Faron buys me a Harley

I had the hots for a Harley Davidson motorcycle back in the early 80’s.

I had the hots for a Harley Davidson motorcycle back in the early 80’s. I’d owned a Triumph and a BSA when I was younger and I’d always wanted a Harley. But where was the money going to come from? I was just a lowly sideman, a Country Deputy living from johnny paycheck to johnny paycheck. Turned out not be a problem. Faron noticed the “Easy Rider” magazines cluttering up the bus and offered to finance my dream, so I met him at Commerce Union Bank, the downtown branch, in Nashville one afternoon and he loaned me a pile of loot. The tellers were all agog when he walked in. They all knew him, and banking business came to a screeching halt for a few minutes while he kibitzed with them and signed autographs. He withdrew my mad money, and I went out and got an old used Sportster with a gas leak that burned up a few months later in the parking lot at the Stockyards when I was out riding with a drummer friend, Don Andrews. Heh, the fire department had to come out to squelch the conflagration, which rose about 30 feet in the air, and I was known as “Blaze” for a while after that. It was fun while lasted, though. But, Faron, what a guy, huh?

Author: Cal Sharp

Nashville pedal steel guitarist for over 30 years. Credits include Stonewall Jackson, Little Jimmy Dickens, Red Sovine, Faron Young, Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Johnny Russell, George Fox, Vern Gosdin, Del Reeves, Gilley's, the Palomino Club and a few others. Retired from the road, playing sessions and clubs locally. I also develop websites, like this one and other music-related sites. Contact me if you need a website. Email: cal at caligraphics dot net or fill out the contact form. http://www.caligraphicsdesign.com/contact/

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