Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Look who's gonna rock Rocky Mount in December

SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE KIDS fresh off the Kudzu Ranch y'all, if you don't know what kudzu is you have never been to the south!

Look who's gonna rock Rocky Mount: S.C.O.T.S sOUTHERN cULTURE ON THE sKIDS IN December!  
TICKETS $24 ONLINE HERE at The Harvester
Friday, December 12, 2014 - 8:00pm
Harvester Performance Center, 450 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, VA
Long the bards of downward mobility, Southern Culture on the Skids have always embodied a sleazy, raucous, goodnatured, goodtime take on the culture of the South. Recently described by Dwight Yoakam (in Filter) as 'really on the outside, like Dick Dale meets Hank Thompson,' SCOTS have mixed high and low culture for decades, endlessly touring, serving up moonshine martinis and poultry picking for fans everywhere.
Since 1983, when they formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, SCOTS have played their unique hybrid of Americana, surf, R&B, rockabilly, and swamp pop (the band describes their sound as 'toe sucking geek rock kinda weird, but it feels good when youre doing it'), all the while driving fans into ecstatic, sweatdrenched paroxysms of joy. Assisted by his cohorts in chaos drummer Dave Hartman and bassist/singer/heartbreaker Mary Huff Miller and crew have been prolific and ubiquitous for over twenty years.
From their 1985 debut Voodoo Beach Party, to the international smash, 1998s Dirt Track Date (featuring the hit single 'Camel Walk'), and up to 2007s gender bending album of cover tunes Countrypolitan Favorites, Southern Culture on the Skids have continued to throw what Rolling Stone dubbed 'a hell raising rock and roll party.' Their 2005 live outing, Doublewide and Live!, captured all of this on tape, dirty, rough, wild and above all fun!! 2010 saw the bands first selfrelease, The Kudzu Ranch, plus the reissue of their classic 1991 album, Too Much Pork For Just One Fork. In 2011 the band released the out of print 1996 Santo Swings EP digitally for the first time ever on Cinco de Mayo.
Now this fall the band is gearing up for the release of Zombified Extended Reissue on September 27, 2011. Southern Culture On The Skids tribute to the horror and exploitation movies that populated Southern theaters and drive-ins during the 60s and 70s, Zombified is being released this fall on Kudzu Records. Originally released in Australia as an eight song EP in 1998, Zombified is now a fulllength album with the addition of five new tunes.
The new and improved Zombified has been remastered and repackaged with cover art by Sean Starwars and design by Yee Haw industries. Rick Miller, guitarist and singer for the band said, 'you know, the Zombified EP never had a proper U.S. release and the band is excited about it happening now as a full album.' The album will be available in all formats, CD, digital download and LP.
Walk to this show from proudly family owned and operated Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast located in the quiet historic district of Rocky Mount.

End of our street is downtown Rocky Mount. Above is the view from The Claiborne House B&B porch (The taller brick building is currently being renovated for a new microbrewery and restaurant ) ISN'T IT TIME FOR A BLUE RIDGE DAY Y'ALL?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Innspirational food for thought

Things I know for certain. Virginia is apple country. That is all. Back to your regular programming now. The quote was food for thought from your Claiborne House B&B Innkeepers here in apple country Virginia.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Date Night By Rex

Rex said it so I am quoting him "Have a great date night"
And when Rex speaks you better listen y'all!

The Harvester Performance Center is just a short walk from The Claiborne House B&B and makes the perfect romantic getaway and special date night.

People are ASTOUNDED at the artists playing The Harvester, how, why, what! They cannot believe who is rockin' little ol' Rocky Mount Va...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Random Ramblings from an Innkeeper

My exciting day began this morning with a cow escaping from a local farm outside an electric fence. While Dad went to alert the farmer to this dangerous situation, I stood guard trying to convince the cow to stay put, as cars were literally buzzing past on this Franklin County country road.
Click image for a better look!
I had my camera with and yelped (or did I shriek?) "KODAK MOMENT!" and captured a few of said black and white cow with the old farm truck. So when I got home tonight and I checked my SD card and saw this image, I wanted a simple but poignant quote to go with it. I could not think of anything else but the one thought came to mind to go on the photo. 

Know where your food comes from
I want to thank all the farmers for the food I eat. I am truly grateful, and I realize that the work is not for the faint of heart. Thank you to the farmer's wives, the farmer's kids and everyone involved who keep us fat and happy.  

When googling turns to giggling
"Some Holsteins may be more white than black than others, and other Holsteins may be more black than white than others. Occasionally you may see a cow that will be all black with very little white in her, or be all white with very little to no black on her." Okay, glad we got that sorted out, thank you internet.

Come out for a visit
I hope you reading this enjoy my photo and you can make it out to Franklin County, on the sunrise side of the Blue Ridge for some home-spun fun. Here is our website.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Those dirty innkeepers!

We went underground 
Did you know there are thousands of caves in Virginia? Well none in the Blue Ridge but in the Shenandoah there are plenty and one of them we met yesterday up close and very personal was called Glade Cave in Augusta County.
Did you know you have like 800 muscles in your body?
Well I do, every one of them is sore today! Even that little muscle on the top of your big toe? Yeah it's sore. How the heck did THAT happen.

I took these photos using Tony's cell phone camera yesterday after the caving expedition. I did not do the entire experience, sadly to say, but Tony and our daughter did. 

This was his birthday surprise. Every year Tony has some sort of unusual birthday experience. The first birthday I shared with Tony he turned 21 in San Diego where we went up to the Cuyamacas, and since then well this was his 47th, so you do the math! He has been river rafting on a class III dam release and more. It was okay to celebrate his birthday yesterday since he was born in New Zealand and it is the first in time, therefore a day ahead of us. We will celebrate it today as well, Sept 22. 

Here are some photos (I added some marketing to these for the fine guide we had - as we like to promote small family owned businesses in America):

To be clear, this is NOT near us here in the Blue Ridge, it is 2 hours North near Harrisonburg/Bridgewater Virginia. Just a straight shot up I-81. It is a doable day trip when you stay with us at The Claiborne House B&B.

We recommend WILD GUYde Adventures for caving, rock climbing and rappelling.  Shellie did not have any "pictures made" as they say in the south. Helmet hair and all that, and you know by now I like to be behind the camera taking the photos.

I studied caves and karst as a Virginia Master Naturalist so I was totally interested in getting underground and getting dirty. This experience was not a large open cave, go to Luray Caverns for that. This was something much more (and pretty intense), only the fit need apply. 

Thanks to Lester Zook for a fine day of caving.