Gérard Leblanc has been tripping – Roadtripping, that is. He set off to Nashville on a Kris Kristofferson Roadtrip – following in the tracks of our favourite hero – the one & only Silver tongued Devil.
We went along for the ride – Virtually, speaking. We shared in the experience through the lens of a camera.
Photographs are always great fun. Fan pics are extra special because they are personal, & show us what we want to see.
I could almost hear the engine of the trusty 4×4, & feel the road beneath the tune on the radio as we hit the road. If Nashville has a soundtrack, this must be it.
Settle down & enjoy the ride & the road with us.
I wonder how many times Kris has driven under this very sign board – Sometimes road weary, sometimes glad to coming “home” & other times wondering how he’d make it through the …… next few hours.
They say (okay, I say …) you can never have enough shoes or music albums. Imagine buying music made in Nashville – in Nashville.
ERNEST Tubb record shop, Nashville is THE place to do it. The shop carries the name of the Grand Ole Opry star who founded it in 1947. It is charming, but contemporary & houses a huge collection of bluegrass CDs, DVDs, LPs, books, and memorabilia.
No need to rush – It’s open until midnight most nights so browsing (& buying) is a sheer delight.
We’re getting ahead of ourselves … that came later. There was so much to see that timing didn’t matter all that much.
Country Music Hall of Fame
I was thrilled to learn that the Country Music Hall of Fame is one of those rare places that are FAN FRIENDLY. They allow photographs of the displays. Fans often have a tough time getting images, & it’s good to know that these pictures never required the usual stealth – Slinking around with a hidden camera.
It’s not just a hall – it contains gold – the real stuff …
Lots of gold.
Where you find gold, Highwaymen are seldom far away.
Words are powerful. Kris Kristofferson changed country music forever with just a few scrawled down on a Monument Records complimentary scratchpad. Go on, write that novel. No excuses.
Kris Kristofferson played Tootsies. The Orchid Lounge is tiny in size, huge in memories & country music folklore.
Tootsie Bess bought this honky-tonk bar in 1960. Kris Kristofferson was one of her first customers, along with Willie Nelson & numerous other struggling songwriters & musicians of the day.
An hour-long documentary about the place is aptly sub-titled, Where the Music Began.
What a ride! See the 4×4 on Broadway ..
Kris Kristofferson has spent much of his life on the road. He has left many places, people, awards & masterpieces behind him during his trails & trials. We hope he’ll continue to revisit these places many times more & cut new tracks. Whatever he does, we really don’t need to go further than one fan’s house to admire all of his work.
Gérard’s music collection is legendary. I have never seen such a complete, well-kept collection of Kris’ work all in one place. Take a look at the amp alone – just a sample of the collection. I think that this place could easily be added as one of the places to see on any future Kris Kristofferson road trip. Strictly fans only.
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