Stuart “Stubob” Myrick (pictured) of the Gallatin, Tenn., area paid his driving dues behind the wheel of several dump trucks, in the late 1970s, then logging miles over the road with a grocery-distribution outfit pulling vans and, most recently, a flatbed loaded with empty containers in the private fleet of a container refurbishing company. In short, he’s well earned his current gig: “semi-retired,” he says, dedicated driver of the Mobil Delvac-sponsored 2001 Prevost coach — powered by a 500-hp Detroit Series 60 with an automated tranny — for bluegrass band the Grascals.
The band (pictured, left) was one of the last to play the Opry stage in Nashville before floodwaters left it a wreck May 2. Coming off a west-coast run of shows with Hank Williams Jr., Myrick was there the night of May 1 to drive the band members back to their customary meeting location, then the 30 or so minutes to his home just outside Nashville near Gallatin. As after most Saturday-night in-town gigs, Myrick headed to Gallatin to park the bus behind the College Heights Baptist Church, of which he and his wife of 34 years, Kandy, are members, to make the Sunday morning service.
That night, though, he said to himself, as he told the story to me, “‘I don’t want to park there tonight,’ so I go across the street, where there’s a brand-new Kroger, and I go to sleep. Well, I wake up the next morning, and where I was going to park behind the church is all flooded. It rained all night long, I guess, just bucketloads. There’s a creek that runs through there, but I never thought of it getting the way that it did.”
He and Kandy were moored in that grocery-story parking lot for the next day and a half, with several loaded trucks making deliveries in Gallatin parked there too to wait out the floodwaters making U.S. 31E through the area impassable. For the story in his own words, enjoy the video that follows here.
As for the Grascals, they’re scheduled to play both today, Thursday, May 27, and tomorrow at the Branson, Mo., Silver Dollar City “Bluegrass & BBQ” fest. Check them out if you’re in the area. You can sample their music at their website.
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