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We’re Back!

Two weeks pre-emption over, and we’re back home on the river in Saxonville! And HAH is back on the air! Tune in!

I think I heard my name!

In Powhatan, Pre-empted for Two Weeks

Just in case you missed my earlier note, HAH is pre-empted by two Orgies®, someone named Billy Bragg this Saturday (May 7th), and part of a mammoth Schubert Orgy® next Saturday (the 14th). After that I presume we’ll be back to two hours, 9–11 AM.

Apologies again for the erratic program last week, with the surprise ending midway through. Hope you all realized it was a false alarm. We were in Charleston, SC, hitching up to leave for North Carolina, and now Powhatan, VA, where daughter Sarah and family live. Back to New England next week.

We had a couple of real Summery days here, with storms predicted tonight and tomorrow. Got this quick shot of a Summer Tanager high up in a far tree:

It’s Mother’s Day weekend, so here’s Merle:

Update from the Road

We’re in Monte Santo State Park, near Huntsville, Alabama. Much to report, but no time now. We’re heading out tomorrow for the DeSoto Falls Campground, in northern Georgia. Hoping to take in a stop in Dalton, Georgia where there is a well-known railfan site, and the Bear on the Square Music Festival in Dahlonega this weekend.

I expect many of you understood last week’s show was an Archival show from March 29th, 1986. Unfortunately, the preceding and following announcements did not get run, for which I apologize. This week, we should have another edition of Hillbilly Home Recordings. Keep your fingers crossed.

In the meantime, here’s a photo of our new (to us) 2019 Escape 21 travel trailer, our current home-away-from-home:

Home-Brewed, Archived, Pre-empted

I’m continuing tomorrow with the current spate of home-brewed Hillbilly Home Recordings, two-hour shows that I’m recording here at home. Listeners tell me they don’t sound too awful, and I am getting better at manipulating this little mixer.

Next week, for Saturday the 16th of April, I’ve edited an Archival HAH from March 29th, 1986. That was Easter weekend in 1986, so appropriate for Easter this year. Sinc and I played a few songs for the occasion, including a couple that will surprise you, courtesy of Gordie Brown. Unfortunately, I’ve had to chop off the last hour of what was then a three-hour show.

Then for the 23rd and 30th of April, we’ll have some more Home-Brewed shows (I like ‘home-brewed’ better than ‘home-made’), assuming the computer at WHRB and its operators can get the programs to run on time—we’ve had some problems recently, as you’ve doubtless noticed. On the first two Saturdays in May we’re being pre-empted by Orgies®; I don’t know which, as the schedule hasn’t been published yet. By May 21st, we should be back in town, so HAH will resume.

I should thank Ken Ward, down in Memphis, who hosts a country show on WEVL and sent me a hard drive full of songs. He writes,

My show is called “Back to the Country” and it airs Thursdays noon-2 central. There’s a live stream at www.wevl.org, and the two most recent shows are archived here: https://spinitron.com/WEVL/show/220741/Back-To-The-Country

We’re leaving Monday for Union, Kentucky to pick up our new-to-us 2019 Escape 21C molded fiberglass trailer, and then heading to Huntsville, Alabama to visit the Space Museum there. Unfortunately we’ll miss Memphis and Nashville this trip. Check out Ken’s show for more good country music.

From Huntsville it’s off to the North Woods of Georgia, where we’re hoping to catch the free weekend old-timey ‘Bear on the Square’ festival in a place called Dahlonega. Plan then is to head to Charleston, South Carolina, which some say is the most beautiful city in America, and thence up to coast to daughter Sarah’s family in Virginia.

What does the future hold? We’ll see when we get back to New England. In the meantime, we may get close to Chattanooga, with the late, great Dave Evans:

UPDATE 9Apr, 10:20 AM: For some reason the first Home-Brewed HAH has run today, not the program I specified. Oh well: maybe some of you missed it the first time it ran, some weeks ago. Good tunes, at any rate! /CL

Hillbilly Home Recordings Continue. . .

“No news is no news,” Sinc used to say, taking off on the old “No news is good news” line. I really have none, but it was a frustratin’ day, when after I successfully completed HHR hour no. 8 this morning, I realized that I had recorded the wrong cut at the end, and foolishly tried to cut in the correct one. The Studio One 5 software I’m recording with unaccountably wrote over two earlier tracks, leaving me hopelessly bereft with bits and pieces of a recording.

Bits and Pieces of HHR No. 8, Exported to Audacity to Put Together

It’s a poor workman who blames his tools. I’m sure that the Studio One 5 software is powerful and useful stuff, but for simple two-track recording and editing for someone who learned on analogue reel-to-reel machines, software aimed at multi-track recording of live bands, its talk of ‘Events’ and ‘Loops’ is way over my head. The free Audacity is more my speed, as it combines simple computer techniques with basic analogue visuals. But Audacity doesn’t like the music and voice output from the Allen and Heath mixer I’m using, so that’s why I’m recording in an unfamiliar world.

But enough complaining; I’ve got today’s hour fixed in Audacity, using my old friends Copy and Paste, missing out on the Spring weather this afternoon while Dr Janie got our 2013 Casita travel trailer ready for prospective customers this weekend. We’re getting a larger, 2019 Escape 21C trailer, also a molded-fiberglass camper (see my post on how our Casita got its name, HERE). So we’ll be heading down to Union, Kentucky next month to pick up the Escape, and then we’ll probably do a little traveling before heading back home. So my plan is to get enough HHR and Archival hours in the can before we leave, so we can keep HAH going in this limited way. No doubt I’ll get faster at it; I’d better.

We need some entertainment. Something about computers. Like this, from Brad: