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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 Grenada, Mississippi.
"(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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