Monday, April 12, 2010
Into the New Frontier...
Quite an adventure getting a house ready to sell. Nothing inspires you like a deadline. In the last month, I have painted, re sided, re modeled, put in new windows, cleaned up, pressure washed the place to within an inch of it's life...Nikki has made curtains, cleaned, re arranged, cleaned some more ... it has been a team effort. Today our agent came over, took pictures, signed reams of paperwork, and suddenly there was a for sale sign in our front yard. Now you have to understand that our front yard has about 900 pieces of garden statuary in it. We work where we live, so the house and the business are both on the market. 8 beautiful acres, a nice little house originally built in 1892, (with additions as time went on) a huge wood shop, art studio and art gallery space.
We purchased the place about 5 years ago, and have run a successful business ever since. The previous owner started the business about 20 years ago, and we have been true to it since we bought the place. "Outdoor Stuff" is a true landmark in Kingston Springs. It's a wonderful place especially this time of year with the wisteria blooming and all the thousands of trees that surround us in full spring glory. Gonna miss it.
However, the music business calls and Las Vegas is where the new action is for Ronnie Lee Twist and The Future Cats. More opportunity to do the thing we love. Play and sing and do the music we love. Contrary to popular belief, Nashville being "MUSIC CITY" is not entirely accurate. If you are a huge star this is a great place to be. Living in Franklin or Brentwood next door to the other 8 or 10 really big names that are still here. Country Music is now run out of New York, L.A. and Germany. Playing in Nashville is almost impossible. No, that's not fair. You can play all you want in tiny clubs and a few with known names on Broadway. Oh, but you will starve to death doing it. Lots of pickers who will play for nothing in the hopes of catching the ear of someone who does not go to any place that is playing county music cause they listen to it all day at work...and Rockabilly...woah. If you want to be a Rockabilly artist, they tell you to go to Memphis..a place that I would not send my worst enemy's dog's worst enemy to. So, with several agents awaiting my arrival in Las Vegas, we have decided to sell. I will be closer to my son in Wyoming, my best friend George in Northern California, and My family. My aunt in Vegas My folks in San Francisco, and my other folks in Texas. As they say, It's all good. We'll keep you posted. ! :-)