Radio on the Radio: Live-on-the-air and made-for-radio transcriptions
Written by Randy Black on February 8, 2016
Maddox Brothers and Rose
The Carter Sisters, Mother Maybelle, and Chet Atkins and his Famous Guitar
The Sons of the Pioneers
The Stanley Brothers on WCYB
Viking Twang Episode 77, February 9, 2016
Good morning, welcome to Viking Twang Episode 77. My name is Randy Black, happy to be here as always. I have a midterm this afternoon, for which I’m still understudied. But I never want to leave you without your Tuesday Twang. So here’s some great live music from four of our favorites, as heard on radio shows back in the late 1940s. We’ll start with the first big West Coast hillbilly stars, the Maddox Brothers and Rose, from KGDM radio in Stockton, California on December 29, 1945.
1 – Turkey Red, W.C. Beck & the Portland Country Underground.
2 – KTRB theme, Regal Beer commercial.
3 – The Goldrush Is Over, a Cindy Walker song made famous by Hank Snow.
4 – Almost.
5 – Too Old To Cut the Mustard; that’s a Bill Carlisle song.
6 — Breathless Love, Rose wrote that one.
7 – I’ll Reap My Harvest in Heaven; from Floyd Jenkins.
This set we’ll play a pair of radio transcriptions made so that radio stations could play as if the bands were in the stations. First, the Carter Sisters with Mother Maybelle and Chet Atkins, from about 1949. Then we’ll hear the Sons of the Pioneers, probably from about 1943.
8 – Country Girl radio transcription; Carter Sisters with Mother Maybelle and Chet Atkins.
9 – A Cowboy Has To Sing; Sons of the Pioneers.
We’re going to finish off with a set from the Stanley Brothers, live on WCYB’s Fun and Farm Time radio show in Bristol, Tennessee, again probably from 1949.
10 – Intro
11 – Old Joe Clark; the traditional song
12 – They’re At Rest Together.
13 – White House Blues
14 – Standing in the Need of Prayer
15 – Twang Theme