading

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Two-lane silence

It is a silence you can almost feel. A winter night on Tennessee State Highway 13 lends itself to quiet during the ride from Linden to Waverly. After three hours of hearing my own voice and guitar through a PA … Continue reading

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