Friday, August 19, 2016

Playlist - 8/7/2016

Hi Folks.

For my part of this show I celebrated the 89th anniversary of the historic Bristol Sessions which are are regarded as the "Big Bang of (Commercial) Country Music" because of the discovery of the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.  We played a tune the Carter Family recorded at the Bristol Sessions followed by a couple more recorded almost exactly 50 years later in the exact same location by the A.L. Phipps Family.  We also played other Bristol Session recordings by J.P. Nestor, Johnson Brothers, and Tenneva Ramblers -- a band Jimmie Rodgers split from about a day before the recordings.


Other great early classics we heard were from Grayson & Whitter, Al Hopkins & His Buckle Busters, Leadbelly, The Prairie Rambers, and Frank Blevins and his Tar Heel Rattlers.

Our classic country segment focused on the year 1959 and included classic songs from Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper, Stonewall Jackson, Billy Grammer, and Faron Young.

Joe Bussard presented his 44th program of Country Classics that spanned the years 1926 to 1952.

We hope you enjoyed the show.  If you like it or have comments, leave them below in the comments section.

Jim Beaver



Artist / Song / Source / Label / Year

  • Golden Gate Quartet / Darling Nellie Gray / Complete Recorded Works / Document / 1939
  • J. P. Nestor / Black-Eyed Susie / The Bristol Sessions / Country Music Foundation / 1927
  • Johnson Brothers / A Passing Policeman / The Bristol Sessions / Country Music Foundation / 1927
  • The Carter Family / Single Girl Married Girl / The Bristol Sessions / Country Music Foundation / 1927
  • Tenneva Ramblers / The Longest Train I Ever Saw / The Bristol Sessions / Country Music Foundation / 1927
  • The Phipps Family / Poor Orphan Child / Records In Bristol Va. Tenn. / Mountain Eagle Records / 1977
  • The Phipps Family / Little Log Cabin By The Sea / Records In Bristol Va. Tenn. / Mountain Eagle Records / 1977
  • Grayson & Whitter / Tom Dooley / The Recordings of Grayson & Whitter - Recorded 1928-1930 / County / 1929
  • The Hill Billies ( Al Hopkins & His Buckle Busters) / Going Down The Road Feeling Bad / The Hill Billies , Al Hopkins & His Buckle Busters Vol. 2 (1926-1927) / Document Records / 1926
  • Leadbelly with Woodie Guthrie, Cisco Houston & Sonny Terry / Outskirts Of Town / Leadbelly Sings Folk Songs / Smithsonian Folkways / 1947
  • Prairie Ramblers / Old Revival Meeting / Vol. 3 Huckleberry Picnic / B.A.C.M / 1946
  • Frank Blevins & His Tar Heel Rattlers / Old Aunt Betsy / Music From The Lost Provinces / Old Hat / 1927
  • Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper / There's a Big Wheel / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music Country & Western Hit Parade 1959 / Bear Family / 1959
  • Stonewall Jackson / Smoke Along the Track / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music Country & Western Hit Parade 1959 / Bear Family  / 1959
  • Billy Grammer / Gotta Travel On / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music Country & Western Hit Parade 1959 / Bear Family  / 1959
  • Faron Young / Country Girl / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke & Hillbilly Music Country & Western Hit Parade 1959 / Bear Family / 1959
  • Stonewall Jackson / Waterloo / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music Country & Western Hit Parade 1959 / Bear Family  / 1959
  • Elton Britt / Jackass Blues / Jackass Blues / B.A.C.M / 1951
Joe Bussard's Country Classics #44       listen here
  • The Stripling Brothers / The Lost Child / 78 RPM single / Melotone / 1928
  • Dykes' Magic City Trio / Tennessee Girls / 78 RPM single / Brunswick / 1927
  • Blind Alfred Reed / We've Got To Have 'Em, That's All / 78 RPM single / Victor / 1929
  • Fiddler Joe Brown, Fiddler A. A. Gray, Seven Foot Dilly / A Fiddler's Tryout In Georgia - Part 1 / 78 RPM single / Vocalion / 1930
  • Fiddler Joe Brown, Fiddler A. A. Gray, Seven Foot Dilly / A Fiddler's Tryout In Georgia - Part 2 / 78 RPM single / Vocalion / 1930
  • John Dilleshaw & The String Marvel / Spanish Fandango / 78 RPM single / Okeh / 1929
  • Uncle Dave Macon / Way Down The Old Plank Road / 78 RPM single / Vocalion / 1926
  • Murphy Brothers Harp Band / Little Bunch Of Roses / 78 RPM single / Columbia / 1930
  • Dixie Ramblers / Ridin' In An Old Model "T" / 78 RPM single / ARC / 1937
  • Vol Stevens / Vol Stevens Blues / 78 RPM single / Victor / 1927
  • Jack Cawley's Oklahoma Ridge Runners / My Cute Gal Sal / 78 RPM single / Victor / 1930
  • The Carter Family / Gold Watch And Chain / 78 RPM single / Victor / 1933
  • Coon Creek Girls (Lily May Ledford) / Pretty Polly / 78 RPM single / Vocalion / 1938
  • Carolina Tar Heels / The Old Grey Goose / 78 RPM single / Victor / 1929
  • Frank Hunter & his Black Mountain Boys / Long Time No See / 78 RPM single / Rich-R-Tone / 1952
  • Blue Sky Boys / The Unfinished Rug / 78 RPM single / Bluebird / 1950
  • Buddy Starcher / I Planted A Rose In The Garden Of Prayer / 78 RPM single / Columbia / 1949
  • Scottdale String Band / Stone Mountain Wobble / 78 RPM single / Okeh / 1927

Monday, August 1, 2016

Playlist - 7/31/2016

Hi Folks.

Our last show for July included some notable music from The Callahan Brothers, early 20th century performers from Madison County, North Carolina; Georgia fiddler Clayton McMichen; Bill Carlisle along with his slide guitar playing brother Cliff; Jimmie Davis; Roy Acuff; and the relatively rare recording duo of Burnett & Rutherford.  
Janette Carter (1923-2006)  Photo by Bob Corn
A wonderful rare recording of Janette Carter (Sara's and A.P.'s daughter) with J. E. Mainer fiddling was in the mix along with several classic country recordings from 1957 and 1958 that included artists like Ferlin Huskey; George Jones; Johnnie & Jack; and the classic Wayne Raney Family song "We Need A Whole Lot More Of Jesus (And A Lot Less Rock And Roll)"

Joe Bussard presented his 43rd program of Country Classics for Red Rooster Party bringing us several 78s from his collection that were very unusual, such as tunes from Marion Underwood; Fiddlin' Powers and Family; Bill Tuttle, and Elder Golden P. Harris.

Tune in next Sunday for another great program of early and classic country music.

Jim Beaver



Artist / Song / Source / Label / Year

  • Golden Gate Quartet / If I Had My Way / Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Volume 3 / Document / 1939
  • The Callahan Brothers / Rattlesnake Daddy / The Callahan Brothers / Old Homestead / 1934
  • Clayton McMichen / Darling Nellie Gray / The Legendary Fiddler Vol. 2 / B.A.C.M / 1927
  • Bill Carlisle / Sally Let Your Bangs Hang Down / Rough and Rowdy Hillbilly of the 1930s / Collector Records / 1939
  • Jimmie Davis / Where the Old Red River Flows / I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now / CTY / 1930
  • Burnett & Rutherford / Curly Headed Woman / Old-Time Mountain Blues (1927-1939) / County / 1927
  • Jimmy Wakely / The Last Round Up / The Singing Cowboy / Varese Saraband / 1975
  • Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys / Our Own Jole Blon / Night Train To Memphis / CTY / 1947
  • Skeets Martin and Friends / I Love You So Much It Hurts / Turning Back The Years (Instrumentally) / Self-released / 2000s
  • Janette Carter (& J. E. Mainer) / I'm Missing You / Deliverance Will Come / Bear Family / 1968
  • Simon Crum (Ferlin Huskey) / Country Music Is Here To Stay / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music 1958 / Bear Family / 1958
  • Wayne Raney - Raney Family (Wayne, Wanda And Zyndall) / We Need a Whole Lot More of Jesus (And a Lot Less Rock and Roll) / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music 1958 / Bear Family  / 1958
  • Leroy Van Dyke / Auctioneer / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music 1957 / Bear Family  / 1957
  • The Louvin Brothers / My Baby's Gone / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music 1958 / Bear Family  / 1958
  • Hank Locklin / Geisha Girl / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music 1957 / Bear Family  / 1957
  • Johnnie & Jack / Stop the World (and Let Me Off) / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music 1958 / Bear Family  / 1958
  • George Jones / Color of the Blues / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music 1958 / Bear Family / 1958
  • Eddie Noack / Have Blues Will Travel / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music 1958 / Bear Family / 1958
  • Bonnie Guitar / Dark Moon / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music 1957 / Bear Family  / 1957
Joe Bussard's Country Classics #43                   Listen Here
  • Stripling Brothers / The Lost Child / 78 RPM single / Melotone / 1928
  • A.A. Gray & Seven Foot Dilly (A.A. Gray & John Dillishaw) / Tallapoosa Bound / 78 RPM single / Vocalion / 1930
  • Earl Johnson & His Clodhoppers / Earl Johnson's Arkansas Traveler / 78 RPM single / Okeh / 1927
  • Kirk & Sam McGee / Brown's Ferry Blues / 78 RPM single / Champion / 1934
  • Bill Tuttle / Gamblin' Bill Driv' On / 78 RPM single / Columbia / 1929
  • Fiddlin' Powers & Family / Did You Ever See The Devil, Uncle Joe? / 78 RPM single / Okeh / 1927
  • Paul Warmack & His Gully Jumpers / Little Red Caboose Behind The Train / 78 RPM single / Victor / 1928
  • Dad Massey and His Family (The Westerners) / Tugboat And Pineywoods / 78 RPM single / ARC / 1936
  • Marion Underwood / The Coal Creek March / 78 RPM single / Gennett / 1927
  • Roy Acuff & The Crazy Tennesseans / Gonna Raise A Rukus Tonight / 78 RPM single / ARC / 1936
  • Binkley Brothers Dixie Clodhoppers / It'll Never Happen Again / 78 RPM single / Victor / 1928
  • Jimmie Rodgers / I'm Free (From The Chain Gang Now) / 78 RPM single / Victor / 1933
  • Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers / Ida Red / 78 RPM single / Victor / 1926
  • Elder Golden P. Harris / I'll Lead A Christian Life / 78 RPM single / Melotone / 1931
  • Carter Family / Where Shall I Be / 78 RPM single / Victor / 1930
  • Stripling Brothers / The Lost Child / 78 RPM single / Melotone / 1928

Playlist - 7/24/2016

Hi Folks.

When Joe Bussard was recording his show for today (his 42nd!), he unknowingly got a hold of what he thought was a 60 minute tape that was actually a 73 minute tape, so we got more Joe than usual on this show.


During the time prior to Joe's portion of the show, I was able to play some examples of "manufactured" country music of the 1920s from Vernon Dalhart (Marion Try Slaughter), a trained singer who would grab popular songs of the day and record for every label around.  It would not be unusual to find a song recorded by Vernon Dalhart on six different labels.  My assessment is that while his music was listenable, especially to listeners of the period, it falls far short of the real thing produced by the likes of (for example) The Skillet Lickers, Ernest V. Stoneman, or the Georgia Yellow Hammers. The latter two appeared elsewhere on the show.

Fisher Hendley, Hugh Cross, and Jimmie Driftwood all made musical appearances on the show, and we focused on some classic country music from the year 1960.

Joe Bussard's 73-minute edition of his Country Classics included Homer Briarhopper (from my neck of the woods in NC); Frank Hutchinson; Dock Boggs, and many more, plus a great batch of early bluegrass from 45 and 78 RPM records from the 1940s through 1950s.

Be sure and listen every Sunday to the great music programming on WHUS including our own Red Rooster Party.

Jim Beaver


Artist / Song / Source / Label / Year

  • Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet / Ol' Man Mose / Golden Gate Quartet Vol. 3 (1939) / Document / 1939
  • Vernon Dalhart / The Sinking Of The Titanic / Ballads and Railroad Songs / Old Homestead / 1925
  • Vernon Dalhart / The Lightning Express / Ballads and Railroad Songs / Old Homestead / 1925
  • Vernon Dalhart / We Sat Beneath The Maple On The Hill / Ballads and Railroad Songs / Old Homestead / 1926
  • Georgia Yellow Hammers / Going To Ride That Midnight Train / Fourth Of July At A Country Fair / Document / 1927
  • Fisher Hendley & His Aristocratic Pigs / Work In 1930 / Fisher Hendley & His Aristocratic Pigs / B.A.C.M / 1933
  • Hugh Cross & Riley Puckett / Tuck Me To Sleep In My Old Kentucky Home / Old Time Music from the Smoky Mountains / B.A.C.M / 1928
  • Delmore Brothers / Brown's Ferry Blues / Inducted Into The Hall Of Fame 2001 / King / 
  • Jimmie Driftwood / Soldier's Joy / Americana / Bear Family / 1958
  • Loretta Lynn / I'm A Honky Tonk Girl / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music - 1960 / Bear Family / 1960
  • George Jones / The Window Up Above / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music - 1960 / Bear Family / 1960
  • Roger Miller / You Don't Want My Love / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music - 1960 / Bear Family / 1960
  • Charlie Ryan & The Timberline Riders / Hot Rod Lincoln / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music - 1960 / Bear Family / 1960
Joe Bussard's Country Classics #42          Listen Here
  • The Stripling Brothers / The Lost Child / 78 RPM single / Melotone / 1928
  • Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers / Tell Her to Come Back Home / 78 RPM single / Vocalion / 1927
  • Dock Boggs / Down South Blues / 78 RPM single / Brunswick / 1927
  • Frank Hutchinson / Worried Blues / 78 RPM single / Okeh / 1926
  • Homer Briarhopper / Mr. McKinley / 78 RPM single / Decca / 1938
  • Ernest V. Stoneman Trio (Kahle Brewer, Bolen Frost, Ernest Stoneman) / Round Town Gals / 78 RPM single / Gennett / 1927
  • Jimmie Rodgers / The One Rose (That's Left In My Heart) / 78 RPM single / Bluebird / 1937
  • Fiddlin' John Carson / The Old Hen Cackled And The Rooster's Going To Crow / 78 RPM single / Okeh / 1923
  • Roy Acuff / Night Train To Memphis / 78 RPM single / Okeh / 1942
  • Blue Sky Boys / Speak To Me Little Darling / 78 RPM single / Victor / 1946
  • Billy Thomas / Black Mountain Rag / 78 RPM single / Kentucky / 1952
  • Lottie Kimbrough / Going Away Blues / 78 RPM single / Gennett / 1928
  • Mac Odell / Red Ball Rocket Train / 78 RPM single / Mercury / 1949
  • Don Reno & Red Smiley / Howdy Neighbor Howdy / 45 RPM single / Dot / 1957
  • Mac Martin & The Dixie Travelers / Roll On Buddy / 45 RPM Single / Gateway / 1963
  • Lonesome Pine Fiddlers / I'll Never Make You Cry / 78 RPM single / Bluebird / 1952
  • Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys / Gosh, I Miss You All The Time / 45 RPM single / Columbia / 1961
  • The South Carolina Broadcasters / Backstep Cindy / Tell Me Truly / John Boy & Billy / 2015
  • Bowes Brothers / Stop Knockin' At My Door / 78 RPM Single / Mutual / 1951
  • Mac Martin & The Dixie Travelers / Bluegrass Breakdown / 45 RPM Single / Gateway / 1963
  • Mac Wiseman / Little White Church / 78 RPM single / Dot / 1951
  • Cooke Duet / This Little Light Of Mine / 45 RPM single / Self-released / 1960s
  • Shannon Grayson / Just Let Me Travel Alone / 78 RPM single / King / 1950
  • Uncle Dave Macon / When The Train Comes Along / 78 RPM single / Champion / 1934

Playlist - 7/17/2016

Hi Folks.

We got a little extra time at the start of this show, so we were able to get more early and classic music into the show than usual.

Our part of the show was mostly classic country music from the 1940s through the 1960s with a special focus on the year 1956.


(L to R) Bonnie, Jim Ed, and Maxine Brown
We also paid our respects to Bonnie Brown, a member of The Browns along with older siblings Jim Ed (who just died last year) and Maxine.  Bonnie died the day before our broadcast on June 16, 2016.

Joe Bussard brought some delightful rare 78s from his collection for his 41st show for Red Rooster Party on our last hour.

If you enjoyed our early country musical heritage, we hope you will tune in every Sunday for more great music on Red Rooster Party.  Tell a friend, too.

Jim Beaver

Artist / Song / Source / Label / Year

  • Golden Gate Quartet / Shadrack / Complete Recorded Works / Document / 
  • "Little" Jimmy Dickens / Take An Old Cold Tater (And Wait) / The Legendary Little Jimmy Dickens / Cracker Barrel / 1949
  • "Little" Jimmy Dickens / May the Bird of Paradise (Fly Up Your Nose) / The Legendary Little Jimmy Dickens / Cracker Barrel / 1965
  • Hank Williams / Move It On Over / As Good As It Gets - Hillbilly / Disky / 1947
  • Wayne Raney / Lost John Boogie / As Good As It Gets - Hillbilly / Disky / 1947
  • The Maddox Brothers & Rose / George's Playhouse Boogie / As Good As It Gets - Hillbilly / Disky / 1949
  • The Delmore Brothers / Freight Train Boogie / As Good As It Gets - Hillbilly / Disky / 1946
  • Merle Travis / Dark as a Dungeon / As Good As It Gets - Hillbilly / Disky / 1946
  • Jimmie Davis / You Are My Sunshine / As Good As It Gets - Hillbilly / Disky / 1940
  • Johnny Horton / One Woman Man / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music - 1956 / Bear Family / 1956
  • The Louvin Brothers / I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music - 1956 / Bear Family / 1956
  • Jim Edward and Maxine Brown and Bonnie / I Take the Chance / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music - 1956 / Bear Family / 1956
  • Jim Edward and Maxine Brown and Bonnie / Here Today And Gone Tomorrow / The Complete Hits / Collectors' Choice / 1956
  • Wanda Jackson / Silver Threads And Golden Needles / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music - 1956 / Bear Family / 1956
  • Wynn Stewart / Waltz of the Angels / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music - 1956 / Bear Family / 1956
  • Billy Mize / Who Will Buy The Wine / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music - 1956 / Bear Family / 1956
  • The Osborne Brothers and Red Allen / Ruby, Are You Mad? / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music - 1956 / Bear Family / 1956
  • Don Reno & Red Smiley / I Know You're Married (But I Love You Still) / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music - 1956 / Bear Family / 1956
  • Faron Young / Sweet Dreams / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music - 1956 / Bear Family / 1956
  • Hank Thompson / The Blackboard of My Heart / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music - 1956 / Bear Family / 1956
  • Porter Wagoner / Eat, Drink And Be Merry (Tomorrow You'll Cry) / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music - 1956 / Bear Family / 1956
  • The Stonemans / The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise / All In The Family / Omni / 1967
  • The Stonemans / Cripple Creek / All In The Family / Omni / 1965
Joe Bussard's Country Classics #41      Listen here
  • Stripling Brothers / The Lost Child / 78 RPM single / Melotone / 1928
  • Grinnell Giggers / Cotton Pickers' Drag / 78 RPM single / Victor / 1929
  • Paul Miles & The Red Fox Chasers / Honeysuckle Time / 78 RPM single / Gennett / 1928
  • Thomas Clarence Ashley / The Coo-Coo Bird / 78 RPM single / Columbia / 1929
  • Dr. Smith's Champion Hoss Hair Pullers / Going Down The River / 78 RPM single / Victor / 1928
  • Uncle Dave Macon / In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree / 78 RPM single / Vocalion / 1927
  • Charlie Bowman (The Hill Billies) / Governor Alf Taylor's Fox Chase / 78 RPM single / Vocalion / 1926
  • The Carter Family / The Winding Stream / 78 RPM single / Victor / 1932
  • The Tennessee Ramblers / Medley of Mountain Songs (Hop Out Ladies - Marching Through Georgia - Little Brown Jug) / 78 RPM single / Brunswick / 1928
  • Cannon's Jug Stompers / Springdale Blues / 78 RPM single / Victor / 1928
  • Lonnie Johnson and Blind Willie Dunn (Eddie Lang) / A Handful of Riffs / 78 RPM single / Okeh / 1928
  • Dixon Brothers (Howard & Dorsey) / Weave Room Blues / 78 RPM single / Bluebird / 1936
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers / Corrina, Corrina / 78 RPM single / Banner / 1931
  • The Coon Creek Girls / Flowers Blooming In The Wildwood / 78 RPM Single / Vocalion / 1938
  • Frank Hunter & his Black Mountain Boys / Long Time No See / 78 RPM single / Rich-R-Tone / 1952
  • Larry Richardson & Happy Smith & the Blue Ridge Boys / Just Let Me Fall / 78 RPM single / Blue Ridge / 1952
  • Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Singers / I Know That Jesus Set Me Free / 78 RPM single / Victor / 1928
  • Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys / When I Lay My Burden Down / 78 RPM single / Vocalion / 1939



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