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

196 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

  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

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