ANOTHER ARCHIVAL HILLBILLY AT HARVARD
Tomorrow (Saturday, October 23rd) we jump ten years from our previous Hillbilly at Harvard Archive to April 15th, 2000, featuring The Tarbox Rambers.
The Tarbox Ramblers had been playing a club called the Green Street Grill in Cambridge for several years, and had a growing reputation among fans of ‘roots’ music in Boston, including the folks at Rounder Records, who were about to release the Ramblers’ first record. Brad Paul, from Rounder Radio Promotions was in the studio.
With Michael Tarbox leading with authoritative vocals and a combination of finger-picking and finger-sliding guitar, along with a steady and dominating drum beat, bass, and deceptively sweet fiddle, the Tarbox Ramblers attack classic southern songs from the Depression era, like ‘Jack of Diamonds’, ‘St. James Infirmary’, and ‘Columbus Stockade’. They aren’t a blues band, nor an hillbilly band, nor a rock band, but appeal to fans of all of them, and to us at Hillbilly at Harvard.
Neither Sinc nor I realized at first that ‘Tarbox’ was a family name; Sinc points out on air that he just thought it was a great name for a band. I rather assumed it had North Carolina origins. Michael T. explains its origins; tune in.
April 15th was of course tax day (though it was Patriots’ Day weekend, so Massachusetts taxpayers had until the 18th to file), so of course you’ll hear Johnny Paycheck’s ‘Me and the IRS’. The show that day was curtailed at 12:30 by the Metropolitan Opry; we’ve got only two hours, so you’ll hear the last two hours. Hope you enjoy it! /CL