Shoal Creek Country Music Park: A Forgotten History

Long before Country music became a fad of designer-ripped jeans & cowboy hats, the Shoal Creek Country Music Park in Lavonia, Ga offered folks of the surrounding areas, a front-row glimpse at what would become arguably the biggest Country music stars of all time.

It was indeed, the place to be every Saturday night.

Founded in 1961 by husband & wife, Alton & Bertha Mae Walters, the Shoal Creek Music Park continues today to host the origins of many a Country music legend & tales, such as Johnny Cash rolling out Folsom Prison Blues, Dolly Parton shaving her legs on the banks of Shoal Creek, (allegedly with Porter Wagoner’s razor), Conway Twitty performing to a crowd of 6,000 fans or Jerry Lee Lewis pushing a loaner piano off of the stage.

One alleged event was Tammy Wynette leaving George Jones, for the final time, drunk on his tour bus at the music park.

Two days later, George woke up and wondered where everyone was.

Shoal Creek poster
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