Tuesday, May 3, 2016

     GOT A TASTE FOR SOME COUNTRY COOKIN'? How about some good ol' country and bluegrass music to go along with that great cookin' that many of us grew up on? You probably grew up on country-fried steak (and gravy), fried catfish, fried okra, beans, taters, and cornbread from a black cast-iron skillet. If you didn't, you should have! You missed some fine eatin'!
     All of that, plus the music, is still going strong at the legendary BROOKS SHAW'S OLD COUNTRY STORE in CASEY JONES VILLAGE, Jackson, TN, just off I-40 eastbound at exit 82-A. Right there, every Thursday night, there's country cooking in the main restaurant and in the charming annex called THE DIXIE CAFE. The Dixie Café has added a stage, a few tables and a mix of chairs, and local bluegrass and country music players show up to eat first (always important!) and then they climb onto the stage or sit in chairs around the edges of the stage stage, and it becomes a "country-dog good time" for the next few hours. Skill level doesn't matter all that much. The point is that everybody has a good time.
     The JACKSON AREA PLECTRAL SOCIETY musicians gather all over the Old Country Store to while away the hours every Thursday. They can be seen in the Dixie Café, in the old-fashioned ice cream parlor, outdoors in bunches, and even in the train museum across the parking lot. See the home of Casey Jones, see train memorabilia inside the train museum, and just enjoy a step back in time when trains were THE method of getting from here to there.
     On a recent trip to Jackson, we stopped in to listen and take pictures of the goings-on in the Dixie Café. We jotted down a bunch of names of the musicians and some of the songs they sang during the evening. We saw Joe and Sue Bone, Marilyn and Coley Graves, Don and Monda Horne, Wanda Davis, Pat Knight, Don Gentry, Joe Cupp, Jimmy Skiles, Fate Britt, Steve Benson, Paul Jackson, and Ricky Locke. Apologies to those whose names I missed. 
Players in the Dixie Café, Jackson, TN, April 28, 2016
Players and fans in the Dixie Café, Jackson, TN, April 28, 2016
      We heard so many songs that we can't remember them all, but here are some tunes you may remember from another day and time: You Are My Flower, Touched by the Blood of the Lord, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Who Will Watch the Home Place, Little White Church, Just Over in the Glory Land, The Way I Am, Worried Man Blues, This Little Light of Mine, Blue Ridge Mountain Blues, Red Wing, Blue Ridge Mountain Home, Unclouded Day, I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name, Cryin' My Heart Out Over You, Where the Soul Never Dies, Bile 'Em Cabbage Down, Ashokan Farewell, Rank Strangers, Somebody Touched Me, I'll Fly Away, Do Lord, This Little Light of Mine, Red River Valley, Where the Arkansas River Leaves Oklahoma, Old Joe Clark, and All the Good Times Are Past and Gone.
     Join the fans and musicians any Thursday evening around 6:00 PM Central at the Dixie Café inside or on the outside of The Old Country Store in Jackson, TN, taste the great Southern cookin' that the store is known for, and stick around for a little bluegrass and country music. You will leave feeling much better than when you came in!
Pick away!
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