Country Music Roots in Middle Tennessee – Hawthorn Hill State Historic Site

In the days of tearing down historic sites, toppling historic statues and trying to rewrite history, it was so fulfilling to come together and dedicate the birthplace and boyhood home of Doctor Humphrey Bate, founder of The Possum Hunters and first String Band to broadcast, in 1925, on what was then called the “Hayride”, before the name was changed to “Grand Ole Opry” in 1927. We had a great turnout, with some of the Bate … CONTINUE READING

Staley Walton, the first guitar player on the Opry

  The old man was cold, on this December day, even in his long johns and wool socks, under his old bib overalls, he just couldn’t seem to get warm anymore. His old house, which started out being a log cabin that somebody built back before the War For Southern Independence, had been closed in with rough cut lumber, through the years, but the cold wind still found the holes and cracks, and sometimes, of … CONTINUE READING