Publicity blurb: history
of the band and the musicians plus technical details on stage plot, instruments,
publicity info and stage plot as html on Mike' Craver's site
printable/digital version (doc)
resolution print quality pic - click on the thumbnail below
left to right: Joe
Newberry, Mike Craver, Jim Watson, and Bill Hicks; Photographer: Daniel
THE DAY THEY CAME BACK: Jim
Watson, Bill Hicks and Mike Craver, original members of the Red Clay Ramblers,
on the stage of the Festival for the Eno, July 2001, their first performance
as a group in 20 years.
Joe Newberry first performed
with Craver, Hicks, and Watson at the Carter Family Fold in June 2003.
Craver, Hicks, Watson, &
Newberry at the 14th Annual Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival
in Omagh, Northern Ireland, September 2005
the founding fiddler of the Red Clay Ramblers, was before that a member
of the Fuzzy Mountain String Band, and appears on their two Rounder LPs
(reissued in 1995 as a Rounder CD). After leaving the Ramblers in 1981
he began playing music with his wife, Libby, and working as a stone mason
in Chatham County,NC, where they live. Bill and Libby have a CD on the
Copper Creek label, SOUTH OF NOWHERE. Bill and Libby also played for seven
years in the cajun-zydeco band Unknown Tongues. Bill writes songs and produced
a live solo CD of his songs, THE PERFECT GIG, in 2002.
on Bill Hicks: his homepage
| Red Clay Ramblers 1972-1981
|Jim Watson, mandolin
currently tours with Robin and Linda Williams in Their Fine Group. Jim
has released three solo CDs: DON'T TELL ME I DON'T KNOW, WILLIE'S REDEMPTION,
and his latest THIS WORLD WOULD BE ALL SUNSHINE. Jim, who also performs
with the Green Level Entertainers, has ushered in the Christmas season
for 27 straight years with his holiday show at the Cave in Chapel Hill.
In 2012, Jim released CHRISTMAS AT THE CAVE, a recording of the 2011 Christmas
show. Before founding the Red Clay Ramblers (1972-1986), Jim recorded
with the Hollow Rock String Band on their second LP. And Jim has recently
(2015) rejoined HRSB's Alan Jabbour as well as Ken Perlman to record YOU
CAN'T BEAT THE CLASSICS.
on Jim Watson: his homepage | Red
Clay Ramblers 1972-1981 site
has worked in musical theater since leaving the Red Clay Ramblers in 1986.
He co-wrote the Off Broadway musicals OIL CITY SYMPHONY, and RADIO GALS.
He arranged the music for SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN and the sequel SMOKE ON
THE MOUNTAIN HOMECOMING. He's released four solo records: FISHING FOR AMOUR,
WAGONER'S LAD, SHINING DOWN, and BOSH AND MOONSHINE, and also collaborated
with Clyde Edgerton on a musical version of Clyde's novel LUNCH AT THE
PICCADILLY and a new "story/song" CD of THE BIBLE SALESMAN. Mike's
latest play is QUEEN OF THE COWTOWNS, the fifth installation of the musical
and melodramatic saga following BOSH AND MOONSHINE, SARAH BERNHARDT IN
TEXAS, THE BELLE OF THE WABASH, and OKLAHOMA HALE AND DAMNATION.
on Mike Craver: his homepage |
Clay Ramblers 1972-1981 site
Newberry grew up singing the old songs he learned from his family in the
Ozarks, and is also known for his powerful and innovative banjo playing.
In addition to playing with Jim, Mike and Bill, he plays and sings with
Big Medicine and others. His solo CD TWO HANDS has received glowing notices
from reviewers and fans alike. Joe's song "Singing As We Rise" was a winner
of IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year at the 2012 IBMA awards.
And in 2013, Joe's "They Called It Music," cowritten with Eric Gibson,
won Song of the Year.
on Joe Newberry: his homepage
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