THE QUEST FOR REAL COUNTRY MUSIC

Inspired by the writings and the road trips of Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, and Jack Kerouac, Blake journeys to the birthplace of American Country Music in the heart of Appalachia. Traveling on to Nashville and back home, he chronicles Country Music’s tide-turning revolution and meets the folks who honour the genre’s traditions and quality. A trilogy with a blog-based narrative, Blake’s quest comes complete with live music reviews, travel anecdotes, personal struggles and interviews with a multitude of characters all sharing their stories.

 

III-8. Tim Easton – The Well-Traversed Time Traveler

Bidez is quick to strip the stage after silently assuring his guitar channel is muted through eye contact with the sound technician. His twelve-string hoisted, pulling the guitar cable and draping it over the adjustment knob on the microphone's boom stand. The...

III-7. Reuben Bidez – The Twelve-String Chevalier

As a basement is expected, it's at the bottom. An entrance off the back end of the Grimey's record store. I deke through smokers with my best of manners catching looks like I clearly am not from the scene. My most comfortable outfit completed with a silk neckerchief...

III-6. Meeting Gillian Welch & The Appreciation for a Good Body High

Gillian is benevolent. I back away from the opening door, her cheeks raise to moon the bottoms of her eyelids as her mouth breaks. Her smile takes me to promotional shots seen throughout the years and I am struck. Wireless glasses and silver hair pulled into a loose...

III-4. The Gentrification of East Nashville

Robyn Hitchcock has successfully flown under my radar for 33 years. How I have missed this Wonder is beyond me. He's a Dylan/Lennon fistfight on mushrooms who has mastered the art of using his sinuses as reverb chambers. Familiar, but feeling like I've discovered the...

III-3. A Muffler Man, A Horseman, and a South Kentucky Sunset, Man

I exit Carrington's new round-about headed straight south. Advertised coming into town, the Chieftain Conference Center is just over the tracks and guarded by an twenty-four foot fiberglass statue, arm extended. The "muffler man" craze of the 1960's gave International...

III-2. The Star Card

Coincidently, I have yet to eat and am again driving through Carrington, North Dakota. Crossing the American border at Northgate, both last fall and a few hours ago, I've spent a collective time of no more than two minutes in conversation with the crossing guards. A...

War on Truth: The Importance of Real Country Music

Why Country Music? This was the question I continuously asked myself. With every mile driven and word written - why was I so passionate about the state of a genre of music? My Quest had the odd political understudy popping up as I was interacting with people of...

III-1. A Commitment To The Muse

In mid August of last year a tension found its way into my mornings. I'd wake at an early set alarm in an attempt to get a head start on the day, my routine consisted of a half-pot of coffee and one of five or six books I was ingesting simultaneously. Having just...

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