Celina in Clay County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Dumas Walker's Store
"Let's all go, down to Dumas Walker We'll get a slaw burger, fries and a bottle of Ski Bring it on out to my baby and me."
In 1990, the Kentucky Headhunters, a Southern rock band from Edmonton, Kentucky, scored their second hit, "Dumas Walker,” on the country charts.
"Dumas Walker” came from the Headhunters' No. 2 country album, Pickin' on Nashville, and followed their previous hit Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine.”
The music video aired on CMT (then exclusively a video channel) and featured Dumas Walker in a cameo appearance, Then 74 years old, be owned Walker's Package Store on Tennessee Highway 52, in Moss, Tennessee, just south of the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.
The Headhunters lived 30 miles north of Walker's store, and first met him in Moss when they traveled there as children to buy fireworks and watch him play marbles. In the "Dumas Walker" music video, Walker played marbles on a pool table, and the song referred to him as "the marble king." As played by Walker and others in this part of Tennessee and southern Kentucky, marbles was dissimilar from the children's
In the wake of the song's success, Walker accommodated tourists who wanted to take photos with him. He autographed bottles of Ski, a citrus soda bottled in Chattanooga and referenced in the song. The Headhunters placed a "Dumas Walker" banner on the windshield of their tour bus and invited Walker to go on the road with them, but he insisted he had obligations at home.
Driving to a marbles tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, shortly after the video was shot, Walker injured his arm and was unable to play again. He died in Nashville at age 75 on April 22, 1991, and is buried in Moss.
At the 1990 Grammy awards, the Kentucky Headhunters won the award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for Pickin'on Nashville. They also won the Best New Vocal Group award and Album of the Year for Pickin' on Nashville from the Academy of Country Music, and Vocal Group of the Year award from the Country Music Association. On their third album, Rave On, they recorded "Celina, Tennessee."
In 1991, Walker's store was sold at auction, but the family retained the name "Dumas Walker."
Photo 1 caption: Dumas Walker, "the marble king" demonstrating his shooting style. Photo 2 caption: Walker shooting marbles outside his store in Moss, Tennessee.
Erected by Tennessee Music Pathways.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music.
Location. 36° 33.038′ N, 85° 30.385′ W. Marker is in Celina, Tennessee, in Clay County. Marker is at the intersection of Dow Avenue (Tennessee Route 52) and Green Street, on the right when traveling east on Dow Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Court House Sq, Celina TN 38551, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Clay County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Celina During the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Clay County Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Clay County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); William Hull Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Hugh Roberts (approx. half a mile away); Donaldson Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); History of the Webb Cemetery (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Celina.
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