It's not everyday that a 1950's tour bus rolls into town. So, people walking down Gay Street in downtown Knoxville just had to stop and take a peek inside. The Bluegrass Bus is the world's only portable bluegrass and country western museum. "It's housed within a 1955 flexible tour bus," Danny Clark says.
Danny and his father Don take the bus everywhere. They've traveled 30 states all over the southeast, north to Ohio and west to California.
"This is kind of like a band," Danny says. "We go to different festivals, we open up the door and it's always free for visitors to come check out the Bluegrass Bus Museum."
Don started the mobile museum about 20 years ago as a tribute to bluegrass music and the legendary musicians Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.
"We have found three of their buses and they're just totaled beyond repair, so we took one just like it and fixed it up and made it look like the original tour bus," Danny says.
The bus is filled with autographed pictures from various artists.
"We have everything from Flatt and Scruggs to Nickel Creek to George Jones and Grandpa Jones," Danny says. "If it's bluegrass or country and western we like to think we have a little bit of everything."
Including a piece of wood from Earl Scrugg's house, Martha white memorabilia; the flour has a rich heritage as a sponsor of bluegrass and original clothing from different stage acts. It's a bus fit for any bluegrass band and even some country music stars.
"Oh yeah, we took Marty Stuart to a show once," Danny says.
For now, the musical bus is on the way to its next stop in Morganton North Carolina for the Red, White and Bluegrass Festival.
For more information on the Bluegrass Bus, visit www.bluegrassbus.com