Bottomed Out and Wound Up

October 22, 2007

Monday we paid a visit to Shelby Bottoms Greenway, an 810 acre plot stretching three miles along the East bank of the Cumberland River. Sounds lush, doesn’t it? It probably would have been, except Tennessee is experiencing severe to exceptional drought according to the National Weather Service. It was dry and hot with muted tones of green and gold.


Leaves were struggling to change color before they dried up and fell to the ground. Although we heard the occasional songbird, they were unseen for the most part.


This bridge was built to provide a walkway over the wetlands in an effort to protect them from the traffic, yet allow a view. The ground below was dry and parched.


We found some solace but not until we were much closer to the river. The future does not bode well for the Southeast according to the National Weather Service. Sounds like time to get serious about Global Warming.


Monday night’s show was Dave Olney at the Five Spot. The opening band was Wired Little Lady all the way from Denmark. There were only a handful of people, although you would have thought they were playing to a packed house. We’ve been to some crappy shows, not because of the caliber of the the artists, but because they weren’t interested in giving their all for only a few. That wasn’t the case here.


Dave Olney’s first set was smooth and easy for the most part. I guess he was getting wound up for the second set. He is known for the intensity and drama in his lyrics as well as his performance. This picture captured the tone for the rest of the evening. He wore me out. I was pretty much like the wet rag that hangs over the side of the sink when the dishes are done. His shows are definitely not for the faint of heart. Would I go again? You betcha. Anyone so passionate about their music has got my vote.



11 Responses to “Bottomed Out and Wound Up”

  1. dilling Says:

    i wanna go with you next time…..

  2. gawilli Says:

    Dilling – Come with us in the spring for Tin Pan South Songwriter’s Festival. You would love it!

  3. daddy d Says:

    Oh, so cool. I love getting to see your trips. Maybe, one day … soon, I will get to move around. The sooner the better.

  4. debi Says:

    Hey, I wanna go with you guys on your next trip. You seem to know where the good times roll. Love it. Great pictures.

  5. corky Says:

    It’s been raining a lot over the past couple of days here in KY, but it’s way to late to have an affect on the leaves I think.

  6. Tink Says:

    The sad this is, Hoop’s Dad owns a condo in down town Nashville. We have the opportunity to go anytime we want. But we never do!

  7. her indoors Says:

    the wheather is certainly acting strange, we are still in tee shirts, the jumpers have not made an appearance yet.
    it sure looks pretty, and i think we should all come with you next time!

  8. tod Says:

    My, my, you have been busy!

  9. Ginnie Says:

    I just got back from a trip to New England. It was lovely but not as nice as I’ve seen in the past. When I got back to North Carolina it was very evident that we are in the throes of a terrible draught. Looks like you’re having the same lack of water. It’s sad.

  10. Nessa Says:

    Can I hide in your trunk? Well, and then get out when you get some where…

  11. gawilli Says:

    Daddy D – I know what you mean. Sometime moving around is food for the soul.

    Debi – We would welcome the company!

    Corky – The most beautiful part of our trip was coming back up through Kentucky on 31. I’m so glad we got off of the Interstate!

    Tink – We love Nashville. But then we always go the road less traveled. We could end up down around there one of these days.

    Her Indoors – We have had some very strange weather this summer and fall. Now it has finally settled in at home.

    Tod – That vacation stuff is hard work!

    Ginnie – It is very sad, and scary.

    Nessa – Why not ride up front with us?!!

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