Shoal Creek Country Music Park: A Forgotten History

Long before country music became a fad of “designer-ripped jeans and cowboy hats”, the Shoal Creek Country Music Park offered folks of Northeastern Georgia and surrounding areas, a front-row glimpse at what would become some of the biggest country stars of all time.

It was indeed “the place to be” every Saturday night.

“Shoal Creek Saturday Night”

Founded in 1961 by Alton and Bertha Mae Walters, the music park hosted several wild times such as Johnny Cash rolling out “Folsom Prison Blues”, Dolly Parton shaving her legs on the creek bank (with Porter Wagoner’s razor), Conway Twitty performing to a crowd of 6,000 and Jerry Lee Lewis pushing a borrowed piano off of the stage.

Allegedly, Tammy Wynette left George Jones – for the final time, drunk on a tour bus at Shoal Creek.

HAPPENINS for MAY

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May 1stShoal Creek Stranglers Square in  Hartwell, GA    (RSVP)
May 2nd – SCS at COBB’s Annual Derby Social in Atlanta, GA (Private)
May 2ndThe Subsonics at Hi-Lo Lounge – Athens, GA (RSVP)
May 2ndJacob Morris at Flicker Theatre and Bar – Athens, GA (RVSP)
May 9thThe Cryptides at Creature Comforts – Athens, GA (RSVP)
May 10thNeutral Milk Hotel  at Orange Twin – Athens, GA (RSVP)
May 16th – Parkertown Pickers at PUMC – Lavonia, GA (Directions)
May 17th – SCS at Burgess Historic Cemetery in Lavonia GA (RSVP)
May 23rd – SCS at Nick’s Tavern in Clemson, SC  (RSVP)
May 27thMTC on the Roof-Top at Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA (RSVP)
May 30th – Shoal Creek Stranglers at The Den – Anderson, SC (RSVP)

*SCS = Shoal Creek Stranglers – Swamp String Country Jazz
*MTC = Mother The Car – Guitar based blues granite

UPCOMING GF SIGHTS

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Feb 5th at the fabulous 40 Watt club — we’ll find GF veterans KOKO BEWARE returning to Athens for an echo-squashing good time along side Small Reactions and NOVUS.   18+ / Doors at 8pm / $5 /  RSVP to Official Event Page

Feb 12th at the Flicker Theatre and Bar (Athens, GA) for  T.S. Woodward’s magical piano keys with North Carolina’s  The Toothe  and The Viking Progress. 21+ / Doors at 9pm / $5 /

Feb 13th (also at Flicker Theatre) A must-see Friday The 13th Celebration! Mother The CarFree AssociatesCharlie & the Foxtrots (TN) and Rabies Scythe Fight. 21+  / Doors at 9pm / $5  / RSVP to Official Event Page

Feb 15th at Flat Shoals Baptist Church in Hartwell GA – will welcome The Shoal Creek Stranglers as they string their way through thee old time spirituals you know and love so well.   All ages / 7pm / Free – Donation 

GFR PHOTO ARCHIVE

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We’ve cast a new space on thee Gypsy Net, particularly to showcase our ever-growing photo archive of noise, night and nonsense.  Shots include scenes from Bands, Athens, Road, Studio, etc…and The Blog Deevison here at Gypsy Farm is aiming to update this page as needed. Most scenes are by our own field snappers, but some unknowns have made their way into the Archive, if you recognize your shot, GET IN TOUCH and we’ll gladly credit you.

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Visit Thee Gypsy Farm Photo Archive TODAY!

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