Set #7 - The Hoot 'N' Holler Music Barn
Just like the Mystery Place billboard, vacation memories
contributed to the idea for this one. This time, the memories are of the trips my wife and
I have taken around the US to see rock and roll shows, specifically those of one Mr. Dave
Davies (guitarist for The Kinks). These travels are chronicled to excess at our Unofficial Dave Davies Solo Tour FAQ web site.
Our journeys have taken us to towns we'd not have been likely to visit, to venues
with a colorful array of names, such as "The Big Kahuna" and (my personal
favorite) "The Sit 'n' Bull Pub". After
going to enough of them, it became something of a game to come up with interesting names,
which, of course, would get sillier as we went on. The Hoot 'n' Holler Music Barn was the
product of a round of this game.
The slogan for the billboard was shamelessly appropriated from The Blues Brothers.
The "Bluegrass Night" medallion is a reference to the bluegrass sessions my
cousins hold at my late Uncle Larry and Aunt Marilyn's house at holiday gatherings, and to the
bluegrass radio programs Jack Ozanich sometimes played during Saturday operating sessions on his HO
scale Atlantic Great Eastern, a number of years back. One of the unwritten responsibilities of the Rangeley River
Junction yardmaster on a Saturday morning was, at one time, to make sure that the radio reception remained
The big challenge on this one was finding clip art showing a steel guitar. Since none
of the clip art libraries I have contained one, I had to sketch one from a photo. I think
that it turned out pretty nicely.
Each of the three files below contains the artwork for one billboard.
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