MICHEL Country Music Journalist
Texas - Arkansas - Tennessee - Kentucky
Beside looking for our future home site, we spent about two weeks on the road
We arrived in Dallas on August 9, around 2pm. Time enough to spend the evening and the night at
the Fort Worth Stockyards...
... and the Stockyards Hotel
Of course we visited again the White Elephant Saloon for some good Texas Music.
On Thursday, it was time for a trip to Rainbow to attend Raz-on-the-Braz.
It was also coinciding with Terry Rasor's 50th birthday. He and his wife Tana are organizing this event since eleven years.
There were almost thirty artists performing during those three days. A great opportunity to get an impression on Texas Music.
Tommy Alverson wasn't on the lineup, but he still showed up with his steeler: "I'd hate not to be playing here on Terry's birthday".
A big happy family helping each other out on stage.
And, of course, Terry Rasor and friends.
After three days of fun and relaxing we were visiting a few towns to decide for the site of our future business. By Wednesday our decision was firm and it was time to hit the road again.
Caddo Lake, said to be the nicest photo spot in Texas.
The proximity to Louisiana is quite obvious.
Entering Arkansas and on to Hot Springs Natio-nal Park. From the flyer we had, we expected nature trails and waterfalls...
...but all the water is underneath the town and there are just a few spots where it surfaces.The architecture of the town is worth a stroll, though.
On through Arkansas and soon we've crossed the Tennessee State line into Memphis.
It's Beale Street, Music Clubs and...Coyote Ugly.
This is a must see.
Music City USA: Architectural contrasts and...
...Live Music every-where: at Tootsie's,
The Wildhorse Saloon,
...at The Ryman.
Pay a visit to the Charlie Daniels Museum and of course to the...
All the stars, their history, hit records, instruments and much more.
The Wall of Fame and some remarkable statements on Country Music.
When you're in Tennessee, Lynchburg is a must.
The Jack Daniel's distillery - no entrance fee!!!
Rickyard & Fire Engines
Old Jack's well and office
Distilling process takes time
Mellowing even more
into the bottle, labelling, packing, ready to dispatch...
...or stored in hundreds of barrels.
Pigeon Forge was next.
It's all about tourism...and Dolly Parton.
Make sure you see Parrot Mountain..
...and have dinner at the Alabama Grill.
The Smoky Mountains are close by.
So is North Carolina with the Cherokee Indian Reservation.
Old Mingus Mill in the National Park.
Crossing into Kentucky - The Cumberland Falls Park
Caveland is waiting.
Not that "mammoth": the Mammoth Cave National Park.
We got lost on the Lost River...
Historic Route back to Tennessee.
House on the run...
Everything's bigger in Texas.
At Sherwin Phillips' place, Master in cooking and songwriting.
What a great way to celebrate Labor Day and finishing our 2006 tour.
Almost 6'500 miles and 3 cars later, it was time to fly back home.