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Jackson Brower remembers bands, Earl Napier bear-spotting

Headhunters had song about Celina, TN, which brings to mind Earl Napier's mostly derided bear spotting in Clay County, Tennessee. But Earl Napier was likely right, Jackson Brower thinks.
Comments re Carol Perkins: Great bands at Specks, Richmond, KY


By Jackson Brower

Great article by Carol Perkins. I'm unfamiliar with Speck's in Richmond, KY, but I did get a chance to see Exile in 1980, I believe, at the Club 68 in Lebanon.


They were really good; their big hit at the time was "I Want to Kiss You All Over." When I moved to Pennsylvania in the 80s, I didn't hear much about Exile, but I read that they became more of a country crossover band.

In the '90s I became a big fan of the Kentucky Headhunters, who, I think won several Grammys in their early years.

I understand that they are from Metcalfe County, and Wikipedia mentions their standout player Ricky Phelps, who is an awesome guitar player. He's probably related to some of the Phelps from Adair County, as I remember it being a fairly common name in the Columbia area.

On their second album, the Headhunters have a song called Celina, about Celina, TN, where I used to get a few photos and stories for Ralph Waggener.

I specifically remember the story about the guy, I believe his name was Earl, (Earl Napier. -CM) who always was telling bear stories at the local diner. He invaribly spotted bears nosing around all over town, and nobody believed him.

To get to the bottom of the story, I called a state wildlife resources officer in Nashville, and he verified that Earl could be correct. He said that it was not an uncommon occurence for bears to wander down from the Cumberland Mountains in the winter time to look for food.

I look forward to more music articles from Carol Perkins . By the way, is she in any way related to the late great Carl Perkins? --Jackson Brower


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