Looking West At the Intersection of Greensboro Avenue and University Boulevard
Subject: Re: I Broke The Code On DEEP SOUTH
ROBERT, I ALSO WANTED TO TELL YOU THAT SOMEWHERE YOU HAD A PICTURE OF I THINK, DOWNTOWN TUSCALOOSA
, CIRCA. '53. RIGHT SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PIX IS A RESTUARANT OR SOMETHING CALLED 'DEEP SOUTH'
. I THINK THIS IS VERY IRONIC. THANKS GOOD FRIEND, ROCK'N'ROLL ROBERT NIX
AND BLOODSUGAR ALISON HEAFNER!!!!!!! -- http://alisonheafner.biz/Big Bob:
, a 90 degree angle with two 132 feet long arms was surveyed at this intersection which became the basis for the entire city street plan and lot plat for Tuscaloosa. On the northwest corner
of the intersection was the Alabama State Bank
building. It failed in the 1840s because it was run by Tuscaloosa's tavern keepers
and they lent men money to buy land and slaves. The men let the land go back to the bank and hauled their slaves west to Texas. The debt from this bank was finally paid off in about 1948.
Today it is a park located next to a parking lot.
When I came to T-town in '68
, the old Alabama State Bank
building (later to be known as the Fitts House)
had been demolished and the northwest corner
of this intersection at 2400 University Boulevard
was occupied by Johnny's Restuarant
was Deep South Lounge
was Roy's Shamrock Billiard Parlor
had a huge blackboard on the wall above the pool tables and the betting line for all of the day's games was recorded there for all who were interested. Eventually Johnny's
and Deep South
went out of business but in the late seventies they were reopened and became an incredible rock 'n roll venue called Jumpin' Johnny's
. Below you will find a beautiful Jumping Johnny's
story which appeared on Johnny Wyker's
Mighty Field of Vision message board on yahoo groups.
Hey, check out the website for the Jupiter Bar & Grill
on the University Boulevard Strip here in Tuscaloosa. Waylon's
boy is playing there tonight.http://www.jupiteronthestrip.com/
From: ned mudd http://www.nedmudd.com/
Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2003 12:28 PM
Subject: Tippy tale No. 2Tippy Armstrong
and Johnny Wyker
on stage at the Old Hickory on Panama City Beach in the Summer of '65
Here's another Tippy
tale from circa 1974.Bill Marshall
were recording a duo project called "The Truck Stop Opry"
would wander in from time to time, just checking out what was up, seeing if we were making progress etc. I recall he had an old sedan and carried his Fender bass around by sticking the back end on the rear dashboard, the tuning keys on the front seat. No case. That means, the bass was sorta flying in the car as he drove thru Tuscaloosa.
One day he came by and said he'd gotten a call from Jimmy Cliff
. This was after "The Harder They Come".
I said "What did he want?" Tippy
says something about Jimmy
wanting him to go on a big tour. I think it was a world gig but we're stretching my memory banks here.
"You going?" we said.Tippy
says, "I asked Jimmy if that meant I'd have to leave Tuscaloosa
At that point, Tippy had no interest in leaving home. I reckon he told Jimmy
Another time, shortly after that, I was working the door at Jumpin' Johnny's
, downtown Tuscaloosa. I think Locust Fork
saunters up with this old gut string guitar on his shoulder, no case. The back end is dangling out behind him. Like everybody carried their guitar that way.
We chatted and he said "You think I could sit in?"Locust Fork
was one hell of a loud-assed band.
I looked at Tippy
and figured he could work it out with the band somehow. No cover charge.
The guy who owned Jumpin' Johnny's
, Alex Kontos
, came by my place the other day with a CD. There was Tippy,
jamming with Locust Fork
at Jumpin' Johnny's.
I took one guitar lesson from Tippy
. He decided to show me a cool lick and call it a day. The lick was a little 3 chord thing that was a mix of Appalachian with Muscle Shoals R&B thrown in.Tippy
said "Eddie Hinton(http://www.zanerecords.com/artists/hinton/index2.html) taught me that."Mudd