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.