Monday, September 16, 2013

The Beatles at Walnut Ridge

A tiny farm town in Arkansas was swept away with unbelievable excitement ...when The Beatles briefly landed at the city's airport. The story has it that during a weekend layover between Dallas & New York, John, Paul, George & Ringo stole away to a dude ranch in Southern Missouri for some much needed rest and relaxation. When this sleepy town of Walnut Ridge got wind of the Fab 4 potentially landing at the airport, the crowd gathered to steal a peak....or a touch....

Tomorrow, Carrie Mae Snapp will share her exciting tale of when she saw The Beatles (and gasp, even touched GEORGE!)  Her brother, Charles, will fill us in on the details of The Beatles At The Ridge, a festival which is taking place in Walnut Ridge this weekend (oh & it's FREE!)

The city reminds me of my own slumbering hometown which struggles to save its history, along with paying the bills. There is a rich history of rock & roll in this area of Arkansas and I applaud the citizens for "saving rock & roll" in Walnut Ridge. Check out the enchanting parks the city constructed as a tribute to the foundation of Rock and Roll along with The Beatles.


This weekend's festival will showcase three stages of music: The Beatles, early Rock 'n' Roll, Country and Bluegrass. Chicago's terrific tribute band, BritBeat will perform Saturday evening. Stan Perkins, the son of rock & roll legend Carl Perkins (who The Beatles ADORED,) will be performing as well as Sun Records legend Sonny Burgess and The Legendary Pacers, and JR Rogers & The All Stars.
Of course you do not want to miss our friend & world renowned author, Jude Southerland Kessler, who will present an engaging program titled "Lennon's Liverpool" on Friday evening. Oh, and I will be there chatting about my Beatles cookbook, too.

Tune into the radio show tomorrow to hear all about the festival from fest organizer Charles "Hammer Time" Snapp (gotta find out why they call him that) along with his sister, Carrie Mae Snapp.

This is the link for the show:

Come for the nostalgia and the good vibes. The Beatles would love that....

Lanea Stagg
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