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West Main Artists Co-Op in Spartanburg, SC, to Host Holiday Retail Blitz on ArtWalk – Dec. 15, 2016

December 12, 2016

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West Main Artists Co-Op in Spartanburg, SC, is currently hosting its annual “All Members Exhibition”, and from Thursday, Dec. 15 – 24, 2016, a selection of the locally produced artwork will be discounted for the organization non-profit’s Holiday Retail Blitz. The Co-Op will be open for ArtWalk 5-9pm with festive refreshments and the work of about 60 artists on display. In addition to major works of art, such as paintings and sculptures, there will be many smaller pieces, such as pottery, jewelry, prints, greeting cards, gift cards, and Christmas ornaments.

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“As a nonprofit organization that solely supports and promotes local artists, West Main Artists Co-Op provides an outlet for creativity, productivity, and availability,” member and potter Nancy Williamson said. “We are always open for ArtWalk each month, but this month we are mindful that people are looking for Christmas gifts. You won’t find a wider selection of original and local artwork anywhere else in Spartanburg. Nearly all of our members are participating. If you want to give local artwork to the ones you love, we will have something for everyone no matter your taste or budget.”

The “All Member Exhibition” will run through Jan. 19, 2017. However, ArtWalk is a citywide, free, and self-perpetuating event on the third Thursday each month when most local art galleries stay open late so that patrons can socialize and see the latest art on local display. Now through Christmas Eve, the Co-Op will be open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm and Saturday, 10am-4pm.

On Saturday, Dec. 17, in conjunction with Holiday Retail Blitz, members will demonstrate techniques they employ in making their work. Rosemary McLeod will demonstrate basic wire work for jewelry 10am-1pm Joan Wheatley will demonstrate how she makes miniature treehouses from 10am-noon and 2-4pm. Various ceramic artists will demonstrate a variety of techniques throughout the day.

For more information about the Co-Op and its activities, please call 864/804-6501 or visit (www.WestMainArtists.org).

Hurricanes Have Victims, But the Media Hurts Many More

October 12, 2016

When a hurricane comes to an area, it leaves many victims in its path, but not all are wiped out of commission, but media reports of disasters can leave all in the path of their destruction. I learned this during Hurricane Hugo and I see it happening again during the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

I live 45 miles North-West of Charleston, SC, and had power until 11:30am Saturday, Oct., 8, 2016, when Hurricane Matthew had already come to the Charleston area and headed to North Carolina where it really did some of the worst damage in the form of rain and flooding in the US. I heard the weather folks tell us that Matthew could do more damage than Hugo in Charleston and then they went on to the next place the storm was headed. They never seem to follow up on anything but damage done. They’ll search and search until they can find that one place to stand in front of and show a huge tree down on a house or cars floating in water. They don’t come back and show what wasn’t harmed.

I feel sorry for those who suffered damage, those who are still suffering and those who may still feel damage from this hurricane. But this isn’t Haiti. Americans recover from damage much more quickly from tragedy and have the capacity to take a hit and at the same time help others.

I recently made a trip to downtown Charleston on Oct. 10, just a few days after the arrival of Hurricane Matthew and I was amazed at how little signs of damage was seen just a few days later – unlike Hurricane Hugo. Here’s a few notices I’ve received that represent pleas from folks who did not suffer damage from the storm, but don’t want people to forget them.

A Letter from Charleston, SC, from Hagan Fine Art Gallery and Studio, located at 27 1/2 State Street, in the heart of the French Quarter area of historic Charleston, SC.

Thank you for your calls and e-mails of support!

Dear Friends,

We’d like to give you an update on what’s going on in Charleston right now.  In general, we all feel very lucky to have homes and businesses to walk back into with little or no damage from Hurricane Matthew. However, there are many people here that are still struggling with no power and damaged homes.  Our pretty little State Street remained high and dry during the storm, and the gallery and paintings are all safe.  Our staff’s homes are all safe and standing. Some of us are still waiting on electricity, but we are all okay and very thankful. Most streets in Downtown Charleston that I’ve been on are dry and passable. Whew… we were spared.

We had just hung Dee Beard Dean and John Beard’s new paintings, when we heard the news of Hurricane Matthew’s approach. So we had to hurry and un-hang the show and store it safely away.  Dee and John’s Show and the Charleston Gallery Association’s Artwalk were cancelled and we covered everything in plastic.  It was an anxious time for everyone in Charleston.

Dee and John have been working on their show for many months, and it was (and still is) so very beautiful. It’s a really awesome thing to be witness to such a family of talent, inspiration and training by seeing these paintings in person and to know the artist who created these works so well.  We have found the paintings to feel calming, relaxing and soothing.

If you need a brief diversion from all the news of the Hurricane maybe you’ll enjoy looking at the paintings or this short video at (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyQLfsrNQtI&feature=youtu.be).

We wish you a speedy recovery if you’re dealing with the aftermath of the storm. If you need any help, please let us know. I have a car full of tarps and plastic, and I’ll deliver if you need them.

If you’re far, far away and you’re getting this – hopefully you’re safe and sound and you’ll enjoy looking and supporting these artists who have worked so hard for their show.  By the way, both Dee’s and John’s homes (as are they) are safe. We were anxious because they both are near the water and John actually lives on a boat in Florida.

If you see a painting you can’t live without, the gallery will extend free shipping on your choices through Sunday at 5PM and we will add a copy of Dee’s beautiful book with the purchase of any of her paintings.

Artwalk (the Charleston Gallery Association first Friday ArttWalk) has been rescheduled for this Friday, October 14th from 5-8pm. Please join us on Friday night in raising a glass to John and Dee and the invincible spirit of Charleston.

Warm wishes, Karen Hagan

For further info call 843/754-0494 or visit (www.HaganFineArt.com).

Here’s a notice from the Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, located at 3100 S. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, SC.

The Museum is Fine and Will Re-open Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at 10am.

If you saw the photos of the damaged Springmaid Pier and worried that the Art Museum was in the same condition – relax.  Aside from a few missing shingles and pieces of siding, the Museum came through Matthew relatively unscathed.  Power returned on Tuesday and we will open with regular Museum hours on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016.  We can’t express enough our gratitude to the City of Myrtle Beach for their help with our outdoor issues.

On exhibit is the “39th Annual South Carolina Watermedia Society Juried Exhibition”. Celia Pearson’s “Layerings: A Glimpse of Southeast Asia” will re-open shortly. The delayed opening for “Logan Woodle: Blessed Burdens” will be Tuesday, October 18th from 5:30 – 7:30pm, featuring a Gallery Talk by the artist.

If you have questions about any other events or the Museum itself, please contact us via our website at (www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org), or by leaving a voicemail at 843/238-2510. We promise we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your support of the Art Museum, which is normally open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm and Sunday 1 – 4pm, closed Mondays.

Don’t believe all reports by the media about these storms and don’t just write off whole areas that suffer some sort of damage. After the storm is when they really need your support. No one wants guakers but they also don’t want to be written off for a long period of time. Check with them to see if they’re ready to accept your visit. They’d love you to come see them – they need you to come see them.

Hurricane Matthew Art News

October 7, 2016

FIRST FRIDAY
First Friday is STILL happening TODAY in downtown Manteo, NC! Only the outdoor activities associated with October First Friday have been cancelled or moved indoors due to the uncertainty of the weather forecast relating to Hurricane Matthew.

The October Exhibit Opening Reception featuring new works by Lisa Slaker has not been cancelled and will take place, as scheduled, today Friday, October 7 at 6:00pm. Scheduled performances by Alligator River String Band and Full Circle will also take place, as scheduled.

WATERCOLOR SOCIETY OF NC ANNUAL EXHIBIT
Dare County Arts Council met with the Watercolor Society of North Carolina this morning to review the impact of Hurricane Matthew on the 2016 WSNC Annual Juried Exhibition and Conference, scheduled for this weekend in Manteo, NC. Because of the uncertainty of the forecast, WSNC and DCAC have cancelled all events on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9. The Annual Conference and seminars will not be rescheduled.

The reception for the WSNC Annual Juried Exhibit has been rescheduled for Friday, November 18 at 5:00pm at Dare County Arts Council in Manteo at 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue. The exhibit and reception is sponsored by the Don & Catharine Bryan Cultural Series and is free and open to the public. Visitors can view the exhibit during DCAC’s normal business hours, Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Registrants for the Mark Mehaffey Workshop, currently scheduled for October 10-14 are advised that the workshop has not been cancelled, though there may be some minor changes to the schedule. Registrants should contact Peggy Saporito by e-mail at (peggysaporito@earthlink.net for updates).

Spartanburg, SC, ArtWalk Under New Management

July 23, 2016

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The Spartanburg, SC, ArtWalk is a free, self-guided art tour of galleries in downtown Spartanburg that takes place the third Thursday of each month from 5-8pm. Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM), Spartanburg’s non-profit contemporary art museum and one of the city’s oldest arts organizations, has recently taken over hosting the event in coordination with 11 local institutional and commercial galleries. The museum has created a new website for ArtWalk that includes information on what’s happening at every participating gallery, updated monthly, and an interactive, downloadable walking map.

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“Spartanburg has an amazing number of thriving galleries and arts-spaces considering its size,” says Mat Duncan, SAM’s Curator of Collections and Community Development Coordinator, “and they’re a huge part of what makes Spartanburg one of South Carolina’s six cultural districts. ArtWalk is a great way for Spartans to connect with what’s happening downtown, but for some time, it has been somewhat unfocused and inconsistent. The new ArtWalk website is the Museum’s first step towards our vision of a new, more organized, and more fun ArtWalk.”

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People listening to a talk at the Spartanburg Art Museum

ArtWalk’s recently renovated website (www.spartanburgartwalk.org) provides resources for those wishing to take the tour, including contact information and monthly updates from participating galleries and a printable map of the event area with locations of participating galleries marked. Maps are also available at Spartanburg Art Museum during ArtWalk.

Spartanburg’s next ArtWalk takes place Thursday, August 18, 2016, from 5-8pm.

For more information or to become a participant visit (www.spartanburgartwalk.org), (www.spartanburgartmuseum.org) or call 864/582-7616 or e-mail the museum at (museum@spartanarts.org).

Patricia Kilburg Studio in Greenville, SC, Features Michael Ziemer for First Friday in the Village – June 3, 2016

May 29, 2016

Patricia Kilburg Studio, located at 1209 Pendleton Street in Greenville, SC, will host an open studio and feature Michael Ziemer on Friday, June 3, from 6-9pm, for Greenville’s First Friday in the Village.

Patricia Kilburg invites you to come and visit with her friend and fine artist, Michael Ziemer. Ziemer is a painter who works primarily with encaustic paint and collected objects. His work is richly textured and layered – and absolutely gorgeous.

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Work by Michael Ziemer

We hope you will join us for refreshments, conversation and lots of art.

Patricia Kilburg Studio is located at 1209 Pendleton Street, in the Flatiron Building, Greenville, SC 29611. From S. Main Street take Pendleton Street approximately one mile into the Village of West Greenville’s arts district. Studio is on the left.

For further information call the studio at 864/630-1652 or visit (www.patriciakilburg.com).

Wilmington, NC, Offers “Rediscover Princess Street” on June 3, 2016

May 9, 2016

“Rediscover Princess Street” will begin Friday, June 3, 2016, at  5:30pm and close at 9pm. Businesses on the 200 block of Princess Street have come together to help people “Rediscover Princess Street”. No longer “Robbers Row,” new business owners have integrated with existing neighbors to reinvigorate the street. They hope clients will see that Princess Street is a great destination for retail, dining, and other services.

The following businesses will host an open house style reception during the event: Bespoke Coffee & Dry Goods, Bloke Apparel, Louie’s Hot Dogs, G & K Hair Studio, New Elements Gallery, SDI Construction, and Terry Richardson Attorney at Law.

Art in Bloom will host an art opening for Full Circle featuring artists Elizabeth Darrow, Susan Francy, and Traudi Thornton. Chanteuse Rebekah Todd will be providing entertainment and the Catch Food Truck will be available to patrons.

For further information call 910/343-8997 or visit (www.newelementsgallery.com).

USC Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, to Display Award-winning Photos from Annual Audubon Society Competition on Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016

April 15, 2016

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The University of South Carolina Upstate is proud to present a special exhibit featuring 10 award-winning photographs from the 2015 Audubon Photography Awards on Thursday, April 21 during Spartanburg, SC’s monthly Art Walk event.

The exhibit, which is free to the public, will be on display from 5 – 8pm at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics located at 160 E. St. John Street in downtown Spartanburg.

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“Great Egret” by Melissa Groo 2015 Audubon Photography Contest winner.

The sixth annual photo contest featured more than 9,000 entries from 2,300 participants submitting images in several categories, including Amateur, Professional, Fine Art and Youth.

This exhibit is sponsored by the USC Upstate galleries.

For more information, contact Jane Nodine, director of the USC Upstate galleries, at 864/503-5838 or e-mail to (jnodine@uscupstate.edu).

River Arts District in Asheville, NC, Presents RADical DAZE – May 20-22, 2016

April 6, 2016

This May visitors to the River Arts District in Asheville, SC, can experience an exciting spectrum of artistic and cultural creativity. The always-popular Studio Stroll, with over 180 working artists with open studios in historic buildings, welcomes a nationally recognized performance of art on the street. A fundraiser for a local grass-roots skate park rounds out the weekend of art and energy.

On Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 2016, from 10am–6 pm, the Studio Stroll invites the public to visit artists in their studios, learn about their artistic process through conversations with the artists, live demonstrations and hands-on workshops, and collect art at its source among the amazing displays of creativity from painting to sculpture, glassblowing to ceramics, fiber art, jewelry and more.

The River Arts District of Asheville is a mile-long network of studios, galleries, shops  and restaurants in the former industrial section of town, in last-century mill and warehouse buildings near the railroad tracks and along the bank of the French Broad River. During Studio Stroll, the Grey Line Trolley offers free transportation among the studio clusters.

From Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22, at the Burners and Barbecue music and street art festival, more than 50 mural artists from all over the country will transform a rusted gray industrial site into a giant mural. Master graffiti artists who are proficient in more complex works of street art are known as Burners; classic mural artists and master street art writers will paint alongside the Burners to transfigure the Asheville Waste Paper Company’s Days Warehouse, at 304 Lyman Street on the French Broad River, into Asheville’s largest public art installation, creating an artistic landmark for the River Arts District.

Rounding out the trio of events is the Foundation Fundraiser on May 21 and 22, an event benefiting the Foundation Art & Skate Park on the site of a former warehouse behind 289 Lyman Street. The park, called the Foundation Spot, is constructed on the concrete slab floor of a long-dismantled warehouse. The event will feature music and skateboarding exhibitions and contests; beer and food will be available on site.

For further information contact Nadine Charlsen, Marketing, River Arts District Artists, by e-mail at (radartistmarketing@gmail.com); Shelley Shenker, President, River Arts District Artists, by e-mail at (radartistpresident@gmail.com) or call the River Arts District Artists Association at 828/552-4723.

Harrisburg ARTwalk Takes Place in Harrisburg, NC – Apr. 16, 2016

March 21, 2016

On Apr. 16, 2016, from 10am until 4pm (new extended hours) at the Harrisburg Town Center, 1400 Main Street, Harrisburg, NC. The art centered event is open to the public for FREE. Over 100+ Artists of various mediums from acrylic, watercolor, oils, illustrations, graphics, textiles of wearable – jewelry, clothing, accessories to woodwork, metal work, glass and pottery -unique creations of mix medium and even culinary.

Live music and entertainment from local artists.
Music by Living Faith Worship, Unknown Neighbor, HC Oakes and Amy Harrison.
Performance by Dance Fusion and more!

Our Mission.
Three years ago, Teresa Stern the Founder/Volunteer created this event in hopes to provide help with the Harrisburg Town Center economy, to draw more community involvement and to help support the arts within our schools, plus providing an Art Scholarship to a local student to help continue their education in the Arts.

At first it started with 10 vendors. It is now at over 100 artists of all different mediums and all ages. Youngest 11 yr. old – Encouraging the youth to get involved with this event and rub elbows with the more seasoned artists for experience and pointers. This event has raised $1,000 for an Art Scholarship. In 2015, the first scholarship was given to Riley Smith, Senior at Hickory Ridge High School who is attending UNCC/Greensboro for Media/Fine Arts.

We are in hopes to give that same amount if not more, says Teresa Stern/Founder. This event is to build awareness for the need to keep the arts in our schools and to promote the arts within our community – bringing families & friends & communities all over to come together…one event at a time!

For more information to support this event, e-mail Teresa Stern or Terri Bedwell at (artwalkintheburg@gmail.com) or follow us on facebook at (www.facebook.com/harrisburgartwalk).

A Trip to a Birthday Party in Columbia, SC, for Laura Spong

February 21, 2016

Like I’ve said in the past, every once in a while the planets alien and a window opens where both Linda, my better half, and I can attend an art event together. The Birthday Party celebration that if ART Gallery and Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 in Columbia, SC, were having for Laura Spong, on Feb. 18, 2016, was one of these occasions. Both galleries are presenting the exhibit, “LAURA SPONG AT 90: Six Decades In Painting,” on view from Feb. 4 – 29, 2016.

These exhibitions celebrate the career of one of South Carolina’s most prominent painters, Columbia artist Laura Spong. Spong turned 90 in February. The exhibitions present some 120 paintings from six decades of Spong’s production, from the mid-1950s until 2016. You can read about the exhibits and a few essays about Laura Spong on Pages 15 & 16 of our Feb. 2016 issue of “Carolina Arts”, which can be downloaded at (www.carolinaarts.com).

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The Birthday Gal

It also happens to be 3rd Thursday in the Vista where galleries will be open and showing lots of fine art. But our main reason for going was to pay our respects to Laura Spong.

Back in the day when I was delivering copies of a printed version of “South Carolina Arts”, our publication before our current version, “Carolina Arts”, when I usually got to Vista Studios in Columbia – if the studios were open, most likely the only person there early in the morning would be Laura Spong working in her studio. So, once a month we would have a little conversation about what was going on in Columbia and other aspects of the visual arts. Now that I’m not traveling every month I really miss those talks.

Both shows are full of amazing work. The Birthday gal doesn’t look a day over 60, but the work is the proof of those 60 years of painting. She’s the best looking 90 year old I know. And, at that age, Spong is not slowing down – just check out all the work she did just last year at ifART Gallery. It’s all there until the end of the month. If you’re a 30 year old budding artists, go take a look and see what your career “could” look like – if you keep at it that long.

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I’m working against the clock here, so I’m making this short and you need to get on the stick and go see these shows. Both galleries will always have works of her’s to see, but not like this collection of so many showing her work over 60 years.

I took some photos of some works I would have liked to take home, but after all I own an arts publication. But that doesn’t mean I can’t dream. I also took some photos of the way the gallery looked and the crowd there that evening.

There was also a nice exhibition catalog produced by Wim Roefs of ifART Gallery, with essays by Mark Flowers and Wim Roefs, including lots of color images of Larua Spong’s works.

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“Never, Never”, by Laura Spong, 2012-15, oil on canvas, 12 x 12 in. on view at Vista Studios

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“SR III”, by Laura Spong, 2015, oil on canvas, 12 x 12 in. on view at Vista Studios

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“If You Don’t Know What You’re Looking For, You Can’t Find It”, by Laura Spong, 2015, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in. on view at ifART Gallery

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“Explosive Reds”, by Laura Spong, 2015, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in. on view at ifART Gallery

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As I mentioned, Feb. 18, was the 3rd Thursday of the month, which means it’s also Third Thursday in the Vista, where galleries and art spaces stay open later to show off art for people who can’t come by during regular hours.

We started at Vista Studios and then went over to ifART Gallery to see the other half of Laura Spong’s show, but we had the gallery to ourselves while we were there. There were lots of folks walking around the Vista, but it seemed not many knew about the art walk or they weren’t interested. We went over to City Art Gallery and as we got to the door Randy Hannah was just closing up. They had already had a big reception for their current show. Hannah let me in for a quick look – a private viewing. While he was locking the door another couple came to see the exhibit. As we were walking off it looked as if he was going to let them in too. For all I know that routine might have gone on all night.

We returned to Vista Studios to say our good-byes and asked a few folks there how Third Thursday in the Vista was going and it seemed not well. We were there for Laura Spong, so I didn’t notice at first that not many of Vista Studio’s artists were there with open studios. It’s going to be hard to sustain a monthly event if people are not following through. But, then I don’t blame folks who have worked all day for going home when the public doesn’t show up. But, all those who show up to a closed door, don’t have much reason to come back. I also have to add that the Vista Guild, an organization whose mission is to promote the Vista does a poor job on promotion. Galleries are paying dues and public funding is going to the group, but not much results can be claimed except that all the development in the Vista is bringing in folks naturally.

On the way out of town we stopped by One Eared Cow Glass. If we’re in Columbia, unless they are closed – we stop by One Eared Cow Glass. There were a good number of cars there and cars at Lewis + Clark, but when we walked into the gallery, no one was there – it was no surprise that everyone was back in the studio watching the Cowboys work – that’s Tom Lockart and Mark Woodham. But to our surprise something different was going on this evening. The Cowboys figured it was better to teach a glassblowing class during 3rd Thursday in the Vista – instead of waiting for folks to stroll in. And, sure enough, all while we were there watching this class – no one else came in for 3rd Thursday in the Vista.

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I was very jealous of these folks getting a shot at doing the glassblowing dance. They were making their own glass balls – from start to finish. If like me you’re thinking – I wanna do that – get in line. There is a waiting list to get in one of these classes.

But, if you’re going to participate in 3rd Thursday in the Vista and don’t want to sit around waiting for folks to show up – why not teach a class and people if they show up can still have access to the gallery and watch glass objects made right before their eyes. Smart – very smart.

Frankly, I think the visual art community has gone a little too far when it comes to art walks, art strolls, or art whatever. The Vista used to have just two art walks during the year, which saw huge crowds attend, but now that several are going on every month – they’re not so special anymore. And, I’m not sure gallery owners need more reasons to provide the public with food, drink, and entertainment in the hopes that someone will buy some art.

Folks – art walks are for looking at art – not for free wine and food. Go see Laura Spong’s exhibits – she’s been waiting 60 years for you to come see her work and take one home to enjoy for another 60 years.

P.S. I want to mention that on the drive up and back to Bonneau on the Lake, we listened to Don Henley’s CD “Cass County” – which I recommend to anyone. At some point Linda said it was kind of country sounding and I explained that Henley was a good old boy from Texas and the Eagles were known for county rock. So what you get with “Cass County” is a country sound (a little slower than the Eagles’ sound) but still the cutting words you’ve come to know from Don Henley. And with the help of a lot of other country stars like Mick Jagger and Stevie Nicks. Of course there’s your Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton and more.

It was two hours to Columbia, three hours there, and two hours back home. What better way to spend seven hours – while a lot of folks just watched TV.