recall's "When we were just kids
(I was 7 or 8 at the time), Grandpa Shorty used
to lease this old building out to play shows in
on Friday & Saturday nights. He called it
The Barn. The show featured one set of Rock &
Roll by Rickey's band and then one set of Country,
Bluegrass & Square Dance music by... "Shorty
Medlock and his Fla. Plow Hands Band". Grandpa
Shorty would let me play the drums during his
sets and would get our Mother Mickey up on stage
to sing a few tunes. Man, I thought I was Mr.
Big Stuff, sitting up there on stage playing drums
and all those people laughing, dancing and clapping!
Grandpa Shorty also had The Big Half-time Show
each night. He had this totally cool old Model
-T Ford rigged up with a big sign in the middle
and flashing lights all around that read "Shorty
Medlock and His Fla. Plow Hands Band".
would drive around in circles in the front parking lot
and blow the old "Ahhhhoooogaaaa Horn" at
full blast! The highlight of the Half-time Show was
when everyone (that would fit and was brave enough)
would pile onto the back of the old Model -T (back seats
and bumper) and Grandpa Shorty would pop wheelies right
out in the middle of the parking lot. I kid you not!
Those were some very good times to say the least and
they always revolved around the music in one way or
a friendly Shorty "Train, Train" Medlock and
"Train, Train" Medlock was born Paul R.
Medlock (without the E). The "E" was added
to the last name of Rickey L. Medlocke (Shorty's grandson
& my half brother) because of a legal music dispute
that dates all the way back to the "No Reservations"
album recorded by the original Blackfoot band.