Sunday, September 21, 2008

Playlist 9/21/2008 - Bradley Kincaid, Briarhoppers, and more...

Hi Folks,

Sometimes it is difficult to justify the work required to produce a radio show when the whole thing can be preempted at the whim of the sports department. Such was the case today when UCONN broadcast two soccer games simultaneously taking all but 30 minutes of RRP. That's not all. The entire show appears to be preempted next Sunday 28 September, reinforcing the fact that this is the most difficult time of the year to have a weekend show on WHUS.

The thing that keeps Marti and me going is a look at the dates of the songs we play. How many people will remember these collegiate athletic events 50 to 75 years from now? On the other hand, the music is still alive!

In our short time today we featured one of my favorite Hank Penny songs ("You're Bound To Look Like a Monkey"), and we finally got around to featuring a couple of songs from Bradley Kincaid. A listener who saw me at a local concert about a year ago made a request for Bradley Kincaid (who by the way spent some time on the radio in New England last century), but because most of my Bradley Kincaid music is on LP, I had taken my time getting to it. Today was the day.

We also spent some time with the (WBT) Briarhoppers, the house band of WBT radio in Charlotte, North Carolina, beginning in the 1930s. Revivalist interest caused later versions of the band to cut new records in the mid 1990s recreating the kind of music they did for the old radio shows, so we played from those records. The Blue Sky Boys (Bill and Earl Bolick from Hickory, North Carolina), Johnnie & Jack, under-recognized country artist Howard Vokes, and Hank Williams filled out the half-hour.

You can hear the show by clicking on this link to our main website ---> Listen

Thanks for listening, and keeping the music alive.


Song (Year) / Artist / Album / Label

  • You're Bound To Look Like A Monkey (When You Grow Old) (1952) / Hank Penny & His California Cowhands / The Penny Opus #1 / Jasmine
  • Long Long Ago (1933) / Bradley Kincaid / Volume 2 Favorite Old Time Songs / Old Homestead
  • Old Joe Clark (1930) / Bradley Kincaid / Volume 2 Favorite Old Time Songs / Old Homestead
  • Theme: Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie (1996) / The Briarhoppers / The Legendary Briarhoppers / Lamon
  • Smiling To Hide A Broken Heart (1996) / The Briarhoppers / The Legendary Briarhoppers / Lamon
  • Amazing Grace (1949) / Blue Sky Boys / Farm & Fun Time Favorites Volume Two / Copper Creek
  • How Can I Believe In You (1951) / Johnnie & Jack and the Tennessee Mountain Boys / [self-titled] / B.A.C.M
  • Yellow Tomb (1964) / Howard Vokes / Songs Of Tragedy and Disaster / Starday
  • I'm A Long Gone Daddy (1948) / Hank Williams / Settin' The Woods On Fire / Snapper Music

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Playlist 9/7/2008 - Jerry Reed, Western Horses, and more...

RRP was only an hour show today because the second hour was preempted by UCONN sports, a semi-regular occurrence throughout the school year but a situation we accept because this is the ideal time for us to produce the show.

We took the opportunity to pay tribute to Jerry Reed, the 71 year-old super-picker who passed away (from emphysema) on Labor Day (1 Sept 2008). Many folks might know him as an actor in films such as "Smokey and the Bandit," or from his song hits "Amos Moses" or "She Got the Goldmine (I Got The Shaft)" among others, but we remember him for his fantastic finger picking.

Marti put this playlist together, so she included a set of Western music with horse themes as well.

I especially liked the country set with Byron Parker's Mountaineers because it sounded like bluegrass music a full five to six years before the generally acknowledged beginning of bluegrass music with Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys. I also liked the lesser-heard Hank Williams song near the end.

Thanks for listening!


Song Title (date when known) / Artist / Album / Label

  • Aunt Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Introduction (1994)
  • Time's Winding Up (1941) / Golden Gate Quartet / Complete Recorded Works Vol. 4 / Document
  • Guitar Man (1966) / Jerry Reed / The Essential Jerry Reed / RCA
  • The Crude Oil Blues (1973) / Jerry Reed / The Essential Jerry Reed / RCA
  • Here We Are (1992) / Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed / Sneakin' Around / Columbia
  • The Claw (1992) / Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed / Sneakin' Around / Columbia
  • We've Got to Have 'Em, That's All (1929) / Blind Alfred Reed / Complete Works 1927-29 / Document
  • Travelin' Railroad Man Blues (1931) / Alabama Sheiks / A Richer Tradition / JSP
  • Peanut Special (1940) / Byron Parker & His Mountaineers / [self-titled] / Old Homestead
  • Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar (1940) / Byron Parker & His Mountaineers / [self-titled] / Old Homestead
  • Concerning Charlie Horse / Omar Blondahl "Sagebrush Charlie" / Songs From the Saddle / Jasmine
  • Old Faithful and I / Les Wilson / Songs From the Saddle / Jasmine
  • Smoky That Wild Stallion / Smoky Dawson "The Cowboy Folk Singer" / Songs From the Saddle / Jasmine
  • Old Faithful / Rex Allen Sr. / Songs From the Saddle / Jasmine
  • The Return of Charlie Horse / Omar Blondahl "Sagebrush Charlie" / Songs From the Saddle / Jasmine
  • Fly Trouble (1947) / Hank Williams / Settin' The Woods on Fire / Snapper Music
  • Summertime (1992) / Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed / Sneakin' Around / Columbia

Welcome to the "Red Rooster Party" Blog

Red Rooster Party hosted by Marti & Jim is a program of early American recorded music tilted towards the roots of country music and bluegrass music. Along the way we explore blues, early jazz, and black and white gospel, but we really like to keep it close to the ground. You might be surprised at some of the earlier versions of familiar songs you will hear. The show is broadcast every Sunday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Eastern on WHUS Storrs, 91.7 FM -- the radio station of the University of Connecticut -- and webcast on The show precedes Bluegrass Cafe on WHUS, a show of the best in bluegrass music hosted alternately by Amy Orlomoski and Jim, so it provides a great afternoon of early country and bluegrass.

This blog is an offshoot of which is our primary web site, but which is much more difficult to update. Therefore we will always send you to first and will link to this blog from that site. Our latest playlists will be posted here beginning 7 September 2008 and this will serve as the archive for those playlists from that date on. The earlier playlists will remain on the primary web site.

To our listeners, we thank you for your interest in Red Rooster Party -- our labor of love -- and hope you continue listening. We want to keep the early music alive.

Marti & Jim