First of all, if you missed it, here is the link to hear the archived show:
|Marti on the air at the old farmhouse c.2006|
Twelve years ago when Marti and I began doing radio on WHUS we had no idea it would last this long. The station has changed considerably during that time. When we began, the station was a very close community of students and community members who not only shared programming duties, but management responsibilities. The studio was in an old farmhouse on the UCONN Storrs campus. We were in our own world both literally and figuratively.
Today all that has changed, but Red Rooster Party endured. We started as a replacement show in October 2005 in the 3-6am Sunday morning slot and moved to our now-familiar 2-4pm Sunday slot in February 2006. Except for a three-year period where we took some time off (and I focused on Bluegrass Cafe for radio), and a couple of semesters in different time slots to avoid sports preemptions, we have been a Sunday afternoon aural staple at WHUS.
|The first visit to Joe's basement 7/16/2015|
When best friend Ivy Sheppard and I made our first visit to Joe Bussard's basement in July 2015 (an epic story in itself), I was able to secure Joe's programming for WHUS through the Red Rooster Party. I think anyone who has heard Joe's show knows its significance to the New England music and cultural community.
Marti and I may now complete our arrangements to move back to our home state of North Carolina. It is possible we may show up on radio again down that way, and I'll let folks know if that happens. I know the record collecting should be better there.
For this last show, I devoted the first hour to 78s from my own collection, many of which I just picked up from Joe Bussard during my last visit. Perhaps the most notable record we heard was from Akins Birmingham Boys - the only record they ever made. Marti even made a cameo appearance.
For Joe Bussard's hour he and I got together on the air for the first time. I used the opportunity to explore some of Joe's musical history, his recordings of himself and others on his own Fonotone label, and some interesting records from his collection.
I loved every minute of it. I hope you did, too.
I hope to see y'all on down the road and to share much more music.
Artist - Title - Source - Label, Year
2. Wade Mainer - God's Radio Phone - 78 RPM single - King, 1951
3. Fred Kirby-Bob Phillips - Round Up Time In Heaven - 78 RPM single - Montgomery Ward, 1936
4. Patsy Montana - Ridin' Old Paint - 78 RPM single - Melotone, 1935
5. Akins Birmingham Boys - There Ain't No Flies On Auntie - 78 RPM single - Columbia, 1928
6. Goebel Reeves - The Cowboy's Dizzy Sweetheart - 78 RPM single - Melotone, 1934
7. Merle Travis - I'm A Natural Born Gamblin' Man - 78 RPM single - Capitol, 1947
8. Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper with their Clinch Mountain Clan - Willy Roy (The Crippled Boy) - 78 RPM single - Columbia, 1949
9. Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys - Miss Molly - 78 RPM single - Okeh, 1942
10. Grandpa Jones - Some Little Bug Is Going To Find You - 78 RPM single - RCA Victor, 1954
11. Carl Smith - If Teardrops Were Pennies - 78 RPM single - Columbia, 1951
12. Don Reno, Red Smiley And The Tennessee Cutups - I'm Gone, Long Gone - 78 RPM single - King, 1952
13. Hank Williams - Settin' The Woods On Fire - 78 RPM single - MGM, 1952
14. Mac Wiseman - The Ballad Of Davy Crockett - 78 RPM single - Dot, 1955
15. J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers - Number 111 - 78 RPM single - Bluebird, 1936
16. Wade Mainer and Sons of the Mountaineers - The Gospel Cannon Ball - 78 RPM single - Bluebird, 1939
17. The Carter Family - Jealous Hearted Me - 78 RPM single - Conqueror, 1936
18. The Carter Family - Lay My Head Beneath The Rose - 78 RPM single - Conqueror, 1936
19. The South Carolina Broadcasters - The Dying Soldier - Live Radio Transcription, 2015
Joe Bussard and Jim Beaver Together At Last:
20. Bluegrass - Lucky Chatman's Ozark Mountain Boys - Fonotone Records, Frederick, Maryland - Dust-to-Digital, 1959
21. Jolly Joe's Jug Band - Cider Time Rag - Fonotone Records, Frederick, Maryland - Dust-to-Digital, 1963
22. Beachley Sisters - Nobody's Darling But Mine - Fonotone Records, Frederick, Maryland - Dust-to-Digital, 1969
23. Possum Holler Boys - Up Jumped The Devil - Fonotone Records, Frederick, Maryland - Dust-to-Digital, 1962
24. The Carter Family - Bear Creek Blues - 78 RPM single - Conqueror, 1940
25. Richard "Rabbit" Brown - James Alley Blues - 78 RPM single - Victor, 1927
26. The Adcock Family - Hot Corn Cold Corn - Fonotone Records, Frederick, Maryland - Dust-to-Digital, 1964
27. Happy Johnny and Family - Father Put The Cow Away - Fonotone Records, Frederick, Maryland - Dust-to-Digital, 1963
28. Bluegrass Travelers - Banjo Stretch - Fonotone Records, Frederick, Maryland - Dust-to-Digital, 1965
29. Mash Mountain Boys - Hopalong Peter - Fonotone Records, Frederick, Maryland - Dust-to-Digital, 1968
30. Tennessee Joe - Frankie - Fonotone Records, Frederick, Maryland - Dust-to-Digital, 1968
31. Joe Bussard - Sow Good Seeds - Best Of The Lowe Vintage Radio Show Volume 1 - John Boy & Billy, 2015
32. Johnny Dunn and His Band - Sergeant Dunn's Bugle Call Blues - 78 RPM single - Columbia, 1928
33. Jolly Joe's Jug Band - Love Old Memphis - Fonotone Records, Frederick, Maryland - Dust-to-Digital, 1964
34. Jolly Joe's Jug Band - Back Alley Wiggle - Fonotone Records, Frederick, Maryland - Dust-to-Digital, 1965
Jim: I'm very sorry to see you go! Have enjoyed the Red Rooster Party very much for some time now. Wishing you an Marti alll the best.
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