Individual members of the 'Blurs,' (a fan nickname for the Red Clay Ramblers)
have gone on to dozens of side projects and, in the process, have created
a fearsome and thriving scene in and of themselves. "
Hicks, Watson, Newberry Gigs (Mike, Bill, Jim & Joe)
Hicks ~~ Mike Craver
~~ Jim Watson ~~ Joe
January 20, 1943
- November 11, 2018
Craver, Jim Watson, Bill Hicks, and Joe Newberry
Sunday, September 24,
Craver, Hicks, Watson,
"Fiddle Roots Symposium"
(once the location of the
Chapel Hill NC
FROM THE SHOW
shows - check the pics and videos!
Ridge Music Center
More pics and
vids from shows!
US ON FACEBOOK!
21, 2015 - Saturday - recorded stream available online
Prairie Home Companion
Palace Theater, Waterbury Conn.
On radio and also LIVE BROADCAST ONLINE!
from the show and links to listen AGAIN RIGHT NOW
Joe Newberry says: "Craver, Hicks, Watson
Newberry will be guests on A Prairie Home Companion on November
21 in a live broadcast from the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Conn. In their
Red Clay Rambler days, Jim and Mike and Bill were frequent guests on the
program. I'm looking forward to getting out of the way and watching
them work once again with Garrison. My banjo and I will have the
best seat in the house."
E C O R D I N G !
Been A Friend To Me
here! It's here! It's here!
Craver Hicks Watson
Newberry have their first first full recording as a group
For years, fans have only found bootlegs or scattered recordings on other
CDs. Now a whole CD of your favorites is available at live shows,
store, and directly from Jim Watson (132 Justice St., Chapel Hill,
NC 27516 with check for $17).
terms of elan and verve and all those other words that point to the all-important
spirit, You've Been a Friend to Me ranks right near the top." ...Bill Wagner,
Old Time Herald (full review)
revives the spirit and sound of the Ramblers’ early years" ... Jack Bernhardt,
Raleigh News & Observer (full
is great singing, great fiddling, great banjo playing, and great everything
else. Have you figured out yet that I give my highest recommendation to
this recording? If you like old-time music, if you like music period, find
this recording and play it over and over again, and you will see what I
mean." ...Bluegrass Unlimited. Full
the kids ever ask, What was old time music like?-- give 'em this."
...Randy Pitts (full review)
A winter of planning.
A spring of recording.
A summer of music.
SHOWS - CHECK THE PICS/VIDS LINKS!
concert - Joan Fenton & Albie Tabackman, Charlottesville VA - PICS/VIDS
Folk Festival, Marquette, MI - PICS
ArtsCenter 2013, Carrboro, NC - PICS/VIDS
Blue Note Grill 2014, Durham NC - PICS/VIDS
State University - Please share any pics or vids with us!
Americana Music Festival - Washington, VA - PICS/VIDS
Cary Theater/Six String Presents - Cary, NC - PICS/VIDS
Craft Days Festival 2014, Big Stone Gap VA.- PICS/VIDS
Brandywine Friends of
Old Time Music -Newark DE
Front Hall House Concert
- Bryn Athyn PA
Susquehanna Folk Music
Society - Harrisburg PA
from all three shows
Blue Note Grill 2015
- Durham NC - PICS/VIDS
'n' Bow - Durham, NC
Spotlight by Starlight
Concert Series - Annandale VA - PICS/VIDS
Wheatlands" by Bill Hicks! It
was a real treat to return to Wheatlands, where we all had many fond memories
from our visits there in the late '70s with the band that shall not be
named. In the intervening generations the old site has more or less
grown up in woods, like an abandoned field or a famous battle site that
didn't turn into a national shrine. In its place we found a wonderful
main stage with magically good acoustics, sited on a hill facing a wide
field where fans in the thousands ... (more)
annual Rick Cornell quote: Like a large family
whose grown children have left the fold and made lives for themselves,
Mike Craver, Bill Hicks, Jim Watson and Joe Newberry stay busy with solo
projects and a variety of collaborations. But if the bonds are strong enough,
a family always makes a point to be together at Thanksgiving, that most
familial holiday. Thus, we have this quartet's traditional circa-Turkey
Time gathering. And when this foursome—agile musicians and ace storytellers
all—congregates, you have, oh, about 75% of the Great American Songbook
covered. —Rick Cornell
recordings are on
catch these guys in a house concert is to experience them in their natural
habitat. Jim Watson and Bill Hicks got their start in the early '70s playing
vintage music with the late Tommy Thompson at house parties at Thompson's
place off Randolph Road, leading to the formation of the Red Clay Ramblers.
Pianist Mike Craver was an early convert. The guys eventually left to ramble
down other musical paths, but when Craver, Hicks and Watson reunite these
days (with clawhammer banjoist Joe Newberry at the Thompson seat), it's
a celebration of old-time and old times. —Rick Cornell
FROM RECENT SHOWS
Fine News from Jim Watson
THE PIC FOR 2009 XMAS SHOW PICS and VIDEOS!
Ramblers Fan Clan packs The Cave to its rocky ceiling and sing in a merry
kick-off for the Christmas season. The photo of Jim and his nieces
was taken by Tom Watts at The Cave.
December 22, 2018: Jim Watson's 33rd Annual Christmas Show at The Cave
Chapel Hill NC
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
The Cave was reopened in 2018, and Jim's shows continue! See above
for 33rd date.
one suspected that 2017 would be the last Christmas show for Jim at The
Cave. The Cave closed April 30, 2018. Read Jim's
Goodbye to The Cave.
December 20, 2018, 7:30 PM
Watson's 14th annual Hillsborough Christmas show
St. Mary's St.
AM radio recognized Jim as a "Hometown Hero" for his contribution to the
community through his Christmas shows. Congrats, Jim!
SHOWS: Jim often joins Uncle LeRoy Savage (the Father of Newgrass Music)
on Wednesdays (along with Greenie Marley) at the University Drive Q Shack
in Durham 6:30-8:30.
with Bill Hicks, Mike Craver and Joe Newberry -- see
newest CD! "Christmas at the Cave" Pick up your copy at the show
or order directly ($17.50):
132 Justice Street
Chapel Hill NC 27516
INFO | N&O review
* * * TSHIRTS! *
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"Craver Hicks Watston
Newberry" tshirts! $15.95 includes FREE SHIPPING (first class) anywhere
in the USA. Colors are yellow,
blue; sizes S-M-L-XL-XXL Fruit of the
Loom 100% cotton--click the pic for a larger view. Use credit
cards or Paypal through Mike's
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FREE MP3 from
Hicks Watson Newberry
WETS Radio Johnson City
TN broadcast 2006
FRIZZ and HARD TIMES now on CD!
yours from Mike's Store | Chuckin'
the Frizz page!
ArtsCenter, Carter Fold, Down Home, Cook Shack, Oak Grove
links to Craver, Hicks, Watson, Newberry videos on YouTube!
What a stretch of shows at the Down Home (8/19), Carter Family
Fold(8/20), Six String (8/24), Cook Shack (8/25), Southern
Village 8/28. and Ulster American Folk Park (9/2-4) (click
on thumbnails for more pics)
Bill Hicks, Jim Watson and Joe Newberry
14th Annual Appalachian
& Bluegrass Music Festival,
Folk Park, Omagh, County Tyrone, N. Ireland
Also on the program:
Robin & Linda Williams & Their Fine Group, King Wilkie
Posted | Blog of the trip
| Calendar ]
December 1, 2018