“No Traffic Jam on the Extra Mile”


Hello Friends,

You just know when Ray and I throw on a show it’s gonna be spectacular. That being said, greatness does come at a cost, you know? That reminds me of a quote I once read; oh, how did that go again?

“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”

Do you see the adjectives here? That’s right- to “Decide” and “Become.” You see friends, when Ray and I “decided,” then we “became” the greatest show on Earth. No disrespect to P.T. Barnum, just saying to be extraordinary means you do extraordinary things. Those “things” are going the extra mile for what we believe in.

In our quest to bring you the largest Guitar Show and Barbecue Stand on the East Coast means that these two ‘ole boys gotta go all out. “Going all out” means time spent on the road to bring you the finest dealers and clients from all over the world.

That brings me to my latest excursion. I found myself just a bit north of Knoxville in a town called Morristown. Now, as you can see in the photos, Morristown is a bit like Mayberry. I’m quite sure these fine folks take in a good meal on Cumberland St. and by the looks of things, these people are not adverse to doing a little hunting for whitetail bucks around Panther Creek State Park. Why not? It’s gotta be in their blood. The man that was commonly known as the “King of the Wild Frontier” called this place home, so there’s got to be a few of these people directly related to Davy Crockett.

Now that I’m through with the history lesson, let’s get on with what I wanted to tell you about. You’re obliviously a guitarist or you wouldn’t be here. Tom owns an unassuming little place called “The Trade Center.” From the outside, you may not think much, but let me tell you something: The people in this town are hiding a treasure in plain sight. When you walk in, you’ll immediately know that this isn’t just a pawnshop at all. This place is a mecca for fine guitars, horns and believe it or not, vintage coins.

With all those unique Martin acoustics and Gibson Mandolins, you might not catch the serious caliber of musicians that this store is enriched with. At any given moment, you may hear “Flop Eared Mule” or “The Preacher and the Bear.” If you take the time to watch the video, you’ll see the resident Chet Atkins, Jimmy Hutsell do his own version of the “Country Gentleman” himself. Like I said friends, if you’re ever up in those parts, make it your mission to go experience this mystical place for yourself. Trust me- you’ll be glad you did.

In closing, Ray and I are determined for you to have the best experience possible, much like my new friends at “The Trade Center.” Thank you, Tom and you as well Jimmy. The pleasure was all mine!

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