old time music, new and vintage, with early Red Clay Ramblers favorites

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Two 70s era photos of the Red Clay Ramblers flank the 2006 pic of original Ramblers Jim Watson, Bill Hicks, and Mike Craver
The photo on the left was given to the band at the 2006 show by Jim Beck of Kingsport TN.  (left to right) Bill Hicks, Jim Watson, Jack Herrick, Tommy Thompson, and Mike Craver  Thirty years ago in June, the Red Clay Ramblers were the first band ever to play the Down Home.  Ed Snodderly tells this story: "We went up to a festival and hired Tommy Thompson and the Red Clay Ramblers.  Then we looked at each other and said, 'Now we have to go build a club for them to play.'" The photo on the right has been posted on the bulletin board in the Down Home for decades.  Annie Malone is written on the back so we'll give her photo credit.  (left to right) Jack Herrick, Jim Watson, Bill Hicks, and Tommy Thompson standing behind Mike Craver

Craver, Hicks, Watson, Newberry
Down Home
Johnson City TN
July 21, 2006
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Joe Newberry, Jim Watson, Bill Hicks, Mike Craver
First Set List
Aragon Mill
Henhouse Blues
While the Band Was Playing Dixie
Wind and Rain
Hobo's Last Letter
A Mother's Last Farewell Kiss
How Does a Glass Eye Work
Paddy Won't You Drink Some Cider
Uncle Charlie's Revenge
Texas Gals
Beale Street Blues
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Mike sang "Will You Miss Me"
as requested by a fan
NEW! Video!
Second Set List
Yellow Rose of Texas
Stolen Love
Telephone Girl
Play "Rocky Top"
Rabbit in the Pea Patch
Thoroughly African Man
Uncloudy Day
School House on the Hill
Will You Miss Me
Sugar Hill
The Ace
Merchants Lunch
Sally Ann
 A couple of lighter moments ...

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The good kind of Spam
Jim Watson proudly hoists a can of Spam at the Down Home in honor of Mr Whitekey's Fly By Night Club in Spenard, Alaska.  The Red Clay Ramblers performed there back in the 80s.  Read about that show.

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Joe attempts to match the banjo-tossing feats of Uncle Dave Macon with nearly disastrous results.  The show paused briefly to untangle the dangle.

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As they usually do when passing through Johnson City, Craver, Hicks, Watson, Newberry did a live show on Dave Carter's Studio One, WETS-FM on Saturday 7/22/06.  WETS always posts a great picture on their website, and here's the one from this visit along with a couple of our shots, too.  That's Dave Carter in the bottom right photo with Jim and Bill.
Try these pages next...
More Ramblers at the Down Home: August 2002 | January 2003January 2004 | August 2005
More 2006 shows: Cook Shack | Carter Family Fold
More recent concert pics

The pictures were taken by Bren Overholt and Anne Berry except for the WETS-FM pic

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