A couple of weeks ago, Doyle spent the morning with the folks from the History Channel program, “How the States Got Their Shapes”. They were in town filming a future episode about East Tennessee and SW Virginia, and among other things, they wanted some information about the origins of country music in the Brithplace of Country Music, Bristol, TN-VA. Show host, Brian Unger, spent several hours with Doyle. Doyle really is the walking wikipedia when it comes to knowledge about early music around here. Suzanne and I enjoyed watching the whole process. It’s one of the best things about my job. I get to be the “I work for Doyle” person so I get to watch lots of interesting things Doyle does. Brian was certainly interesting to watch…he’s fairly easy on the eyes. I understand that this perticular episode won’t run until this fall sometime. While they were in Bristol, the production crew, from Half Yard Productions, also shot some stuff at Bristol Motor Speedway, where they run the Nascar races, and Thunder Valley, where the drag races take place. The crew was from all over the States.
Doyle demonstrated that guitar lick that Maybelle Carter used…the Carter scratch, I believe they called it.Doyle played some old songs on the mandolin, guitar and banjo. About the only person who sees Doyle with a banjo these days is Spencer.They filmed at beautiful Steele’s Creek Park here in Bristol. There were lots of geese around, as well as people in canoes. It was a perfect morrning weather-wise.