Published September 24, 2007
by McFarland .
Written in English
|The Physical Object|
|Number of Pages||215|
About the Book. In , WBT radio announcer Charles Crutchfield formed a spur-of-the-moment musical group to satisfy a potential sponsor looking for a “hillbilly” radio program to showcase its products. Known as the WBT Briarhoppers, this group went on to become one of the longest lasting bluegrass/country ensembles in America, staying on. The Briarhoppers performed at the Duke Mansion in Charlotte, NC, at the book signing of Jerry Shinn's new book, "Voice of Our Time - Charles Crutchfield." Left to right is Zach Lemhouse, Tom Warlick, and Alana Flowers. Joe Cline is seen outside talking up the band. Posted by . Known as the WBT Briarhoppers, this group went on to become one of the longest lasting bluegrass/country ensembles in America, staying on the air until and then continuing to perform. Compiled from firsthand interviews, this work tells the story of the WBT Briarhoppers, analyzing the band’s history and its connection to the growth of. Tom and Lucy Warlick’s book The WBT Briarhoppers: Eight Decades of a Bluegrass Band Made for Radio (McFarland, ) and accompanying website WBT Briarhoppers offer a thoroughly researched exploration of the group’s history, members, and current exploits.
The popularity of the Briarhoppers on WBT was so large that when the legendary Carter Family gave their final radio shows at WBT in and , they received second billing to the Briarhoppers. In the summer of , WBT began broadcasting the Carolina Hayride show. The Saturday afternoon show featured the popular Briarhoppers, along with. The year the book was published, Warlick, also became a member of the WBT Briarhoppers, following the death of the last original Briarhopper member from Tom Warlick doesn’t remember a time when he was not aware of the WBT Briarhoppers, the hillbilly act created in as a house band for Charlotte’s WBT Radio. The WBT Briarhoppers, with Lincolnton’s own Tom Warlick on upright bass and banjo will perform at the Timken Performance Hall of the Lincoln Cultural Center. The band has a long history beginning in when a potential advertiser called WBT's Charles “Crutch” Crutchfield to ask if the station had a “hillbilly” band to help advertise.
Get this from a library! The WBT Briarhoppers: eight decades of a bluegrass band made for radio. [Tom Warlick; Lucy Warlick] -- "This work tells the story of the WBT Briarhoppers, analyzing the band's history and its connection to the growth of American radio and radio advertising. It . The WBT Briarhoppers formed in and are the world’s longest-continuing bluegrass band, winning the NC Folk Heritage Award, The Artists Music Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and are members of the WBT Radio Hall of Fame. The North Carolina Legislature recognized the band with “NC Resolution , House Joint Resolution A book review by Jim Cox (From Radio Recall, February ) The WBT Briarhoppers Eight Decades of a Bluegrass Band Made for Radio by Tom Warlick and Lucy Warlick Foreword by Robert Inman 53 photos, pp. softcover McFarland or We get the answer from Tom and Lucy Warlick's book, The WBT Briarhoppers: Eight Decades of a Bluegrass Band Made for Radio. "The WBT Briarhoppers were surprised to be on a newly released CD by Cattle Records out of Europe in The CD, The Carolina Playboys Play and Sing Country Music, were from recordings made by Sonora records in the s.