Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tennessee's Walton Road-- Part 2: You Can Still Follow It

Spencer's Mountain at Crab Orchard in Cumberland County was the most dangerous and talked about point on the Walton Road.  Construction of I-40 destroyed the side of the mountain, but Spencer's Rock still marks the path the road made up the mountain.

U.S. 70 and the railroad followed the same path as Walton Road to descend into Rowan County.

Walton Road served travelers into the twentieth century, providing the foundation for newer roads until the construction of Interstate 40.

One way to trace the old road today is by locating the abandoned railroad bed.  US 70N, built in the 1920s, followed Walton Road and was even built on top of parts of the road in Putnam County and eastern Smith County.


Monday, July 25, 2016

Tennessee's Walton Road-- Part 1: Opening Up Tennessee to Settlement

From the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History & Culture.

This road played a major role in the settlement of Tennessee in the area from the Cumberland Plateau and the Cumberland River,  It was not the first road through the area, but followed older paths at several points. It provided an adequate and relatively secure path to the west for early American settlers in the region.

The road was named for William Walton of Carthage, one of its surveyors and builders. In 1795, Walton, anticipating profits from the promotion of travel along the route, secured permission from Governor William Blount for the construction of the first section of the road which ran from North Carolina into Tennessee.

In 1799, he and two others were appointed to establish a new east-west road by Tennessee's General Assembly.  They completed it in 1801 and it was officially designated the Cumberland Turnpike, but popularly was called the Walton Road.

It went 100 miles to Carthage and was 15 feet wide, free of stumps, leveled on the side of hills and with bridges or causeways built over streams.  Mile markers were carved into trees every three miles.  Tollgates and stands (inns) were established along the route.


Sunday, July 24, 2016

A Dozen Recipes Every North Carolinian Should Know-- Part 6: Calabash Shrimp-- "Goodnight Mrs. Calabash"

Although there is some disagreement on which family opened the first fish camp at Calabash, we know that at least a pair of sisters ran such camps, starting with outdoor oyster roasts.  Over time, the operations moved indoors and offered their now-famous version of fried seafood.

The restaurant run by one of the sisters, Mrs. Coleman, was frequented by the entertainer Jimmy Durante, who is said to have jokingly called her Mrs. Calabash.  The story goes that she was the origin of the tagline he used to close his performances"  "Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are."

Good Night Road Dog, Where Ever Ye Be?  --RoadDog

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Dozen Recipes Every North Carolinian Should Know-- Part 5: Calabash Shrimp


Calabash is a tiny fishing town in Brunswick County, right on the South Carolina border.  Only about 2,000 people call Calabash home, but they boast they are "The Seafood Capital of the World."

And, there seems to be almost a fish restaurant for everyone of the inhabitants.

Calabash-style means perfectly fried seafood with a light, crisp, ethereal battered crust.  It's the crust that makes it so good.  For many vacationers to the Wilmington area and Myrtle Beach, no vacation is complete without a trip to Calabash.  Plus, many seafood restaurants in both area s offer calabash-style seafood (especially shrimp).  And, of course, you also need a plate of piping hot hushpuppies.

And, there's more to come.

My Favorite Type of Shrimp.  --RoadDog

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Dozen Recipes Every North Carolinian Should Know-- Part 4: Fish Muddle


Southerners, especially in N.C., have their fish muddle which is essentially fish stew made from the catch-of-the-day, seafood and shellfish.  The thick stew includes basic vegetables and simple seasonings

The more stuff in the pot, the better.

A defining characteristic of muddle is that it is garnished with eggs, which can be poached in the savory broth, scrambled and swirled into the pot like egg drop soup.  To make it even better, ladle the muddle onto hot grits or rice.

OK, I have to admit that I had never heard of the term "muddle" before.  Now I know.

Mud Me One.  --RoadDog

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Shadows of Knight-- Part 2: On You Tube

This You Tube is a great source to hear oldies music.  I use it often, especially when doing the WLS Top 40 Silver Dollar Surveys when there are a lot of song I'm not familiar with or just want to hear again.

When I got back from Antioch and posted the blog, I listened to a whole lot of Shadows of Knight music on You Tube including:

I'm Gonna Make You Mine--  1966
Shadows of Knight Live With Wolfman Jack "Gloria" and "Shake" from 1989
Live Footage from a 1966 concert filmed in 8 mm
Bad Little Woman
Got My Mojo Working

They really blended garage rock with the blues.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Shadows of Knight-- Part 1 "Bad Little Woman"

From Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1993.


Chicago-area garage band:  Jim Sohns (lead singer), Joe Kelley (lead guitarist), Warren Rogers (Bass), Jerry McGeorge (rhythm guitar) and Tom Schiffour (drums).

Debut Date/ peak position/ weeks on chart

3/9/66--  10--  12--  Gloria (written by Van Morrison and originally sung by Them)
6/4/66--  39--  6--  Oh Yeah
6/10/66--   91--  2--  Bad Little Woman
12/24/66--  90--1--  I'm Gonna Make You Mine
10-26-68--  46--  8    Shake

Those Great Chicago 60s Bands.  --RoadDog

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Shadows of the Morning and "Oh Well"

One of the members of the group, remarking on their early start, at noon, said they used to be the Shadows of Knight and played at night.  But, with this early start, they could now be referred to as The Shadows of Morning.

There were a lot of older folks in attendance, people in their 60s-70s like us.  And, there was a time when we were young, oh so much younger.  One couple were straight out of the Hippy Days, complete with tye-dies and long gray hair.  A man sitting near us overheard me saying that the Cryan Shames and Ides of March were on the July 15, 1966, WLS Silver Dollar Survey, fifty years ago.  he turned and said that Jim Peterik of the Ides of March and Survivor was his cousin.

Yesterday, we went to Hickory Lodge in McCullom Lake, Illinois, for pizza and told the bartender that we had seen the Shadows of Knight on Saturday.  She said, "Who?"  We said, "The Shadows of Knight."  She said, "Who?"  We said, "The Shadows of Knight, you know 'Gloria.'"

She said, "Who?"  Even singing "G-L-O-R-IA" didn't help.

Oh, Well.  --RoadDog

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Just Got Back from Seeing the Shadows of Knight at Antioch's Taste of Summer

Antioch, Illinois.

Liz and I went to Antioch earlier this afternoon and saw Jimmy Sohns and the Shadows of Knight.  This was his first time on stage since he suffered a stroke several months ago.  He's had a long and hard battle to get back on his feet.  Sadly, his voice is not the same, but he sure gives it the old high school try.

They played a lot of 60s songs and some from the 70s and even 80s in their two-hour long show.  Two of the members of his current Shadows of Knight band were with other great 60s Chicago bands. The drummer was with the New Colony Six and the bass player was with the Cryan' Shames.  They played the New Colony Six's "I Could Never Lie to You" and the Cryan' Shames' "Sugar & Spice."

Shadows of Knight songs they played were "Oh Yeah," "Dark Side," "Boom Boom," "Shake" and "Gloria" twice.

Sohns, despite the stroke, is still a great front man.  And watching videos on You Tube, he was really great back in his prime.

The band formed in 1964 when the members were students at Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago.  Sohns was just 16 at the time.

It was a real trip back to the 60s and the Cellar in Arlington Heights for Liz and me.

Talking 'Bout My Generation Here.  --RoadDog

Friday, July 15, 2016

A Dozen Recipes Every North Carolinian Should Know-- Part 3: Pork Chops With Apples and Crook's Corner Shrimp and Grits

And a recipe comes with each and everyone of this dozen.


Most would agree that North Carolinians love their pork, even if not barbecue.  But apples have played a role in past and present.   North Carolina consistently ranks in the top ten of this country's apple producers.

At one time as many as 1500 different varieties of apples were grown in the state, but today more than half of those are lost to history. But there are still plenty of heirloom and antique varieties.  century Farm orchards in Richardson County grows more than 400 varieties.


No one is sure who invented shrimp and grits.  Over the years this food became popular in Southern restaurants.  Perhaps no version is better renowned than the one that he late Bill Neal created for the landmark place called Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill.  They've been serving it now for more than 25 years.

How About Shrimp and Apples?  --RoadDog

A Dozen Recipes Every North Carolinian Should Know-- Part 2:Sweet Potato Biscuits with Country Ham and Cabbage Collards and Potlikker with Cornmeal Dumplings

As if reading about these things was enough to get you starving, they had pictures of each one accompany the articles.  That was really mean.


Wow, I love anything sweet potato and never thought of sweet potato biscuits.  They suggest you make the biscuits if you make them a day or two ahead of time.  And, it gets even better when you pile that good old N.C. country ham in it.  Red-eye gravy anybody?


Most North Carolinians have had collards, but the mild, tender, leafy, pale cabbage collards Down East are not as well-known.

In case you were wondering (I had to look it up).  Potlikker is also called collard liquor or pot liquor.  It is the liquid left behind after you boil greens (collard, mustard or turnip).  I do not think it has any alcoholic properties.

I Can Just barely Take Collards, However. Maybe These Are Better.  --RoadDog

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Dozen Recipes Every North Carolinian Should Know-- Part 1 "All the Way" Dogs and Cheerwine BBQ Chicken

From the April 2016 Our state magazine.

Some of these are barely-known outside of their home towns, but, they are all very, very tasty.

CAROLINA DOGS--  All the Way for a Carolina hot dog means topped with chili, slaw, onions and mustard.  (They are also great on a Carolina burger.)

CHEERWINE BARBECUED CHICKEN--  Carolinians can be really picky about their 'cue.  And don't even think about getting them started on barbecue pork.  But,the state devotion to Cheerwine goes back to 1917 when L.D. Peeler created Cheerwine in Salisbury.

Bright crimson with a wild cherry flavor, people have been known to tote cases out-of-state.  I know I always stock up with 5-6 two-liter bottles before I come home.

It just does something to the sauce.

Give It a Try.  --RoadDog

500 Facts About the Indy 500-- Part 25: Big Ol' Trophy


A base was added for the '87 race.

122.  Bobby Rahal was the last driver to grace the original trophy when he won in 1986.

123.  The only portrait on the trophy not of a driver is that of track owner Tony Hulman.  It was added in 1987.

124.  The new base added nearly 13 inches to the trophy's height, which now stands atfive feet, 4.75 inches.

125.  It now weighs in at 110 pounds.

Big Ol' Trophy.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sweet As Honey: N.C. Taste Treats

From the April 2016, Our State magazine (North Carolina) by Lynn Wells.

"Here's the buzz: a selection of recipes using our favorite natural sweetener.  Now make a beeline for the local honey section of your grocery or farmer's market."

Besides mouthwatering photos of each, she has the the recipe.

Honey Buns

Smoked Honey-Roasted Peanuts (well, it is N.C.)

Vanilla Honey Cake  (Gets my vote.)

Honey-Ginger Chicken

Didn't Do Me Any Good, However.  I Can't Cook.  --RoadDog

500 Facts About the Indy 500-- Part 25: The Borg Warner Victory Wreath


The wreath is constructed using a round 24-inch Styrofoam base.  On the base you will find 30 feet of red white and blue stripped ribbon, 70 feet of green floral tape, 60 small checkered flags, 250 steel picks, a pound of hot glue, hand-crafted letters spelling Borg Warner, 33 white orchids representing the 33 drivers in the field and 33 small tubes filled with water for the flowers.