August 12, 2022

Radio presenter and former Previous Gray Whistle Check host Bob Harris talks about his travels and divulges why he doesn’t just like the ‘vibe’ in Miami… however loves Nashville

Bob Harris checks in to our journey Q&A

This week, radio presenter Bob Harris checks in to our journey Q&A. 

He talks about his first journey overseas, his favorite U.S. metropolis – and extra… 

EARLIEST HOLIDAY MEMORY?

My father was Welsh so we’d go to his South Wales hometown, Pontardawe. Dad put sixpence in a jar each week so he may afford to hire an previous Austin Seven each summer season. On one journey, the automotive started rolling backwards as we tried to stand up a hill within the Brecon Beacons.

FIRST TRIP ABROAD?

Going to LA in 1974 for the Previous Gray Whistle Check. I flew out on a chilly February day and after I landed the temperature was 70f. It was a superb journey — the town appeared the epicentre of rock’n’roll on the time.

TRAVEL MUCH FOR THE OGWT?

It was my principal supply of journey for eight years. I’d go to LA each summer season and journey all over the place from San Francisco to New Orleans to movie and interview bands.

FAVOURITE U.S. CITY?

Nashville, Tennessee. There’s a lot to see, be it the Nation Music Corridor of Fame, the Ryman Auditorium or Broadway, the place you’ll discover all of the honky tonk bars.

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PLACE CLOSE TO YOUR HEART?

My household spent holidays with my pal Cynthia Lennon in Portals Nous, Majorca, earlier than she handed away. It’s acquired the right local weather — by no means too sizzling or chilly.

HAD ANY TRAVEL SCRAPES?

You’ve acquired to watch out in Miami. I didn’t benefit from the vibe there. I acquired the sensation that something may occur at any time.

Bob says Nashville is his favourite U.S. city as there's lots to do, such as visiting the honky tonk bars on Broadway (pictured)

Bob says Nashville is his favorite U.S. metropolis as there’s heaps to do, resembling visiting the honky tonk bars on Broadway (pictured)

ARE YOU A GOOD FLYER?

Sure, I simply watch a film. However I miss the times of the large Jumbo jets of the Seventies, the place there can be a spiral staircase to the bar. I spent a lot of the flight time speaking to Twiggy within the bar on one trans-Atlantic journey.

ANY TIPS FOR LIFE ON THE ROAD?

Forty years in the past, I’d have mentioned: ‘Elevate hell and make merry.’ However these days I’ve to tempo myself so I’ve power on stage.