Our stop in Louisville was very short, and specifically, to see The Byrds 50th Anniversary Tour of Sweetheart of the Rodeo. As many of you may already know, Dave attended the Kentucky Derby for many, many, many years, so we drove around the area and Kristine got to see a ‘fly-by’ version of a typical Derby weekend.
We took a drive by a favorite lunch spot, Barrel of Fun. Dave and the derby guys would stop by here annually for lunch after golf. After several annual visits, they got to know the owner, Mark, and were mentioned in a local newspaper article – ‘annual visit from the guys from Chicago’.
From there, we went to Churchill Downs for a tour of the grounds. Although the tour was very informative, it was limited as to where on the track we could go. Dave was a little disappointed that he couldn’t show Kristine more of the grounds – where they sat, how they would sneak in with the ‘forbidden’ chairs, etc. – so as we were walking back to the car, Dave saw a gate left open by the maintenance crew, and we snuck in for a ‘private’ back scenes tour! Very cool!
We stopped by the Louisville Slugger Museum but didn’t do a tour – limited on time. But there was some cool stuff in the lobby, player signature plates on the wall, etc. And, of course, they had a gift shop that we had to take a trip through! The museum has the World’s Largest Baseball Bat, but not to be confused with the World’s Largest WOODEN Baseball Bat we saw in, Fargo, ND back in July 2018.
And then onto the main event, The Byrds, Sweetheart of the Rodeo Tour! The show was held at the Historic Brown Theater, and we had 2nd row orchestra pit seats! The Byrds were Roger McGuinn (the only original member) and Chris Hillman, and they were backed by Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives! Unfortunately, it was also the 1st Anniversary of Tom Petty’s death, very sad for Kristine. But, Tom had a connection to The Byrds, and produced Chris Hillman’s most recent CD, Ridin’ My Time; in fact, Chris recorded Tom’s Wildflower song on this CD. They gave Tom a shout-out, and Kristine felt like it was agood way to honor the 1st anniversary. The show was AWESOME! So much so, we looked at their schedule and plan to see the show again next month in Dallas!
A very nice visit to Louisville!
On to Tennessee for the month of October, first stop, Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg/Great Smokey Mountains.