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Rockabilly River Nights!

“River Nights,” a 1980 song written and sung by Reggie Van Stockum with Tom Hynes on guitar and Paul Woods on drums at the Harvest Coffee and Cafe in Shelbyville, Kentucky, on Friday night, March 19, 2016.

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Ronald R. Van Stockum, Jr. is a lawyer, teacher, biologist, writer, guitarist, and recently an actor living on his family's old farm in Shelbyville, Kentucky. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Santa Clara University, and a Masters and PhD. in Biology from the University of Louisville. He also has his Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. He practices law from offices in Shelbyville, Kentucky concentrating his legal practice in environmental law. His biologic research is in historical phytogeography. Dr. Van Stockum, Jr. has published numerous books, articles, and short stories in the areas of law, science, and creative writing. most of his 24 titles are available on this site and Amazon with many on Kindle and Audible!


  • John Wilpers
    May 20, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    Love it… but who’s the beardless guy in the black shirt on the guitar? 😉

  • Darrell
    May 21, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Some history of Kentucky in “one glorious summary.”

    The chord progressions in this song have become favorites of mine.
    I play them every week in various keys, usually in very slow tempo and sometimes with harmonicas.
    Thank you for sharing this rockabilly version.
    It is especially nice with two favorite musicians, Paul and Tom.
    I don’t try to sing this but I do love the the lyrics and the Kentucky history.
    One line which has baffled me somewhat is “from the Blockhouse they would come.”

    I suspect this refers to the blockhouse that was at Fort Harrod?

    Thank you.
    Stay mighty.

    • Reggie Van Stockum
      May 21, 2020 at 10:17 pm

      Thanks, Darrell, I was thinking of several stockades, Stamford, Harrod and Painted Stone


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