1928: Elroy’s Legacy

1928: Elroy’s Legacy

The black cat summoned me — and hastened my departure months afterwards. I was weary and thirsty that late September day in 1928 as I trudged up Main Street. I passed the attractive Gray Rock Inn, but I knew it was beyond my means. However, just north of the inn, I...
1943: The Memphis Belle

1943: The Memphis Belle

The sun was hot on the back of her hands as Betsy Teague pushed her 9-month-old daughter in a pram in the city square by the Vance Monument. A wide brimmed hat kept her face shaded in the midsummer heat. Her 6-year-old son Paul was beside her, hoping for a hot dog...
1928: The Doll Sanitorium, part 2

1928: The Doll Sanitorium, part 2

Chapter II: The Dry Ridge Diviner According to Catesby’s mama, the Dry Ridge Diviner was a sorry old vamp. She was that, and she was other, less mentionable things. It was true the diviner wore so much face powder it was hard to tell her age, though she kept her head...
1925: The Asheville Sessions

1925: The Asheville Sessions

The makeshift recording studio on the roof of the Vanderbilt Hotel was hot as blazes. It was already steamy enough outside, hot even for August, and being up on the roof got us that much closer to the sun, as I figured it. Walt and I had traveled by foot, wagon, and...
1993: Other Fine Things

1993: Other Fine Things

It was the eve of Christmas Eve, so a kind of nothing day. Almost a holiday, but really an in-between day. A day for people who cared about Christmas and holidays to rush around buying last-minute gifts. Decorating, wrapping, baking. That’s what was going on at my...