Country Calendar

[ UPDATE 8Jan15] Contributions remain paltry, so I will continue adding some of the email calendar notices I get.  Better for you to post your own notices, though; then you’re not relying on me to remember.  Just use the Comments box at the bottom. /CL

This page is for Country Calendar on-air announcements, though visitors may like to refer to the printed items here, too.

What we’ll do is use the Comments for Calendar announcements.  I’ll print them off on the Friday before the show, and take them in with me in my red Country Calendar folder. I’ll delete the older, obsolete ones as I get around to it.

• Bullet Points: Please remember that a harried disc jockey (HDJ) programming on the fly has no time or inclination to carefully pre-read announcements.  The HDJ needs concert/show announcements clearly laid out in bullet points—please, no long paragraphs!  Some of you are prone to long disquisitions.  Refrain!

• Vitals First: If you want to give the HDJ information about the performers he might not know, save it for the end of the announcement, not for reading on the air.  Don’t make the HDJ wade through pages to get to the meat: Who, When, Where, Contact!

• Spell Out Links: Internet links for more information, tickets, or a general good time must be spelled out, so when they are printed and I read them, listeners will understand what they have to type.  You don’t need to include the http://. . . header, but a hyperlink called ‘Moe’s Club’ won’t do, either.  I need ‘’, i.e. exactly what the listener has to type in his browser.  Most modern browsers will fill in the ‘http. . .’ header.

• Phone Numbers: Please include phone numbers!  Believe it or not, not everyone who listens has or uses a computer, tablet, smart phone or other such device.

• Redundancy: You should also email me the announcements, as many of you already do, to: CousinLynn953 at Yahoo dot com.  Redundancy is good.

• Saturday is TOO LATE: And remember: Hillbilly at Harvard airs Saturday morning.  I do my show prep Friday evening.  I won’t see announcements for the coming weekend and week if they are posted or emailed after Friday.  Seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many such duds I get.

So let’s try it!

/Cousin Lynn

UPDATE: Jeff Boudreau (who in addition to notloB Parlour Concerts, runs a Facebook Group called “Northeast Old-Time, Blue Grass and String Band Music”), suggests the following rule:

Third-party event notices must be authorized by producer and/or artist. Poster is responsible to communicate any date/time/location/bill changes.

In other words, if you post Country Calendar notices here, you—not I, not WHRB—are responsible for any changes, cancellations, missing or wrong information.  Thanks, Jeff!

3 Responses to Country Calendar

  1. Joe Carper says:

    The Seldom Scene is appearing at Belleville Roots Music Series on May 7th at 8pm. More info and tickets at

  2. Paula Bradley says:

    Howdy! I used to play with honkytonkers “Girl Howdy”. Looking forward to this free show 5/19 at the Southbridge Library, supported by the Southbridge Cultural Council

    • Howdy Paula— This sounds fascinating. I had to look up Southbridge, which it turns out is near Sturbridge, right on the MA-CN border. Here’s the description from the site you linked:

      Finding Her Voice: Women in Early Country Music presented by Paula Bradley
      Jacob Edwards Library

      Thursday, May 19, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
      The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host a concert by Berkshire-based roots musician Paula Bradley (vocals, guitar, banjo). Paula brings stories and songs of women in early country music, highlighting their often-overlooked contributions to America’s rich musical legacy, to Jacob Edwards Library, 236 Main St., Southbridge MA, Thursday, May 19, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

      A West Virginia-born multi-instrumentalist residing in the Berkshires, Paula Bradley has been involved in old-time and roots music for many years. Known for her strong, spirited vocals, she has toured (on banjo) with old-time darlings “Uncle Earl”; with old-time powerhouse Bruce Molsky (on guitar and banjo uke); and recorded and toured with Tony Trischka and Bruce as part of the acoustic roots trio “Jawbone”. She was also a founding member of the popular New England honkytonk combo (on piano and vocals) “Girl Howdy,” and with her late husband, Bill Dillof, “Moonshine Holler.” Currently, she leads her own popular honky tonk/country swing combo “Miss Paula & The Twangbusters” and pursues many musical side projects. Paula is also an on-demand traditional music instructor and has been on staff at music camps including Swannanoa Gathering, Mars Hill, Winter Village Music, Augusta and Ashokan.

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