Former Allman Brothers Band “Tour Mystic” and world-renowned photographer Kirk West sits down to talk about some of his favorite music. He’s seen it all and has photographed of most of it. West’s career began in Chicago in the early ’60s, where he photographed Frank Zappa, Muddy Waters, and Junior Wells, to name a few. Later, he found himself on the outlaw country circuit, and some of his photos of Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and George Jones (shirtless) captured some of the most iconic moments in country music history. Then there were the Tom Waits and Bob Marley years, the list goes on and on. Into the Mystic will take on a different form each episode. We might hear all blues, we might hear all country, we might hear obscure jazz. The common thread will be phenomenal stories from the life of one of our favorite photographers and owner of Gallery West at 447 Third Street in downtown Macon. Join “Tour Mystic” Kirk West every Wednesday at 7pm as he delves into the deeper side of the music.
Listen to the Mystic's most recent and archived shows at https://www.soundandsoulonline.com/the-creek/episodes/?show=into-the-mystic .
WNEX was the station to listen to in the late 60s and early 70s. You could hear a Johnny Cash song, then a song by the Byrds, then one by Otis, one by Gladys Knight, The Supremes, the Who, the Beatles, Cream, 5th Dimension, ABB, Grinderswitch, even a little Ravi Shankar.
All on a little AM radio station that sat in the middle of a neighborhood off Riverside Dr. WNEX AM 1400 on the radio dial.
Odd story is that the call letters came from the box of KleeNEX on owner Al Lowes' desk.
1,000 watts during the day, 250 watts at night. I had one of the new little 6 transistor pocket radios could just barely pick it up at night.