Category Archives: Country History

UPDATE: ‘Maple Sugar Sweetheart’

Back when I posted about Ward Allen‘s wonderful fiddle tune ‘Maple Sugar’ and the lyrics Hank LaRiviere (‘Hank Rivers’) penned for it, there was no video available of Hank’s original 1960 record, ‘Maple Sugar Sweetheart’. I linked to a version … Continue reading

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Jim Rooney and Tish Hinojosa Visit “Hillbilly Central” on May 15th, 1999

ANOTHER ARCHIVAL HILLBILLY AT HARVARD “Hillbilly Central.” That’s what Sinc called it, in Studio B with Tish Hinojosa, as Jim Rooney was waving goodbye, Tom Pittman of the Austin Lounge Lizards had dropped by to say hello (the Lizards were … Continue reading

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It’s October 24, 1992, and We’ve Got Kate MacKenzie and D. L. Menard!

ANOTHER ARCHIVAL HILLBILLY AT HARVARD It’s October 24th, 1992. The Boston Bluegrass Union is bringing in Kate MacKenzie and her band Stoney Lonesome from the Twin Cities, to play at the First Church Congregational, on the corner of Garden and … Continue reading

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June 1993: Iris DeMent Was in Town, and Live on HAH

ANOTHER ARCHIVAL HILLBILLY AT HARVARD It’s Saturday, June 5th, 1993. Hillbilly at Harvard had been preempted for a couple of weeks (probably by Orgies®) and was limited, we were told, to three hours that day. But Iris DeMent was in … Continue reading

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January 20, 2001: James King, Dudley Connell, Don Rigsby Together in Studio B

ANOTHER ARCHIVAL HILLBILLY AT HARVARD The Boston Bluegrass Union was celebrating its 25th Anniversary, and for the occasion was hosting a concert at the (then named) Museum of Our National Heritage in Lexington, with a group they called the Southern … Continue reading

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Hear New IBMA Hall of Famer Lynn Morris on Hallowe’en 1992

ALERT UPDATE: SHOW DID NOT RUN AT ALL, FOR UNKNOWN REASON. I WILL ASK THEM TO RUN THIS SHOW NEXT SATURDAY. /CL ALERT! SOMETHING HAPPENED AND THE ARCHIVAL SHOW IS NOT RUNNING. I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO CONTACT ANYONE WHO … Continue reading

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Summertime Guests Peter Keane, Barry & Holly Tashian, in 1990

ANOTHER ARCHIVAL HILLBILLY AT HARVARD It was July 21st, 1990. Sinc and I were both in town, and so were Peter Keane and Barry & Holly Tashian. Pete (a WHRB member) knew sumptuous Studio A well, as he and Elijah … Continue reading

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A Double Treat of Live Music, with Dave Foley and Mike Ireland in 1999

ANOTHER ARCHIVAL HILLBILLY AT HARVARD To quote myself, That’s right, it’s 1999, and we’ve got Boston natives the Dave Foley Band in the third hour, and rising star from Kansas City, Mike Ireland in the fourth hour. We’ve got only … Continue reading

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Back to 1986, with Bay State Bluegrass

ANOTHER ARCHIVAL HILLBILLY AT HARVARD It was November 8th, 1986, back in the WHRB studios under Sanders Theater in Memorial Hall, and I was having trouble with Left Turntable during The Down Home Show. One channel was not broadcasting. This … Continue reading

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Tom Russell Pays a Visit in 1988

ANOTHER ARCHIVAL HILLBILLY AT HARVARD This Saturday (the 28th of August, 2021) we’re going back to 1988 again, to January 30th. If you heard the Archival show from February 6th of ’88, you will remember that Bill Monroe was scheduled … Continue reading

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