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  • Writer's pictureAnne Hartley

The Goose is Loose

Hello everyone, hope your riding season is going well. Please continue to ride safe and keep your knees in the breeze. September is the month where we celebrate Labor Day and on the first day of fall. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. The First day of Fall is the 22nd and for those of us that ride it is the first sign that the end of our riding season is getting close. This week lets chat about an upcoming event at Boozy Creek. A tribute to The Goose Creek Symphony. SEP 9 AT 4 PM – SEP 11 AT 12 PM. Pre-sale $15 At Gate $20 This is an event you will not want to miss.


The Bottom Holler Band will be gettin' loose and gettin' down in a two-night tribute to Goose Creek Symphony at one of East Tennessee's most welcoming creekside music venues. Shaded primitive camping is available, along with limited RV spots (no hookups). Vendors and food trucks will be onsite. Coolers are welcome! (No glass bottles, pets, firearms, or weapons!) Bring your best Goose stories, shirts, pictures and memories! Bring your instruments and join Saturday's All-Day Jam beginning at 10:00 am!

Goose Creek Symphony History: The band recorded their first album at Audio Recorders in 1968-69 and were subsequently signed to Capitol Records in 1970. They continued recording until 1976, then reformed in 1990. The band is considered one of the tightest, musically, of its genre and has continued touring to popular acclaim. The band appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show with Bobbie Gentry and shared the stage with Jimi Hendrix and The Allman Brothers Band among others at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival. Charlie Gearheart performed on American Bandstand as Ritchie Hart in 1959. The Goose Creek Symphony has been inducted into "The Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame" class of 2011. In the '70s they fit into a country rock mode but were more esoteric than many of their contemporaries and they had a rawer, less commercial sound. The band recorded three eclectic albums for Capitol, Est 1970, 1970 Welcome to Goose Creek 1971 and Words of Earnest 1972. All were moderately successful with the last boasting a hit single cover of Janis Joplin's “Mercedes Benz.” Re-mastered version. In 1974 the band moved over to Columbia Records and recorded, to less success, Do Your Thing But Don't Touch Mine. Shortly thereafter the band took a hiatus which lasted almost 17 years. In the years since they resurfaced, they have played many festivals and released several albums, including a live set, The Goose Is Loose, in 1995, which highlights their extended jamming, witness the meandering 20 minutes or so of “Talk About Goose Creek and Other Important Places.” Also released is the Acoustic Goose live album, as well as studio albums, including Going Home 1998 and I Don't Know 2003. They have also released a couple of lost albums, such as Head for the Hills recorded in 1975-76 and released in 1997 and recently The Same Thing Again (one music CD and a bonus DVD). The latter was recorded in the mid-70s and essentially forgotten for three decades. Ironically the title cut has Gearheart singing, “If I could live my life over, I'd do the same thing again.

Useless Facts:

1. Pogonophobia is the fear of beards.

2. Your fingernails grow faster on your dominant hand.

3. A blue whale can make a fart bubble big enough to fit a horse in it.

4. A frigate bird can sleep while it flies.

5. The inventor of Pringles is buried in a Pringles can.

6. Riding roller coasters can help you pass kidney stones.

7. There's a city called "Rome" on every continent except Antarctica.

8. Octopuses and squid have three hearts.

9. Rainbows were called "bows of promise" in Victorian English.

10. Dolphins give each other names.

11. Basenji dogs are the only breed that doesn't bark.

12. More than two-thirds of millennials sleep nude.

13. The average person has four to six dreams a night.

14. Antarctica is the largest unclaimed territory on Earth.

15. Humans can’t breathe and swallow at the same time.

Local Events:

1. Rhythm & Roots Bristol TN and VA Sept 9th – 11th

2. Goose Head Reunion Boozy Creek Sept. 9th – 10th

3. Bike Show & Swap Meet at Temple Sept. 10th

4. Bristol Night Race Sept 17th Bristol TN

5. Slagle Fest Sept. 17th – 18th Elizabethton TN

6. Pepper Fest Sept. 24th 11am – 4pm Bristol

7. 26st Annual Heritage Day Sept. 24th 8am – 5pm Bluff City, TN


1. Boone Bike Rally Sept. 9th – 10th

2. 22nd Smoke-Out Rally NC. Sept 9th – 10th Salisbury NC.

3. Thunder In The Smokies Sept. 9th – 11th

4. Live Oak Resort Bike Rally Sept. 15th – 18th Washington TX

5. Camel City Bike Fest 15th -17th Winston Salem NC

6. Freedom Fest 15th -18th Conyers, GA

7. Thunder on Tobacco Road Fall Party & Rodeo Sept. 22nd -25th Seven Springs, NC

8. Myrtle Beach Fall Rally Sept 26st – Oct 2nd Myrtle Beach SC

9. Rumble On The River Rally Sept 30th – Oct 2nd Bandera TX


1. 4th Annual Call To Arms Ride Sept 11th Combat Vets

2. Redrum Benefit Ride Sept. 24th

Bike Night:

1. Kingsport Moose Riders Every Wednesday

2. 19E Pit Stop Every Wednesday

3. Quaker Steak & Lube Every Thursday

4. Tulips Grub & Pub Every Friday

5. Peacemakers Bike Night 801 Boozy Creek Every 3rd Friday of each month

6. East Coast Wings Every Wednesday

7. Dog Tag Brigade Every Wednesday at Jonesborough VFW

8. The Pub Out Back Every Monday

9. Freddy’s in Kingsport every second Monday

10. Creek Side Bar & Grill in Stoney Creek every Wednesday


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