old time music, new and vintage, with early Red Clay Ramblers favorites
September 10-11, 2011
Wheatland Music Festival
Remus, Michigan

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Bill Hicks, Jim Watson, Joe Newberry, Mike Craver

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These terrific pics of the band in action at the festival were taken  by Wheatland Photographer Par Excellence Peggy Brisbane.  Thank you, Peggy!

(click on any pic for a larger view)

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Main Stage: 12:00 noon - 12:50
Dance Stage: 6:30 - 8:00
(squares and contras)

Workshop Lane: Mandolin
Jim Watson & Michael Witcher
Workshop Lane: Old Time Banjo
Joe Newberry & Abigail Washburn
Workshop Lane: Old Time Fiddle
Bill Hicks & David Bass

Main Stage: 12:40 - 1:30
Centennial Stage: 2:30 - 3:10 (Carter Family Songs)

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Happy Wheatlands
by Bill Hicks

It was a real treat to return to Wheatlands, where we all had many fond memories from our visits there in the late '70s with the band that shall not be named.  In the intervening generations the old site has more or less grown up in woods, like an abandoned field or a famous battle site that didn't turn into a national shrine.  In its place we found a wonderful main stage with magically good acoustics, sited on a hill facing a wide field where fans in the thousands ... (more)


Rockingham Cindy
The Man From Tennessee
I'm Getting Ready To Go
Aragon Mill
Big Sciota
Schoolhouse on the Hill
Tying a Knot in the Devil's Tail
Death of Ellenton
How Does A Glass Eye Work?
Piney Mountain
Texas Gals
Merchants Lunch
Sally Ann
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Rabbit in the Pea Patch
Kiss Me Quick
Telephone Girl
Uncloudy Day
Yellow Rose of Texas
What Does the Lonesome Dove Say
Uncle Charlie's Revenge
You Have Been A Friend To Me
Missouri Borderland
Leather Britches
Beale Street Blues
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The band went to the Wheatland Festival and all they brought us back was a picture of a tshirt.
Bill Hicks in his performer shirt, front and back. (These two pics and the one below taken by Bren Overholt)
More recent concert pics

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BACK IN THE DAY: Pictured are three Wheatland Festival LPs from the '70s that include Red Clay Ramblers performances.
left to right (click for larger view)
  • "Wheatland Festival" (WLP 001, 1976) with the Red Clay Ramblers doing "Tell It To Me."
  • "Wheatland 1978 Festival" (WLP 004) includes Red Clay Ramblers cuts "Yellow Rose of Texas" and "Blarney Pilgrim."
  • "Wheatland Festival Sixth Annual" (WLP 006) with "Murphy's Hornpipe" by the Red Clay Ramblers. 
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