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Joel Lucks Meets Songwriter/Musician, Furniture Maker, Turkey Call Maker and Fireman.

 

Americanpresstravelnews-May 26th,  from Joel Lucks, Tenn. Backroads- Dan Demay (Trousdale County, TN): Songwriter/Musician, Furniture Maker, Turkey Call Maker and Fireman. Creativity displays itself in different ways. Some call it talent. Some may even think of it as a form of genius. Arguably, though, we homo sapiens are quite inventive; some more than others, and each in different ways. But when someone distinguishes himself as Dan Demay does, it’s a genuine pleasure to say he’s my friend and to share with my readers his talents.

I met Dan several years ago at the Wilson County fair. He had a booth there and was showcasing his turkey box calls and mouth calls. We got to talking and sharing stories about hunting and fishing and became fast and good friends. Since learning, too, that Dan is a furniture maker of extraordinary talent I commissioned him to build a number of pieces of furniture for our home. In fact, he is slowly replacing all our conventional furniture with a Tennessean country style of furniture of his own. He claims he is self-taught and that’s where the genius aspect of his style and craftsmanship comes in; it’s very unique. Dan can create from memory nearly anything he sees and adds an element of elegance that any homeowner would be proud to have in their home.

Dan is also associated with a saw mill in Baxter, TN, and to listen to Dan speak about the diversity of trees in Tennessee, you begin learn about hardwoods, softwoods and which woods are best for tables, furniture and why. Dan’s connection with Mother Nature and the woods he lives in is amazing; hence, the sometime reference to being a “wood whisperer.” He’s knowledgeable and experienced, and to listen to him you quickly learn he is a Master of the “wood.” For information about his furniture or turkey calls contact him through his current website, www.makemholler.com. Happy travels from the back roads of Tennessee – Joel Lucks

NOTE*  “Listen and see Dan’s latest music video…”https://youtu.be/zXx8yMiNiSU This is a music video link to Dan’s most recent music video. It will take you right to the YOUTUBE video.

Florence Alabama, Where FAME Music Started in 1959

 

Florence and Muscle Shoals is proud to have hosted many of the top music entertainers known and loved world wide.
Florence and Muscle Shoals is proud to have hosted many of the top music entertainers known and loved world wide.

APtravelnews-December 1st,-Bob and Barb “On the Road Again” this time in Muscle Shoals, AL.-Music is like mans heart beat. So when FAME was established with entities such as FAME Publishing, FAME Recording Studios, FAME Records, and Muscle Shoals Record, word got out that “great” sounds were coming from Muscle Shoals and so in 1961 FAME moved over from Florence to the Shoals. FAME has had some of the greatest artists in Rock Music history. Artists such as Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Otis Redding, the Osmonds, Jerry Reed, Alabama, Mac Davis, the Gatlin Borthers, Bobbie Gentry, and many others. More recently FAME has recorded projects for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Matisyahu, Band of Horses, Drive by Truckers, the Civil Wars and Jamie Johnson to name just a few. Tours are available with very knowledgeable guides by calling 256-381-0801.

Lots of gold was mined at the FAME Studios.
Lots of gold was mined at the FAME Studios.
The action section of FAME during a guided tour.
The action section of FAME during a guided tour.

In 1969 Rick Hall’s House band, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section left FAME and partnered with Jerry Wexler to found the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio at 3614 Jackson Highway in Sheffield, , AL. The studio owned by Jimmy Johnson, David Hood, Roger Hawkins, and Barry Beckett cranked out hits on the Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, Traffic, Rod Stewart, Cat Stevens, the Staple Singers, Levon Helm, Joe Cocker and a whole bunch more. The Rhythm section was eventually immortalized as “the Swampers” by Lynyrd  Skynyrd in the lyrics to “Sweet Home Alabama.” Call Bonnie for tour information at 256-394-3562

Peace love and music the Cher generation!
Peace love and music the Cher generation!
The sound mechanics and full scale detail hub of record making.
The sound mechanics and full scale detail hub of record making.