Genre: Art

The Asheville Sound

The Asheville Sound

Jon Lauterer was born and raised in the WNC area in a musical family. Jon began private study in the percussion field at age ten, and have never looked back. Jon holds a BM in Music Education from UNCW, and a MM in Percussion Performance from the Hayes School of Music at ASU.  Jon is currently performing with a party band called Royal Suits.

Jazz On A Summer’s Day

Jazz On A Summer’s Day

Jazz on a Summer’s Day is a positive, community-based show that celebrates good music and engaging conversation by highlighting some of the many amazing writers, teachers, artists, activists, and musicians living in the area and the projects they are working on. Host Sebastian Matthews will play modern and contemporary jazz music—working to widen and deepen the notion of “jazz” as much as possible—while engaging in conversation with local and national figures.

The show has a simple three-part structure. Matthews will open the show with around 30 minutes of music. He will then introduce his guest and ask him or her to share a cut of music and tell us why they brought it in. The conversation will be carried forward for around 45 to 55 minutes, punctuated with songs brought in (or performed) by the guest. Matthews will then close the show out with 30 more minutes of music, at times in collaboration with his guest.




First Show: Jun 26, 1952
Last Show: Jun 18, 1961
Number Shows: 480 shows, 2 auditions, 5 hour tribute
Audition Shows: Jun 11, 1949, Jul 13, 1949

Series Description:

Gunsmoke is one of those long-running classic Old-Time Radio shows that everyone knows and remembers. It’s also one that is still respected for its high values, in all aspects. Gunsmoke first aired on the CBS network on April 26, 1952, billed as the first adult western. It was set in Dodge City, Kansas in the 1870’s.

The main character, Matt Dillon, was played by William Conrad. On August 6, 1951, William Conrad played the lead in a show entitled “Pagosa” in the series Romance, where he played the part of a reluctant sheriff in a tough Western town. Although not a true audition, Conrad’s character role is very close the that of Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke. It was one of the “stepping stones” toward the production of Gunsmoke.

Other regular characters were Chester Proudfoot, played by Parley Baer; Kitty, played by Georgia Ellis; and Doc Adams, played by Howard McNear.

The series featured top-notch acting and well-developed scripts that set it apart from many other shows, not only Westerns; however, it was the sound effects that stood out the most. Listen carefully and one can hear many levels of sound that really helps transport the listener back to the old west.

Besides the US version, there was an Austrailian production of Gunsmoke. It began sometime in 1955, transcribed under the Artransa label, and aired Mondays at 7:00 PM on the Macquarie network. It is not known how many shows aired or how long the series ran.

From the Old Time Radio Researcher’s Group. See “Note” Section below for more information on the OTRR.


This is a production of the Old Time Radio Researchers Group located at Old Time Radio Researchers Website and the Old Time Radio Researchers Group.

It contains the most complete and accurate version of this series in the best sound possible at the time of creation. An updated version will be issued if more episodes or better sounding ones become available.

If you are interested in preserving old time radio, you may wish to join the Old Time Radio Researchers Group at Yahoo.

This is the Single Episode Page. The Certified Set includes extras not found here. It is located at OTRR Certified Set. This page is provided in case you want to sample the shows.

Note that in many cases, file names have been modified from the original OTRR names to conform to naming requirements.

Relax, listen, and enjoy!

OTRR Definitions:

OTRR Certified Accurate — A series that is Certified Accurate indicates that all the episodes are properly identified and labeled but that the series does not contain all known extant episodes.

OTRR Certified Complete — A series that is Certified Complete is the highest level of certification available under the OTRR Certified Standards. This certification level implies that all the files in the series are Certified Accuratebut also indicates that the series is as complete as possible – it includes all extant episodes.

Land of the Sky w/ Brody Hunt (Live)

Land of the Sky w/ Brody Hunt (Live)

Land Of The Sky w/Brody Hunt is broadcast/recorded live on Sunday evenings 7-9pm Eastern.

Visit Land of the Sky on Facebook here

Asheville Shellac Bash III is coming up this spring!  May 3-4th, 2019.  As usual, there will be expert collectors & researchers coming to Asheville from near and far around the globe!

Here’s the link to Land of the Sky after Shellac Bash show of 4.15.18  broadcast on Land Of The Sky. Including, among many others, our Mystery Guest, eight time Grammy nominee and legendary producer, Mr. Lawrence Cohn. Other notable guests are;

Tony Russell (London, UK) – Author of Country Music Records: A Discography 1921-1942 / Kinney Rorrer (VA) – Author of Rambling Blues: The Life & Songs of Charlie Poole / Russell Shor (CA) – Author, Journalist, & Co-Owner/Associate Editor of Vintage Jazz Mart / Marshall Wyatt (NC) – Founder & Owner of Old Hat Records /  Paul Swinton (UK) – Owner Frog Records



Pack Square, and the Flat Iron Building with WWNC’s radio towers visible on the roof.  WPVM’s home in the Public Service Building (built in 1924), is seen just to the left of the Flat Iron.  This shot is about mid-1930’s I think.


Land of the Sky, Brody Hunt’s new weekly broadcast on Asheville’s WPVM radio, is a breath of fresh air. Brody brings a musician’s ear and a collector’s passion to every show, spinning a stack of 78 rpm records from the early years of the 20th century. You’ll hear two hours of hillbilly yodels, barrelhouse blues, cowboy songs, fiddle tunes, jug blowers, jazz bands, gospel choirs, hobo poets, ballroom crooners, and ethnic sounds from other lands. And that’s just a sampling.
Nothing here is canned. It’s all fresh and alive, straight off the shellac and into the ether. The disc you’re hearing may have been a forgotten relic in the back of somebody’s closet, or gathering dust in the bargain bin of a local junk store, but not anymore. Thanks, Brody, for rescuing these national treasures, and putting them back on the airwaves.”
– Marshall Wyatt (Old Hat Records)
  Hey folks, below I’ll be adding images from Asheville’s musical past, links to standout shows on occasion, and other ephemera and events relating to the pre war 78 RPM era.  Enjoy and check back and visit us.  Thanks for tuning in.  It’s truly an honor to be able to share this old music that is so deserving of a modern audience.  And just plain good times!
– Brody Hunt
You can also keep up with us if you “like” Land of the Sky on Facebook here:

Here’s a solid show I think, broadcast January 21st, 2018

  The Asheville Shellac Bash II will soon be upon us!  Join us April 13th & 14th and bask in the beauty of these records in person!  Thanks to Lee Buckner at Image 420 for another great poster design.


The Asheville Shellac Bash is a unique gathering of 78 RPM record collectors and researchers.  On the evening’s of April 13th & 14th, we will be featuring listening sessions of rare and seldom heard, original 78 RPM records, from the USA and abroad, along with expert discussion, live music, and historic film.  The event’s primary goal is to provide an opportunity for fellowship among those who have helped to preserve and share this vast arena of the world’s greatest vernacular recordings of the Pre-WW2 era.

  All are welcome.

Notable attendees include the following, along with many more.

Tony Russell (London, UK) – Author of Country Music Records: A Discography 1921-1942

Kinney Rorrer (VA) – Author of Rambling Blues: The Life & Songs of Charlie Poole

Russell Shor (CA) – Author, Journalist, & Co-Owner/Associate Editor of Vintage Jazz Mart

  Marshall Wyatt (NC) – Founder & Owner of Old Hat Records
  Paul Swinton (UK) – Owner Frog Records

  Interspersed between listening to 78’s, film, and general clap trap about old recordings and musicians, will be short sets of live music.

  Come join us for a night of exceptional music with extraordinary people.

  And for kicks here’s our inaugural poster from 2017, also by Lee Buckner.

1925 Okeh Recording Sessions In The Vanderbilt Hotel

From August 25th to September 2nd, 1925, legendary A & R man Ralph Peer and recording engineer Charles H. Hibbard led recording sessions for the Okeh label on the roof of the lavish and newly completed Vanderbilt Hotel.  These were the first commercial recordings made in North Carolina, the only commercial recordings made in Asheville prior to WW2, and among the earliest recording ventures into the south made by a recording company.  Still utilizing the mechanical acoustic recording process that would be gradually usurped by new electrical recording methods between 1925-27,  most of the recordings are seldom heard today.

Known details of the sessions have appeared elsewhere, thanks to the research of Charles K. Wolfe and Tony Russell.  Below, I’ll offer some of their work, some wonderful photos of the inside of the Vanderbilt Hotel upon it’s completion in ’24, and of course some label shots from my collection of the records made at the session.

 Asheville’s only pre WW2 Jazz record, luckily it’s great.  The final sides recorded in the Vanderbilt Hotel, Sept 2nd, 1925.  All personnel unknown other than William Truesdale, Director.  Foor-Robinson was the name of the company that operated the Vanderbilt, along with several other hotels.


Session list discography by Tony Russell.  There is a theory that Charlie Poole might have come and recorded two sides at the sessions.  See blank matrices above.  If so, the recordings were not released and have never been found.

Lobby of the Vanderbilt Hotel circa 1924, much as it would have looked during the Asheville Sessions.  I can’t help but imagine Ralph Peer, Ernest Stoneman, Emmett Miller, J.D. Harris and the others having exciting times here.

Grand Ballroom of the Vanderbilt Hotel circa ’24.  Grand ballroom was located above the lobby, on the 2nd story.


Rooftop dances were very popular in Asheville, and in general in the 1920’s.  Under the moon and stars.


West Ballroom of the Vanderbilt Hotel (date unknown).


Dining Room of the Vandebilt Hotel, circa ’24.


December 1925 Okeh Old Time Tunes catalog, featuring many sides from Asheville.  Photos probably taken on the roof of the Vanderbilt, a few steps away from the recording laboratory.


Legendary fiddler J.D. Harris of Flag Pond, TN.




Though still standing, sadly the grand old Vanderbilt Hotel, once the pride of Asheville, was “picked to the bone” in 1968.

Various methods of passing the time in Asheville.

Butterfly Girls circa 1924.

X-Ray Eyes “Special Matinee For Ladies Only”  July 1924



WWNC: Asheville’s Pioneering Radio Station

WWNC circa 1927

Wonderful Western North Carolina.  I’m not an expert on the early history of station WWNC, and I have much more research to do on the subject, but bellow is some of what I do know.  We are certainly fortunate the two photographs from the early days were captured.  Thanks to my pals Marshall Wyatt (Old Hat Records) & Hunter Holmes for contributions to this research.


Inside the Vanderbilt Hotel, in Downtown Asheville, WWNC first signed on the air on the 21st of February 1927.  The station would soon move to the nearby Flat Iron Building.  I believe it would be the only radio station broadcasting from this area of North Carolina for some time.  Jimmie Rodgers famously made his radio debut on the station, for a few weeks in May & June of 1927.  Throughout the 1930’s, a parade of Country Music Pioneers, from near and far, would appear on the station.  Including the first broadcasts of Bill Monroe in 1939.  A few other artists to appear live on the air include J.E. Mainer’s Mountaineers, Walter Hurt & His Singing Cowboys, and Bill & Cliff Carlisle.

WWNC circa 1927


WWNC towers on the Flat Iron Building


WWNC Ekko Stamp.  Note “lightning” emitting from towers!  Ekko Stamps were popular in the late 20’s & early 30’s.


WBT’s Crazy Barn Dance was rebroadcast on WWNC Saturday evenings.  Shown above are Fisher Hendley, Wade Mainer, J.E. Mainer, Daddy John Love, & Zeke Morris


Sept. 1934 add for WWNC in the Asheville Citizen.




The Callahan Brothers (Homer & Bill) were one of the most prolific recording artists from the AVL area.  They luckily left us with a vast repertoire of varied material, both solo and together.  I try and play them quite a bit on LOTS.  Here they are, along with a few label shots.


And here we have an amazing photo of Homer & Bill’s dad, Bert Callahan & Co. selling apples in Downtown Asheville, circa 1902.  He was a postman of Wolf Laurel, NC, taught voice and piano, and was a farmer.

“You’ll know Pap Callahan by his team, the humpback mule don’t look like much,
but he can read that ox’s mind…and the possum, you’ll also know him by
his possum.”

The great Jimmie Rodgers called Asheville home from Dec. 1926-July 1927, just prior to making his first recordings at Bristol TN./VA., becoming one of the planet’s biggest stars, & changing Hillbilly & Popular music forever.  He made a single triumphant return to Asheville, in Dec. of 1929.  Where he appeared for two nights at the City Auditorium.  The original City Auditorium is pictured below, alongside of the Vanderbuilt Hotel, where the first commercial recordings made in North Carolina, were waxed by the Okeh label in the summer of 1925.  America’s Blue Yodeler also made his first radio appearances on Asheville’s WWNC sation, in May & June of 1927.