About The Artist
The earliest mention we found of Wade was in a 1950 National Hillbilly News article. He was playing with Don Kidwell and his Capitol Swingbillys and were working a gig at the Wagon Wheel. Other members of the group were Randy Tate on steel guitar, Wade Holmes and Don (Jake) Kidwell.
In early 1955, Shorty Warren wrote in Country and Western Jamboree that Wade was working nightly at the Shamrock Club in Washington, DC as were the Woodward Brothers.
A 1956 magazine article featuring DJs indicated that Wade Holmes was doing a morning show with Johnny Baise on radio station WPGC out of Morningside, Maryland. It aired Monday through Saturday and it was called "Cornshucking Time".
They wrote he was thirty years old at the time and was pretty good at instruments such as the bass, guitar, mandolin and banjo.
He had made a name for himself afround Maryland having played with such acts as Hank Penny, Clyde Moody, Pete Casell and the Woodward Brothers.
He played in a group called, well, it kind of figures they were known as the "Cornshuckers" and they would play various clubs in Maryland, picking and singing.
In 1965, Red Wilcox told Country Music Review readers that Wade had a new record out called "Drinking and Thinking" b/w "I'll Just Pretend". It was on the Almanac label and billed him as "The Singing Truck Driver."
It was said he had four kids and enjoyed his garden (when he was not fishing).
Credits & Sources
|Printer Friendly Version|
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.
It's about the people, the music, the history.
Copyright © 2000—2023 Hillbilly-Music.com