If you’ve ever watched the TV show Ghost Adventures, chances are when you hear Bobby Mackey’s Music World you get a chill down your spine. Matthew L. Swayne’s book, Ghosts of Country Music, goes past the haunted spots you probably know, and on the road followed by famous figures of country music that may or may not still be floating around this world. Legends like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr and Patsy Cline fill the pages as anything from chilling apparitions, to encouraging ghosts or guardian angel like figures. Famous honky-tonks share pages with Grand Ol’ Opry stages.
Ghosts of Country Music is written like a country song; it flows easily and leaves you wanting a second go round. The stories are short and sweet, providing just enough detail to stay creepy without being overwhelming. His details about Bobby Mackey’s Music World gave me serious chills and make me want to avoid that place like the plague. Still, a few places he discusses, such as Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville, TN sound like something I’d love to check out on vacation.
Ghosts of Country Music is a great read and I highly recommend it for folks looking for a good ghost story or plotting their next creepy vacation. It is available now from Llewellyn Press.