About The Artist
With his band members the North Carolina Cooper Boys, banjo picker Henry Clay Everhart had a quality stringband in the Lexington, North Carolina area for several years from the early-to-mid 1920s. At first glance, one might suspect (as did both Bob Carlin and myself) that the Cooper Boys had been employed in barrel manufacturing. But actually that was the surnames of two cousins Tom (July 15, 1894 — June 20, 1983) and Dewey (June 2, 1899 — November 23, 1951) who played guitar and fiddle respectively. Everhart held a regular job as a mirror beveller while the Coopers moved from farm labor to textile mills.
In 1927, the threesome cut six numbers for the OKeh label at their Winston-Salem sessions. Only two of the numbers were released. In 1931 the trio went to Atlanta and did four numbers for Columbia. With the deepening Depression, again only two numbers saw the light of day.
Not long afterward the band broke up as Everhart's work took him to Lenoir where he continued working as a mirror beveller in the furniture industry for some 27 years. He eventually formed a band called the Sunset Travelers, had a weekly radio program at WJRI from 1947 in Lenoir, and after retirement settled in Florida and played with local musicians. Remaining in the Lexington area, the Cooper Boys played locally, usually with pickers named Berrier until Dewey died. The Everhart and Cooper musical history was researched and published through the efforts of Bob Carlin.
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