Category Archives: Hillbilly Journal

Now for Something Different—The Tarbox Ramblers!

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 … 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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When the World Stopped Turning

Coincidentally, the 20th year since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, falls on a Saturday (I won’t call it an ‘anniversary’, because it’s an occasion for remembrance, not celebration). Usually on the annual Saturday closest to the 11th, I … Continue reading

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That’s Good, That’s Bad

Good news: The Powers That Be at Harvard are opening up WHRB to renegades like me. Bad news: The same Powers have decreed that everyone inside the building must wear a face mask at all times. That means even people … Continue reading

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OId Devils Dream. . . of 1986

ANOTHER ARCHIVAL HILLBILLY AT HARVARD I just finished listening to an old Hillbilly show, which ended with a live performance from The Nashville Bluegrass Band, and a lengthy Old Sinc recitation of the Country Calendar as the boys played ‘Cumberland … Continue reading

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What Do Claire Lynch, Ranch Romance, and The Austin Lounge Lizards Have in Common?

ANOTHER ARCHIVAL HILLBILLY AT HARVARD They were all on Hillbilly at Harvard! Ranch Romance and The Austin Lounge Lizards performed live in 1994. Claire Lynch didn’t show up until 2010, for what we call a ‘chin-and-spin’, to promote a show … Continue reading

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It’s 1995 and James King Is Live on WHRB

ANOTHER ARCHIVAL HILLBILLY AT HARVARD February 25, 1995, to be exact. Old Sinc has just returned from three weeks in Las Vegas, Larry Flint is there as well, and we’re expecting The James King Band. We’re in our new studios … Continue reading

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It’s Independence Day Weekend, and OId Sinc’s on Vacation

ANOTHER ARCHIVAL HILLBILLY AT HARVARD I went looking in the boxes of reel-to-reel tapes for a July 4th show. The closest I found was one from Saturday, July 5th, 1986. Old Sinc and Miss Helen were on vacation in Florida … Continue reading

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What Do 1961, 1971, 2011, 2021 Have in Common? Hillbilly History!

ANOTHER ARCHIVAL HILLBILLY AT HARVARD 1961: The Lilly Brothers, Everett and B, with Don Stover, play a concert in Lowell House at Harvard College. Everett, who usually plays mandolin, picks up the fiddle and wows the audience with a fiery … Continue reading

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It’s 1986, and Delia Bell & Bill Grant Are Live in Studio A

ANOTHER ARCHIVAL HILLBILLY AT HARVARD I long remembered there was a time when Delia Bell and Bill Grant had played live on Hillbilly at Harvard. I was entranced by Bill’s performance of Merle Haggard’s “I’ll Break Out Again Tonight,” so … Continue reading

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