‘Walker,’ along with Cadiz native, follows his ‘dead horses’
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Most high school kids don’t have the experience of seeing a teacher quit his job to move west and join a rock band. Fewer still get to see that teacher return to rock out in front of the whole school. But that’s exactly what former students of Nate Woodall’s witnessed last Wednesday afternoon.

Woodall played football for Trigg County High School before he graduated in 2000. After graduating from Centre College, he came back to TCHS, where he taught last year. But when Jess White, a man he had come to know over the Internet and through meetings in Nashville, told him he needed a guitar player for his new band, Woodall dropped everything. Next thing he knew, he was in Salt Lake City recording an EP as one quarter of Johnny Walker’s Dead Horses.

At 2 p.m. on Dec. 12, the entire student populations of TCHS and Trigg County Middle School gathered in the high school gym to watch the show. After the head football coach, Shannon Burcham, was given a certificate for being selected to attend the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the band started their set. Eighth-graders seated in the front rows of the gym were the first to rush forward to the stage, not afraid to have a good time. The majority of students kept their places in the stands, but steady clusters of students shuffled to the front of the stage for the remainder of the concert, leading to a fairly sizable crowd screaming and jumping up and down. Meanwhile, Woodall’s mother, Jan Woodall, stood at the back of the gym at table with T-shirts and CDs for sale. After Johnny Walker’s Dead Horses finished their set, they were followed by the Benton band The October.

Freshman Tyler Lankford, shouting over the loud din of the music, said he was enjoying the band.

“They’re pretty good, man,” Langford said. “I like the beat. And I’m sort of a guitar freak.”

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