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Elvis Will Be at Jim’s Bait Shop Tonight At 6:30

As a Lake Martin blogger, and huge Elvis fan, I must say that the above was my favorite headline I have ever written.
Elvis will be here at 6:30
For those of you that are hip to the Lake Martin Voice Twitter stream, you have already heard the news.

Tonight, July 3, 2009, the King of Rock n Roll, Elvis “The Pelvis” Presley, will be appearing at Jim’s Bait Shop, on Highway 50 in Walnut Hill, Alabama, just south of Lake Martin.

I am going to try to be there to get some video – but if anyone else can get pics or video – PLEASE send it to me.  Or better yet upload it to the I Love Lake Martin group on Flickr. It’s free.  Or you can use Twitpic or Flickr 2 Twitter to upload pics and video, just make sure to type in #lakemartin somewhere in the description so the rest of us can find it!

And yes, the above is a picture of the back of the self car wash & and vacuum area at Jim’s.  The King will truly be amongst the people.

And, as E himself said in King Creole, “Crawfish!”

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Lake Martin’s 2009 Jazz Fest Will Start And End Strong

The Alex City Jazz Fest continues to provide the Lake Martin area with the best value in music and entertainment.  Since the Jazz Fest is free, it’s hard to beat that value.

You can also make the case that, on the Lake Martin concert scale of things, the Jazz Fest offers some of the best music, regardless of price.

A look at prior years’ Jazz Fests rosters shows you talent that you might pay heavily to hear: Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, just to name a few.


Don’t be late to downtown Alex City on Friday night, June 12, 2009.  The first act is old style delta blues master Kent DuChaine.   He starts at 6:00 PM, so you better get there early.

Kent is a throwback to the blues pioneers of the pre-1950s era.  He plays an old steel Dobro, with a slide, of course.  He plays anywhere, anytime.  In fact he has been in the Netherlands or something playing the week before Jazz Fest.  Kent has headlined blues festivals in Europe and the US, but (for some reason) you can still see him at local bars (Marty’s in Birmingham) and private parties.  He plays hard no matter if the crowd is 10 or 10,000.

I won’t go on and on about his impeccable blues lineage, except to say that through his days with Alabama blues legend Johnny Shines, he has a direct tutorial line to Robert Johnson.  In fact I think he plays Johnson’s tunes to perfection.  Most musicians I hear, even self billed blues players, do horrible justice to Robert Johnson songs. Most feel the need to try to have a modern interpretation that just falls flat.  Or, they attempt acoustic and just sound weak, tinny, and condescendingly corn pone hokey.  Kent plays Robert Johnson’s blues not exactly how he sounds on the Library of Congress recordings, but how he would have played them in a beer joint outside of Clarksdale, MS on a sweltering summer night. Think Clapton’s Unplugged “Rollin and Tumblin.”  Rip-roaring. Brazen.  Pillaging the countryside. Unafraid of the Crossroads.  Mocking the hell hounds.

DuChaine also expertly covers the Chess era of the blues.  Muddy, the Wolf, Sonny Boy, and the like. He switches effortlessly between the boasts of “Red Rooster” to the solemn wail of “Death Don’t Have No Mercy.” Kent also mixes in his own material with the masters.’  Solid Gold.

I’ve heard Kent play probably 30 times in my life.  He only gets better. Do yourself a favor and get a taste of real authentic delta blues.  I almost hate to label him like that, for fear that some may judge too quickly.  But, as my wife –  who “does not like Western movies”  – sobbed uncontrollably through the last 2 hours of Lonesome Dove, I think that most people won’t realize he played delta blues, they will just know they loved it.


Susan Tedeschi will be the last act for 2009 Jazz Fest, Saturday Night at the Lake Martin Amphitheater.

She is super talented.  I hear her a lot on the Sirius – XM Blues Channel.  From her recordings, I think we can expect more original stuff than covers, but that’s OK by me, because she’s really good.  It seems like every time I hear a strong, soulful female voice singing on the Channel, I check the artist’s name and it’s her. Tedeschi also just so happens to be married to former Jazz Fest headliner Derek Trucks.

Did I mention the Jazz Fest is free? Don’t let my lack of ink on the other acts deter you.  I’m trying to say that it wil all be good.

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Tour Lake Martin’s Ridge Homes And Help Out Children’s Harbor

Will you be at Lake Martin this Saturday, May 16, 2009, and enjoy touring waterfront homes on Lake Martin?

childrens harbor lake martin

Then you may be interested in the Third Annual Lake Martin Tour of Homes. Proceeds from the tour will benefit Children’s Harbor. Children’s Harbor serves seriously ill children and their families at the Family Center at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham and at Lake Martin, which is just south of Kowaliga Bridge on Highway 63

Last year the tour was of homes in Trillium. This year the tour will visit four homes in The Ridge designed by architects Bill Ingram and Bobby McAlpine.

The tours will begin at The Ridge Club from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased in Alexander City at MacDavid & Company, Cloud Nine, The Shoppes of Queens Attic, and Catherine’s Market. Tickets will also be available the day of the tour at the Ridge Club.

To learn more about Children’s Harbor, an extremely worthy cause, visit www.childrensharbor.com.

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Clean Up Lake Martin Tomorrow

If you are looking for last minute things to do around Lake Martin this weekend, I remind you that the annual Renew Our Rivers Cleanup is happening tomorrow, May 9, 2009.

As always the event is sponsored by Alabama Power – details here.

Volunteers will meet at DARE Park in Dadeville at 8 a.m. The cleanup will end at noon.
Contact: Denise Walls at 256-215-4404, e-mail [email protected], or sign up through Facebook.com, search for Lake Martin.

Usually they have a sign in post at Kowaliga Bridge, but I haven’t noticed that among the promotional items this year. It only mentions the DARE park as a sign in post.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the DARE park, it is on the eastern side of Lake Martin, off of County Road 34. Here is a google map:

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Rare Auction For Lake Martin Waterfront Home on Jan. 23, 2009

On Friday January 23, 2009 the Lake Martin waterfront home of 216 Harrison Road, Dadeville, Alabama (map here) will be auctioned off on the steps of the Tallapoosa County Courthouse, downtown Dadeville.

This is a rare type of auction in that, as far as I can tell, it is NOT a property tax auction.  It it NOT a home being auctioned by a private auctioneer, so therefore it has NOT been heavily promoted or advertised.  The only promotion I could find has been the customary notification in the legal section of the Dadeville Record.

Click here to download a copy of the official legal announcement that last ran in the Dadeville Record on January 1, 2009.

The auction will be performed by the Circuit Clerk Frank Lucas and is going to “the highest bidder for cash.”

If you are a person that wants to buy a Lake Martin waterfront home on the cheap, this could be your chance.  Given that it’s on a Friday and not advertised heavily, I don’t think very many bidders will show up at all.

READ THESE DISCLAIMERSPlease note I am NOT AFFILIATED IN ANY WAY WITH ANY PARTY to this auction.  I have no relationship whatsoever with anyone about it, am not getting paid a dime on the sale, to write this post, or for anything else related to the sale.  I am making NO STATEMENTS NOR OPINIONS about the property condition, lot lines, title, waterfront, or anything.  Buyer beware.  Please do your own research and due diligence.  If you have questions about this process, please contact Tallapoosa County Circuit Clerk Frank Lucas.

I do think this is a nice rustic waterfront cabin, and, at the right price, can be a good one.  I was out there about two years ago and looked around.

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Here is the Tallapoosa County Tax Map from the County Tax Assessor, when I met with one of the owners, she had a survey that she said showed more waterfront than the County is showing:

When I was down there a couple of years ago, it was nicely wooded with huge, shady trees.  Here is how it looked at the time:


This picture was made standing in the driveway, looking toward Lake Martin:

Here is one from the dock, looking toward the home:

Here is a shot of the waterfront:

waterfront dock

waterfront dock

For those of you who are unsure where Harrison Road is, please click on the Lake Martin Map link here. Generally, it is on the south end of Lake Martin, you take highway 50 to Centerport Road (same turn off to Chuck’s) and follow Centerport almost to the end, left on Harrison.

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Register Now For Waterfront Home And Lot Auction – Willow Point, Lake Martin

A waterfront home and lot will be auctioned off at Willow Point on July 20, 2008.

No, it is not an auction by Russell Lands. Even though Willow Point is a Russell Lands development, this auction is by a private landowner.

The home’s address is 284 Lakeview Drive, 35010. The lot is right next door. They both will be auctioned on July 20, 2008 by Albert Burney Auctioneers.

Here are some photos of the home and lot from the water:

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And the home close up:

willow point auction

The auction ad lists these amenities:

œLuxury doesnt even begin to describe this incredible home in one of the finest areas of Alabamas favorite fresh-water playground! Locals on the lake refer to this home as the œWaterfall House because of its prime location and picturesque setting, which includes a 175 foot waterfall leading from the 1200 gallon Koi pond to the lake.

But thats just the beginning.

Your private elevator will carry you between three levels of the home and the wine cellar below. This amazing home even has a sports room with a pool table and a saloon-type bar.

The floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the home filter 95 percent of the suns low rays with Argon filling, providing unsurpassed energy efficiency.

When youre ready to head onto the water, you can simply go down to your private docks, which are equipped with lifts for a ski boat, three jet skis and a pontoon boat. Youll even have your own diving board.

* six bedrooms
* opulent master suite with fireplace
* elevator
* 4,000 bottle wine cellar
* four car garage

According to an article about the auction in Lake Magazine, the sellers, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Ingram, Jr., are selling in order to scale down to a smaller home.

If you think you might be interested in the home or the lot, and would like to register for the auction, please contact me. By allowing me to register you, I can provide you with comparable sales data and analysis on the home’s and lot’s value. The winning bidder will pay 10% to the auctioneers, regardless of whether I register you or not, so you might as well let me help you research. The auctioneers will pay me a referral fee for my efforts.

If you would like to read more about Lake Martin’s Willow Point, please read this post and also this one that shows pics of Willow Point’s pool and golf course.

Lake Martin Tour Of Fine Homes in Trillium

lake martin trillium tour of homesSaturday May 17 you will have another chance to tour some really nice homes in Trillium on Lake Martin while benefiting the Childrens Harbor.

This is not your average Lake Martin home tour, where they are all for sale and realtors are there breathing on you while you try and eat those weenies in BBQ sauce. These homes are not (to my knowledge) for sale, they are just opening them up to tour.

If you like seeing homes and getting design ideas, you may want to check it out. If you buy tickets ahead of time, you will save $5. If you wait until Saturday it will cost you $30, but the proceeds benefit the Childrens Harbor, so you can feel good about that. The Childrens Harbor is located just across highway 63 (or under Kowaliga Bridge by boat) from Trillium.

If you are interested call the Childrens Harbor at 334“857“2133.

For more details on the homes involved, see this article in the Birmingham News.

If you are interested in homes for sale in Trillium or anywhere else on Lake Martin, call me on my cell phone (number at the top of the page) or email me.

Related Articles:

Lake Martin Neighborhood Spotlight: Trillium
Tell Your Realtor To Shut Up And Listen To You
Lake Martin Is High, But So Is Real Estate Inventory

The Ridge Marine In Water Boat Show 2008

The Ridge Marina on Lake Martin hosted its In Water Boat Show for 2008 last weekend. I went down there on Thursday and filmed a little video footage of the Marina. It was a beautiful day, albeit windy. I was going to post this on Friday to give folks a chance to look around before they came. So by posting this today, I guess it becomes a “in case you missed it” vlog.

Russell Marine had a lot of boats out for show. There were also a lot of homes for sale in the Ridge that were open for touring, as well as some townhomes in The Ledges at The Ridge for sale.

Alex City Jazz Fest 2008 At The Lake Martin Amphitheater

The Alex City Jazz Fest, held in downtown Alexander City and at the Lake Martin Amphitheater, announces its dates and the performing acts for 2008. As usual, it is loaded with talent:

Friday, June 13, downtown Alex City:

Coolbone6:00 PMCoolbone Brass Band “ they are a true marching New Orleans style œBrass Band. Dont confuse them with your Uncle Leo in his ban-lon playing a snappy ditty on the oboe. These guys march, play, dance, get among the crowd and entertain the whole time. Dont be late, I hear they are going to do something different on their opening song.

7:30 PMAmanda Shaw “ she is a 17 year old fiddle phenom from Louisiana. This is a great example of how the Jazz Fest seeks to bring you a wide variety of different music. I think they tried to book her last year and are glad to snag her now.

9:30 PM Ivan Nevilles Dumpstaphunk “ they are fresh off a date at the other Jazz Fest (New Orleans). If you have never heard of the Neville Brothers and therefore Ivan, then you deserve to miss this rare treat. Most people have to pay $50 a head to hear any Neville; you can hear them for free. If you dont have the good sense to show up, nothing I say or link to here will change that.

Saturday, June 14, 2008 “ Lake Martin Amphitheater

6:30 PM Randall Bramblett “ he has toured and played with folks like Greg Allman, Widespread Panic, Traffic, and a little band called the Grateful Dead. Bill Berry of R.E.M. says hes œthe most talented and prolific song writer I have the privilege of knowing.

8:00 PM Zac Brown Band “ I dont know much about him but he seems to be a fun œsouthern style act that gets the crowd rolling. Check out his web site.

10:00 PMJoe Bonamassa “ I am really excited about this one. He opened for B.B. King Joe Bonamassawhen he was 12 years old. I hear him and his music played all the time on Sirius Satellite Radios Blues Channel 74. He is all over various magazine covers, and is a pretty big deal in blues & guitar circles. They have been trying to book this guy for a couple of years now. He is good. He is to 2008 as Derek Trucks was to 2006 “ that is, the guy that your friend will see on the t-shirt a year from now and will say œBonamassa played for free on Lake Martin? Please tell me you went.

More About the Alex City Jazz Fest

The Jazz Fest is a FREE BYOB event made possible by its sponsors. If you choose to drink, please drink responsibly. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to each location and enjoy the atmosphere. This event is always a good time and one of the Lake Martin areas biggest parties. In fact, it is one of the few remaining music festivals of its size in the southeast that is still FREE. Sure, you have to pay a parking fee Saturday at the LMAT, but its still pretty cheap at $10 a car. A lot of the money goes to the Kowaliga Area Volunteer Fire Department, so you can feel good about that.

The Alex City Jazz Fest always needs more sponsors, so please click here if you are interested in becoming a fan favorite. $300 is the minimum sponsorship level, but if you want to be a œFriend you can contribute whatever you can.

Make An Impact At The Tallapoosa Watershed Conference

 Tallapoosa darterThe “4th Annual State of Our Watershed Conference – The Tallapoosa River Basin”, coordinated from the Alabama Water Watch office in the AU Department of Fisheries, is for all who are interested in learning more about the health of streams, lakes and rivers of the Tallapoosa River Basin, the development plans for Lake Martin and visions of policy makers, watershed management strategies, and community participation in management of water resources of the basin.

Conference Information:

Location:      Central Alabama Community College, HEA Auditorium, 1675 Cherokee Road, Alexander City, AL

Date:      Friday, April 11th, 2008

Cost:     FREE registration and A FREE LUNCH will be provided

Topics:      Drought impacts, upgrading Lake Martin to Outstanding Alabama Water, Lake Martin dam relicensing, community-based watershed initiatives, and the role of the AU Water Resources Center in management of the Tallapoosa River Basin

Register:     To register (required),  visit the Tallapoosa Watershed Project web site at: www.twp.auburn.edu

Thanks to Dick Bronson at Lake Watch for submitting this event to the Lake Martin Voice!