Land of the Sky w/ Brody Hunt (Live)

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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

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.

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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)
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  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:
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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.
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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

 

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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.

 

 

 


 

3.26.17

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    3 Responses to Land of the Sky w/ Brody Hunt (Live)

    1. Martin Fox January 22, 2018 at 4:17 pm #

      Hi Brody,

      Great job on the web page…thank you for your efforts. I have been around here for a long time and really appreciate young folks like you having an interest in and taking steps to preserve the musical heritage and other historical aspects of our area.

      As a retired pro photographer, I may have some images somewhere that may be of interest that I can donate for this project.

      I’ll look around and see what I have. I am ordering new needles today for my Victor portable Victrola that I totally restored about fifteen years ago so I can start listening to some of my old 78’s…again…

      With Best Regards,

      Martin Fox Old Time Fiddler Fairview, NC

    2. Kiesa Kay January 26, 2018 at 5:28 pm #

      WOW! I love this website! It makes me want to go to a rooftop dance SO much. I am looking forward to listening to your radio show. What a delightful treat to find this website, with so much information about music and culture and FUN.

    3. Dave Nalesnik May 31, 2018 at 11:53 pm #

      I was very pleased to discover this site after googling “Land of the Sky”, looking for inspiration in an attempt to find a name for a series of Asheville art that I am currently working on.
      I love this old-time music (I actually own a portable victrola, though it is currently thick with dust), and am very much looking forward to listening to some shows, and learning more about the music history of my hometown!
      On a technical note, the website experience would be vastly improved if a visitor could look at the full-size images presented here without getting kicked out of the archived broadcast, and then having to wait for it to reload, and find their place again. I don’t know nothin about the technical jiggery behind this interweb thing, but it seems like it could be done.
      I only wish that I had discovered this awesomeness in time to have attended the Shellac Bash…sigh…
      Regards,
      Dave N.

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