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Home to Tennessee

Playing bluegrass with Joseph and JoeOne of the great things about going home has always been the chance to get together with my brother Joe and play a little music.  So last week when the children and I were in Tennessee, I eagerly looked forward to heading out to Joe and Kerry’s house with my guitar and mandolin in tow.

Joe (with a beard grown for a play at the Arts Center of Cannon County) had told me that his oldest children had begun to pick up the banjo, guitar, mandolin, and fiddle.  And sure enough, as we pulled out our instruments my nephew Joseph joined in with some clawhamer banjo.   It was great fun to play along with the next generation of pickers.

Joe is an ornamental blacksmith and we had a good time checking out his new wares as well as his expanded shop.  Joe and Kerry essentially built their house by themselves, and it was great to see the new stairway they designed and constructed to open up the living room.Living Room  Joe’s shop is usually on the annual studio tour for the Murfreesboro area, and I encourage those in Middle Tennessee to keep an ear open for the next tour opportunities.  Joe also shows his work at the TACA Spring Crafts Festival in Nashville’s Centennial Park , at the Arts Center of Cannon County, and online through his web site.

After a great visit with Joe, we spent the afternoon and evening with my sister Debbie, her husband Mark, and their three daughters and their families.  We had a wonderful time catching up and getting to know Debbie and Mark’s energetic and beautiful grandchildren.   All our nieces have married wonderful young men and their families are growing and growing.

Of course, we spent a great deal of time in Tennessee with my father.  Daddy and I made multiple trips to his favorite Main Street restaurant – the City Cafe – where the waitresses call you “Hon,”  wear t-shirts that proclaim City Cafe as the “Original Meat and Three,” and the mugs for sale are labeled “Stolen from the City Cafe.”  And yes, the southern style food hits the spot!  Just another great Main Street establishment.

Thanks to my father and siblings for helping to make coming home such a great experience.

More to come…


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I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.

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