OLIVE HILL The historical past of Olive Hill’s musicians nonetheless shines via Sturgill’s Music Middle.
The store was opened by Alma Sturgill and her late husband Darvin. It developed from a filling station to a music store and small museum showcasing Olive Hill musicians like Darvin and Tom T. Corridor. Sturgill has been rebuilding her museum since a flood destroyed her assortment in 2010.
“It obtained totaled, fully totaled,” stated Sturgill. “My husband had a stupendous, massive museum of stuff that folks had given him that he knew via the years — books that was signed and various things that was value fairly a bit. It obtained totaled. Fully mud-covered.”
After the flood, Sturgill was requested by a band to reopen, and was given a donation of $1,700.
“He had it in-built clear throughout the constructing over there, they usually threw every part I had out, so there was a band that took up a set,” she stated.
Sturgill’s love for music started when she met her husband at 16 and has continued all through her life.
“Generally, you’re simply set in a development,” she stated. “I labored at Carter Caves as a result of I used to be raised down there. Then, I met Darvin, I used to be 16, so I began courting him and once I was 18 we obtained married, so I took on his music.”
Darvin Sturgill’s profession took the couple on tour to bigger citie. One in every of her strongest reminiscences is Chicago.
“Darvin performed in Chicago and I’d go along with him,” stated Sturgill. “I do know that he had a No. 1 airplay tune on the time. We went into Chicago and the mafia was preventing over who had his data on jukebox, and I bear in mind him saying, ‘You already know, I can’t hardly see somewhat nation boy being in a city like this.’”
It was tough for Sturgill to stay open after the dying of her husband in 2007, however her niece pushed her to return to work.
“I wouldn’t have come again, however I’ve obtained a niece; she thinks she’s my mom,” stated Sturgill. “So, she pressured me. It’s laborious to work by your self. If you marry that younger, you’re a part of an individual, so it’s laborious to regulate by your self.”
Sturgill continues so as to add historical past to her store for Olive Hill residents and vacationers who go to, and he or she cherishes the reminiscences they convey.
“In the event you work proper, should you work laborious, something works,” stated Sturgill.
Sturgill’s Music Middle is at 144 Scott Avenue in Olive Hill.