Tennessean was the original ‘Roy D. Mercer’

July 31, 2008

Roy D. Mercer is a persona made famous by Brent Douglas and Phil Stone, morning DJs at WMOD in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The act consists of ‘Mercer’ called some poor soul, using information supplied by a friend or relative, and complaining about some consumer-related issue and making a request to be compensated with cash. When the person refuses to agree, Mercer issues a series of threats, most involving “an ass-whuppin.'”

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Robert Plant on East Tennessee tourism

July 24, 2008

In an interview in Nashville Scene, Robert Plant talks about Cumberland Gap and other places he’s seen in Tennessee and in the South. Writer Rob Trucks quotes Plant as saying: “You know, this motel where I just pulled in to talk to you, there’s a jacket on the wall where the guy’s granddaddy who owns the place got shot by the sheriff for his moonshine thing. And it’s a little valley off the Cumberland Gap, and it’s still all there. It’s grandfathers, grandparents—it’s frontier stuff. And some of the songs that we visit, the performances, you know, it’s all about beginnings.”

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Daily Yonder features Knoxville’s WDVX

July 24, 2008

In an outstanding piece, the Daily Yonder website takes a look at WDVX, the East Tennessee radio station that began its life in a camper and now has its studios in the Knoxville welcome center on Gay Street. The station not only plays wonderful roots music, but holds free, noontime concerts every weekday featuring local bands and big-time country music folk who are passing through. I saw Del McCoury one day there, and the place was packed. Marty Stuart has played there as well.

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Thank God for Mississippi and pass the fried chicken!

July 18, 2008

When I was growing up, I used to hear “Thank God for Mississippi!” for keeping Tennessee off the bottom of various lists: school funding et cetera. Now we have to thank the Magnolia State for keeping Tennessee from the top of the Most Obese State list.

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Allan Benton on country ham and bacon

July 16, 2008

Here’s a wonderful video interview with Madisonville’s Allen Benton, whose country ham, prosciutto, and bacon have graced the menus of fine restaurants from coast to coast as well as iron skillets at daybreak in countless homes.

This blog is part of a much larger website, also entitled Tennessee Guy, that contains travel and cultural information about Tennessee. Visit it here.


The Panama Canal and J. Bazzel Mull

July 11, 2008

A new book tells the story of the Panama Canal treaties yet omits one of the more unlikely participants in that controversy, a Knoxville-based blind Baptist gospel disk jockey named J. Bazzel Mull. Therein lies a tale.

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Carter Fold carries on

July 11, 2008

Amid the summer of gasoline shortages and and hard times, the Carter Family Fold of Hiltons, Virginia–just across the state line from Kingsport–is enjoying good audiences and great music. The Kingsport Times News ran an article on the Fold, and in it Rita Forrester says, “I think that’s due to The Crooked Road specifically marketing to England and other European countries, and the fact that foreign visitors are finding they can vacation here for not a lot of money.”

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