f8inmemphis Beer for my horses ... (OK, technically they're not my horses and I'll take the ) ... at Shelby Farms Park in East Memphis. 5h

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f8inmemphis Beyond the cooler door: Inside an old warehouse in downtown Memphis, said to have once housed a King Cotton meat company plant, a heavy door sits off its hinges at the entrance to what apparently was a meat-cooler room. Plans are to convert the building to residential space. 1d

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f8inmemphis Only the wind knows where you went ... (at the National Ornamental Metal Museum, on the Mississippi River just south of downtown Memphis.) 2d

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f8inmemphis Street corner talkin' ... in downtown Helena, Arkansas. 3d

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f8inmemphis Some locals in Helena, Arkansas, call this the bong-smoking gargoyle, but it's a great example of why some architects included gargoyles in their buildings. Most gargoyles include a channel designed to drain water from a roof and away from the side of a building to protect brickwork from water damage. This downspout was probably added later at St. John's Episcopal Church, built in 1916. 4d

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f8inmemphis Like evidence left by ancient cave-dwellers, smoke from fires set by homeless people blackens the wall of the sanctuary, near where the altar once stood, inside the abandoned St. Thomas Catholic Church in South Memphis. The peeling paint and plaster show how moisture has damaged the inside of the church after a large part of its roof collapsed several years ago. (See previous posts, about three weeks back in gallery.) 5d

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f8inmemphis Meandering ... over eastern Arkansas on the approach to Memphis International Airport. 6d

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f8inmemphis She had me with those eyes ... and then that wink did it. (Found in Lauderdale County, Tennessee, about 50 miles northeast of Memphis.) 1w

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f8inmemphis Alley scene, downtown Helena, Arkansas. 1w

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f8inmemphis Dream big. 1w

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f8inmemphis Piano roll blues, danced holes in my shoes;
There weren't another other way to be.
For loveable losers, no account boozers
And honky tonk heroes like me.
-- Billy Joe Shaver
1w

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f8inmemphis This green-glazed brick building with cast-iron columns and copper-clad bay windows at 306 Cherry St. in downtown Helena, Arkansas, housed the Black Diamond Drug Store from about 1890 until the 1920s, then became Bradfield Printing Co. 2w

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f8inmemphis Billy Joe Shaver brought his songs about hell-raisin', drinkin', lovin' and losin' to Minglewood Hall's 1884 Lounge in Midtown Memphis tonight. There's a reason Willie Nelson considers Shaver the best songwriter alive today -- his tunes are that good. 2w
  •   clivejd Must check him ! 2w
  •   f8inmemphis @graffarid Thanks! 2w
  •   f8inmemphis @rlmegan He really is; Bob Dylan doesn't cover many songs written by others, but he does sing Shaver's "Old Five and Dimers Like Me." 2w
  •   f8inmemphis @vivalasvegaslorrie Definitely, Lorrie 2w
  •   f8inmemphis @thejamiedarling He's written lots of great stuff, witness Waylon Jennings' Honky Tonk Heroes album, almost all songs written by Shaver. 2w
  •   f8inmemphis @clivejd His songs pretty much launched the whole "outlaw" country thing 2w
  •   maritahodges Thank you so much, Mike. I was gonna if you said "oh, I just use my iPhone! 2w
  •   f8inmemphis @maritahodges Haha! No, the iPhone is good, but in low light even the 5s struggles ... and its wide-angle lens doesn't have much reach in a concert situation. 2w

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f8inmemphis Musical things ... in downtown Helena, Arkansas. 2w

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f8inmemphis Lucero bassist John C. Stubblefield wades into the crowd in front of the stage during tonight's show at Levitt Shell. 2w

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f8inmemphis Lucero plays to a big hometown crowd tonight at Levitt Shell in Midtown Memphis. 2w

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f8inmemphis Hank Williams III onstage tonight at Minglewood Hall in Memphis. 2w

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f8inmemphis Just a portion of a mural on the levee wall in downtown Helena, Arkansas, illustrates some of the many who have contributed to the city's rich musical heritage. From left:
-- "Sunshine" Sonny Payne, longtime host of King Biscuit Time, the legendary radio program broadcast on KFFA 1360 AM in Helena, a show that's done much to popularize blues music.
-- Bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson II, who frequently played the King Biscuit Time show.
-- James Cotton, a harmonica player, singer and songwriter who played with Wiliamson, Howlin' Wolf and many others.
-- Levon Helm, drummer and a lead vocalist for The Band, who grew up in nearby Turkey Scratch, Arkansas, and cited KFFA programming as an early influence.
The mural was created by artist Larry Spakes.
2w

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f8inmemphis High atop an old building that once housed a Montgomery Ward store in downtown Helena, Arkansas, is this artful emblem in tile. Based on an earlier sculpture and known as the “Spirit of Progress,” the emblem appeared on many of the mail-order retailer's stores in the 1920s and '30s and also was depicted in a bronze statue at Montgomery Ward’s main offices in Chicago. The Helena store closed in the 1970s, but the old Ward's symbol remains. 2w

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f8inmemphis New Hope Missionary Baptist Church was established on April 28, 1918, near Estill, Mississippi. I've shot a lot of rural churches in the past three years, but this is my favorite. Wanted to try a #bnw re-edit from my visit there early last year. 3w
  •   tiff_greer Yes! We have tons of old buildings and run down places to shoot. plus the best sunsets you'll ever see. Nothin' like a delta sunset over a field. @f8inmemphis 2w
  •   f8inmemphis @tiff_greer You're preachin' to the choir there, Tiff ... agreed, agreed and agreed! 2w
  •   dkwhist Gorgeous piece of history! Did you make it inside? 2w
  •   iflashpr Beautiful! 2w
  •   cgmccall Killed it! 2w
  •   f8inmemphis @dkwhist A belated thank you, Darla ... And no, it was locked securely, but I would love to see the interior some day. 2w
  •   f8inmemphis @iflashpr Thanks much there, Willo! 2w
  •   f8inmemphis @cgmccall Thank you kindly, Cheryl! 2w

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