Carlton and Charles Haney Recordings


This collection includes reel-to-reel and audio cassette recordings of Haney's bluegrass festivals. Biographical Note: Carlton Haney (September 19, 1928, Reidsville, Carolina- March 16, 2011, Greensboro, North Carolina) was a noted festival organizer, promoter, and manager in the fields of Bluegrass and Country music. Haney began his career booking and promoting shows for Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys from 1953 through 1955. He managed bluegrass act Reno and Smiley from 1956 until 1965 and collaborated on several songs with the group including "Jimmy Caught the Dickens (For Pushing Ernest in the Tubb)" which reached number 27 on the Country Charts in 1961. From 1956 through 1964 he produced the New Dominion Barn Dance which broadcast on WRVA-AM, Richmond, Virginia. In 1965, Haney organized The Blue Grass Festival held at Fincastle, Virginia on Labor Day weekend, September 3-5. The event was the first multi-day festival dedicated to Bluegrass music. Among the performers at the festival were Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys, Clyde Moody, Don Reno and the Tennessee Cut-Ups, Red Smiley and the Bluegrass Cut-Ups, The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Mac Wiseman, and Doc Watson. A highlight of the event was a program called The Story of Bluegrass which reunited Bill Monroe with his former sidemen to reenact his musical career. The festival continued at Fincastle in 1966, then at Berryville, Virginia in 1967 and 1968, before moving to Camp Springs, North Carolina in 1969. Haney went on organize and promote festivals at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Escoheag, Rhode Island. In addition to the Labor Day Festival, Haney founded the Newgrass Music Festival at Camp Springs in 1972. Throughout his career Haney both worked with and managed a number of influential Country and Bluegrass artists including Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, The Osborne Brothers, Loretta Lynn, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Ray Price, Kitty Wells, and Norma Jean. He appears as an emcee on two live Merle Haggard albums, Okie From Muskogee (1969) and The Fightin' Side of Me (1970), as well as performing the recitation portion of Conway Twitty's "Papa Sing A Song For Me" (1969). Haney published two magazines for Bluegrass enthusiasts Muleskinner News (1969-1988) and Grassound (1974-1979). His 1971 Labor Day Festival at Camp Springs was captured in the 1971 film Bluegrass Country Soul, directed by Albert Ihde. He was presented the International Bluegrass Music Association's Award of Merit in 1990 and was inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 1998. During his later years Haney stepped away from the music business and ran The Bluegrass Two Market in Reidsville, North Carolina. The collection was donated by Charles Haney, Carlton's brother and the person who first introduced Carlton to Country and Bluegrass music, and Carlton's daughter, Bonnie.

Live recording of a bluegrass festival organized by Carlton Haney at Watermelon Park. Recording features Ralph Stanley, Larry Sparks, Curly Ray Cline and Big Wilbur.

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney at Watermelon Park. Recording features Roger Sprung, Red Smiley and others, performing songs such as "Molly and Tenbrooks" (Kentucky Racehorse song), "Little Joe," "Virginia Darling," "Wild Goose Chase," and gospel songs such as "Beautiful Life." Carlton Haney is emcee.

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival in Virginia, organized by Carlton Haney and featuring Bluegrass Travelers (from Boston, Massachusetts) and Dixie Travelers. Songs performed include "Last Thing On My Mind," "Mule Skinner Blues," "Baby Blue Eyes," "Green Fields of Virginia" and others. Also, program announcements were made including announcement regarding the new Camp Springs Park festival.

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival in Virginia, organized by Carlton Haney and featuring New Deal String Band, Tennessee Travelers (from Sweden), the Spence kids (from Herndon, Virginia) and the Bluegrass Travelers (from Rhode Island). Songs performed include "Don't Pass Me By" and "Ballad of Honest Sam," among others.

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival, organized by Carlton Haney and held at Watermelon Park in Berryville, Virginia during the Fourth of July weekend. Musical acts include Don Reno, Bill Harrell, Red Smiley and Tennessee Cut-Ups among others. Songs performed include "When Golden Leaves Begin to Fall" and "Half a Mind." Also, several program announcements were made regarding dinner options, programs for sale, and changes to other festivals listed in the program.

Live recording of bluegrass music festival held at Watermelon Park in Berryville, Virginia and organized by Carlton Haney. The recording features Mac Wiseman and the Shenandoah Cut-Ups, Chubby Wise, Dan Reno, Bill Harrell and Tennessee Cut-Ups. Songs performed include "Shadows of Time," "When We Get To Heaven," "Lonely Years," "Stumbling Stone," "Me and Bobby McGee," "Little Joe," and "Love Letters in the Sand."

Live recording of a bluegrass festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring Mac Wiseman, Chubby Wise and Shenandoah Cut-Ups performing songs such as "Orange Blossom Special," "On Susan's Floor," and "The Wabash Cannonball."

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring the Lewis Family.

Live recording of Berryville, Virginia bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring the Osborne Brothers, Jimmy Martin, Ronnie Reno and others, performing songs such as "Rocky Top."

Live recording of bluegrass music festival held in Berryville, Virginia and organized by Carlton Haney. Recording features Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys among others.

Live recording of a bluegrass festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring Curtis Blackwell, Randall Collins, Dixie Bluegrass Boys, Goins Brothers and J. D. Crowe with the Kentucky Mountain Boys.

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring primarily gospel songs performed by Mac Wiseman and the Shenandoah Cut-Ups, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Quartet among others.

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and held at Watermelon Park in Berryville, Virginia, featuring the Osborne Brothers, Jimmy Martin and others. Songs performed include "Tennessee Hound Dog."

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring Jimmy Martin and Sho Suzuki, among others.

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival featuring Country Gentlemen, Charlie Waller, Jimmy Gaudreau, Bill Yates, Bill Emerson, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, performing hymns and gospel songs.

Live recording of bluegrass festival and Sunday gospel feature with musical performances by Del McCoury and Dixie Pals, the Shenandoah Cut-Ups, and Tennessee Cut-Ups. Fred Bartenstein is emcee.

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and held at Watermelon Park in Berryville, Virginia featuring the Osborne Brothers, Curtis Blackwell, Randall Collins and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys among others. Songs performed include "How Great Thou Art" and "Rocky Top."

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and held at Watermelon Park in Berryville, Virginia. Recording features Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys, the Osborne Brothers, and Little Johnny from Painesville, Ohio, among others.

(Tape 2, Side A) Live recording of a bluegrass music festival held in Virginia and organized by Carlton Haney. The recording captures what Haney refers to as the "bluegrass story," a segment of the festival devoted to retelling and paying tribute to the history of bluegrass music. Haney serves as emcee and Mac Wiseman, Jim Eanes, Kenny Baker, Charlie Smith, Tex Logan and others are among the performers.

(Tape 2, Side B) Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney. The recording captures what Haney refers to as the "bluegrass story," a segment of the festival devoted to retelling and paying tribute to the history of bluegrass music. The recording features J.D. Crowe, Bobby Sloane, Larry Rice, Doyle Lawson, Jimmy Martin, Jim Smoak and Bill Monroe among others.

(Tape 3, Side A) Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and held at Watermelon Park in Berryville, Virginia. The recording captures what Haney refers to as the "bluegrass story," a segment of the festival devoted to retelling and paying tribute to the history of bluegrass music. The recording features Charlie Smith, Del McCoury, Shenandoah Cut-Ups, Bill Monroe, Jack Sykes, Fred Bartenstein and others. Carlton Haney is emcee.

(Tape 3, Side B) Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney. The recording captures what Haney refers to as the "bluegrass story," a segment of the festival devoted to retelling and paying tribute to the history of bluegrass music. The recording features Bill Monroe, the Osborne Brothers, Charlie Smith and others, performing songs such as "In the Pines" and "Uncle Pen." Carlton Haney is emcee.

Live recording of bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring Bluegrass Alliance and other musical guests.

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring J. D. Crowe and the Kentucky Mountain Boys, Shenandoah Valley Cut-Ups and others.

Live recording of bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring Cliff Waldron, Shenandoah Cutups and others.

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring music by the Goins Brothers, Red Smiley and others.

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring music by the Virginia Cut-Ups, the Country Gentlemen and others.

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring music by J. D. Crowe and the Kentucky Mountain Boys, the Virginia Cut-Ups and others.

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and held at Watermelon Park in Berryville, Virginia. Musical groups include the Country Gentlemen and the Bluegrass Travelers (from Rhode Island) performing songs such as "New Camptown Races," "He Was a Friend of Mine," "I'll Break Out" and others.

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and held at Watermelon Park in Berryville, Virginia. Musical groups include the Bluegrass Travelers, Bluegrass Drifters, Sykes Brothers, Old Time Bluegrass Singers (from Boston, Massachusetts) performing songs such as "Rawhide" and "Get Up, John."

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring the Bluegrass Alliance, the Country Gentlemen and others.

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and held in Berryville, Virginia, featuring the Old Time Bluegrass Singers and others.

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring Country Gentlemen, Shenandoah Cut-Ups and Red Smiley, performing songs such as "The Young Fisher Woman," "A Beautiful Life," "No Longer a Sweetheart of Mine," "Durham's Bull," and "Pig in a Pen."

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring the Kentucky Mountain Boys and Ralph Stanley and Clinch Mountain Boys. Songs performed include "Little Bessie," "Pretty Polly," "Bouquet in Heaven" and others.

Live recording of a bluegrass festival held at Watermelon Park in Berryville, Virginia and organized by Carlton Haney. Musical groups include Ralph Stanley and Clinch Mountain Boys, performing "Orange Blossom Special," "Man of Constant Sorrow," "Stone Walls and Steel Bars" and others.

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival held in Berryville, Virginia and organized by Carlton Haney. Musical performances include the Goins Brothers performing songs such as "Dirty Dishes Blues," "Pistol Packing Mama," "Fly Little Blue Bird," and "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" with Kenny Baker on fiddle. Bluegrass Alliance also perform several songs.

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring Bill Monroe, Cliff Waldron, Billy Edwards, Jim Eanes, and others performing songs such as "Is it True," "Let Me Rest at the End of My Journey," "Log Cabin in the Lane," "Your Old Standby," "Deep River," "Setting on Top of the World," "On and On," and others.

Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring Tom Osborne, Bill Edwards and others with Carlton Haney making announcements regarding program events and activities.

(Number 2, Side A) Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney. The recording captures what Haney refers to as the "bluegrass story," a segment of the festival devoted to retelling and paying tribute to the history of bluegrass music. Del McCoury, the Dixie Pals and others perform.

(Number 2, Side B) Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney. The recording captures what Haney refers to as the "bluegrass story," a segment of the festival devoted to retelling and paying tribute to the history of bluegrass music. Del McCoury, Curtis Blackwell, Randall Collins, and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys perform.

Number 3, Side A) Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney. The recording captures what Haney refers to as the "bluegrass story," a segment of the festival devoted to retelling and paying tribute to the history of bluegrass music. The recording features Bluegrass Partners, the Osborne Brothers and others.

(Number 3, Side B) Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring the Osborne Brothers, J. D. Crowe and the Kentucky Mountain Boys and others. Fred Bartenstein is emcee.

(Number 7, Side A) Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring the Goins Brothers, the Wilson Brothers, and Roger and Joan Sprung.

(Number 7, Side B) Live recording of bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring Roger and Joan Sprung, Joe Greene and the Greene Boys, and others.

(Number 10, Side A) Live recording of bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring Roy Acuff, Mac Wiseman, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys among others.

(Number 10, Side B) Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring Roy Acuff, Benny Martin, Jackie Phelps, Mac Wiseman and others.

(Number 12, Side A) Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring the Osborne Brothers and others.

(Number 12, Side B) Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring the Country Gentlemen, J. D. Crowe and the Kentucky Mountain Boys, among others.

(Number 13, Side B) Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring Roger and Joan Sprung, Don Reno, Red Smiley and others.

(Number 2, Side A) Live recording of a bluegrass music festival organized by Carlton Haney and featuring Don Reno, Red Smiley, Tennessee Cut-Ups, Curtis Blackwell, Randall Collins, Dixie Bluegrass Boys and others.
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