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PART 5: THE ARTISTS (albums)

ARTISTSRURAL RHYTHM RECORD #
AUTRY INMAN RR 147 / RR 150 / RR 153
AUNT DINAH'S QUILTING PARTY RR 216
BIG JOHN DeMARCUS RR 134 / RR 143 / RR 144
BILL & BETTY PRICE RR 239
BILL CARTER RR 141 / RR 147 / RR 148 / RR 150 / RR 153 / RR 167
BILL CARTER & THE COOPER BROTHERS RR 149
BILL HANEY & THE DIXIE BUDDIES RR 2109
BILL HARRELL RR 171
BILLY & GORDON HAMRICK RR 149
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINEERS RR 126
BOB & LUCILLE MARTIN RR 149
BOB ENSIGN & THE STUMP JUMPERS RR 180 / RR 255
BOB JENNINGS RR 150 / RR 153
BOBBY BARNETT RR 150 / RR 153
BOBBY SMITH & THE BOYS FROM SHILO RR 223 / RR 233 / RR 265
BOYS FROM SHILOH RR 147 / RR 153 / RR 155
BUCK RYAN RR 244 / RR 253 / RR 265
CAROLINA BOYS RR 2115
CHARLES WORLEY & ROY PARHAM RR 143
CHARLIE & LEE CLINE RR 149
CLARENCE JACKSON RR 124 / RR 125 / RR 129 / RR 131 / RR 132 / RR 135 / RR 136 / RR 140 / RR 156 / RR 173 / RR 265 / RR 2116 / RR 3002
COOPER BROTHERS RR 148
COUNTRY GOSPEL SINGERS RR 151
CURLY FOX RR 251 / RR 252 / RR 265
DALE POTTER RR 235 / RR 253
DALE POTTER & SHOT JACKSON RR 179
DALLAS TURNER WITH THE STUMP JUMPERS
(see also NEVADA SLIM)
RR 177
DeWAYNE WEAR RR 147 / RR 153 / RR 155 / RR 266 / RR 2114
DeWAYNE WEAR & THE WEAR FAMILY RR 114 / RR 121 / RR 122 / RR 167
DICK UNTEED & THE PINE MOUNTAIN BOYS RR 190 / RR 199 / RR 212 / RR 217 / RR 2113
DON RENO RR 244
DON RENO & BILL HARRELL WITH THE TENNESSEE CUT-UPS RR 171 / RR 265
DONNA DARLENE RR 203
DOUG LaVALLEY RR 155
DOWARD OWENS RR ?
DUB DICKERSON RR 155
EARL TAYLOR & JIM McCALL & THE STONEY MOUNTAIN BOYS RR 188 / RR 242 / RR 243 / RR 265
EDITH ROBERTS RR 134 / RR 143 / RR 178
EMERY ADAMS & THE CORN HUSKERS RR 14
ERNIE & MACK & THE BLUEGRASS CUT-UPS RR 140 / RR 265
ERNIE COOK RR 147 / RR 153
FLOYD TILLMAN RR 155 / RR 266
FOGGY RIVER BOYS RR 141
FOYE TURNER RR 124 / RR 138
FRANKIE MOORE & THE CAROLINA HYMN SINGERS RR 2108
FROSTY MOUNTAIN BOYS RR 167 / RR 265
G. M. FARLEY RR 118 / RR 128 / RR 141 / RR 149
G. M. FARLEY & THE WEAR FAMILY RR 127
GEORGE FRANCE RR 148
GOLDEN STATE COWBOYS RR 264
HAL WILLIS RR 150 / RR 155 / RR 266 / RR 2114
HAPPY FOUR RR 149
HAPPY GOODMAN FAMILY RR 167
HAPPY LAND GOSPEL SINGERS RR 3002
HEART OF DIXIE BOYS RR 148
HOUSE BROTHERS & THE CANAAN VALLEY BOYS RR 226
HYLO BROWN RR 176 / RR 265
HYLO BROWN & THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN BOYS RR 194
HYLO BROWN & HIS TIMBERLINERS RR 168 / RR 183 / RR 187 / RR 200 / RR 204
J. D. JARVIS RR 189 / RR 195 / RR 218 / RR 224 / RR 1594
J. D. JARVIS & THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN BOYS RR 209 / RR 210
J. E. MAINER RR 185 / RR 208 / RR 215 / RR 222 / RR 225 / RR 227 / RR 228 / RR 229 / RR 230 / RR 231 / RR 234 / RR 240 / RR 241 / RR 246 / RR 247 / RR 248 / RR 249 / RR 250 / RR 265
J. E. MAINER & THE MOUNTAINEERS RR 191
J. E. MAINER WITH RED SMILEY & THE BLUE GRASS CUT-UPS RR 198
JACK CASEY RR 206
JACKIE & ARLEN VADEN RR 138 / RR 141 / RR 148 / RR 167
JAMES BAUM RR 141 / RR 148 / RR 149 / RR 151
JAMES WALL RR 175 / RR 265
JAMES WALL & OSBORNE CRIBB RR 2112
JAMES WORLEY RR 155
JERI WALKER RR 150
JERRY & SANDY BERNARD RR 141
JIM EANES RR 221 / RR 265
JIM EANES WITH RED SMILEY & THE BLUE GRASS CUT-UPS RR 197
JIM GREER & THE MAC-O-CHEE VALLEY FOLKS RR 133 / RR 152 / RR 161 / RR 167 / RR 265
JIMMY PATTON RR 266 / RR 2114
JO CASEY RR 150
JOHN PALMER RR 203
JOHNNY LEE WILLS RR 155 / RR 266
JOHNNY SKILES & BOB HILL RR 150 / RR 153
JOHNNY TYLER RR 147 / RR 148 / RR 150 / RR 153
JUNIOR PARKER & JAMES RANDOLPH RR 2116
KENNY ROBERTS RR 2114
KENNY SMITH RR 150
KENNY ROBERTS RR 155
KENTUCKY BOYS RR 153
LEE MOORE RR 137 / RR 167 / RR 202 / RR 265
LEON RAUSCH RR 150
LILLIMAE & THE DIXIE GOSPELAIRES RR 238
LOG CABIN BOYS RR 184
LUTTRELLS RR 167
MAC MARTIN & THE DIXIE TRAVELERS RR 201 / RR 214 / RR 232 / RR 237 / RR 265
MAC WISEMAN RR 158 /RR 258 / RR 265
MAGGIE VALLEY SINGERS RR 134 / 143
MARTHA CARSON RR 167
MASTERS QUARTET RR 149
MAYNARD & McEWEN RR 257
MIKE LATTIMORE RR 169
MORRIS HERBERT & PEGGY PETERS RR 234
MUTT POSTON & THE FARM HANDS RR 125 / RR 129 / RR 130 / RR 131 / RR 135 / RR 154 / RR 156 / RR 157 / RR 173 / RR 2116
NEVADA SLIM RR 162 / RR 163 / RR 164 / RR 165 / RR 166 / RR 177 / RR 181 / RR 186
ONIE WHEELER RR 138
OSCAR WHITTINGTON RR 174
PAR STARR RR 203
PATSY MONTANA RR 266 / RR 2114
PILGRIM HEIR QUARTET RR 141
RAY BAKER RR 138
RAY GODFREY RR 147
RAYMOND FAIRCHILD RR 146 / RR 245 / RR 254 / RR 256 / RR 260 / RR 261 / RR 262 / RR 263 / RR 265 / RR 270 / RR ?
RAYMOND FAIRCHILD & THE FROSTY MOUNTAIN BOYS RR 159
RAYMOND FAIRCHILD & THE MAGGIE VALLEY BOYS RR 170
RED DROZE RR 135
RED SMILEY RR 244 / RR 265
RED SMILEY & THE BLUE GRASS CUTUPS RR 160 / RR 182 / RR 197 / RR 210
RED WHITE & THE COUNTRY GOSPEL SINGERS RR 136
RED WHITE & THE DIXIE BLUE GRASS BAND RR 172
RILEY SHEPARD RR 1166
RITCHEY BROTHERS RR 196
ROY REA RR 142
ROY ROSS & HIS BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN BOYS RR 207
ROY SCOTT RR 155 / RR 266 / RR 2114
RUE BARCLAY RR 145 / RR 192
RUSTY YORK RR 195
SHOT JACKSON RR 179 / RR 203
SUNNY SIDERS RR 151
SWANEE CALDWELL RR 150 / RR 153 / RR 155
"TATER" TATE RR 203 / RR 213 / RR 220 / RR 253 / RR 265
"TATER" TATE & THE BLUEGRASS CUT-UPS RR 193
TONY DOUGLAS RR 155 / RR 266
UPCHURCH FAMILY RR 205 / RR 219
VANDERGRIFT BROTHERS RR 155
VASSAR CLEMENTS RR 236 / RR 253 / RR 265
WANDA SIRMON RR 151
WEAR FAMILY RR 110 / RR 114 / RR 116 / RR 121 / RR 122 / RR 123 / RR 127 / RR 147 / RR 151
WILLIAM SMITH RR 156

THE ARTISTS (singles & EP's)

ARTISTSRURAL RHYTHM RECORD #
BETTY DEE RR-45-514
BILL CARTER RR-EP-526
BILL CARTER & THE COOPER BROTHERS RR-EP-527 / HB-45-104 / HB-EP45-103
BILL CARTER WITH ROY & GENE HENDERSON RR-EP-516
BILLY LEE RRBL 414
BILLY MONTANA RR-45-525 / RR-45-531
BOB & ED R.R.R.A. 795
BOB GORDON & THE BLUE VALLEY BOYS RR-45-533
BOB HILL RR-EP-517 / HB-EP45-105
BOB POTTER & THE WEAR FAMILY RR-45-45
BOBBY SMITH & THE BOYS FROM SHILOH RR-45-718
BUCK WAYNE & THE BUCKSHOTS RRBW 449
BYRON JONES & THE COUNTRY GUITARS BJRR 562
BYRON & LELAND JONES & THE SHO-ME BLUE GRASS BOYS RR-EP-560
BYRON JONES & THE SHO-ME BLUE GRASS BOYS RR-45-561
COTTON HENRY & THE TUNE WRANGLERS RR-45-552
CRAZY ELMER R.R.C.E. 263
DALE SIRMON & THE WEAR FAMILY RR DALE EP 556
DICK UNTEED RR-45-714
DUTCH ROBIRDS RR-45-536
DUTCH ROBIRDS & THE COUNTRY RAMBLERS RR 4336
EARNEY VANDAGRIFF RR-45-501 / RR-45-502 / RR-45-503 / RR-45-504 / RR-45-511 / RR-EP-511
EMERY ADAMS & THE CORN HUSKERS RR 14
THE FISHERS OF NEW GOSPEL SINGERS RR-45-521
FRAZIER GOSPELAIRES RR-EP-550
FRED LEWIS RR-45-532
FRED NETHERTON & THE WILDWOOD PLAYERS RR-EP-540
G. M. FARLEY SPEC. RR 555
G. M. FARLEY & THE FOGGY RIVER BOYS RR-EP-534 / RR-EP-539 / RR-EP-551
GENE CRABB & HIS ROUNDUP RHYTHM BOYS RR-45-506
HAPPY LAND GOSPEL SINGERS, THE RR Jack 3002
NORM ALEXANDER HB-45-106
JACK CASEY RR-45-717
JO CASEY HB-45-107 / HB-45-113
JOE POOVEY & THE BIG "D" BOYS RR-45-503 / RR-EP-511
JOHNNY SKILES RR-45-518 / RR-EP-517 / HB-45-102 / HB-EP45-105
JOHNNY SKILES WITH THE TONETTES HB-45-102
JOHNNY TYLER RR-45-510 / RR-45-512 / RR-45-515 / RR-45-519 / RR-EP-509 / SPEC. RR 509 / RR-EP-512
JOYCE LOWRANCE & EARNEY VANDAGRIFF RR-45-504
KENNY SMITH RR-45-507 / RR-45-508
KENTUCKY BOYS RR-45-549
KITTY SKELLET & SKELLET TRIO RR-45-535
LaVERNE ADAMS & THE COUNTRY FOUR RR-45-520
LINA LYNNE WITH JACK TUCKER'S OKLAHOMA BOYS RR-45-513
MAC WISEMAN RRMW 258
MORRIS HERBERT & PEGGY PETERS RR-45-446
NORM ALEXANDER HB-45-106
RAYMOND FAIRCHILD RR-45-450
RIP GOODMAN & THE NOMADS RR 2413
RIP GOODMAN & MARCIA WITH THE NOMADS RR 2413
ROGER SMITH RR-45-519
ROY HENDERSON WITH HERMAN BRASIEL & BILL CARTER RR-45-530
SALLY JAMES RRDU 719
SANDY PAGE & THE COROTO BOYS RR-45-529
SLIM SKELLET & SKELLET TRIO RR-45-535
SLIM THOMPSON RRDU 719
SMILEY MONROE RR-45-447
TROY & HELEN BEAVERS R.R. 14
VICTOR LENTZ RR-45-2416

SOME OF THE ARTISTS LISTED ABOVE


ARTISTSRECOMENDED RECORD ALBUMS, Etc.
BROWN, HYLO

Give Name: Frank Brown
Date of Birth: April 20, 1922
Place of Birth: River, Kentucky
Date of Death: January 17, 2003
Marital Status: N/A
Children: Four daughters and a son

Musical Style: Bluegrass/Straight-Ahead Country
Talents: Singer, Guitar, Bass, Fiddle

"Hylo Brown (Capitol ) (1959) [Reissued by Stetson UK in original packaging (1988) and by Collectors Classics]
"Bluegrass Balladeer" (Starday) (1961)
"Bluegrass Goes to College" (Starday) (1962) [Re-issued on Nashville]
"Hylo Brown Meets the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers" (Starday) (1963)
"In Concert" (Cooper Creek) (1995)
FAIRCHILD, RAYMOND

Date of Birth: March 5, 1939
Place of Birth: Cherokee, North Carolina
Marital Status: Shirley
Children: Mary Sue, John, Zane Anthony

Musical Style: Bluegrass
Talents: Banjo, Guitar, Singer

"Raymond Fairchild" (Rural Rhythm) [Re-issued with varying catalog numbers (1963-1976)]
"The Maggie Valley Boys: Picking and Singing in Maggie Valley" (Atteiram) (1978)
"The Legendary Raymond Fairchild Plays Little Zane" (Skyline) (1981)
"Raymond Fairchild Plays Requests" (Skyline) (1985)
"World Champion Banjo" (Skyline) (1987)
"Me and My Banjo at Home in Maggie Valley" (Atteiram) (1989)
FARLEY, G. M.

Give Name: George Milburn Farley, Jr.
Date of Birth: January 16, 1927
Place of Birth: Kayford, West Virginia
Date of Death: November, 1991
Marital Status: Francis E. Castle
Children: 3

Musical Style: Bluegrass/Country Gospel
Talents: Fiddle, Guitar, Singer, Songwriter

"Sings Happy Moving Gospel Songs" (Rural Rhythm) (1961)
"Old Fashioned Country Gospel" (Rural Rhythm) (1961) - with The Wear Family
"Country Gospel Favorites" (Rural Rhythm) (1961)
Rural Rhythm also released 4 EP's with 18 songs + included on several compilation albums with other artists on Rural Rhythm.
"Country Gospel" (Crown) (1963) - leased from Rural Rhythm Records
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Rev. G. M. Farley was a coal miner like his father, until he was called into the Gospel Ministry around 1950. Before his conversion he had a bluegrass band called Fiddling Slim Blue in which he played the fiddle and sang.

Part of his church ministry was singing, so in the 1960's cut several albums with Rural Rhythm Records. These were sold mostly in his evangelistic meetings and by Rural Rhythm Records' mail order service.

He always planned on doing another album with just songs that he had written but never got around to it. Most of his free time was committed to his writing. He had numerous articles and several books published. He was also an accomplished artist with oil painting.

He pioneered Trinity Bible Church in 1977, which is still thriving today.

FOX, CURLY

Give Name: Arnim LeRoy Fox
Date of Birth: November 9, 1910
Place of Birth: Graysville, Tennessee
Date of Death: November 10, 1995
Marital Status: 1. (div.) 2. Ruby Agnes Owens (aka Texas Ruby)
Children: Curly: 2 sons, 2 daughters - Texas Ruby: Two sons

Musical Style: Old-Time Country
Talents: Curly: Singer, Fiddle, Guitar

"Traveling Blues: A Memorial Tribute to Texas Ruby" (Harmony) (1963)
"Texas Ruby Sings Her Favorite Songs" (King) (1963)
"Curly Fox and Texas Ruby" (Starday) (1963)
"Champion Fiddler Curly Fox, Volume One" (Rural Rhythm) (1972)
"Champion Fiddler Curly Fox, Volume Two" (Rural Rhythm) (1972)
GREER, JIM

Give Name: James Marvin Greer
Date of Birth: September 3, 1942
Place of Birth: West Liberty, Ohio
Marital Status: Sharon

Musical Style: Bluegrass
Talents: Singer, Banjo, Mandolin, 12-String Guitar

"Bluegrass in Ohio" (Rite) (1963)
"Log Cabin Songs" (Rural Rhythm) (1965)
"Memories in Song" (Rural Rhythm) (1966)
"Stars of the WWVA Jamboree" (Rural Rhythm) (1966)
"Gospel Singing Time" (Golden Shield) (1970)
HARRELL, BILL

Give Name: George William Harrell
Date of Birth: September 14, 1934
Place of Birth: Virginia
Date of Death: June 24, 2009
Marital Status: Ellen (dec'd.)
Children: Sons & daughter Jeanie

Musical Style: Bluegrass
Talents: Singer, Guitar, Mandolin

Bill Harrell, who died aged 74, was a prominent figure in American bluegrass, particularly during the 10 years when he partnered the singer and banjoist Don Reno as lead singer and guitarist in the Tennessee Cut-ups.

Some bluegrass singers, such as Ralph Stanley and Bill Monroe, follow the aesthetic of "the high lonesome sound", cutting to the core of a song with a blade forged in the fastnesses of Appalachia and sharpened by the rigours of life in the backwoods. Others prefer a warmer, gentler approach that may owe something to country crooners such as Eddy Arnold and Hank Snow. Harrell belonged to the second constituency, deploying a relaxed and confiding delivery on the standard bluegrass repertoire of love, loss and nostalgia.

He was born in south-western Virginia and grew up in Maryland, absorbing music from his family. His father performed in minstrel shows, his mother played piano, and his grandmother gave him a guitar when he was nine. He first played in bands while at the University of Maryland, scuffling for engagements in clubs and hotels around Washington. For about six months in 1955-56, he played mandolin with Reno and his then partner Red Smiley. After service in the army Harrell played part time with local musicians such as Bill Emerson and Buzz Busby, decided to make a career in bluegrass, and in 1961 formed the Virginians with the fiddler Buck Ryan, the banjoist Smitty Irvin and the bassist Stoney Edwards. The group lasted for about seven years, recording albums for United Artists and Monument and appearing on Jimmy Dean's networked TV show.

Near the end of 1966, Harrell joined Reno again to face the challenge of stepping into the shoes of Smiley, who had been the lead singer and guitar player with the Cut-ups for 15 years and was a much-loved figure on the bluegrass scene. The new lineup maintained the reputation of its forerunner, headlining numerous festivals and making well-received albums for King, Starday and smaller labels. In 1969 Smiley returned to the band, but not to displace his successor. The Cut-ups adopted the unusual formation of a group with two guitar-playing lead singers. "Bill let Red have his front seat back again and insisted on this," said Reno, "and for this I will respect him for the rest of my life."

The three-headed band lasted less than three years, since Smiley died in 1972. Reno and Harrell's partnership dissolved in 1977, ostensibly because Reno had moved to Virginia, while Harrell remained in Maryland, though there were believed to be other, more personal reasons. With rumours of acrimony in the air, Harrell admitted that "promoters were hesitant about booking our different bands on the same day at a festival," but added, "we shook hands and parted friends."

He re-formed his Virginians and over the next 15 years guided several younger players into the world of bluegrass, among them the mandolinist Larry Stephenson, who later worked with the Bluegrass Cardinals before heading his own band, and the guitarist Paul Adkins, who subsequently formed the Borderline Band. "He was a great boss," Stephenson remembers. "I wouldn't trade those four and a half years for anything." On some of his 1990s recordings, Harrell was joined by his sons Mitch and John. Mitch has followed him as a bluegrass singer, guitarist and bandleader, and has renewed the Reno-Harrell combination by working with Don's sons Dale and Don Wayne Reno, of the band Hayseed Dixie.

Harrell was inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2008. He is survived by his sons, his daughter Jeanie and seven grandchildren. His wife Ellen predeceased him.

Tony Russell, The Guardian (2009)
(See also Buck Ryan, Don Reno & Red Smiley)

JARVIS, J. D.

Give Name: John Dill Jarvis
Date of Birth: April 21, 1924
Place of Birth: Manchester, Kentucky
Marital Status: Rosie Owens
Children: Lucky

Musical Style: Bluegrass/Gospel
Talents: Singer, Songwriter, Guitar, Most String Instruments

"Bluegrass Hymn Time" (Jewel) (1967)
Many of these sessions were held in Rusty York's Jewel Recording Studio in Mount Healthy, Ohio. Several of Jarvis' albums appeared on York's Jewel label and some on J.D.'s own Down Home or Log Cabin label. However, those with the widest distribution were on Uncle Jim O'Neal's Rural Rhythm Records.
MAINER, J. E.

Give Name: Joseph Emmett Mainer
Date of Birth: July 20, 1898
Place of Birth: Buncombe County, North Carolina
Date of Death: June 12, 1971
Marital Status: Sadie Gertrude Mainer
Children: J.E., Jr., Glen, Earl, Charlie, Carolyn, Mary

Musical Style: Old-Time Country
Talents: Singer, Fiddle, Clawhammer Banjo, Jew's Harp

Pre-1950 Records: "J. E. Mainer's Crazy Mountaineers" (Old Timey) (1967) and Vol. 2 (1968) [Both also released on (Ball Mountain) in (1969 and 1970)]
"Good Ole Mountain Music" (King) (1960) [First recorded in 1946]
Post-1960 Recordings: "A Variety Album" (King)(1961)
"The Legendary Family from the Blue Ridge Mountains" (Arhoolie) (1963)
"Old Time Mountain Music" (Rural Rhythm) (1967)
"More Old Time Mountain Music" (Rural Rhythm) (1967)
"The Legendary J.E. Mainer with Red Smiley's Blue Grass Cut-Ups" (Rural Rhythm) (1968)
"The Legendary J.E. Mainer, Vol. 4" (Rural Rhythm) and "Vol. 5" (1968)
"70th Happy Birthday Album" (BlueJay) (1968)
"Fiddling with his Girl Susan, Vol. 6" (Rural Rhythm) (1969)
"The Legendary J.E. Mainer, Vol. 8" (Rural Rhythm) and "Vol.9" both (1970) [There are further volumes of up to Vol. 20 available, but quality decreases steadily from Vol. 9; the last two albums are re-packaged from earlier releases]
MARTIN, MAC

Give Name: William Colleran
Date of Birth: April 26. 1925
Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Marital Status: Jean
Children: Five children

Musical Style: Bluegrass
Talents: Singer, Guitar

"Traveling Blues" (Rural Rhythm) (1968)
"Back Trackin'" (Rural Rhythm) (1971)
"Dixie Bound" (County) (1974)
"Travelin' On" (Revonah) (1978)
"Basic Bluegrass" (Old Homestead) (1987)
"Traveler's Portrait" (Old Homestead) (1989)
"Free Wheeling" (Revonah) (1974) [Dixie Travelers only]
MOORE, LEE

Give Name: Walter LeRoy Moore
Date of Birth: September 24, 1914
Place of Birth: Circleville, Ohio
Date of Death: August 17, 1997
Marital Status: 1. Juanita (div.) 2. Ersi (div.) 3. Thelma Children: Roger Lee Moore

Musical Style: Straight-Ahead Country
Talents: Singer, Guitar, Dobro, Deejay

"Lee & Juanita Moore" (Point) (1962)
"The Coffee Drinking Night Hawk" (ARC) (1965)
"More Coffee Drinking Night Hawk" (ARC) (1965)
"Radio Favorites of Country Music" (Rural Rhythm) (1967)
"Everybody's Favorite" (Rural Rhythms) (1967)
"Wheeling's Coffee Drinking Night Hawk" (Cattle, Germany) (1983)
"A Living Legend in Country Music" (Cattle, Germany) (1984)

NEVADA SLIM (aka YODELIN' SLIM DALLAS)

Give Name: Dallas Turner
Date of Birth: November 27, 1927
Place of Birth: Walla Walla, Washington
Date of Death: April 4, 2014
Marital Status: Dolores
Children: 1 boy (Nolan Eugene)

Musical Style: Singing Cowboy
Talents: Singer, Songwriter, Yodeler, Guitar, Border Radio Personality

"Songs of the Wild West, Vols. 1-4" (Rural Rhythm) (1967)
"Nevada Slim Sings Heart Songs" (Rural Rhythm) (1967)
"Reverend Dallas Turner Sings Pentecostal Revival Songs" (Rural Rhythm) (1967)
"Old Time Country Favorites" (Rural Rhythm) (1967)
"Old Time Favorites" (Rural Rhythm) (1967)
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Dallas Turner, a native of Yakima, Washington, is known to radio listeners also as Nevada Slim. His other professional radio names are Yodeling Slim Dallas and Cowboy Dallas Turner. He was an orphan as a child and was adopted by Jim and Liz Turner. He grew up as a cowboy on a 5,000 acre cattle ranch. He started singing, yodeling and picking the guitar as soon as he could walk. As a youngster, he learned to play the guitar from Gene Autry and Jimmie Rodgers phonograph records. Other singers the young Dallas Turner enjoyed listening to included Bradley Kincaid, Vernon Dalhart, Tex Owens, Powder River Jack and Kitty Lee and Tex Fletcher.

But his idol was a man he heard on the Mexican border stations. This man - Cowboy Slim Rinehart - was the greatest singer, yodeler, and guitarist the youngster had ever heard. It was this very man that would become his best friend and put the young cowboy on border radio.

Dallas made his first public appearance with Powder River Jack and Kitty Lee in Pendleton, Oregon. He was only 6 or 7 years old. The Turners were at the Pendleton Roundup. Jack and Kitty were entertaining and selling song books. Little Dallas stood on a table and sang "Tying a Knot in the Devil's Tail" while Kitty Lee played her guitar and backed his singing and yodeling. The crowd went wild. Nevada Slim was on his way!

In 1948 - after a recording session - Dallas professed his love, admiration and respect to Slim for giving him his big shot and promised to name his first born son after him. Slim turned his back on Dallas and when he turned around with tears in his eyes he asked Dallas, "Do you really love and respect me that much?" Dallas responded - "Slim, you know I do." Slim was tragically killed 2 weeks later in a car accident. Dallas kept his promise - 30 years later - his first and only son Nolan was born in Reno in 1978.

During his career, he had some unusual milestones one might say. He once gave a private command performance for Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt. The great Burl Ives shook his hand and said "Dallas Turner, you sing one hell of a folk song!"

Dallas Turner left the ranch in his teens to try his hand at a career in radio. He won a network program over 12 other folk singers. Nat Vincent, a famous songwriter, became his manager. Vincent got him a recording contract with United Artists records, and a songwriting contract with Ralph S. Peer at Southern Music Publishing Co. He also got him a screen test at Monogram Pictures. He made an impression with the folks at the Monogram studio and was offered the singing lead role in the Whip Wilson series. This role, if successful in 3 years, could lead to his own starring roles. But the studio demanded that he travel with the pictures and make a minimum of 120 one nighters each year in small town theatres. But Dallas turned down the offer. He was making too much money in radio to even consider such a proposition. The record company, in the meantime, had folded. Dallas and Nat Vincent parted but kept in touch as long lasting friends.

Dallas Turner's next manager was George C. Biggar, director of the WLS National Barn Dance in Chicago. Dallas auditioned for WLS. He was accepted for a daily morning show on WLS, a stint on the famous Saturday Night barn dance program and bookings through the famed WLS Artists Bureau. But the contract with WLS had its own nuances. It stipulated that he had to stop broadcasting on the Mexican border stations. But Dallas, again, turned down the offer.

He has appeared with many of the great Country and Western Stars of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. He has never been a disc jockey but when he worked on radio, he always worked with just his guitar. He has appeared at leading Nevada Hotels, Casinos, Festivals, Theatres, Nightclubs, Colleges - even the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

During his more than 50 successful years in radio, Dallas Turner was heard on many great USA stations in addition to his nightly broadcasts from old Mexico.

Source: Hillbilly Music.com: Home of Old-Time Country Music

PRICE, BILL & BETTY

Give Name: Bill Jack Price
Date of Birth: 1934
Place of Birth: Ohio
Date of Death: 2000
Marital Status: 1. Betty (dec'd.) 2. Geraldine
Children: 2 (both dec'd.)

Musical Style: Bluegrass, Country
Talents: Singer, Songwriter, Guitar, Bluegrass booking org.

"Bill & Betty Price" (Rural Rhythm) (1970)
"In Lovin' Memory Of Betty Price" (Cattle, Germany) (1984)
"Blue Grass Hill" (Folkways) (1985)
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Began playing bluegrass as a teenager in Jimmy Martin's band.
Once a member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys.
Formed his own group, the Country Pardners.
Worked with Bill Haney & The Dixie Buddies in the late 1950s/early 1960s as Bill "Pierce".
Recorded for RCA Records, 'D' Records, Rural Rhythm.
The contact with Bill Haney also was well and alive as they both had releases on Rural Rhythm in 1967 and 1970 and did some fine harmonies together.
For many years, he and his wife ran a bluegrass booking organization - with artists like Bill Monroe and Charlie Monroe etc.
Spent his final years in Indian Trail, N.C., where he died of liver cancer. Two of his children and his first wife Betty also died of the disease.

RENO & SMILEY

Group Info: Formed in 1951 Don Reno, Red Smiley

Give Name Don: Donald Wesley Reno
Date of Birth: February 21, 1927
Place of Birth: Spartanburg, South Carolina
Date of Death: October 16, 1984
Marital Status: 1. Chloe (div.) 2. Betty
Children: Ronnie, Jean, Donna, Dale, Don Wayne

Musical Style: Bluegrass
Talents: Banjo, Guitar, Other String Instruments
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Give Name Red: Arthur Lee Smiley, Jr.
Date of Birth: May 17, 1925
Place of Birth: Asheville, North Carolina
Date of Death: January 2, 1972
Marital Status: Gladys
Children: Kenneth (adopted)

Musical Style: Bluegrass
Talents: Guitar

Reno & Smiley: "Together Again" (Rome) (1971)
"Live at the Lone Star Bluegrass Festival" (Atteiram) (1977)
"Don Reno & Red Smiley, 1951-1959" (King) (1993)
Don Reno: "Don Reno on Stage" (Viechi) (1973)
"Live" (Seven Seas Japan) (1974)
"The Don Reno Story" (CMH) (1976)
"30th Anniversary Album" (CMH) (1979)
"Feudin' Again" (CMH) (1979)
"Family & Friends" (Kaleidoscope) (1988)
"Letter Edged in Black" (Wango) (1988)
Don Reno & Bill Harrell: "Bi-Centennial Bluegrass" (Monument) (1975)
Don Reno & Eddie Adcock: "Sensational Twin Banjos" (Rebel) (1968 & 1992)
(See also Bill Harrell)
RYAN, BUCK

Give Name: Arnold Walter Ryan
Date of Birth: May 9, 1925
Place of Birth: Mt. Jackson, Virginia
Date of Death: January 7, 1982
Marital Status: Mary ("Chick")
Children: Sonny, Sandra, Steve, Sherry

Musical Style: Bluegrass/Straight-Ahead Country/Instrumental
Talents: Fiddle

"Buck Ryan with Don Reno & Red Smiley" (Rural Rhythm) (1971)
"Fiddler on the Rock" (Rebel) (1976)
"Dream Train Engineer" (Rebel) (1980)
Buck Ryan & Smitty Irvin: "Ballads & Bluegrass" (Monument) (1965)
(See also Bill Harrell, Don Reno & Red Smiley)
SHEPARD, RILEY

Give Name: Richard Riley Shepard
Date of Birth: October 21, 1918
Place of Birth: Wilmington, North Carolina
Date of Death: November 6, 2009
Marital Status: Unknown
Children: Stacya

Musical Style: Hillbilly/Comedy
Talents: Versatile Entertainer and Songwriter

Read more about him at Hillbilly-Music
TATER, TATE

Give Name: Clarence E. Tate
Date of Birth: February 4, 1931
Place of Birth: Gate City, Virginia
Marital Status: Lois

Musical Style: Bluegrass
Talents: Fiddle, Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin

"Fiddle & Banjo Instrumentals" (Rimrock) (1966)
"Fiddle Favorites of U.S.A. & Canada" (Rural Rhythm) (1967)
"Country Favorite Waltzes" (Rural Rhythm) (1968)
"More Favorite Waltzes" (Rural Rhythm) (1969)
"The Fiddler and His Lady" (Revonah) (1981)
(See also the Shenandoah Cut-Ups)
TAYLOR, EARL

Give Name: Earl M. Taylor
Date of Birth: June 17, 1929
Place of Birth: Rose Hill, Lee County, Virginia
Date of Death: January 28, 1984
Marital Status: Unknown
Children: Billy (dec'd.), others unknown

Musical Style: Bluegrass
Talents: Singer, Songwriter, Mandolin, Harmonica, Guitar

"Folk Songs from the Bluegrass" (United Artists) (1959)
"Bluegrass Taylor-Made" (Capitol) (1963) - [Re-issued by Stetson UK in original packaging (1988)]
"Bluegrass Favorites" (Rural Rhythm) (1968)
"Bluegrass Favorites, Vol. 2" (Rural Rhythm) (1971)
"Bluegrass Favorites, Vol. 3" (Rural Rhythm) (1971) - [Rural Rhythm albums credited to Earl Taylor & Jim McCall]
"The Bluegrass Touch" (Vetco) (1974) [Recorded in 1969]
"Body & Soul" (Vetco) (1976)
UNTEED, DICK

Give Name: Richard Alan Unteed
Date of Birth: December 23, 1916
Place of Birth: Trinway, Ohio
Marital Status: Linda Ruth Syler
Children: Linda Lou, Diana Rose, Casey Renee

Musical Style: Bluegrass/Old-Time Country
Talents: Singer, Songwriter, Guitar, Jew's Harp

"Old Time Comedy Favorites" (Rural Rhythm) (1967)
"Dick Unteed and the Pine Mountain Boys" (Rural Rhythm RRDU 2113) (1967)
"Dick Unteed and the Pine Mountain Boys" (Rural Rhythm RRDU 199) (1968)
"More Country Comedy Songs" (Rural Rhythm) (1968)
"Irish and Country Comedy" (Rural Rhythm) (1968)
WAYNE, BUCK

Give Name: Wayne Laverne Johnston
Date of Birth: May 12, 1923
Place of Birth: Marlow Stephens County, Oklahoma
Date of Death: December 27, 2001
Marital Status: 1. ? 2. ? 3. Deborah Green
Children: Four

Musical Style: Western Swing
Talents: Steel Guitar, Band Leader, Songwriter, Radio Personality, Concert Hall Music Promoter

I'm sure lots of you have never heard of "Buck" Wayne Johnston. He is a REAL American hero who's life truely shows the greatness of our country and it's people. In this time especially his story needs to be told more than ever so we remember people like Buck and a place of real honor is set for this man. Buck was playing lap steel in G and flying in open cockpit planes as a 13 year old kid. Then he went on to be a great pilot in WW2. With the skill of seasoned pilot and the cockiness of a 21 year old. He was shot down over Berlin flying a B-17 and became a POW for a few months before the war ended. He told me this story: He and other POWs were on a Train headed for France. Men in all conditions, some very bad off. They were piping music thru the box cars. All of a sudden out came Cindy Walker's gem, Miss Molly by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Buck went on to describe the scene that filled his particular car. Men clinging to life were joyous, and everyone had a spring in their step! They all knew at that point that they would make it home! It took Buck a year to get back to West Texas and his sweet heart who had been told he was MIA had married another. More than 50 years later the 2 would meet again, at a Western Swing dance! He took his GI bill and went to college to learn the Broadcasting business. He put together his own band and fronted Lindsay Smith's group in El Paso that included, Don Decker and Leon Boulanger. He was appearing on radio and was among the earliest of Texas TV performers, Sam Donaldson used to intro "Wayne Johnston's Rhythm Ranch, brought to you by Boyle-Midway!" His Pals were Floyd Tillman, Cliff Bruner, Cameron Hill and Al Dexter. Hank Williams once flew out to El Paso just to do Wayne's show. The stories from those days go on like a great book. All his AD copy was unwritten,and boy he could sell. He's one the last of the great Border Radio "Pitchmen" He became very popular in El Paso on KROD with "The Bluebonnet Playboys". In the late 50's he moved to San Diego hooked up with Smokey Rogers and worked on Smokey's Radio station and in his band. He went on to become a popular band leader in the San Diego / El Cajon area with the "Buckshots". He's been battling throat cancer and as is true to his nature he's kicking the sawdust out of it. His recordings are available from his own Arsenal Productions. He has tapes of War Stories and some Western Fiction as well as great Western Swing tapes and an interview with Bob Wills. He still fronts a band with the Fender 1000 he got at the Fender plant, after a drunk gal tipped over his Custom and it busted! No pedals, standing up, just like HIS hero, Leon McAulliff. His band has the cream of the San Diego Western Swing scene, Tom Turman on electric guitar, Gary Webber on bass, Rod Rodriguez on sax, Wally Young on Rhythm guitar and vocal, The Rogers Twins (West Texas stars in their own right) Boyd on Drums and vocals and Bernie on Fiddle, guitar and vocal.

MIKE BLACK, The Steel Guitar Forum, November 15, 2001

WEAR FAMILY
Musical Style: Bluegrass/Country/Country Gospel

Give Name: James B. Wear
Marital Status: Audrey Mae Green in February 1948, divorced in the 1960s.
Children: DeWayne, Patty Jo
Talents: Vocals, Autoharp, Guitar
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Give Name: Audrey Mae Green
Date of Birth: December 28, 1927
Place of Birth: Wyandotte, Oklahoma
Date of Death: January 18, 2006
Marital Status: James B. Wear in February 1948, divorced in the 1960s. Married Rudolph Stellflug in 1967.
Children: DeWayne, Patty Jo
Talents: Vocals, Dulcimer
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Give Name: DeWayne Wear
Talents: Vocals, Fiddle, Guitar
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Give Name: Patty Jo Wear
Talents: Vocals, Guitar
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* "The Great Wear Family: Patty Jo, De Wayne, Audrey, Jim" (Rural Rhythm RR 110)
* "Hoe Down! Vol. 3 - Champion Fiddler DeWayne Wear & The Great Wear Family" (Rural Rhythm RR 114)
* "The Great Wear Family: Patty Jo, De Wayne, Audrey, Jim" (Rural Rhythm RR WEAR 116)
* "Hoe Down! Vol. 4 - Champion Fiddler DeWayne Wear & The Great Wear Family" (Rural Rhythm RR Fiddle 121)
* "Hoe Down! Vol. 8 - Champion Fiddler DeWayne Wear & The Great Wear Family" (Rural Rhythm RRGO 122)
* "Country And Bluegrass with The Great Wear Family: De Wayne, Patty Jo, Audrey, Jim" (Rural Rhythm R.R. Wear 123)
* "G. M. Farley & The Wear Family - Old Fashioned Country Gospel" (Rural Rhythm RR 127)
+ included on several compilation albums by Rural Rhythm Records.
* "Blue Grass Gospel" (Crown CLP 5337 / CST 337 (1963)
* "Blue Grass Gospel" ( Re-released with different cover on Crown 5431 / CST 421 (1964)

WISEMAN, MAC

Give Name: Malcolm B. Wiseman
Date of Birth: May 23, 1925
Place of Birth: Crimora, Virginia
Marital Status: Margie
Children: Malcolm Scott, Others unknown

Musical Style: Bluegrass/Straight-Ahead Country
Talents: Singer, Songwriter, Guitar, Banjo, Bass

"Great Folk Ballads" (Dot) (1959)
"12 Great Hits" (Dot) (1960)
"Bluegrass Favorites" (Capitol) (1962)
"At the Golden Horseshoe" (Wise) (ca. 1964) [Canadian release only]
"Mac Wiseman" (Rural Rhythm) (ca. 1965)
"Bluegrass" (Dot) (1966)
"Golden Hits" (Dot) (1968)
"Johnny's Cash & Charlie's Pride" (RCA Victor) (1970)
"Concert Favorites" (RCA Victor) (1973)
"New Traditions, Vol. 1" (Vetco) (1975)
"New Traditions, Vol. 2" (Vetco) (1975)
"The Mac Wiseman Story" (double)(CMH) (1976)
"Country Music Memories" (CMH) (1976)
"Mac Wiseman Sings Gordon Lightfoot" (CMH) (1977)
"Songs that Made the Juke Box Play" (double)(CMH) (1980)
"Early Dot Recordings, Volume One" (County) (1985)
"Early Dot Recordings, Volume Two" (Rebel) (1988)
"Classic Bluegrass" (Rebel) (1989) [Vetco masters]
"Grassroots to Bluegrass" (CMH) (1990)
"The Rare Singles and Radio Transcriptions" (Cowgirlboy, Germany) (1992)
"Early Dot Recordings, Volume Three" (County) (1992)
"Teenage Hangout" (Bear Family, Germany) (1993) [Dot masters]
"Del, Doc & Mac" (Sugar Hill) (1998)
Mac Wiseman & Lester Flatt: "Lester & Mac" (RCA Victor) (1971)
"On the Southbound" (RCA Victor) (1972)
"Over the Hills to the Poorhouse" (RCA Victor) (1973)
Mac Wiseman & the Osborne Brothers: "The Essential Bluegrass Album" (double)(CMH) (1979)
Mac Wiseman & Chubby Wise: "Give Me My Smokies & the Tennessee Waltz" (Gilley's) (1982)
YORK, RUSTY

Give Name: Charles Edward York
Date of Birth: May 24, 1935
Place of Birth: Harlan County, Kentucky
Date of Death: January 26, 2014
Marital Status: Linda Jean
Children: Charles A., Virginia, Elizabeth, John

Musical Style: Bluegrass
Talents: Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Harmonica, Bass

"Rusty York and the Kentucky Mountain Boys" (Blue Grass Special) (1960) - [Six song EP]
"Bluegrass Gospel Songs" (Rural Rhythm) (1968) - [Half of album credited to J. D. Jarvis]
"Dueling Banjos" (Q.C.A.) (1973)

WWVA JAMBOREE


THIS PICTURE SHOWS SOME FAMILIAR NAMES, BOTH PRODUCER AND ARTISTS WORKING WITH RURAL RHYTHM - AND
DOC & CHICKIE WILLIAMS WITH TWO OF THE DAUGHTERS AND BAND MEMBER (PRESENTED ON THEIR OWN PAGES ON MY SITE).

BACK ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT
Jim Smock, Monty Blake, John Corrigan, Eddie Wallace, Fred Daniels, Burl Strevel, Ace Richman, LEE SUTTON, Big Slim,
Rube Schafer, Jack Gillette, Bill Browning, Bob Roth, Don Hart, Sonny Osborne, Bobby Osborne & Elmer Eck

MIDDLE ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT
TATER TATE, HYLO BROWN, Hardrock Gunter, MARION MARTIN, DONNA DARLENE, POOCHIE WILLIAMS,
CHICKIE WILLIAMS, PUNKIN WILLIAMS, DOC WILLIAMS, Buddy Durham, Curly Miller, LEE MOORE & Jay Bailey

FRONT ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT
Bob Luther, Louella Perkins, Wilmer Frouheiser, Faye Frouheiser, Marjorie Ochs, Zeb Collins, Ida Batman, Unknown,
Marlene Roth, Bill Parker, John Stive & Earl Batman

PART 1: Original ALBUMS RR 110 - RR 170
PART 2: Original ALBUMS RR 171 - RR 230
PART 3: Original ALBUMS RR 231 - RR 270 +
PART 3: 1100-SERIES, 2100-SERIES & UNKNOWN #
PART 4: Original SINGLES & EPs
PART 5: Some of the Artists
PART 6: HERITAGE COLLECTION SERIES +
PART 7: POWER PICKS SERIES (under construction)

A kind thanks to

CHRISTOPHER RUMBAUGH
LARRY DAVIS
Bishop RICK FARLEY

for their helpful additions.

Any help with missing info are appreciated!


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