Red Clay Ramblers.

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The Red Clay Ramblers began in 1972 as a trio of musicians who had been playing in and around Chapel Hill, N.C. Personnel has included Tommy Thompson, banjo, guitar, vocals (1972-1994); Jim Watson, mandolin, guitar, vocals (1972-1986); Bill Hicks, fiddle, vocals (1972-1981); Clay Buckner, fiddle, vocals (1980- ); Mike Craver, piano, vocals (1973-1986); Bland Simpson, piano, vocals (1986- ); Jack Herrick, bass, horns, vocals (1976- ); and Chris Frank, piano, guitar, accordion, horns, vocals (1987- ). Over the years, they have released numerous albums, gone on U.S. State Department-sponsored tours, collaborated with Sam Shepard on plays and films, and had several successful off-Broadway runs.

From the description of Red Clay Rambers papers, 1970s-1990s [manuscript]. WorldCat record id: 34847464

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creatorOf Red Clay Ramblers. Red Clay Rambers papers, 1970s-1990s [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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associatedWith Emmett, Daniel Decatur, 1815-1904 person
associatedWith Shepard, Sam, 1943- person
associatedWith Simpson, Bland. person
associatedWith Snowden family family
associatedWith Thompson, Tommy, 1937- person
associatedWith Wann, Jim. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
North Carolina
Musical groups
Musical theater
Minstrel shows
African American musicians--Drama

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Active 1970

Active 1990

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