Is Columbus a good place to live?

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2952 Aug 19, 2012
Phenix City Transplant wrote:
I forgot to add Moon Lake and it's nice jogging trail.
Moon Lake at Christmas I've always enjoyed... and in fact a couple of years ago had the great pleasure to be a part of a Christmas Concert the songwriter's group from Columbus put on there.

I sang "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas".

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“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2953 Aug 20, 2012
Phenix City Transplant wrote:
No place in this country prettier than Phenix City Summerville Road in the Springtime with all the flowers blooming, Sorry Columbus, you don't come close.
I spent many hours and days headed out Summerville Road to the Goat Rock Dam park...

Indeed I agree there's no place quite like it out there, or back then... haven't been in quite a long time now.

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“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2954 Aug 21, 2012
Sad but True wrote:
Not really I am a transplant and Columbus is an extreme case of Good old boy system and Nepotism. It is a city run by a small group of elitists and churches. If you are connected then you will be fine but if not then you will have a hard time. Prices are relatively high compared to wages
While Columbus does seem to have some of the favoritism you mentioned, and definitely the high prices, I'm afraid you'll be finding that almost anywhere in America, and the rest of the world.

If there's a Utopia out there I haven't got wind of it yet.

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“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2955 Sep 16, 2012
While doing a Google Search for information on Tarlton and Darby, I came across what seems to be a sequel to the piece I excerpted here yesterday, with some interesting new detials:

Maybe clear the air with a shot of good old Country & Western music, which in many ways began right here, as notable as Ma Rainey and Carson McCullers... here's Rick Edwards and Henry Conley discussing these facts:

http://youtu.be/XIEudqkPWPQ

And the Brad Barnes article that inspired the conversation:
[From the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 2007]
Duet argued over who penned lyrics
BY BRAD BARNES--Wherever they met, it's not hard to guess out how the two started talking. They shared an interest in music, and both grew up on farms.
Their history is well-documented in the liner notes accompanying the complete collection of the duo's recordings.
Tom Darby was born in Columbus in 1884. He was a farmhand and picked up other odd jobs as he could, finger-picking music on his guitar more or less as a hobby.
Jimmie Tarlton, a drifter and son of South Carolina sharecroppers, was eight years Darby's junior. He'd already seen much of the country, traveling with his guitar and buskin' music on sidewalks when he ended up in Columbus, in 1927.
Tarlton had played guitar since he was very young. He was 10 when he got the idea to set the instrument in his lap and use a knife handle to make his guitar melodies warble and weep. More than a decade later, he'd meet a Hawaiian guitarist named Frank Ferera who played similarly, and the two shared their tricks.

When a man at that music store suggested Tarlton and Darby team up together, they were 35 and 42, respectively. That same music store fellow took them to Atlanta with other promising Columbus musicians for an audition with Columbia Records.
Those audition recordings yielded two songs for Darby and Tarlton's first single on Columbia's country and hillbilly music imprint. One tune was a needling yarn called "Down in Florida on a Hog," backed with a tune called "Birmingham Town."
The duo returned to Atlanta in November 1927 for a full-fledged recording session, and Columbia issued "Birmingham Jail" backed with "Columbus Stockade Blues" on a 78, right between releases by the Macon Quartet ("Yodel"/"Uncle Joe") and Chris Bouchillon ("Bullfight in Mexico"/"Chris Visits the Barber Shop").
The label expected "Birmingham Jail" to be the big hit. But both songs became smashes, and "Stockade" is the one that proved to have staying power.

Why did the song strike such a chord with folks?

"My gut feeling is, it's a good, sad song," Arlo Guthrie said. "Songs of abandonment -- where you're stuck in a place you don't want to be -- that's as relevant today or more relevant today than it ever was."

In the days before bar codes and Soundscan, record sales numbers were estimates, but bluegrass expert Dick Spottswood says the record sold close to 200,000 copies.

"It was one of the largest-selling country music records that was ever recorded," said Ricky Whitley, a musician who, as Tom Darby's nephew, got to spend time with the old guitar picker when Whitley was a child.

The record's sales were notable considering the day, the price (about 75 cents a copy), and the limited market for country music.
"This series overall sold modestly," said Peter Shambarger, executive director of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, a nonprofit organization. Columbia didn't expect much, as the series was aimed at a specific niche: namely whites in the rural South.

It's easy to hear the blues influence in some of those early "hillbilly" country records, particularly Darby and Tarlton's, with its prominent slide guitar.
-Brad Barnes

Reposting here and on the thread where this is most on topic, the history of the local music scene.

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ColumbusSucks

Madison, AL

#2956 Oct 29, 2012
In my opinion, Columbus would be better off if it and all of its residents fell into a hole. I am a little spoiled, and before meeting my husband, who is in the Army, had been fortunate enough to live in only the best, most beautiful places in the world. So, living in the biggest hell hole in America, with close-minded, anti-intellectual, racists, has been quite the adjustment. The schools are pitiful, as are its teachers, but this is probably due to a general lack of quality education. I have been assaulted by racists purely because I am white, and there is nothing to do here. The town is also extremely overpriced for what it offers. Sure, you can buy a decent house in North Columbus. But then you have to worry about people from South Columbus robbing you every night. Or assaulting you. Also, beware if you see the license plate 2cent. I live in a good neighborhood, and they assaulted me when I was out on a bike ride. I suspect they were looking for cars to break into

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2957 Nov 26, 2012
ColumbusSucks wrote:
In my opinion, Columbus would be better off if it and all of its residents fell into a hole. I am a little spoiled, and before meeting my husband, who is in the Army, had been fortunate enough to live in only the best, most beautiful places in the world. So, living in the biggest hell hole in America, with close-minded, anti-intellectual, racists, has been quite the adjustment. The schools are pitiful, as are its teachers, but this is probably due to a general lack of quality education. I have been assaulted by racists purely because I am white, and there is nothing to do here. The town is also extremely overpriced for what it offers. Sure, you can buy a decent house in North Columbus. But then you have to worry about people from South Columbus robbing you every night. Or assaulting you. Also, beware if you see the license plate 2cent. I live in a good neighborhood, and they assaulted me when I was out on a bike ride. I suspect they were looking for cars to break into
Wow... sorry your time here in Columbus has been so terrible!
Columbus Native

Oklahoma City, OK

#2958 Nov 27, 2012
Lived in many places and Columbus suits me fine!

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2959 Dec 4, 2012
Columbus Native wrote:
Lived in many places and Columbus suits me fine!
Same here... I'm proud to call this area home, obviously.

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“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2960 Dec 4, 2012
Dexter wrote:
This is a right-wing elitist town. Recently, almost every Obama/Biden sign got stolen. Citywide. What did the police do? Nothing.
Yet, the Democratic party still carried Muscogee County!
Shorty

Phenix City, AL

#2962 Dec 25, 2012
TIRE JUNGLE wrote:
Where are all the gals today from the HUSSEY'S TIRE JUNGLE TV commercials.
Dont know bout the girls, but i can only hope that that thief Samford Hussy is in JAIL!!!

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2963 Dec 25, 2012
Shorty wrote:
<quoted text>Dont know bout the girls
The girls are now in their 50s, and doing well the last I heard.

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Cdub

Duluth, GA

#2966 Dec 28, 2012
Born and raised in Columbus - as soon as I was able to leave I did so, and I've never looked back. The place sucks on so many levels I wouldn't even know where to begin.

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2968 Dec 28, 2012
Slat Man wrote:
Generally, most military who do not like Columbus miss their homes. Understandable.
But then you got people who will never be happy anywhere.
Like the story of the gas station man, when someone new to town would ask "What are people like around here?" He would answer with a question, "What are like where you came from?"
Some would answer "They suck, they are awful" others would answer "Oh they are great people, nice and good"
The gas station man had the same reply to all of them. "The people in these parts are pretty much the same way"
Now ain't that the truth.
Excellent points.

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2970 Dec 30, 2012
___Lorri___ wrote:
<quoted text>
Great story. My Grandad told on similar but it was a train station.
I agree wholeheartedly.
As much as we argue, one thing we can agree on, the Columbus-Phenix City area is a great place to call home.

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2975 Dec 30, 2012
Slat Man wrote:
<quoted text>
<quoted text>
I have wanted so much to get approval from you all here, LOL
Thanks pals
Well, a good story is a good story, y'know?

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2976 Dec 30, 2012
___Lorri___ wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't remember ever arguing with you Mr Dockery. We have disagreed.
Maybe you are confusing me with someone else?
Well, yeah, the "election year" debates get kind of strident, but I'm happy that things are looking good for "Our Little Town", as Paul Simon's song goes...

Happy New Year, and may it be the best one for you and yours yet, Lorri!

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2977 Dec 30, 2012
josh green wrote:
The problem with Columbus is all these people from other places are moving here. We are losing our Southern identity as these people, who hate it here, try to make it like the shithole they came from.
Well, the influence of Fort Benning has always added to our unique character, just a slight bit of edge to our Southern style.
Karen

Atlanta, GA

#2979 Mar 3, 2013
The most important thing to know about Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama is that it is not a Democracy. There is a network of very wealthy families that absolutely Do Not and Will Not allow change. The top regime do not give a damn about the soldiers and thier families. The military was put on this earth to die for them and them alone to protect their wealth. The police are more like the Mafia which is considered and termed The Good Ole Boys. If you are a female, this town is probably twice as dangerous as any large city like Atlanta, Austin, or New York. They cover up crime, Columbus is a Criminal's Dream Come True! The Higher Education Universities are saturated with the corrupt politicians that run the town. The network of keeping the town closed is through Troy University and Columbus State. For example, if your little girl is intelligent and gifted majoring in Business at Troy or CSU and you do not have the "Name" or "Money" to support her and protect her, she is in major danger of being raped or whatever to keep her down. The saturation of this is not just predominantly Military Women in "The Invisible war" depicted in that documentary. The "Invisible War" is on the towns people and no Lawyer or Policeman can fight the Good Ole Boy Regime that controls Columbus and Phenix City. The only thing anyone can do to survive their stay in Columbus is wear a cross, play dumb, and if someone violates your rights - just pray or pretend to pray. The large companies use the town's people for their Marketing by use of Survellience Equipment and the Police. So, that is how they are to pulverize small companies that may have potential of being successful with out of the approval of the Good Ole Boy Mafia. AFLAC has stolen most of its advertising. The AFLAC duck was sold out of a Counselor's Office. HIPPA in Columbus protects the Doctors not patients. Most of the discussion about some town's people are behind closed doors with the wealthy such as Doctors, Couselors, Lawyers, Judges and the top Executives and Officers. The regular townpeople not privy to all this but victim to this and in order to survive do what they can to be happy and bury the sadness of that town. The surrounding counties such as Harris County, Troup, and Counties in Alabama would be most appreciative of the tax payer support of moving to thier towns. Good People in Columbus, Horrible Local Government and Uncontrollable Corruption.

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2980 Mar 3, 2013
Karen wrote:
The most important thing to know about Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama is that it is not a Democracy. There is a network of very wealthy families that absolutely Do Not and Will Not allow change. The top regime do not give a damn about the soldiers and thier families. The military was put on this earth to die for them and them alone to protect their wealth. The police are more like the Mafia which is considered and termed The Good Ole Boys. If you are a female, this town is probably twice as dangerous as any large city like Atlanta, Austin, or New York. They cover up crime, Columbus is a Criminal's Dream Come True! The Higher Education Universities are saturated with the corrupt politicians that run the town. The network of keeping the town closed is through Troy University and Columbus State. For example, if your little girl is intelligent and gifted majoring in Business at Troy or CSU and you do not have the "Name" or "Money" to support her and protect her, she is in major danger of being raped or whatever to keep her down. The saturation of this is not just predominantly Military Women in "The Invisible war" depicted in that documentary. The "Invisible War" is on the towns people and no Lawyer or Policeman can fight the Good Ole Boy Regime that controls Columbus and Phenix City. The only thing anyone can do to survive their stay in Columbus is wear a cross, play dumb, and if someone violates your rights - just pray or pretend to pray. The large companies use the town's people for their Marketing by use of Survellience Equipment and the Police. So, that is how they are to pulverize small companies that may have potential of being successful with out of the approval of the Good Ole Boy Mafia. AFLAC has stolen most of its advertising. The AFLAC duck was sold out of a Counselor's Office. HIPPA in Columbus protects the Doctors not patients. Most of the discussion about some town's people are behind closed doors with the wealthy such as Doctors, Couselors, Lawyers, Judges and the top Executives and Officers. The regular townpeople not privy to all this but victim to this and in order to survive do what they can to be happy and bury the sadness of that town. The surrounding counties such as Harris County, Troup, and Counties in Alabama would be most appreciative of the tax payer support of moving to thier towns. Good People in Columbus, Horrible Local Government and Uncontrollable Corruption.
Wow.

"Don't mince words, say what you really feel..." -William Shatner

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“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2982 Mar 3, 2013
What you wrote:
Say what you feel you advocate. Is that how you feel about women in your song TRUCK STOP WOMAN and others?
Well, thanks for the never ending plugs, my anonymous little friend... here's the song:

Truck Stop Woman / Will Dockery & Henry Conley:
http://youtu.be/Hv6u6GNe6Kk

Truck Stop Woman

Pulled into Auburn, Alabama,
It was raining of course.
All I seemed to contemplate besides the weather
What a shame to be divorced.
Truck stop woman waving sideways
She'll be in my dreams tonight.
Fifteen minutes of eternal love
Then she's back out of sight.

Rode past Buena Vista,
There was sand in the sky.
Plastic Jesus started trembling
Then I seen her with my eyes.
Truck stop woman waving sideways
She'll light and warm my dreams tonight
Fifteen dollars worth of true love
Man that girl was out of sight.

Something about her was familiar
There was smoke in her eyes.

Back outside of Phenix City,
Pimps and their ilk all around.
Then it turned negative
When I seen her bouncing around.
Truck stop woman waving sideways
She'll be in my dreams tonight.
Fifteen minutes of eternal love
Then she's back out of sight.

Truck stop woman waving sideways
She'll be in my dreams tonight.
Fifteen dollars worth of true love
Man that girl was out of sight.
She's right back out of sight.

Words: Will Dockery
Music: Henry F. Conley

Truck Stop Woman written by Will Dockery & Henry Conley, from the CD Shadowville Speedway. 2009 Library of&#65279; Congress Registration Number / Date: PAu003501816 / 2008-09-23
Vocals: Will Dockery, Guitar: Henry Conley, Bass: Doug Conley, Flute: Gene Woolfolk, Jr. Drums: John Phillips.

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