As we step through hillbilly music's history, we come across
many stories as someone remembers something and tells a person
he or she knows about it. And before you know it, we have the rest
of the story as a famous news commentator might say.
And thus, so it is with our picture we have here on the site.
It seems that a certain well-known guitar player in Nashville
had seen a photo of someone he knew on this site. And put us
in touch with that person. We'll let Ken Berryhill tell us the story
about his photo we have here.
"After our conversation the other day, I remembered that I
did, indeed, pose for a picture in the
1960s, "playing" my Grandfather's old fiddle, though I cannot
play a note.
"I had on a western hat, I believe, and a
guy behind me was playing the guitar. It was a publicity shot
for the State Championship Fiddlers' Contest in Mississippi which
I founded while I was manager of Radio Station WNAG in
"(The photo) was used on postcards and mailed all over
the state to attract contestants. And it worked!
"We also submitted
it to Country Music Scrapbook, which published it, and
that is probably the picture you saw. I was in my
early 30s then. (Ken told us later that ironically,
the publication didn't even mention the Fiddler's contest
when the photo was published.)
"Somewhere in the file, I still have copies of
the photo and postcard."
"It blows my mind to think that my pic from that far back
is still around and featured on a worldwide website."
Ken Berryhill is still a disc jockey today, they call him
the world's "Oldest Living Country Music Disc Jockey". He is on the air
each Thursday from Noon to 2:00PM Central Time and can be heard
over the internet on www.WRVU.org
On his show, he plays both the classic country music along with the new country sounds
of today. He is also heard worldwide on short-wave Radio Station
WWCR -- "World Wide Country Radio".
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