After a delightful night spent at Guntersville Lake State Park, we got off to Nashville early and with some turmoil as high winds and cold weather were predicted. Irene wisely chose a route avoiding interstate highways with their high speeds and the impact of massive trucks' wakes moving our trailer. The trip traversed lovely countryside in northern Alabama and south-central Tennessee, which, unfortunately, we couldn't really enjoy because of fighting the wind. We were greeted at Two Rivers Campground, our home for the next twelve days, with the news that a freeze warning was predicted requiring us to disconnect our water overnight to avoid damage to the pipes. Our mail arrived at the desk just at the moment we did. We took a brief rest and headed onto the maze of highways surrounding Nashville, a little cranky and encountering the kind of speed and aggressive driving we're generally not accustomed to. Nevertheless, the GPS brought us to the Lovelace Barn right on schedule. We pulled into the parking lot to be greeted by the very fine new wrap on Rhonda Vincent's Martha White Express.
Singer/Songwriter Don Duprie is a Detroit native who sings with a working man's sensitivity to the fears and issues of the times. He sang about losing jobs, the futility of hoping for the union to help solve his problems, and his own propensity to foul things up. His songs, topical, humorous and touching, are delivered in an effective baritone voice accompanied by Ian Crossman on bass.
Doug and Telisha Williams, along with drummer Jake Weinbrenner, make up Wild Ponies, an Americana band with exceptional drive, high emotional content, which develops real interest. Singer/Songwriters who bare their souls with wild abandon, yet enough restraint so their lyrics are intelligible as well as intelligent. Their song "Massey's Run" is a wild, iconic ride around a NACAR track in 1960, wherein Richard Petty ruins the day for a hapless opponent. In their interview with Craig, Doug noted that this song might be the first NASCAR folk song with a rock vibe. For me, who'd never heard of them before, they were the pleasant surprise of the evening.
In a thrilling grand finale, the evening's cast assembled to commemorate Taylor's sixty-sixth birthday by singing his song "Bartender Blues" which was the title song of a George Jones album, . Hearing the blend of Josh Williams' and John Cowan's voices, even among the assembled multitude, stood out in goose-bump style.