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I have noticed lots of the song writers composing Hill-Billy songs and they seem to wrap their heart and soul up in their work.
  Freddie Hayes, in a folio by Jake Taylor and His Rail Splitters, "Looking Glass"

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Hillbilly Heaven Roll Call 2016

While we may have lost their voices, their music, history and memories will live on for us to enjoy. Remember those who left our earthly stage for Hillbilly Heaven in 2016 ...

Red Simpson
Ramblin' Lou Schriver
Curtis Potter
Cliff Warren
Sonny James
Judy Arthur (Judy and Jen)
Ray Griff
Merle Haggard
Jimmy Sea(y)
Ralph Stanley
Joltin' Jim McCoy
Melvin Goins
Kathy Withrow (Rhytm Rascals)
Judy Perkins
Jean Shepard
Allen (Slim) Roberts
Gordie Tapp
Marcella Isaac (Marcia Hall)

Hillbilly Heaven Roll Call 2015

While we may have lost their voices, their music, history and memories will live on for us to enjoy. Remember those who left our earthly stage for Hillbilly Heaven in 2015 ...

Little Jimmy Dickens
Dusty Owens
Johnny Gimble
Jim Ed Brown
Buddy Emmons
Patsy Stoneman
Lynn Anderson
Billy Sherrill
Ray (Carl Stuart) Schacht

Hillbilly Heaven Roll Call 2014

While we may have lost their voices, their music, history and memories will live on for us to enjoy. Remember those who left our earthly stage for Hillbilly Heaven in 2014 ...

Charlie Mercer
Phil Everly
Western Nell
Nora Lou Martin
Smokey Smith
Penny DeHaven
Mozelle Phillips
Weldon Myrick
Vivian Burke
Jimmy C. Newman
Russ Garner
Betty Cody
Lois Johnson
Charlie Haden
George Riddle
Georgia Mae
Dick Shuey
Dick Hill
George Hamilton IV
Lois Pierson
Embert Mishler

Read More About The History


Yes, Hillbilly Music. You may perhaps wonder why. You may even snicker. But trust us, soon your feet will start tappin' and before you know it, you'll be comin' back for more...Hillbilly Music.

Hillbilly-music.com ...
It's about the people, the music, the history.

What's New at

Just because it's history, doesn't mean we don't find or hear about something new. Our recent updates include:

Dusty Owens - Dusty Owens Dusty tells us about his career in his own words.
Early Michigan & Iowa years
WHO Iowa Barn Dance Frolic

Country Music
The way you remember it!

1930 - 2015

Ray Griff Ray Griff - We have had the pleasure of exchanging emails with Ray Griff, a native of Canada who lived in Music City for over three decades. His first musical endeavor was with the hometown Winfield Amateurs. He has had over 850 cuts of his songs by numerous artists as you will find in his biography. He has been elected to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and Hall of Honour. Today, you can still hear Ray doing a weekly radio show from Calgary, Canada.

Dick Hill Dick Hill - We featured Dick several years ago. He has been a long-time supporter of the efforts of this web site and we have binders of his hand-written letters to us over the years. He passed away in August 2014. He was a performer, radio host and country music historian. We mourn his loss. Those of us who make the efforts to document country music's history and legacy, he will be missed. Country music lost a friend.

Leodie Jackson Leodie Jackson - While we have not been able to document his career as much as we would have liked, we are partial to the steel guitar players who have long played a role in the distinctive sounds in many country music recordings. Leodie was one of those early steel guitar pioneers. Born in Oklahoma, he found his way out west and we discovered him in a collection of old photos. He was on the Los Angeles / Hollywood country music scene for a time.

Embert Mishler Myrna Lorrie - She was a Canadian Country Music Pioneer. Author Linda J. Daniel gives us some insight into her career. Don Grashey discovered this musical talent and if the name sounds familiar its because he was the first to record Loretta Lynn. She recorded for labels such as Abbott, Fabor and RCA Victor and several others. It's our pleasure to feature someone from our northern neighbor.

Cliff Warren Cliff Warren - The Yodeling Cowboy from Waterbury, Connecticut's musical journey took him to places far and wide. He appeared on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts show. He appeared in the movie 'Swing Your Partner'. He found work on radio stations KOAI and KTSA in San Antonio, Texas in the late 1940s. He met up with Gordon Jenkins while visiting family and friends back in his hometown who got him a Coral Records recording contract.

Keep clicking around - there's always something new spopping up on Hillbilly-Music.com.

Today: On the Air & Over The Web

The country music you like to hear is always just a click away every day. Just click on one of the show titles to visit their site. Give a listen. Kick back and enjoy the music. And send them a note of 'thanks' too while you're at it!

Honky Tonkin'
WKCR (89.9 FM) 9:30pm - 11pm (EST)
Scotty Tift and Doug Tuchman New York, NY
Wagons Ho
CIHS-FM (93.5 FM) 7am - 9am (MST)
Tony Greengrass Wetaskiwin, AB Canada
Traditional Country Music Radio
TCM Radio () 24/7 (EST)
Dusty Owens On the web
Suppertime Jubilee
WRVK (1460 AM) 6:00pm (EST)
Pete Stamper Renfro Valley, KY