Paper and Pen—Open Page

UPDATE: I know that scrolling to the newest comments is a bit of a pain.   But reversing the order (so newest appear on top) makes hash out of replies.  I have broken the thread into sub-pages, so you won’t have to scroll too far.  I have also enabled ‘nesting’, for replies to comments right under them.  We’ll see how that works.

Note that you can always comment on Home Page posts, when relevant.  Just click on the headline, or the Comment link at the bottom of the post. /CL 27Feb15

This page, or series of pages, will be essentially an Open Thread, for Hillbilly at Harvard friends and neighbors.  Here’s a place for you to comment, suggest, request, opine, recollect, or just discuss the show and the music.

Why a new page?  The free WordPress does not allow the user to create posts on any pages except the Home Page (or equivalent).   So an Open Thread on the Home Page will eventually get pushed down by newer posts.  But I can allow comments on a new page (like the Country Calendar page).  With a lot of participation, it could get over-long, but then I can create a new Open Page (as I’ll call them), and keep the old one(s) for archival purposes.

Will this work?  It should, but we’ll see.  Comments will be of course be moderated, and seriously off-topic comments will be snipped, as will insults and vulgarity, though I don’t expect any here.

Have fun!  /CL 13Oct13


216 Responses to Paper and Pen—Open Page

  1. Gregory Moore says:

    Re: CL’s references this past Saturday to Tobacco Road. The Jefferson Airplane did a cover on their very first album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, with their initial female singer Signe Anderson. RCA LSP-3548 RE.

    • Yes. Wikipedia lists a whole bunch more covers of the song, in a variety of genres, HERE. The only country one I’ve found so far in the WHRB library is Hank Williams, Jr’s. /CL

      • Steve Kilbride says:

        That song is on Bobbie Gentry’s “Delta Sweete” album -her song cycle about rural life -an under-the -radar masterpiece!

      • Thanks, Steve—Sorry for the delay in approving your comment; we were in New Hampshire for the scenic train to Crawford Notch, and I wasn’t monitoring this account. Have to see if we have the Bobbie Gentry album. /CL

      • Durn! I was actually filing LPs after the short show today, and plum forgot to look for the Bobbie Gentry album. Hey, it’s been only six weeks! Have to make a note to myself—and then remember to read it. /CL

    • Doc says:

      A really good answer, full of ratlinaoity!

      • Huh? To which comment are you responding? (Note that clicking ‘Reply’ under a comment, will put your reply beneath it in sequence.) Also, I had to look up ‘ratlinaoity’, but could not find a definition. It seems to turn up in sites devoted to nutrition.

        Please tell me why I should not consider this spam and delete it. /CL

      • Stephen Bartlett says:

        First thought:


        I was not able to follow the rest of the thread.



  2. thomas uhring says:

    Lynn, A couple suggestions. Do you know JC’s tunes from his silver album, “Bull Riders ” and “Lately I been leanin’ towards the blues” ? How about revisiting Ricky Skaggs “Country Boy” or
    “Highway 40 Blues”? Longtime listener from Lexington .

    • Pretty sure we don’t have this album at WHRB, but I’ll check; some of the tunes we have, of course. I need to spend more time with Cash. And you’re right, need to play more of Skaggs’s country hits. He did an album of bluegrass versions of them, but as I recall the originals have more punch. Thanks for listening. /CL

  3. Steve Bartlett says:


    Here are two items I have found that improve the experience of streaming HAH:

    1. Silence Detector, a software plug-in for Winamp player, which restarts the audio stream if it should be interrupted. Winamp will not of itself restart an interrupted steam. I got tired of coming back from the post office on Saturday mornings and finding the stream had stopped and was no longer being recorded.

    2. Hum eliminator. I had a problem with serious hum developing between my computer and the stereo system I listen through. The hum could not be tracked to a circuit defect such as a bad ground. It is free but donations are accepted.

    I bought a DCI Audio Technology ALH-1 Hum eliminator $65 including shipping. You plug a cable from your sound card input into the two RCA Phono jacks on the ALH-1, then another cable from the ALH-1 output jacks to the stereo input.

    It comes with a Wall power supply and has a separate adjustment for each channel. It works by introducing an out-of-phase hum that cancels the existing hum.

    I have had mine over a year now and it works very well.

    Steve Bartlett

  4. Steve Bartlett says:

    Correction. The hum eliminator is not free. Donations are accepted for the Silence Eliminator


  5. Ed Muller says:

    Lynn, Ed Muller here; checking in after a long absence. I have several reel to reel tapes of the HAH show from the 1970’s that I am copying on to a flash drive.These shows I recorded on an 1800′ tape so each side has a complete show (This was when the show was three hours long) I would like to get these to you at some point when I am finished with the project. Also like to get some Bear Family cd’s to you. Let me know a good way to connect. Ed Muller

    • Ed the Detective! “Long absence” is an understatement! What a treat to hear from you!

      For those who don’t know, Ed the Detective played country oldies on WDLW in Waltham, and also on the former WCAV in Brockton for many years. I know a lot of our listeners were ardent fans.

      Ed, I hope you are hale and hearty. I’m delighted to hear about the 1970s HAH shows. I’ll email you a private address so we can talk further. /CL

  6. Steve Bartlett says:

    Hi, Ed,

    I have long missed your radio broadcasts. Last time I heard you was a Sunday afternoon AM station program – maybe from Brockton.. Are you still in the area?
    Steve Bartlett

  7. Ed Muller says:

    Steve, nice to hear from you; I have missed our conversations. I have not been on the air since August 2102 when the Brockton am station. There is a station in Taunton that has time available but I would have to buy the time; I am seriously considering pursuing the logistics of getting the show back on the air. I do miss it. Ed Muller

  8. Tony Adomaitis says:

    About a month or so ago caught a song you spun by Jim Owen: A Gift In the Name of Love…I been tryin’ since then to find a copy to purchase on mp3… No luck as of today…can you point me in a direction brother? BTW, Just love yer show…I listen every Saturday on my way into clinic!

  9. clint cooper says:

    hi , can anyone tell me who performed the “goldilocks and the three bears” song on todays program? (3/18/2017)– didn’t catch it and searching goldilocks and the three bears is useless lol . thanks! have love HAH for years …

  10. lgpiper says:

    Nice to have read your post on Chuck Berry. My musician son has also just shared a piece on Chuck Berry that had been in Guitar Player or some such. Anyway, I grew up on Chuck Berry among other things (also Elvis, Bobby Blue Bland, and James Brown). Not quite Waylon or Willy, but still good stuff.

    Also, we’re making progress chez sloth. My spouse will now, sometimes, on her own volition, turn on HAH on Saturday mornings.

    Since you’re originally from around Baltimore (or so I thought I’d remembered), I was wondering if you ever caught the Hot Rod Rocket Ship show on WITH or listened to Hoppy Adams on some station out of Annapolis? I think you’re about the proper vintage to have been there in those days. Of course, they’re both more R ‘n’ B than Country.

    take care,
    larry p

    • Howdy Larry—

      Actually I’m from Montgomery County, so we were DC-oriented. Baltimore was always foreign territory to me (always got lost there); never heard of WITH or Hoppy Adams, more’s the pity. Can’t actually remember what radio stations I listened to (in the car; my parents always had classical radio on)–whichever was playing top-40 stuff at the time. My favorites were Elvis, Bill Haley, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, and Chuck Berry.

      Good to hear from you. /CL

  11. Frank says:

    Fast Flying Vestibule

    • “Fast Flying Vestibule”—I’ll bet that’s a puzzling comment for some folks!

      But Frank has a good ear, and heard me speculating yesterday about the meaning of ‘FFV’ in the Carter Family song, “Engine 143”:

      Along came the FFV, the swiftest on the line
      Running o’er the C&O road just 20 minutes behind. . .

      A little railroad info: Back in the 19th century passenger cars had open platforms at each end, and no safe way to get from one car to another. So in 1887 the Pennsylvania Railroad introduced the ‘vestibuled’ train, with enclosed compartments (‘vestibules’) at each end and gangway connections with flexible bellows between the cars.

      For a time, until they became the norm, a ‘vestibule(d) train’ was a selling point; the C&O’s Fast Flying Vestibule would have been a premier passenger train, and a wreck would have been something to talk about In this case, the heroics of engineer George Alley were too. They may deserve a post of their own; until then, HERE‘s a source for variations of the song that A.P. Carter adapted, in his usual fashion. For a short article on passenger-car vestibules, see Wikipedia.

      Thanks Frank, for another post idea! I’m planning one on Old 97, too. /CL

  12. I’m the owner of Lute Records, the label that unleashed “Alley Oop” by the Hollywood Argyles on the world and landing it at the top of the Billboard 100 for two weeks in a row. I have reactivated the label with the release of “She’s Young Enough To Be My Daughter (But She’s Not) by Julius Graham. It think this might provide fodder for your blog! Please check him out at


    • Howdy Frank– I remember “Alley Oop” (both the comic strip and the song). Thanks for the link to “She’s Young Enough. . .” Cute. Not exactly what your website says the revived Lute Records will be featuring: “In the coming months and years, Lute Records will be releasing new product in the genres of soul, jazz and smooth jazz.” But that’s OK. Remember, WHRB does play a lot of jazz, every weekday from 5 AM to 1 PM. /CL

      • Thanks for checking us out! Our Facebook page explains the adding of the Country Novelty genre. I will be releasing a smooth jazz album later this year. I’ll share it with you when the time comes. All best.

  13. juanignacio says:

    I thought I heard the name Preacher Jack on some recent shows with some wonderment about his whereabouts. And just stumbled upon a birthday recent (Feb) visit Willie Alexander and Vincent Ferreni made to him on his birthday. Great spirit Spirit.

    • Hey, thanks. Yes, I wondered. Glad to see The Preacher is still with us—and Willie Loco, too. Know anything about his situation? Going to recover and play that boogie-woogie and Hank Williams again? Great clip at the end of that video. Many thanks! /CL

  14. Rod Holland says:

    Cousin Lynn played a version of “Tombstone Every Mile” that was new to me yesterday (my brain being a tissue of lacunae, nothing was more likely), and it occurred to me that I had never figured out where Haynesville, Maine was, and what road folks were singing about. So I asked Mr. Google, and discovered that Haynesville is up near the the New Brunswick border, and the main N-S road there is US 2A. Here’s a link to a Google Street View of the presumptive Haynesville Road, and its associated Woods. Mr. Google had better sense than to be there in the Winter, so imagining the snow, ice, darkness, and tombstones is left as an exercise for the reader.,-68.0182799,3a,75y,270h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sRogRNe2MkmxX9uO99ha3IQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en


    • Howdy Rod— I don’t recall playing “Tombstone” Saturday, though my brain has its own share of lacunae. I did play John Lincoln Wright’s live version some weeks ago (May 6th?), or maybe there was a version on one of the canned shows last month. No matter. I never thought about the Haynesville Road, either, so it’s neat to have a street view. Looks like a scrubby woods. Apparently an hairpin turn right in Haynesville was notorious for a lot of wrecks. From Wikipedia:

      “A Tombstone Every Mile” is a song written by Dan Fulkerson and recorded by American country music artist Dick Curless. It was released in January 1965 as the lead single from the album of the same name. The song stayed at number five for two weeks and spent a total of seventeen weeks on the chart. The song refers to the “Haynesville Woods”, an area around the small town of Haynesville in Aroostook County in northern Maine noted for many automobile crashes. Truck drivers would ship potatoes to market in Boston and a dangerous hairpin turn in the route through Haynesville was the inspiration for the song.

      Curless calls them “pahdaydahs.” My wife was once offered a job at a hospital in Presque Isle, which would have put us in the neighborhood. We actually considered it, briefly. /CL

  15. Tim Swartz says:

    Cousin Lynn–enjoying the show as always, via Streeeeeeeeeeaming here in VT. It’s a great accompaniment while I do the exercises that try to keep me going. I was very glad to hear “4th of July at the Country Fair” by the Georgia Yellow Hammers. I have another great version of this song, performed by the excellent group The Red Clay Ramblers. I have heard them do an excellent job on similar songs, including one about good ‘ol boys attending an opera. That one includes lines like “He was singing Pagliacci, we was feelin’ itchy and scratchy”.
    I appreciate your long dedication to this show; I was introduced to in in the 1970s by the newsletter of the Folk Song Society of Greater Boston (FSSGB), and continued to listen to it during my years in Allston, keeping the woodworking shop I co-owned open on Saturdays. I missed it after moving to VT in 1991. Finding I could get it via streaming several years ago was a real pleasure.
    I hope someone will set up a podcast, so I can carry it around with me and not miss a song!
    Best wishes–Tim Swartz

    • Howdy Tim— Now that you reminded me, I recall the Red Clay Ramblers doing the “4th of July,” but not Pagliacci—you’re not thinking of Spike Jones, are you?

      Delighted to hear you’re still with us. You can of course record the show on your computer. See this post HERE. /CL

  16. Ed Oulton says:

    Rumor has it that someone fell asleep at the wheel on Sat July 15. Enjoyed the extended Flat and Scruggs concert! Glad to hear your voice and know all is well. Ed O. Clearwater, Fl I wanted to call the station but I could only remember 617 4818 the old Bob Bates contest number Autry Inman

    • Huh? You must have been listening to a different station! Show yesterday ran right from 9:00 AM to 1:01 PM, with no F&S except for the opening and closing themes, as usual. Played lots of good stuff; sorry you missed it.

      I started to suspect this was someone trolling, until you mentioned the Bob Bates memorial contest answer (Autry Inman), which makes you one of the HAH faithful (the number is 617-495-4818). And, BTW, a few months ago I played an Autry Inman single and got a call from Bob Bates himself! Delighted to know he, and you, are still listening. /CL

  17. Stephen Kent McNees says:

    I just heard a lovely song but didn’t catch the reference–something like Between Earth and Sky by Becky Fuller(?) Please correct my hearing. Thanks.

    • Howdy— I expect that would have been Becky Buller. The album is called ‘Tween Earth and Sky, and the song I played was “I Serve a God (Who Can Raise the Dead).” Available HERE (and elsewhere). Thanks for listening. /CL

    • Connie Corey says:

      OH you really should get the Becky Buller album lots of great stuff on there I just saw her in Raleigh NC at the IBMA and she is one talented singer and songwriter….. I didn’t Die is great for Halloween….

  18. Steve Bartlett says:

    Chaw Mank

    I have heard the name Chaw Mank for years, if only at multi-year intervals.

    “Nickname for Charles Mank.”

    Searching the web, reveals a credit to Chaw Mank along with John Duffey and Joe Kingston(?) for “Bringing Mary Home.”

    I never saw that before. There is a mention here:
    Note that the web owner does not put down “Bringing Mary Home.”
    He does give more details of Mank’s varied career.

    The page also mentions as an awful recording, “I Saw Jim Reeves Up There” by The Country Swingers, Blu-J Label.
    (I did not check that out as HAH was still streaming).

    It is an alternative time-wasting activity to supplant youTube.

    Mank also wrote a book about Rudolph Valentino.

    • Very interesting! Unfortunately this guy Darryl Bullock’s links (from 2009) are dead, and YouTube doesn’t have the ‘Country Swingers’ version of the song, so we can’t tell if the record is as dreadful as he says. I wonder if it’s buried somewhere in the HAH Vast Variety Vault (VVV). . .

      Certainly “Bringing Mary Home” was an important contribution; I wonder if ol’ Chaw wrote (or co-wrote) other country songs, besides “I Saw Jim Reeves Up There.” Note that his contribution was in parentheses. He seems to have had his finger in many musical pies, at any rate.

      Thanks. I did not pursue the Worlds Worst Records site much further. I figure we’ve got plenty in our unweeded VVV. /CL

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