Dec 312013

20.Little David Wilkins
19.Glenn Douglass Tubb
18.Autrey Inman
17.Ralph Mooney
16.Elton Britt
15.Grant Turner
14.Johnny Russell
13.Bobby Edwards
12.Sonny Burns
11.Big Al Downing
10.Riley Puckett
09.George D Hay
08.Vestal Goodman
07.Molly O Day
06.Don Winters
05.Bob Luman
04.Stoney Edwards

Well now I stressed earlier that as I draw near the top three choices for Icons it is NOT
really in order of how important they were to me per say…
THEY ALL contributed GREAT things to country music in their own way.
And this next man was no exception. HE WAS A VERY funny man and a VERY kind
individual and was an integral part of my raising!

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Number 3 is Archie Campbell.

Archie Campbell was born November 7th 1914 in Bulls Gap Tennessee outside of Knoxville.
He began a career in radio in Knoxville and Chattanoga at various local stations
and joined the U.S. Navy in 1941.

In 1960 he moved to Nashville and replaced Rodney Brasfield on the Grand Ole Opry.
Shortly alongside his Opry tenure he signed with RCA records and had some
Top 25 success.
He briefly left RCA to join the legendary Starday label and then re-joined RCA
in 1967 and had a few Top 30 singles.

Mostly, Archie was well known for his comedy. He was a very funny man
and always smiled. He was considered for the role of famed Batman villain
‘The Joker” because of his smile in the 1960’s TV show but lost the
part to Cesar Romero.

Some of his signature comedy skits were to tell children’s stories while
changing the first letters of the words for instance he would tell
the story of “Rindercella” the gal who Slopped Her Dripper.

Another good one was the Pee Little Thrigs.

Another famous skit he has was “That’s good/ That’s Bad…
Where Archie would describe a troubling circumstance and the other person would
say “Thats bad” and he’d say NO “Thats Good” and then state something good
that came out of it…and the other guy would say “Oh That’s Good” and Archie would
say “NO Thats Bad” and tell a bad result…etc.
He also largely incorporated cigars into his act.

In 1970 however the world came to know and adore Archie Campbell for joining
and helping shape the longest running prime time syndicated television show
in history “Hee Haw”.

He and Gordie Trapp wrote and acted in some of country music’s most famed
He and Gordie wrote and sometimes made up on hand verses to the famed
song “Where Oh Where Are You Tonight”? Which usually resulted in
spitting in each other’s faces.
It was rumored that Archie made up alot of dialect and jokes “on hand”
during the show. There are over 200 verses to this song I have collected.

He also acted as “Doctor Cambell” and the Justice O The Peace and
wrote the Junior Samples skit for “Sample Sales” and came up with
the monicker of BR5-49.

He continued to record comedy albums and appear on the Opry
in regular form until we lost him to heart problems August 29th 1987.

Dec 312013

Tonight I’ll be playing with my neighbors at our local watering hole and
there are SO MANY awesome shows coming in 2014.
SO MUCH to report on and write about and support.
Man you can just GO NUTS keeping track of everybody cause they are ALL

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Now speaking of talent I want to feature one of the most TALENTED
bands and musicians in this “roots music” scene and movement.
Jayke Orvis And The Broken Band will be coming to
The End in Nashville with some VERY special guests.

I’ll be completely honest I was brokenhearted when the .357 String Band met their demise.
I was equally broken hearted when I saw the remaining three members play together
once again…once.
But honestly Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band are the BEST in the local
I said it before and I’ll say it again and again Liz Sloan is the most talented fiddle player
I have heard in ages and her stage presence is second to NONE!
And when they play it sounds like THUNDER pouring down on you!

They will be bringing in the “PMA MAN” Mr. James Hunnicutt and
I PROMISE YOU he will NOT disappoint EVER!
He just goes completely crazy on the guitar and he has some really powerful moving songs.
He’s also part of the Broken Band so the man plays TWO sets.
You get ALOT for 8 BUCKS! You guys need to put a little extra in their hand.


Thrashabilly band Deadman Flats have discontinued their
last two albums “Read Em And Weep” and “Antlers” to refine their sound and bring new
direction to their act.
So go out and support these guys too.

And Whiskey Hill Swillers will be there
as well bringing a little of everything to the stage that night.

The End is 2219 Elliston Place
Nashville Tn 37023
18 And Over Only Please
9:00 PM

This update is the winter and spring tour dates of Jayke Orvis and
the Broken Band. And of course you can catch them at the Spring Weekender in Indiana. HURRY tickets ARE limited.
Jan 3rd – the Shrunken Head – Columbus, Oh w/ The Urban Pioneers

Jan 4th – The Highland Taproom – Louisville, Ky w/ the Urban Pioneers

Jan 5th – The End – Nashville, Tn w/ the Urban Pioneers

Jan 7th – Roxys – Columbia, Mo – w/ Deadman Flats and Honkysuckle

Jan 8th – Rock Island Brewing Company – Rock Island, Il w/ the Urban Pioneers and James Hunnicutt

Jan 9th – The Screaming Eagle – Waterloo, Ia w/ the Urban Pioneers

Jan 10th – The Lizard Lounge – wichita, Ks w/ Deadman Flats and Fishgutzzz the Ig’nant

Jan 11th – the Lions Lair – Denver, Co w/ the Urban Pioneers

Jan 12th – the Black Nugget – Carbonedale, Co w/ the Urband Pioneers and JAMES HUNNICUTT

Jan 14th – The Celt – Idaho Falls, Id w/ James Hunnicutt

Jan 15th – Burts Tiki Lounge – SLC, Ut w/ James Hunnicutt and Wyatt Maxwell

Jan 16th – The Filling Station – Bozeman, Mt w/ James Hunnicutt

Jan 17th – Ole Beck VFW post 209 – Missoula, Mt w/ James Hunnicutt and Whiskey Hooves

Jan 18th – Bucknums – Heppner, Or w/ James Hunnicutt and DogBite Harris

Jan 19th – El Corazon – Seattle, Wa w/ James Hunicutt

Jan 20 – The Hub – Centralia, Wa w/ James Hunicutt

Jan 21st – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, Or w/ James Hunnicutt

Jan 23rd – Bombays – Redding, Ca w/ James Hunnicutt

Jan 24th – Thee Parkside – San Fransisco, Ca w/ The Pine Box Boys and James Hunnicutt

jan 25th

Jan 26th – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, Ca w/ James Hunnicutt and The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit

Jan 27th -TBA- Los Angeles, Ca

Jan 28th – Brick By Brick – San Diego, Ca w/ James Hunnicutt and Wicklow Atwater and the Fallen Flame

Jan 29 – The Bum Steer – Winchester, Ca w/ James Hunnicutt

Jan 30 – Time Out Lounge – Tempe, Az

Jan 31st – Taos-Mesa Brewing Co- Taos, Nm w/ Carrie Nation and CarrieNation AndThe Speakeasy and My Graveyard Jaw

Feb 1st – The Damn Bar- Albuquerque, Nm w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy and Hillbilly Casino

Feb 2nd – The Blue Max – Midland, Tx w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

Feb 5th – The Wherehouse – Forth Worth, TX w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

Feb 6th -Holy Mountain – Austin, Tx w/ Whiskey Shivers, Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy and James Hunnicutt

Feb 7th – Rudyards – Houston, Tx w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

Feb 8th -Siberia- New Orleans, La w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

Feb 9th – Artmosphere – Lafayette, La w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

Feb 10th TBA

Feb 11th – Assay – Ozark, Ar w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

Feb 12th – Smoke & Barrel – Fayetteville, Ar w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

Feb 13th – Mercury Lounge – Tulsa, Ok w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

Feb 14th – The Outand Ballroom – Springfield, Mo w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy and Vegabond Swing

Feb 15th – Daveys Uptown – Kansas City, Mo w/ The Calamity Cubes! Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy and Posessed By Paul James

Feb 16th – Ole Simrells – Terre Haute, In

Feb 20th – Aldos Lounge – Altoona Pa

Feb 21st – The Grove – Strongstown, Pa

Feb 22nd – Snug Harbor – New Paltz, Ny