Monthly Archives: January 2012

Beware The Coconut Palms

By Jim Hornsby… As winter’s chill settles into the area, many will head south to vacation in the sun. And while I don’t want to dampen that spirit, I have become aware of information that suggests an under-reported danger to beach vacationers, and I feel an obligation to pass along the facts as they came to me: palm trees are killing people. Continue Reading

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Hamper McBee

By Jim Hornsby… As a native Tennessean, I am somewhat embarrassed to say that when my friend, Brian Buchanan, asked me to do an article on Hamper McBee, I didn’t really know who he was talking about. To orient me, Brian loaned me three items from his substantial collection of Americana: 1) the 1978 documentary film, “Raw Mash”; 2) an original LP entitled “Raw Mash/Songs & Stories of Hamper McBee“ issued by Rounder Records as a follow-up to the film; and 3) the new CD “Hamper McBee: Cumberland Moonshiner”, a Spring Fed Records reissue of an out-of-print LP originally released by Prestige/Folklore in 1964. Continue Reading

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How Love Saved The Ryman

By Charmaine Lanham… My first job in Nashville was as secretary to George Gruhn at GTR (now Gruhn Guitars) located in its original building across from the old Hatch Show Prints building on 4th Avenue North. My husband worked there too. The GTR shop backed up to the Ryman Auditorium, and as GTR employees we could simply show up at the famous backstage door on almost any weekend and were permitted entrance. We were pretty much given free range by the longtime guards, Mr. Bell and Mr. Van Dame. Continue Reading

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Barcelona: City of Art

By Sue Gazell… I have been so fortunate to visit Barcelona twice in my life. The first time, in 2009, my husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary by spending a month in this enchanting city. We rented an apartment in the gothic section off the lower Rambla, the main boulevard that runs from the ocean for about a mile to Placa Catalunya, the central hub of the city. Continue Reading

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Dairy of A Mad Runner

By Lilly Hsu… The arrival of the New Year inspires people to make resolutions for better behavior — to quit smoking, to read more books, to be a better spouse. My resolution is to be a less obsessed runner. I have been a long distance half marathon and marathon runner for several years. Ideally, my goal is to run 30 to 35 miles a week, with specific runs such as speed work, hill repeats and long distance to increase speed and endurance Continue Reading

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Starr Messick: Table Art at Taps & Tapas

By Jim Hornsby… The Belcourt Taps & Tapas in Hillsboro Village is a great little bar; the food, drinks and live music there make it a top-of-the-line destination. But the thing that really grabs me is that it is a work of art – literally – all painted by Nashville artist Starr Messick. Continue Reading

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Whoop-Dee-Doo Holiday Cheer

By Diane Sesler… Friday, December 25, 2011. It’s a Holiday…it’s a Holiday….whoop-dee-doo. I ride on this road every Christmas. It’s called Hope. My heart longs to see a peaceful time with my relatives. My vision is filled with mushy love and laughter. Happy, happy, happy! But, I get lost and my detour takes me to the Highway to Hell. Continue Reading

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Martin Fisher, Historic Audio Collector

by Jim Hornsby… Martin Fisher is curator and manager of the audio collections at the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University. He cares for approximately 180,000 recorded items at the Center, and in addition, he has a private collection of approximately 75,000 items. His most active hobby is field recording. Continue Reading

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