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  • "Bushwhacked at the Flora-Bama", Chris Warner with Joe Gilchrist

    SKU: BATF / In Stock: 483

    Regular Price: $19.99


    Bushwhacked at the Flora-Bama A Character-laden History & Tales from the Last Great American Roadhouse... The Legendary Flora-Bama Lounge & Package Store By Chris Warner with Joe Gilchrist. It has been called one of the last great American honky tonk roadhouses, the perfect blend of beer and whiskey, laid back and wild, where you wipe your feet on the way out, an otherwise tattered, white sandy blip on the teeming gulf coast radar that for more than three decades has served as a romantic, raunchy, roadside respite for good music, good times, good views, and most importantly great people.

    According to its uniquely colorful originator and operator, Joe Gilchrist, the legendary Flora-Bama Oyster Bar & Package Store is many things to many people...a place where all walks of life- bikers, judges, professional partiers, politicians, dignitaries, derelicts, diplomats, and coquettish coeds converge to embrace a special brand of unmitigated pleasure. And that s the way it should be, according to the muse-like Gilchrist, who for the past 50 years has piously lived his often-repeated mantra: Life is meant to be enjoyed.

    Gilchrist's simple formula for fun and frolic,  of bringing different people together in a beautiful spot to enjoy the universal language and tonic of music and laughter, has made his tropical watering hole a global icon among expatriate dives. Playboy has called the lovable, makeshift hodgepodge of wood, rope and canvas "America s Best Beach Bar".  During Mullet Toss Weekend in April, or the ever-bustling Fourth of July weekend, you ll be lucky to find elbow room, much less an idle bar tender. In this book,  Joe Gilchrist tells the amazing history of the Flora-Bama, its inauspicious start, its phoenix-like rise, and tragic, near-demise at the destructive hands of Hurricane Ivan in September 2004.

    Moreover, Gilchrist chronicles his quixotic run as a fun-loving and free-wheeling entrepreneur during what was undeniably a much simpler time, as well as his thoughts about the uncertain future of our great country and free market capitalism, in what is today an increasingly difficult small business climate. More than a spicy expose on cherished Southern comforts untold, this book is a lasting tribute to the magical, music-filled Mecca that has entertained millions, as well as a provocative, wisdom-filled analysis of the integrity of our current class of American political leadership. This book will forever alter the way you view The Bama, Joe Gilchrist, and the United States of America.

    Chris Warner is to be commended on his interpretation of this "tell all", of sorts,  and has filled the coveted shoes with grace. And whether he likes it or not, he's now stuck with us Flora-Bama folk as family! Kudos to Chris. Do yourself a favor and add this to your cart. It will make your next trip to The Flora-Bama much more enriched.

    Also, be on the lookout for Warner's follow up novel,  "SAVED at the Alabama-Florida Line".  It's a semi-fictional juicy tale of love, music, and southern politics all rolled up into a great read! Coming soon to the Online Store.