Picture This: Nashville, 1980

By Sturgeone, a Trail Mix Contributor

This is Nashville, 1980. While it may look like a seedy neighborhood, this is actually in the heart of Music Row, on 16th Ave. This is also the business of Nashville music industry in action. The little lady is brought into town by her Dad, because she can sing a bit, probably won a talent contest or two, and she has hopes of becoming the next New Country Music Singing Sensation.

We have the big time music promoter, the Dad with his pipe, the Music Man with his cuppa joe, and the little lady. The music promoter is terribly impressed with the young lady’s voice, and they’ve decided to Go For It and make an LP record. A whole album, on Papa’s tab.  (They also called in a realtor, not in the picture, because once she hits the airwaves she’s obviously going to need a place in Nashville).

So somehow or other I found myself at the high-end recording studio and just kind of blended in, watching it all unfold. A fly on the wall, as it were. They’re about to go for lunch at this famous place where there’s always a star or two hanging out. So I step out of the studio and, as I happen to have my camera, I say, “Smile” and take the picture.8None of these 4 people have the foggiest idea who the hell I am, what the hell I’m doing there, or why the hell I’m taking their picture. Nashville was a trip.

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38 thoughts on “Picture This: Nashville, 1980”

  1. “...didn’t have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as a rock …. He was lazy as hell”
     from the pouty tweet lips of a 4 time (at least) bankrupt about a former head of the world’s largest publicly traded oil and gas company.

    the guardian reports another view:
    …Donald Trump may have just suffered the type of blow he can least afford: someone on Fox News has called him lazy and stupid.
    Well, in so many words, that is.
    It’s an extreme rarity to hear a harsh word for the president from anyone on Fox News. But ever the savvy operator, and perhaps sensing the impending political winds of discontent, Fox News’ chief anti-immigration and white nationalism commentator, Tucker Carlson, has delivered a verdict on the first two years of the administration – and he’s not pleased.

    Speaking with Die Weltwoche, Switzerland’s leading German-language weekly, Carlson catalogued a list of grievances and failures regarding Trump’s ability and desire to deliver on anything he pledged during his campaign.
    “I’ve come to believe that Trump’s role is not as a conventional president who promises to get certain things achieved to the Congress and then does.”
    Not only has Trump failed to come through, Carlson said, he might not even be able to, both due to his own shortcomings and his inability to muster legislators to follow his lead.
    “I don’t think he’s capable,” Carlson went on.
    “I don’t think he’s capable of sustained focus. I don’t think he understands the system. I don’t think the Congress is on his side. I don’t think his own agencies support him.”
    In order to pass legislation, “you really have to understand how it works and you have to be very focused on getting it done, and he knows very little about the legislative process, hasn’t learned anything, and surrounded himself with people that can get it done, hasn’t done all the things you need to do so. It’s mostly his fault that he hasn’t achieved those things,” he said.
    Carlson has made the odd critical remark about the president in the past, but by and large when he thought Trump wasn’t going far enough to the right. These comments are different in that they take the administration’s failures on the whole into account. It’s great to have an effective attack dog on your side – the only problem is when they turn against you they’re already inside the house.

  2. I think that since I had my Pentax slung around my neck, they must have assumed I was a photographer  someone had called in.

    These things tended to happen quickly. No time to waste.

  3. Sturgeone

    Interesting picture.  The “music man” with the coffee cup looks familiar.  Do you know the rest of the story?


  4. No, that story ended for me when I walked on up the street.  The only further development from that episode was that while I was in the studio I managed to put my “Keyboard Available” notice on the really big cheese bulletin board, and got a call for an audition with Oliver, who was looking to replace his pianist.    Oliver was a really nice guy. No, (haha) I didn’t get the gig. He had to have someone who could read music.   He gave me a true shot, though, just he and I in the piano room at Local #257.

    A week later I got a letter from him patiently explaining his needs and why he had to go with a more experienced player.   He was a class act, Oliver Swofford.

  5. He had a sheet music score which unfolded like an Accordian about all the way across the piano.

    It was after that I began to take an interest in not being musically illiterate.  Time well spent.

  6. Jamie, SJWNY and BlueinDallas – Thinking of you as the Golden Globe nominations came out. SJWNY, I hope you are having a good week. Now I definitely want to see Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born, Vice, The Wife and Boy Erased! Anyone else making their movie plans based on the nominations, or placing bets on winners? Also glad Darren Criss is getting his TV credit for his role in The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

    Taking a brief break from TrumpGate. What a coincidence that one man is surrounded by so many criminals!

  7. The young lady is pretty; I sense she will be comfortable with dad close by.

    Sturg, I still have the Pentax k1000 that I bought in Panama in the early ’70s. I like that camera. Most of the pictures I took with it were ektachrome although when working I did shoot some really slow Agfa and Ilford with remarkable results with long lenses using a tripod. We had a lab in our back room to do the processing.

  8. Jamie, the guy with the coffee cup looks a lot like dubya (when he had more hair) and the daddy sure looks like trump.

    sturge, that rising young singer might have been suzy bogguss who was around Nashville about that time… looks a bit like her pic (when she was younger) above

  9. speaking of the twit, this from the guardian this morning:

    Donald Trump lashed out at the federal investigation into Russian election meddling on Saturday, with an exaggerated claim that it has cost more than $30m.
    The president tweeted after a torrid day in which special counsel Robert Mueller revealed that former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort lied to the FBI and special counsel’s office about five different matters, and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen spoke with a Russian offering help during the 2016 election campaign.
    Writing in capital letters, Trump wrote: “AFTER TWO YEARS AND MILLIONS OF PAGES OF DOCUMENTS (and a cost of over $30,000,000), NO COLLUSION!”
    The Mueller investigation began in May 2017, less than two years ago. The Politifact website estimates its cost at around $27m.

  10. daveb

    I’ve seen “The Wife” and Close deserves that Oscar.  I’m seeing Green Book today and then the family has Mary Poppins Returns on the schedule.  Everything else will probably wait until after the Oscar noms come out or they become available on pay per view.  I know The Favourite is definitely a must see for me.

    Somebody will have to explain to me how Vice was nominated for a Globe in the comedy/musical category.



  11. also from the guardian:  Mob mentality: how Mueller is working to turn Trump’s troops


    Before the curtain lifts on the final act of the Robert Mueller investigation – which is not necessarily to say the final act of the Donald Trump presidency – there has been a a scramble for seats as second-tier figures in the drama choose sides.
    Some of the players have agreed to work with the special counsel as he investigates possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Others are standing by Trump. Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort vowed never to work with Mueller, then agreed to work with Mueller, then allegedly tried to put one over Mueller.
    Like the methodical prosecutor he is, Mueller has forced each target of his investigation, one by one, to pick a side, offering reduced penalties to cooperators such as Michael Flynn and hammering Manafort, whom Mueller accused Friday of lying to investigators about maintaining contacts inside the White House as recently as May.
    Trump, for his part, has been trying to disrupt the process, praising former aides who “refused to break” and “still have guts” while slamming his former attack dog Michael Cohen, who has been cooperating with Mueller, as a “weak” liar and a bad lawyer to boot.
    The secret of why, exactly, Trump appears to be growing so desperate in the face of his former aides’ mutiny – by midday Friday, the president had tweeted seven times about Mueller – promises to be revealed in the final act.
    The drama, meanwhile, has heated up aggressively in the last week, with former Trump adviser Roger Stone invoking fifth amendment protections to maintain his silence, and Mueller unveiling the extent of Cohen’s co-operation, writing approvingly of Flynn’s conduct, and explaining to a judge how Manafort allegedly tried to outsmart him.
    To a certain set of federal prosecutors, the visible struggle between Trump and Mueller for the loyalty of former Trump aides is familiar, because it is straight out of the playbook for prosecuting organized crime.
    “The decision to cooperate with prosecutors always comes down to loyalty,” said Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor from the southern district of New York who helped dismantle the Sicilian mafia.
    “Who are you going to prioritize?” Honig said. “Are you going to cooperate and minimize your own exposure, and likely minimize the pain, and emotional and financial hardship on your family – or are you going to stay loyal to the people who you committed crimes with?”
    Controversially, owing to its potentially disastrous erosion of the rule of law coming from the mouth of a president, Trump has objected to Mueller’s tactic of “flipping” witnesses – Flynn, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Cohen, Manafort (temporarily) and counting – arguing that it amounts to an enticement to lie.
    “You know they make up stories, people make up stories,” Trump told Fox News in August. “This whole thing about flipping, they call it, I know all about flipping. For 30 to 40 years I’ve been watching flippers … It almost ought to be outlawed. It’s not fair.”
    But Patrick Cotter, a former federal prosecutor who was part of the team that convicted the Gambino family boss John Gotti, said not only is “flipping” a witness fair, it is “exceedingly common” in group investigations.
    “This is what you do when you’re investigating the Gambino crime family, or a motorcycle gang, or any other group of criminals that are engaged in a conspiracy,” said Cotter. “You’ve got to get inside. And usually you need somebody on the inside to tell you what’s going on, and that opens up some doors.”
    All the former prosecutors the Guardian spoke with cautioned that they did not mean by their analysis to say that Trump is a mob boss, or that the Mueller investigation is strictly an organized crime investigation. But the similarities kept coming up.
    Daniel Goldman was deputy chief of the organized crime unit in the southern district of New York, where he was an assistant US attorney for a decade.
    “To play the mafia analogy out a little further,” Goldman said, “mob bosses hold sway over their soldiers because they hold the purse strings for their soldiers and their soldiers’ families, particularly when they go to jail, and they sort of rule with an implicit iron fist that reacts to cooperation with violence up to, potentially, death.
    “Trump holds sway over his associates through his presidential pardon power and he’s not afraid to explicitly reference that power in connection to individuals who may have information about his own criminal activity. And so the parallels are very strong.”

  12. Trump is proving his ignorance of the “Some people say category” by tweeting that protestors in France are chanting “We Want Trump”.  The video that is making the rounds prove that this was done in England by some group in support of far-right extremist Tommy Robinson.  As usual stupid is as stupid tweets didn’t bother with a fact check.

    Donny couldn’t figure out that the British are speaking English and standing on top of a British bus.



  13. Sturg… thanks for the interesting picture and background story.  I take it that “on Papa’s tab” was a familiar money making thing back then…. maybe still even today.

    daveb… first off… the Red Sox won the World Series!  That’s interesting that Vice has been nominated when it isn’t scheduled to be released to the mainstream public until Xmas Day.  I know I can’t wait to go see it!

  14. Wow when Tucker Carlson turns on you that is bad

    that ought to stir up a tweet storm from the most devoted fox fan

  15. I don’t know why people are shocked that SFB announces he’s been cleared  – this is maybe the third or fourth time he has been “cleared.”

    We already know he never admits wrongdoing.   Probably doesn’t know right from wrong anyway.

    He will go down proclaiming his innocence.   And if some goofy Republican senators think they can stroll over to the White House and tell SFB — time to go and he will.  I say they are out of their effing minds

  16. Unite the White ashhole found guilty of 1st degree murder for Charlottesville killing.


    A jury of seven women and five men began deliberating Friday morning and took just over seven hours to reach its decision that James Alex Fields Jr., 21, of Maumee, Ohio, acted with premeditation when he backed up his 2010 Dodge Challenger and then roared it down a narrow downtown street crowded with counterprotesters, slamming into them and another car. Heather D. Heyer, 32, was killed and 35 others were injured, many grievously. Fields was also found guilty on eight counts of malicious wounding.

    Swastikas, confederate flags, MAGAt caps and Seig Heil salutes. Very fine people. Pricks


  17. Renee, I’d be happy, if it fits your schedule/inclination that you join daughter Sue and me in watching and cheering for Ohio State play in the Rose Bowl on New Years Day. With you on the northern border and us in South Carolina, all we need is KGC to take care of the other side of our Country.

  18. Flatus…  I may watch some college football on New Year’s Day…  and I may not.  For me it depends on the score…  I hate watching lopsided college games.  I did put on the Alabama/Georgia game last week.  I fully intended to turn it off if one side dominated the other…  it turned out to be a good game.

    I will wish your team good luck!

  19. Today is the Army/Navy game, the one football melee I pay attention to all year.  In honor of my Army lifer dad:  GO NAVY!!!

  20. I love the Rose parade and unless Wisconsin is playing don’t usually care about the game.

    I’ll root for the hairless nuts over the Huskies though

  21. It appears that Mueller is hemming Trump in Stich by careful stich. Trump is either too dumb or too ego driven to realize it.

    One is forced to wonder how much longer his supporters and apologists in the senate and elsewhere can remain blind to the peril?

  22. I just ordered a modern disc player so that I can share an upgraded recording of From Here to Eternity. It made a profound impression when I watched it in ’53. Then, in ’61, when I traveled to Pearl Harbor by Troop Ship passing the Arizona with the oil slick tracking from her hull because of the fuel still in her tanks, our ship was met by a Navy band. Not for us, but for the battalion of SeaBees who were going to spend the night in Pearl before re-embarking for the rest of their journey to Okinawa.

    Within a day or two, we were told that the 25th Inf Div didn’t have our specialized jobs and never would—Youse guys are leaving for Korea at 1100 tomorrow by c-118 out of golly, the name of the air base escapes me–that’s happening with increasing frequency now. In any event, we landed at Kimpo three days later. A wonderfully interesting journey.

  23. carl Hiaasen:
    After reading Epstein’s victims’ account, how does Labor Secretary Acosta sleep at night?
    Stephen King himself would be challenged to invent a fictional villain as monstrous as Jeffrey Epstein, but Epstein is real.
    And, despite mountainous evidence of stomach-churning crimes, today he is free as a bird — thanks to the man who now sits as the U.S. Secretary of Labor.
    It’s well-documented that Alexander Acosta, then the U.S. attorney in Miami, approved a slap-on-the-wrist plea deal for Epstein, a rich hedge fund manager who recruited scores of underage girls to perform sex acts at his Palm Beach mansion and his homes in New York, New Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
    But the recent Miami Herald series by reporter Julie Brown exposes in startling detail not only Epstein’s voracious methods, but the suspicious cooperation between federal prosecutors and Epstein’s lawyers in plotting the 2008 agreement that would keep the shameful terms secret from the media — and from Epstein’s young victims — until the deal was done.

    [….an uncharacteristically serious carl continues…]

  24. Go Navy – Beat Army.  I wear that T-shirt when I am around town (Annapolis), along with wearing it when I am down near Norfolk.  I wear my Go Air Force – Sink Navy around AF facilities.  My father was Army, my grandfather and great uncle were Navy.  Going back to the earliest all my ancestors were Army.  For some reason none went into the Marines.

    Go Navy!

  25. Oh, there were some from Long Island that headed North to Nova Scotia when things started to heat up during Revolutionary times.

  26. “Not sure how SFB thinks the submissions on Cohen and Manafort clear him.” – Mr Pogo

    Not sure how the trumpistas imagine the submissions on cohen and manafort clear him. Apparently it’s one of the mysteries of their religious cult.

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