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Ghosts of Country Music
Tales of Haunted Honky Tonks & Legendary Spectres

By: Matthew L. Swayne
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738748634
English  |  264 pages | 5 x 8 x 1 IN
Pub Date: February 2017
Price: $15.99 US,  $18.50 CAN
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Introduction . . . 1

Section 1: The Ghosts of Country Musicians . . . 7
Chapter 1: Hank Williams: The Lonesome Traveler’s Haunted Trail . . . 9
Nashville / 11
Montgomery / 13
Knoxville, Tennessee / 18
Oak Hill, West Virginia / 20
Hank, the Guardian Honky-Tonk Angel / 21
Notes from Hank’s Spirit / 24
Final Thoughts / 25

Chapter 2: Johnny Cash: The Man in Black’s Colorful Paranormal Legacy . . . 27
Telekinetic Cash / 32
Johnny’s Paranormal Partnership: Johnny Cash, Merle Kilgore, and Johnny Horton / 34

Chapter 3: Roy Acuff: The King of Country Music Won’t Abdicate His Musical Throne . . . 41
More Acuff Hauntings / 44

Chapter 4: Patsy Cline: Haunting Voice, Haunted Life . . . 47
Dream Home’s Restless Spirit / 49
More Patsy Hauntings / 52

Chapter 5: Loretta Lynn: The Coal Miner’s Daughter’s Rich Supernatural Vein . . .55
A Coal Miner’s Haunter? / 60

Chapter 6: Elvis Presley: Hound-Dogged by Hauntings . . . 65
The Graves of Graceland / 66
Elvis’s Other Haunts / 70
Big E in the Big Easy / 72

Chapter 7: Mindy McCready: Of Angels, Demons, Ghosts, and Curses . . . 75

Chapter 8: J. Bernard Ricks: Country Music’s Major Medium . . . 81

Section 2: Haunted Country Places . . . 87
Chapter 9: Haunted Concert Venues and Music Halls . . . 89

The Ryman Auditorium: The Granddaddy of All Haunted Halls / 89
Star Ghosts 93
Opryland: New Facilities, “Ole” Spirits / 95
The Music City Center: Branson, Missouri / 98
Apollo Civic Theatre: Fright at the Apollo / 100
Shreveport Municipal Auditorium: A Hayride Into the Paranormal / 103
Memorial Hall: Memories Aren’t the Only Things That Live On / 106
The Bijou: Boo at the Bijou / 108
Paramount Art Center: Achy Breaky Haunt / 111
Well Thanks, Joe 114

Chapter 10: Country Spirits: Bars, Clubs, Taverns, and Honky-Tonks . . . 117
Bobby Mackey’s Music World: One Haunted Honky-Tonk / 118
The Haunting Continues 124
A Toast to Nashville’s Ghosts: Music City’s Haunted Bars and Clubs / 127
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge 127
Flying Saucer 130
Hermitage Cafe 132
The Museum Club: The Supernatural on Display 133
You Only Need to Fear the Living. Really? 137

Chapter 11: Supernatural Studios and Record Company Headquarters . . . 139
Capitol Records: Spectre Check on Mic One / 140
RCA Studios: Does It Stand for Really Crazy Activity? / 142
Bennett House (Bagbey House): From Civil War Spirits to Studio Spirits / 144

Chapter 12: Record Shops That Are Paranormal Hot Spots . . . 149
Ernest Tubb Record Shop / 150
Lawrence Record Shop / 151

Chapter 13: Freaky Frequencies: Ghosts of Country Radio Stations . . . 155
KMCM Radio Station: Tuning In to Spooks / 156
Fresh Country 103.1: A Tall Tale or a Tallahassee Terror? / 160

Chapter 14: Haunted Country Hotels . . . 163
Big Cedar Lodge: Big Spirits in Big Cedar Lodge / 164
The Swimsuit Satanist 166
Walking Horse Hotel: The Haunting of Room 203 / 167
Believe or Else 171
Calling in the Investigators 172
Full-Bodied Apparition 174
The Stockyards Hotel: Outlaws and Outlaw Country Add Up to Outrageous Hauntings / 175
Spooky Quake 176
Bonnie and Clyde Suite 178
Night Life and Death in Fort Worth 178
Maison de Ville: Bigger Country Fan in the Big Easy / 178

Section 3: Miscellaneous Haunted Country Places . . . 183

Chapter 15: Ozark Spook Lights: Branson’s Big Lights . . . 185

Chapter 16: Brown Mountain Lights: Songs Pay Tribute to the Mountain’s Wandering Spirit . . . 191

Chapter 17: Fiddler’s Rock: You Have to Have a Ghostly Fiddle Player in the Band . . . 195

Chapter 18: Folsom Prison: Prisoners Eternally Singing the Blues . . . 199

Chapter 19: Preston Castle: The Reformatory Ghost Story . . . 203

Chapter 20: Witch Dance and Lyric Theater: Elvis’s Hometown Haunts . . . 207

Chapter 21: Haunted Jukeboxes: Just Press B-Scared . . . 211
Bobby Mackey’s and the Anniversary Waltz Mystery: Wilder, Kentucky / 212
Gathering Spot for the Supernatural 213
Country House: Clarendon Hills, Illinois / 214
Locals Bar and Restaurant: Pawnee, Illinois / 216
Earnestine & Hazel’s: Memphis, Tennessee / 217
Why Are Jukeboxes Haunted? / 218

Chapter 22: Haunted Tour Bus: Whisperin’ Bill Anderson Rides with the Moanin’ Ghost . . . 221

Epilogue: Musical Spirits and the Ultimate Question . . . 225

Notes and Resources . . . 231




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