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Songs & Stories to Debut 10/11/12

Songs & Stories show to Debut October 11th at the Old Country Store

(Jackson, TN)  Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store and Music Highway Crossroads have announced a partnership with local country music radio station Froggy 104 for a songwriter's evening called "Songs & Stories" that will be held the second Thursday evening of the month beginning October 11th.  Well known singer/songwriters Phil O'Donnell, Jimmy Melton and Ash Bowers will perform on October 11th.

Songs & Stories will be held in the Barnside Room of the Old Country Store restaurant. Doors will open at 6:00 pm for a dinner hour.  Dinner is not included in the price of the show. The performance begins at 7:00 pm and lasts until 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $10.00 each and advance tickets can be purchased at Music Highway Crossroads located at 40 Casey Jones Lane in Casey Jones Village in Jackson, Tennessee.  For more information visit or

Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store
56 Casey Jones Lane
Jackson, Tennessee 38305
1.731.668.1223 1.800.748.9588

The Best Whistlestop Between Memphis & Nashville!

Workshop/Concert at Music Highway Crossroads April 14

Big day Saturday with Tim May & Dan Miller at Music Highway Crossroads in Casey Jones Village!

Two-Hour Workshop: Improving Speed, Accuracy and Tone - 12 to 2pm

Two-Hour Workshop: Improvisation for Guitar and Mandolin - 2:30 to 4:30pm

Evening Concert 7:00pm 30 Casey Jones Lane Jackson, TN 38305

Workshop Price: $60 for both workshops, $35 each for one

Concert Price: $10

About the Workshops:
An Approach to Improvisation on Guitar and Mandolin
Tim May and Dan Miller (co-authors of the popular eight volume Flatpicking Essentials Guitar Course and the instructional DVD "An Approach to Improvisation"), will conduct a hands-on, all-level Guitar and Mandolin Improvisation Workshop. 

The idea of learning how to improvise can be confusing and overwhelming. Tim May and Dan Miller's workshop will prove to you that it is much easier to improvise than you think, and now is the time to start learning, even if you are a beginner to guitar or mandolin! In the workshop Tim and Dan teach an approach to improvisation that will put you on the road to improvising a solo on a song in a very short amount of time. The method that they teach and the skills that you will learn in this workshop will help really demystify improvisation. In fact, no matter what your current ability level, you will be improvising by the end of this workshop, even on a song that you have never heard before! If you are already an accomplished improvisational player this workshop can help take your abilities to the next level. If you are new to improvisation, this workshop will give you confidence in taking that big step to becoming an improvisational player. Each student will be given several opportunities to play for, and get direct feedback from, the instructors.

Speed, Accuracy, and Tone Workshop
Dan Miller, editor of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and co-author of the popular eight volume Flatpicking Essentials Guitar Course, and co-author of the book "The Guitar Player's Guide to Developing Speed, Accuracy, and Tone, will conduct a two-hour all-level flatpicking guitar workshop that will focus on how to use efficient left and right hand technique and mechanics to increase speed, improve note clarity and fluidity, and develop good tone and volume. Dan said, "After interviewing over 200 professional guitar players for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine I took all of the information that I had gathered about developing speed, accuracy, and tone and worked with my good friends Brad Davis and Tim May to develop a book, DVD, and workshop presentation that would help players of all levels break through playing barriers and improve their tone, volume, speed, fluidity, and note accuracy." 

About the Instructors:
Tim May is the kind of guy everyone likes. He's humorous, humble, easy-going, and fun to be around. He's also a very accomplished guitar player, singer, and songwriter—and one of Nashville's acoustic guitar "go-to guys". For fifteen years Tim focused on his job as the guitar player for the Nashville-based bluegrass band Crucial Smith. When that band broke up in 2002 the job offers started pouring in. Recent highlights include touring with Patty Loveless, touring with Eddie Rabbit, touring Japan with John Cowan, playing on the all-star Rounder project Moody Bluegrass (and performing with the Moody Blues band at the Ryman Auditorium), performing on the Grand Ole Opry dozens of times with Mike Snider, and recording a bluegrass gospel project with Charlie Daniels. Additionally, FGM Records has released Tim''s solo CD "Find My Way Back" and Tim is also featured in a new FGM Records concert DVD, "Live in Kansas City," with Brad Davis and Cody Kilby. While there are plenty of great guitar pickers in Nashville, Tim May adds great songwriting and singing to his list of many talents, which include being equally adept at resonator guitar, banjo, and mandolin. When he is not on the road or in the recording studio Tim works building and repairing stringed instruments. He is also the co-author of the eight-volume Flatpicking Essentials book/CD series and co-instructor on three instructional DVDs for guitar.

Dan Miller has been the publisher and editor of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine since 1996. He has also co-authored a number of flatpicking books, including: "The Bluegrass Guitar Style of Charles Sawtelle" with Charles Sawtelle, "Flatpicking the Blues" with Brad Davis, "The Guitar Player's Guide to Developing Speed, Accuracy and Tone" with Brad Davis, and the Eight Volume flatpicking course "Flatpicking Essentials" with Tim May. Dan Miller and Tim May have also produced three instructional DVDs for guitar players: "Improving Speed, Accuracy, and Tone," "Creating Solos," and "An Approach to Improvisation." Tim May and Dan Miller also have been performing in a trio with their good friend Brad Davis (Davis Miller May) since 2005 and have been performing together as a duo since 2007.

Music News!

Posted March 23, 2012:  Just a note to say how much we are enjoying the Jackson Area Plectral Society being with us EVERY Thursday night in the Village.  They voted last fall to meet at Casey Jones Museum, Music Highway Crossroads and the Old Country Store year round instead of April to October only.  We are so happy to have them with us every Thursday.

Music Highway Crossroads, located in the Shoppes at Casey Jones Village right next to the Old Country Store and Casey Jones Museum, continues to offer top notch local music weekly.  What a great venue!  Our manager, Steve Patterson, is wonderful.  Give him a call with any questions at the Crossroads at 731.660.4243.  Follow the fun on Facebook at!

Open House is Almost Here!

Check out our Open House schedule for Friday - Sunday, November 25th, 26th and 27th.  We will not be open on Thanksgiving Day but will be open bright and early Friday, November 25th from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm at the Old Country Store and 9 to 5 at Casey Jones Museum.  Music Highway Crossroads will have special music throughout the weekend too!

Music Highway Crossroads News!

Posted November 16th, 2011:  There's lots of musical fun all the time at Music Highway Crossroads.  This week is no exception as we welcome Ashley Mitchell at 7:00 pm and Amy Lewis at 7:30 pm Friday evening, November 18th.  Saturday night Steve Rivers will be on the Crossroads stage at 7:00 pm and we will have a special Sunday show with Chad Karnes at 2:00 pm.  MHC is only steps away from the Old Country Store and Casey Jones Museum in the Shoppes at Casey Jones Village. Here are more details on Amy and Chad:

Amy will be playing Friday night!  Here is Amy's press release:  AmyLewis

Steve Rivers will be with us Saturday night!  SteveRivers PressRelease
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Great News!!

Jackson Area Plectral Society Votes to Remain in Casey Jones Village Year Round
(Jackson, TN) On behalf of Casey Jones Village, Clark Shaw, CEO of Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store, is pleased to announce that the Jackson Area Plectral Society has voted to remain in the Village on Thursday evenings during the Winter months instead of going to a local church for their weekly club meetings. They will be playing their famous old-time music inside during the colder weather at the Old Country Store, Music Highway Crossroads on the stage where Carl Perkins began his career in the 1940's and at Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum. Shaw said that the members were excited to perform at the Train Station at Casey Jones Museum, which is a unique local venue where the community will be invited to enjoy the music and see a great Museum. The president of the Society is Donald Horne.

Shaw said, "We are so very pleased that the Plectral Society has chosen to make us their year round home. Our local, national and international guests love the live local music. The Society members are tremendously talented and we love sharing this slice of Americana with our guests. It's a perfect match for us. We strive to be a musical cultural center for West Tennessee and knowing that they will be here weekly year round is an outstanding addition to our Winter season."

The Jackson Area Plectral Society has been playing on Thursday evenings from April to October outside the Old Country Store for over 25 years and hold their annual fall festival in Casey Jones Village.
It is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of old-time string music. Members participate in open-air jams composed of fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, bass, dobro, harmonica and any non-electric instrument that preserves the sanctity of old-time string music. Casey Jones Village is located on the Highway 45 By-pass at I-40 exit 80A in Jackson, Tennessee at 56 Casey Jones Lane. The website is .
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Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store
56 Casey Jones Lane
Jackson, Tennessee 38305

1.731.668.1223 1.800.748.9588

The Best Whistlestop Between Memphis & Nashville!

Great Festival Around the Bend September 10th!

All Aboard for the Casey Jones Old-Time Music, Art & Quilt Festival September 10th

(Jackson, TN) It's full steam ahead for a fun filled Saturday at the Casey Jones Old-Time Music, Art & Quilt Festival September 10th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The festival is sponsored by the Jackson Area Plectral Society and Casey Jones Village. This year activities will again be held in "downtown" Casey Jones Village with stage performances on Saturday in the beautiful theater inside Casey Jones Museum, local art with the Art in the Village gallery and a quilt show highlighting local quilters designs.

Festival admission is $5.00 and includes a tour of the historic Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum. Those wishing to see the bands perform can purchase a ticket at Casey Jones Museum and those wishing to view the quilt show can begin at Grace Bible Fellowship located next to the Museum. There will be art activities at Art in the Village and jamming or shade tree pickin' with the Plectral Society throughout the day.

The festival is sponsored by the Jackson Area Plectral Society, a non-profit 501 C-3 organization made up of musicians and supporters dedicated to the promotion and preservation of traditional old-time string music. Club president is Don Horne. Club members are actively involved in volunteer and charity work all over West Tennessee and attend and play in music festivals throughout the region.

The stage schedule is as follows:

4:20 PM HIGHWAY 54

Casey Jones Village is located on the Highway 45 By-pass at I-40 exit 80A in Jackson, Tennessee. Casey Jones Museum's address is 30 Casey Jones Lane. Phone number is 731.668.1222. For more information visit .
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Songwriter's Depot news

We're taking a little summer siesta from Songwriter's Depot and will let you know when the next show is booked.  Stay tuned!

Events News!

Updated August 26th, 2011:  The Rush of Fools concert was canceled earlier this month by Glorious Soundz Productions. Just wanted to make certain everyone is aware that it will not be held on Sunday, August 28th, 2011. 

Gospel Supper Club will be held in the Old Country Store restaurant on Thursday, September 1st at 6:30 pm featuring Southern Gospel music from the Barnett Family from Stanton, TN.

We look forward to the Music with a Mission tour coming to the Village Wednesday evening, October 5th, 2011.  Make plans to join us at Casey Jones Amphitheatre for this great event.  Follow "Glorious Sounds Productions" on Facebook for details. 

Posted July 14th, 2011: We're having a great summer.  Music Highway Crossroads is open and we're having live music every weekend thanks to our manager Steve Patterson.  If you haven't been by please stop in soon.  We're open daily.   

Every Thursday night enjoy authentic real Americana with the bluegrass style old time music of the Jackson Area Plectral Society.  Free fun on the porch at the Old Country Store every Thursday evening from 6:30 - 9 pm.  Lawn chairs welcome.

This weekend on Saturday, July 16th we'll be hosting a great concert event called "Rock And Roll My Soul" produced by Willi X Evans at the Casey Jones Village Amphitheatre.  There is a wonderful article with all the details by Ellen Kimbro in the Jackson Sun!  Our thanks to the Sun and our media friends for helping us spread the word.  Tickets are only $10 in advance at Music Highway Crossroads and $15 at the door.  Jackson Sun Article

We are also honored to host the Amber Kendrick Memorial Benefit on Saturday, July 23rd from 10 am to 6 pm at the Casey Jones Village Amphitheatre located behind the Old Country Store.  August 28th from 7 pm -10 pm we will be hosting the Freefall '11 concert through Glorious Soundz Productions and tickets are also available at Music Highway Crossroads.

September 10th we have a big day in the works for the Casey Jones Old-Time Music & Arts Festival.  Make plans to join us for all these great community and family friendly events!

Songwriter's Depot news

Just a reminder that Songwriter's Depot is on hiatus this month in support of the Darryl Worley Songwriters event at Bumpus Harley Davidson Tuesday night, June 28th in Jackson.  We'll see you next month.