Information is scarce at this time about Charlie Holbrook and his Lazy H Ranch Boys,
but something is better than nothing.
Nicola and Rose Fantetti wrote in one of their 1946 columns "Behind the Scenes" for
National Hillbilly News a bit about this group, but the article was more about one
particular member of the band.
Charlie Holbrook and His Lazy H Ranch Boys had a Saturday morning show over WFMD
in Fredricksburg, Maryland around 1946.
The Fantetti's were writing about one band member, Romin Carl, who came into the world
in Moatsville, West Virginia. He entered a singing contest at the local county fair
one year and won. That led to a stint with a rodeo show. His musical journey took
him to WSVA in Harrisonburg, Virginia; WIJH in Baltimore and then to WFMD where
he hooked up with Charlie Holbrook's group.
We learn from the Fantetti's that the group had just returned to Maryland after a tour
of Pennsylvania and had plans to tour Tennessee. In the latter part of 1946, they were
playing with the Alen Burmie Carnival in Maryland. After that engagement, they were
to hit the road and tour the south.
Carl was a talented musician who could play the mandolin, banjo, harmonica but his
favorite instrument was said to be the guitar. It was noted that he had a '...rather
deep and mellow voice.'
Timeline & Trivia Notes
- Charlie Holbrook, leader
- Romin Carl; guitar, vocals, mandolin, banjo, harmonica
Credits & Sources
- National Hillbilly News; November 1946; Poster Show Print Co.;