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Still in the rain, umbrella in hand, I
find the singer's grave-thanks to the
help of a stranger. A moment later, after
speaking some solemn words to her spirit,
I follow the tradition of those who came
before me: I leave a coin at her headstone
for good luck.

SOUTH CAROLINA

"Walkin' After Midnight" and "I Fall to
Pieces." Yet the ever-youthful singer died
in a plane crash on March 5, 1963, near
Camden, Tennessee. And her remains
were buried at Winchester's Shenandoah
Memorial Park.

Toy Caldwell gave the music world a
couple of classics, most notably "Can't
You See," the plaintive opening track of
the Marshall Tucker Band's 1973 debut album. This U.S. Marine cried the blues, too,
saying that he was going to "climb me a
mountain, the highest mountain."
What Caldwell offered on that first
LP, as well, was "Ab's Song," a loving yet
haunting tribute to his wife, Abbie Goode
Caldwell, who died in 2016 and is now buried at his side at the Greenlawn Memorial
Gardens of Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Standing in the sunshine at the couple's grassy graves reminded me of "Ab's
Song"-and the spooky notion of how
Toy addressed his young wife, asking,

"If I die at 23/Won't you bury me/In the
sunshine?"
Caldwell died in 1993 - at age 45.
Decades after his death, a reformed version of the Marshall Tucker Band remains
on the road-and is still revered as part of
this spirited city's musical culture.
"There is a large music scene in this
town, and they do pay homage to the
people who came before them," says Steven Horvath, manager of Cribb's Kitchen
on Spartanburg's West Main Street. "And
the Marshall Tucker Band is something really special."
On a Sunday evening, I take a stroll
from my lofty room at AC Hotel Spartanburg on West Main Street (864-585-8900)
to savor the Cribb's Kitchen (864-6999669) house specialties: pimento cheese
bites plus shrimp and crispy oysters with
grits and grilled asparagus.
"Spartanburg is growing, in my opinion, at a proper pace," says Horvath, a native of the Hub City. "We're kind of just
slowly easing into it and can, hopefully,
keep that town, sort-of, feel."

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