March 13, 2023
Mr. Lucky's on Grand Avenue featured Country Music upstairs and Rock and Roll downstairs. During the volatile Sixties and early Seventies, a long-haired customer had to pick just the right time (usually in the middle of a hot Country tune) to slip past the buzzcuts upstairs and hurry down the ramp to the basement.
Meanwhile, the parking lot was a whole other obstacle course where the collisions and the confrontations, the taunts and the threats were no idle matter. Nobody has ever summed up this situation better than this guy:
"And it's up against the wall Redneck Mother. Mother who has raised her son so well. He's thirty-four and drinkin' in a honkytonk, just kickin' Hippie's asses and raisin' hell."
—Jerry Jeff Walker, who sang the most popular version, but this classic dittie was written by Ray Wiley Hubbard