Blacksmith Shop

Located in McGonigle, the Blacksmith Shop was a roadhouse on U.S. Route 27, a few miles south of Oxford. In the early 1930s, Jimmie Skinner appeared there in a band called The Krazy Kats. In the 1950s, the house band was the Sandy Valley Boys, who could play country, bluegrass, and rockabilly and included Don Boone, Nelson Young, Roy Marcum, Glen Scott, future Hee-Haw star Kenny Price, Bill “Zekie” Browning, and Herman Kress. Directly across the street was the Twilight Inn, that had extended bookings for blues artist Lonnie Mack and big band leader Tommy Wills. Later on, the Blacksmith Shop became the Rusty Nail. In 2015 it was still in operation and had become Turner Gill’s Bar and Grill.

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