Here’s an episode that will inspire anyone who hopes to march to the beat of their own drum while living in a rural community. While his friends were out duck hunting and fishing on Reelfoot Lake, Micah Barnes was teaching himself to play a number of instruments and perfecting his musical talents. He eventually studied bass at the famed Interlochen Center for the Arts, started the world fusion jam band 27bstroke6 and carved out a niche as a utility musician, writing, performing, and recording with numerous groups in various genres on an array of instruments. He later focused his creativity on the visual arts and was working in graphic design and performing with independent artists in Middle Tennessee when he was drawn back home to work with Robert Kirkland on a dream that would become Discovery Park of America. Today, he manages to combine all his skills into a fascinating career at both his family’s business, Soleil Garden Center in Union City, Tenn., and The University of Tennessee at Martin.
And later, go behind-the-scenes and find out what it’s like to “throw a pot” at Discovery Park.