Monthly Archives: March 2013

Deep Roots Remembers Gordon Stoker & The Jordanaires

Ken Irwin of Rounder Records forwards me this notice from David McGee, proprietor of the interesting website Deep Roots.  There’s a link to the full story, with video clips, at the end.  I recommend it; I had never known the … Continue reading

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Short Shows?—Check (Met) Opry Times

CLICK HERE UPDATE: No more Met!  Not until next December, at any rate.  So we’ll be back to our regular four-hour schedule next Saturday (the 18th of May)—well, there’s Harvard football, but that isn’t for a while yet.  /CL

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“Gold Records in the Snow”

Our good friend Steve Bartlett grew up in Beaumont, Texas, and has a lot of stories and anecdotes from the musical scene down in East Texas.  He emails, During JP Richardson’s funeral (The Big Bopper) Beaumont DJ Gordon Baxter did … Continue reading

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Jim Rooney’s Bossmen Back in Print

Back last Fall, our old friend Jim Rooney wrote: Friends, I’m happy to announce that my book Bossmen: Bill Monroe & Muddy Waters is back in circulation, available as a book-on-demand from Amazon and as an e-book on Kindle (Amazon), … Continue reading

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Rex Trailer Honored at Tribute, Plus 60-Years-in-TV Video

Rex Trailer was a fixture in the lives of many children (and adults) in the Boston area.  I did not grow up in this part of the world, and so never heard of him until he showed up on Hillbilly … Continue reading

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Why No Spinitron?

John in Pembroke emailed to ask about a couple of tunes aired yesterday, Tommy Jackson’s “Mississippi Sawyer” and The Burns Brothers’s (a.k.a. Run C&W) “Itchy Twitchy Spot.”  The latter is a great send-up of “Achy Breaky Heart”—remember that?  A tip … Continue reading

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Sue Thompson?

Steve Bartlett writes, How about pairing Sue Thompson  with a Lizzie Cook song? They sound similiar to me. This is not strictly hillbilly, but I don’t think it is outside the scope of HAH: “Big Mable Murphy” More traditional: “I … Continue reading

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New Country Calendar Page

I’ve started a separate page for Country Calendar announcements, which visitors can check out and I can print out for show prep Friday evening.  Leave CC announcements in the Comments.  Read the instructions and admonitions before posting comments. It’s here: https://hillbillyatharvard.wordpress.com/country-calendar/ … Continue reading

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New Yodeling Slim Clark CD Set from England

Gordy Brown reports: Jasmine records in England has released a 2 CD set “Yodeling Slim Clark, Singin Yodelin’, Guitar Pickin’, Cowboy Songs,” with a total of 53 songs, mostly from 78s and many released for the first time since their … Continue reading

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Claude King (1923-2013)

Here’s a link to the AP obituary, which ran in the NY Times: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?n=claude-king&pid=163507980#fbLoggedOut I played his best-known hit, “Wolverton Mountain,”from one of the Columbia historical CD compilations.  I’m sure that we used to have one or two Claude King … Continue reading

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