” Help My Brother, our tenth album, won the prestigious 2011 IBMA Album of the Year Award.
We were named the 2011 IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, the first time a brother duet has won this award.
By LEISA GREENE NELSON
Typically, fathers and daughters argue over music, nowhere near sharing the same tastes in musical genres.
But father and daughter duo Lou and Phyllis Erck share the same passions: Bluegrass jamborees and live broadcasts. What bridges the generation gap between them is a mutual love of the same kind of music, and their enterprising ideas to be the first to broadcast jamborees live – whether in the 1950’s by broadcast radio or today streaming via the internet.
In 1956, Lou Erck started the Reilly Springs Jamboree in Northeast Texas when he was a broadcast DJ for Sulpher Springs Radio Station. He worked for the radio station starting in 1947 working with Bob and Joe Shelton at their recording studio, and then in the late 50’s running the Jamboree with the Shelton Brothers. Bob and Joe began recording back in 1935 for Decca Records and produced over 150 cuts and Lou explains, “Old timers are well aware of the success of Bob and Joe Shelton.”
The song Just Because is an original by the Shelton brothers featured on Elvis Presley’s first album that became one of their most memorable songs.
As partners, Lou Erck worked with Joe Shelton through KSST in Sulpher Springs, Texas to be the first ever to broadcast 30 minutes of live performance from the stage of a Jamboree. Lou’s job was to keep the microphones and equipment running during the performances, broadcast it out, lining up the featured musician, and advertising for the Jamboree.
Today, sitting in his daughter’s office, Lou is dressed in pressed pleated pants, a blue collared shirt, and a jacket looking like a Griz-fan Grandpa that any grandchild would admire. Lou grins and says, “Phyllis told me I had to be here to tell my story, not sure why. Did you know back then we called it Hillbilly music?”
One of the first famous musicians to play at Reilly Spring Jamboree for Lou was George Jones. Lou recalls, “I called information and asked them for George Jones’ phone number. They gave it to me, I dialed and he answered. I told him I was putting on a Jamboree every Saturday night and that we would love to have him on the first show. He said, ‘I think I can come up.’”
Lou proceeded to tell Jones that the Jamboree was new and not a very large crowd. Lou was concerned about cost since George’s “massive hit,” White Lightning, was being broadcast everywhere. Lou said, “I didn’t think we could afford him, but George said, ‘I think a hundred and twenty-five dollars will do it.’”
We’re proud to present:
Kathy Kallick Band
Date: April 28, 2012
($8 MRBA members, Seniors and Vets)
With songs from her latest project topping the bluegrass charts Kathy, and her band, continues to maintain her position as one of the stalwart women in bluegrass music.
“Kathy Kallick is one of the best songwriters in bluegrass and acoustic music, always coming up with interesting, sometimes playful, always sure-handed songs [featuring] conversational yet evocative lyrics and solid bluegrass sensibilities. But this is primarily a band album, and the Kathy Kallick Band is a wonderful combination of youth and experience. It feels like they¹re very comfortable playing together and with playing to the song. All are strong musicians and they create a distinctive band sound.” – Chris Stuart, Sing Out!
Listen to latest CD Between the Hollow and the High Rise
There is a tendency to think of West Coast bluegrass as being softer, jazzier, and somehow “other” than traditional. This can be the case, but there is also a school of bluegrass in Northern California which has, from the beginning, been steeped in Monroe-based tradition—as well as welcoming to women and original songs.
Kathy Kallick has been leading bands in this traditional brand of West Coast bluegrass since co-founding the internationally-acclaimed band, Good Ol’ Persons, in 1975. She continues to evolve as one of the music’s extraordinary composers and vocalists, releasing 15 albums, which include over 100 of her original songs. Along the way, she has:
Clip of Greg Booth (1st player on this clip) jamming with Rob Ickes at Wintergrass
Annie Staninec in a jam at Greg Boyd’s at Wintergrass
Where is my little cabin home
Some Old Day