Backroads and Banjos Archive

Frank and Mary Hamilton

Original Air Date: 06-18-2014

Art is joined in studio by banjo player, singer, songwriter, and storyteller Frank Hamilton along with his wife Mary. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Hamilton spent a lot of his years playing and recording with …

The Eller Brothers and Ross Brown

Original Air Date: 05-7-2014

Art explores his LP collection and pulls out a record from The Eller Brothers and Ross Brown. Shortly after moving to Athens, GA in 1976, Art set out to the Georgia Mountain Festival in Hiwassee …

Andrew and Jim Baxter

Original Air Date: 04-16-2014

Art is joined by Calhoun native and local music expert Paul Shoffner to talk about the great Andrew and Jim Baxter. Although sometimes referred to as The Baxter Brothers, this was actually a father and …

Friends of Old-Time Music

Original Air Date: 03-19-2014

On this episode of Backroads and Banjos, Art takes a look at collection compiled for Smithsonian Folkways by his friend Peter Siegel entitled Friends of Old Time Music: The Folk Arrival. This box set chronicles …

Brooks Berry

Original Air Date: 02-19-2014

Art shares tracks from a recording he made for the Bluesville label in 1959 featuring the well-known blues artist Scrapper Blackwell and the relatively unknown singer Brooks Berry. The LP, My Heart Struck Sorrow, was …

Sharp Short Shanties

Original Air Date: 01-15-2014

Art looks at one of his favorite genres in American folk, the Sea Shanty. Typically a work song, these call-and-response tunes have become popular among folk enthusiasts. All of this segment’s selections come from a …