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Nashville, 2009- The Show

Nashville, 2009- The Show

We love going to Nashville- we get to hang out in a room full of guitars and rock stars and since I'll never open up for Metallica, this is the closest thing to it. Now, let's get it on.....

  • Photo 1. The place where the Amigos put on the Nashville show is the site of an old, 1800's donkey processing farm. After the Civil War ended, carpetbaggers from the North would come down South and prey on the war- ravaged, Southern landowners by buying up their land and homes for literally pennies on the dollar. To combat this, every hotel, inn and restaurant south of the Mason- Dixon line began serving these wily wheeler- dealers donkey meat whenever they would order a steak or a hamburger. At first, the effects were subtle, but after a few weeks of eating donkey T-bones, donkey rib-eyes, donkey burgers and get this, "donkey New York strips", these poor carpetbaggers and their families ran, not walked back to their homes in the North. Now, folks may tell you that New York city has 10 million inhabitants because it's the "cool place to be", but if you ask any home- grown Southern boy why it's so crowded, they'll tell you it's because we forgot to tell all those carpetbaggers that you ain't supposed to eat donkeys....
  • Photo 2. This is one of the bass players that got me through high school. Mr. Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick recorded that seminal rock record, "Live at Budokan" and I still have and play several copies to this day. He's one of the nicest cats you'll ever meet and always has time to stop by for a quick chat, especially when it comes to basses. They're coming to Atlanta in the fall and as a surprise, I'm going to fill Lakewood Amphitheatre up with about 10,000.00 screaming Japanese teenage girls and see if the boys have a flashback. That ought to be a riot....
  • Photo 3. How do you get a picture of one of the most powerful men in the guitar industry to strike this pose? We told him that this was the "secret Elk handshake" and if he didn't do it, we'd switch all the dealer signs at the Dallas Guitar Show next month. Ladies and Gentlemen, the proof is definitely in the pudding.....
  • Photo 4. This fellow walked into the show on Saturday and first of all, he's 6' 5". Then, he says he's with the country superstar act, Brooks and Dunn. Now, since I'm 5' 8" tall, I didn't believe a word of it and walked right up to him and asked him for somer ID. Sure enough, his driver's license said Ronnie Dunn and so I asked him if he played bass or lead. Believe me, there will be no backstage passes for us when they come to town. I guess that's what happens when a midget argues with a country star's chest.....

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