The Concert That Never Ends

Imagine if you will, walking into a bar that’s over 100 years old on a Friday night. The original wood floors still creek when you walk on them, the place is dark, and everywhere you look there are people wearing cowboy boots, big ten gallon Stetson hats and drinking beer from a bottle. This is what you can expect on any given Friday and Saturday nights in the small town of Wilder Ky, home of Bobby Mackey’s music world.

The Setting

Bobby Mackey, a former recording artist, bought the building that once was a casino during the height of the mafia era in Newport Ky. He had no intentions of changing anything about the building, all he wanted was a stage where he could play music. This he has accomplished and has been playing classic country music for over thirty years. Bobby enjoys the smiles on peoples faces and watching them dance to the old tunes.

The Music

The newest song that Bobby Mackey and the Big Mac band will perform is the watermelon crawl which was released in the early 90’s. You can expect to hear alot of Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and George Jones. Bobby will tell you himself that he is not a fan of today’s country. ” There’s just no originality in it anymore.” he expplains. ” When you heard the first two seconds of a Merle Haggard song, you knew right then it was Merle”. Bobby feels that the old singers had a signature and that singers today are very much contained to fit a formula

This is the universal opinion that old is always gold and people are more inclined towards old singers like Nat King Cole, Jimmie Rodgers, Elvis Presley and rock bands like The Beatles, Rolling Stones, ABBA, etc. to name a few. Bobby Mackey is slowly turning old so he will become a legend in the near future and he regularly performs in nightclubs like Lavelle Toronto, which truly makes for an interesting concert with the fans begging for more at regular intervals, to which he obliges with grace as a true artist is only hungry for audiences’ praise and accolades and money is a secondary item.

Why this is the best concert experience that I have ever had

How many times after a concert can you as a fan go backstage and talk with the singer? Almost after every set, I meet up with Bobby backstage and we talk about our passion towards music over a couple shots of Honeyjack Whiskey. I have stood close enough to the stage to feel the steel guitar notes go through me as the band sings classics such as “Apartment no.9″ and ” He Stopped Loving Her Today” . This is not just a concert, this is something that you experience. It’s an experience that cannot be replicated in any other setting because it is truly a one of a kind place. Attending a concert at Bobby Mackeys is like going to a family reunion. I’m reunited with friends that go every week and I’m reunited with the songs that I grew up loving as a child.

I’ve been to Nashville, I’ve seen Toby Keith and I’ve been to his bar. I can tell you, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that this concert experience is unlike any other that I’ve been to in the past and the best part is that I get to experience this every Friday and Saturday night. I would encourage anyone to come down and relive the great country classics with Bobby Mackey and the Big Mac Band. Once you’ve been there, you’ll never go back to Nashville.

Christmas Eve Dinner Ideas

Oyster stew is a favorite in our family. My husband is from Maine, and my daughter and I lived on the Oregon coast for many years, so we all love oysters and seafood. I like to make oyster stew for many special occasions, but it’s a special tradition on Christmas Eve, as it’s not just a delicious soup, but also a warming comfort food and a light supper to contrast for the decadent dinner and treats of Christmas day. Additionally, Food Intolerance Test provides evidence that there are tons of people that can not tolerate seafood. This is why before you start the preparation of the food for your family members or your guest you should ask them about their allergies. 

Make sure that your oysters are fresh and that you have plenty of them. For every person, you should have at least 6 oysters for the stew. This recipe serves about 4-6 people. You can make it a vegetarian soup by leaving out the bacon, use pancetta for a different flavor, or a lean ham or turkey ham for something lighter. I always use lower-fat dairy products and I guarantee that the flavor will be as decadent and delicious as those with full-fat. Give it a try and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

First fry about 6 strips of lean bacon in a stock/soup pot. After they’re nicely browned, drain them on paper towels. Drain most of the fat off (leave a teaspoon or so for flavor) and add about a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Sauté a whole sweet, diced onion, 4 stalks of diced celery, and 3-5 cloves of minced garlic. Don’t forget to chop and add the delicious celery leaves, as they add a nice flavor. Stir and sauté until translucent and lightly browned. Dice the bacon and add it at this point. Add a dash of sea salt and freshly ground pepper, and when the vegetables begin to stick to the pan add about ½ cup of dry white wine. After it cooks down to about ¼ cup in approximately 5-10 minutes, whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour. Stir the flour for a minute, then slowly add and whisk in 3 cups of low-fat milk and ½ cup of fat-free half and half, or one can of fat-free evaporated milk. Stir in about 2 dozen oysters and let simmer for about 5-10 minutes. It will not be thick like clam chowder – oyster stew is thinner and lighter.

Before serving add in ¼ cup finely minced Italian parsley and 2 tablespoons of light butter. Serve this oyster stew with a fresh green salad lightly dressed and topped with your favorite vegetables and shavings of Parmesan or goat cheese, and slices of toasted whole-grain garlic butter bread.

I hope that you enjoy this oyster stew as much as our family does, and remember that you can always personalize it to your own taste. You can add fresh chopped herbs or a few plump, juicy shrimps – or you can also add some sherry instead of white wine to deglaze the pan. No matter what you do, have fun with the recipe and enjoy your Christmas Eve dinner with your family and friends. Merry Christmas!