Day 10: May 5, 2016
Musical Memories

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US-62 becomes Everly Brothers Boulevard as it passes through Central City, Kentucky. I've photographed the Everly Brothers Monument before but now it has a museum behind it. It was after the 9:00 opening time painted on the door but the door was locked. I was a little perplexed until I spotted the sign taped to the inner door. The museum would be opening an hour late today which wasn't a problem at all for a guy who hadn't had breakfast in a town with a Huddle House.

The Muhlenburg County Music Museum was open when I returned and tourism director Dr. Freddie Mayes was ready for visitors. There are quite a few musicians other than the Everlys represented here. They include Merle Travis, Warren Oats, and Mose Rager. Even John Prine has a section. He isn't from here but he sure put Muhlenburg County on the musical map. A collection of almost every Everly Brothers record ever made was willed to the museum by lady in California. Just watching the 1953 AMI jukebox put a 45 on the turntable is a real treat. Of course, so is listening to it. I was talking with Dr. Mayes when I punched up "Cathy's Clown" from 1960 and remarked that someday I intended to find out who the drummer was on that recording. Before I left, Mayes had located a write-up on the recording session which included the identity of the drummer. I have always been fascinated by the song's drum part which was unlike anything I had heard at the time. I was not alone, of course. Others were fascinated as well and that creative drum pattern certainly contributed to the song's success. Buddy Harmon was the answer to my fifty-six year old question.

Phil Everly is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery at the north edge of town. His guitar playing father, Ike, is next to him. Margaret, his mother lives on at ninety-six.

Here's some more of the "real" Sixty-Two.

There's more music history just one county over. Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music, grew up in this house in Ohio County, Kentucky. Location details here. That porch looks like a wonderful place to sit and pick and there's one on the other side, too. The house was built on the site of a log cabin in which Bill was born in 1911. The cabin burned 1916. I have no idea which, if any of the other structures are original. The house was built around a fireplace that had been in the cabin. Merlene Austin, the widow of Bill's nephew, was our our guide. The house was restored in 2001 one after sitting empty for many years. Some of the furnishings, such as momma's rocking chair, are original. The chest belonged to Bill's grandmother and is more than 200 years old.

Bill's mother died when he was ten; His father when he was sixteen. For the next two years, he lived with his fiddle playing Uncle Pen in a log cabin. The cabin was beyond repair when Bill's son, James, bought it and this reproduction was built in 2013. The plaque that James placed in front of the cabin can be read here. The log against the wall and the one above the fireplace are from the original cabin. A few more are on the porch outside. Find it here.

Bill Monroe's grave in Rosine Cemetery is easy to find. His parents are nearby. I went to the cemetery intending to find Uncle Pen (James Pendleton Vandiver)'s grave but got caught up in Bill's impressive monument and let it slip my mind.

In Bardstown, I stopped at the 237 year old Talbott Tavern for dinner and a touch of Henry McKenna 10.

East of Bardstown I got to enjoy one last fling with the continuous but gentle curves I've associated with US-62 since 2004. I followed it onto the expressway but we parted ways near Georgetown. I headed home while Sixty-Two set off for Niagara Falls.

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