Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The 4th Annual Fan Fair Reunion Show

All-righty folks, here`s a really neat LP and really should be called Opry Old Timers Reunion. This material was recorded at the Ryman Auditorium at the Fan Fair Reunion Show in 1975. Most of the artists on this I know of, but there were 2 or 3 I don`t know anything about.
One of my favorite things on it is Alcyone Bate Beasley, Dr. Humphrey Bate of the Possum Hunters daughter, singing a song. Starting on the Grand Ole Opry at age 13 in 1925, she stayed on for years and also became an employee of WSM.
Another highlight to me is Sid Harkreader, also starting on the Opry in 1925. He gives the little nonsense poem that the "Solemn Ole Judge" George D. Hay always closed the show with, but unfortunately didn`t get a song included. Too bad too, because he was a great old-time artist
One more of my favorite cuts is Kirk McGee & The Fruit Jar Drinkers doing a tune I`ve never heard before called Nubbin Ridge. All the members of this band are veterans from the very start of the Opry in 1925. All the people in this version of the Fruit Jar Drinkers are "consolidated" from other old-time string bands from the early days of the Opry like The Possum Hunters, The Dixie Clod Hoppers, the original Fruit Jar Drinkers and The Gully Jumpers.
Too bad they don`t have performances of Sam & Kirk McGee doing a solo, DeFord Bailey the Harmonica Wizard or The Crook Brothers as all were still living at the time. Of course there is only so much stuff an LP will hold. I sure wish I could have been AT the show!!!!!-----Allen

Track list---
Hot Time In Nashville Tonight - Joe & Rose Lee Maphis
Comedy/Nubbin Ridge - Minnie Pearl/Kirk McGee & The Fruit Jar Drinkers
Silver Threads Among The Gold - Alcyone Bate Beasley
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Lulu Belle & Scotty
Take Me Back To Happy Valley - Bailey Brothers
Panhandle Rag/Steel Guitar Rag - Leon McAuliffe
I Betcha My Heart I Love You - Laura Lee McBride
Peace In The Valley - The Jordanaires
Opry Memories/Hominy Grits - Sid Harkreader/Ernie Lee
Silver Bell - Doc & Chickie Williams
Comedy - The Duke Of Paucah
Dust On The Bible - Bailes Brothers
Shenandoah Waltz - Clyde Moody
Down Yonder - Del Wood
Back In The Saddle Again - Ray Whitley
Slow Poke - Pee Wee King
When The Bloom Is On The Sage - Red River Dave
I Saw The Light - Roy Acuff

Click here to download.


  1. Allen,

    These are some really great albums. I love the old hillbilly music, bluegrass, and Grand Ole Opry shows. Thanks very much for sharing them.

  2. Does anyone know I might be able to purchse
    the album shown above? Thanks.
    Alceon Gore

  3. Watch for it on ebay, that`s where I got mine. It does turn up once in a while.

  4. I've got two copies, one opened and one unopened. Bought them at the same garages sale, both NM condition. Willing to sell them reasonable.

    Oh, and I posted a link to you.