The ugliest place I’ve ever played

The Bon Aqua Hoedown in Bon Aqua, TN. The whole place is lit by two ugly fluorescent lights over the snack bar and two bare light bulbs hanging down from the ceiling above the bandstand. Notices and warnings on the walls are done in stick-on letters or hand-printed, odd these days when these things are usually printed in 24-point Times New Roman from a computer. They’re not real big on ambiance; the theme is post-modern redneck. In this building you get the feeling you’re in a shop or a warehouse, not a dance club.

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.

2 thoughts on “The ugliest place I’ve ever played”

  1. How tacky of you to bad-mouth a place that contributed to your livelihood for 5 years.
    The owners of the Hodown are good decent people…too bad I can’t say the same about you

  2. No denigration or calumny intended, just stating a fact – it’s the ugliest place I’ve ever played, with the worst ambience (like, none) and a very uncomfortable atmosphere. You can barely see the person sitting across the table from you, what with the lights from the snack bar glaring in your eyes, and the stage lighting is the worst I’ve ever seen. Lighting makes a huge difference – it can make a bad room look good or a good room look bad. Bill and his wife are fine folks, but they evidently don’t have a flair for interior design.

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