Jim Ridley painted a very eloquent and amazingly accurate portrait of Joey Bowker, Nashville's beloved Bat Poet. Joey's art was was so unsophisticated and naiive, it was avant garde. He was weird & wonderful! He made us look at life a little bit sideways and not take ourselves so seriously, reminding us to stop and have fun once in awhile. We knew Joey as close personal friends and treasure our memories. He would tell us of his wild adventures and about all of the celebrities he had had some kind of interaction with. His life was a carnival, filled with bizarre colors and lights...kind of like The Bat Poet Show. We loved him as a friend and as an artist, and are grateful to have known him.
Sincerely, Mr. and Mrs. Melba Toast
The SouthComm Set
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