Jason Isbell : Decoration Day (Live) w/Amanda Shires

Isbell is a great songwriter. Someone could make a movie out of this song. It’s actually based on a true story, the man Hollan Hill was a real person, and he shot down “Dude” Lawson in 1982. The song is based on a family blood-feud similar to the Hatfield’s & McCoys that most people know about. Growing up in the south, it was always common to know about these types of families that feuded with each other.

As for the song, my favorite is probably the original by the Drive-By Truckers. However, this live version by Isbell is hard to beat.

for comparison, here is the version he released with the Drive By Truckers

History: Jacksonville Motor Speedway :: Westside

I grew up on the westside of Jacksonville, not too far from where the former Jacksonville Speedway was located. Although I never personally got to experience the races there, I always heard stories from family about how you could hear the cars racing all the way over in the Marietta area, back before the westside was overly-developed.

Here are a couple of “Then & Now” pictures of the Jacksonville Speedway area. I found the photos on Facebook, I’m not sure who to give credit to, but it’s a cool look at history. The first photo is a recent one showing how the area looks now, with apartments. The red line indicates where the speedway was. Many famous drivers raced around that circle. The second photo is just an old photo of the actual speedway and how the area looked back when.

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Man, I miss those days. The days of Kelley’s IGA Supermarket on the corner of Cahoon & Beaver St, or the old Pic N’ Save on Normandy Blvd, right down the road from the Normandy Mall, complete with the PhotoBugs in the parking lot…at least, I remember them being called PhotoBugs, or FotoHuts, or something like that…but they were the free-standing film developing kiosk buildings. And a Pizza Inn in the same complex as Normandy Mall, although I mostly frequented Mister Gatty’s Pizza on Lane Ave.

Mojo Kitchen BBQ Pit & Blues Bar

If you’re looking for the best BBQ, come to Mojo Kitchen, a BBQ Pit and Blues Bar at Jacksonville Beach. The beef brisket is one of the best things in the world, especially the “Kansas City Burnt Ends.” Cool atmosphere, great art on the walls, and one of the best whiskey collections you can imagine.

Mojo Kitchen

Lost Australian Sheep Yields 30 Sweaters Worth of Fleece

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 89 pounds of wool — the equivalent of 30 sweaters — and shedding almost half his body weight.

Tammy Ven Dange, chief executive of the Canberra RSPCA, which rescued the merino ram dubbed Chris, said she hoped to register the 40.45 kilogram (about 89 pounds) fleece with the Guinness World Records. An official of the London-based organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Source: Lost Australian sheep yields 30 sweaters worth of fleece