Strum a Spooky Banjo, Tip that Ten-Gallon Hat, and Meet Country Music’s Greatest Ghosts
Jam out to this impressive compilation of haunted hot spots, creepy curses, and celebrity spirits of country and western music. Presenting the paranormal legacy behind one of America’s oldest and most popular genres, Ghosts of Country Music takes a captivating, in-depth look at legendary musicians and the places where they perform . . . even after death.
Experience true stories of larger-than-life starsincluding Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cashhaunting their favorite homes and stages. Step inside the Music City Center, the Apollo Civic Theatre, Bobby Mackey’s Music World, and other iconic venues where ghosts love to roam. Explore the numerous recording studios, record shops, and radio stations that attract paranormal activity. This fascinating book will thrill you with much more than just a catchy tune.
|Publisher:||Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Matthew L. Swayne(State College, PA) is a journalist who currently works as a research writer at Penn State. Matt has worked as a reporter and as a music reviewer for several newspapers and online outlets, such asCentreDaily.comandMusic.com. He was a regular contributor to the recently revitalized version of Omni Magazine, called Omni Reboot. He writes the Anti-Matter column, which looks at fringe science and the paranormal, for the online magazine.He has also worked on writing projects with Paranormal State's Eilfie Music.Balancing skepticism with an open mind, Matt uses his experience in journalism and interest in both ghostlore and the paranormal to collect and tell stories about the supernatural.
Table of Contents
Contents Introduction . . . 1 Section 1: The Ghosts of Country Musicians . . . 7 Chapter 1: Hank Williams: The Lonesome Traveler’s Haunted Trail . . . 9 Nashville / 11 Montgomery / 13 Knoxville, Tennessee / 18 Oak Hill, West Virginia / 20 Hank, the Guardian Honky-Tonk Angel / 21 Notes from Hank’s Spirit / 24 Final Thoughts / 25 Chapter 2: Johnny Cash: The Man in Black’s Colorful Paranormal Legacy . . . 27 Telekinetic Cash / 32 Johnny’s Paranormal Partnership: Johnny Cash, Merle Kilgore, and Johnny Horton / 34 Chapter 3: Roy Acuff: The King of Country Music Won’t Abdicate His Musical Throne . . . 41 More Acuff Hauntings / 44 Chapter 4: Patsy Cline: Haunting Voice, Haunted Life . . . 47 Dream Home’s Restless Spirit / 49 More Patsy Hauntings / 52 Chapter 5: Loretta Lynn: The Coal Miner’s Daughter’s Rich Supernatural Vein . . .55 A Coal Miner’s Haunter? / 60 Chapter 6: Elvis Presley: Hound-Dogged by Hauntings . . . 65 The Graves of Graceland / 66 Elvis’s Other Haunts / 70 Big E in the Big Easy / 72 Chapter 7: Mindy McCready: Of Angels, Demons, Ghosts, and Curses . . . 75 Chapter 8: J. Bernard Ricks: Country Music’s Major Medium . . . 81 Section 2: Haunted Country Places . . . 87 Chapter 9: Haunted Concert Venues and Music Halls . . . 89 The Ryman Auditorium: The Granddaddy of All Haunted Halls / 89 Star Ghosts 93 Opryland: New Facilities, “Ole” Spirits / 95 The Music City Center: Branson, Missouri / 98 Apollo Civic Theatre: Fright at the Apollo / 100 Shreveport Municipal Auditorium: A Hayride Into the Paranormal / 103 Memorial Hall: Memories Aren’t the Only Things That Live On / 106 The Bijou: Boo at the Bijou / 108 Paramount Art Center: Achy Breaky Haunt / 111 Well Thanks, Joe 114 Chapter 10: Country Spirits: Bars, Clubs, Taverns, and Honky-Tonks . . . 117 Bobby Mackey’s Music World: One Haunted Honky-Tonk / 118 The Haunting Continues 124 A Toast to Nashville’s Ghosts: Music City’s Haunted Bars and Clubs / 127 Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge 127 Flying Saucer 130 Hermitage Cafe 132 The Museum Club: The Supernatural on Display 133 You Only Need to Fear the Living. Really? 137 Chapter 11: Supernatural Studios and Record Company Headquarters . . . 139 Capitol Records: Spectre Check on Mic One / 140 RCA Studios: Does It Stand for Really Crazy Activity? / 142 Bennett House (Bagbey House): From Civil War Spirits to Studio Spirits / 144 Chapter 12: Record Shops That Are Paranormal Hot Spots . . . 149 Ernest Tubb Record Shop / 150 Lawrence Record Shop / 151 Chapter 13: Freaky Frequencies: Ghosts of Country Radio Stations . . . 155 KMCM Radio Station: Tuning In to Spooks / 156 Fresh Country 103.1: A Tall Tale or a Tallahassee Terror? / 160 Chapter 14: Haunted Country Hotels . . . 163 Big Cedar Lodge: Big Spirits in Big Cedar Lodge / 164 The Swimsuit Satanist 166 Walking Horse Hotel: The Haunting of Room 203 / 167 Believe or Else 171 Calling in the Investigators 172 Full-Bodied Apparition 174 The Stockyards Hotel: Outlaws and Outlaw Country Add Up to Outrageous Hauntings / 175 Spooky Quake 176 Bonnie and Clyde Suite 178 Night Life and Death in Fort Worth 178 Maison de Ville: Bigger Country Fan in the Big Easy / 178 Section 3: Miscellaneous Haunted Country Places . . . 183
Chapter 15: Ozark Spook Lights: Branson’s Big Lights . . . 185 Chapter 16: Brown Mountain Lights: Songs Pay Tribute to the Mountain’s Wandering Spirit . . . 191 Chapter 17: Fiddler’s Rock: You Have to Have a Ghostly Fiddle Player in the Band . . . 195 Chapter 18: Folsom Prison: Prisoners Eternally Singing the Blues . . . 199 Chapter 19: Preston Castle: The Reformatory Ghost Story . . . 203 Chapter 20: Witch Dance and Lyric Theater: Elvis’s Hometown Haunts . . . 207 Chapter 21: Haunted Jukeboxes: Just Press B-Scared . . . 211 Bobby Mackey’s and the Anniversary Waltz Mystery: Wilder, Kentucky / 212 Gathering Spot for the Supernatural 213 Country House: Clarendon Hills, Illinois / 214 Locals Bar and Restaurant: Pawnee, Illinois / 216 Earnestine & Hazel’s: Memphis, Tennessee / 217 Why Are Jukeboxes Haunted? / 218 Chapter 22: Haunted Tour Bus: Whisperin’ Bill Anderson Rides with the Moanin’ Ghost . . . 221 Epilogue: Musical Spirits and the Ultimate Question . . . 225 Notes and Resources . . . 231