The WBT Briarhopper Book is in 72 colleges worldwide!

Based on the University of Florida database, the WBT Briarhopper book is now available at 72 college libraries for a new generation of old-time/Americana/bluegrass music lovers! Here are a few of the colleges: Univ of FL; Univ of Alabama; Univ of California; American Univ; George Washington Univ; Univ of Georgia; Univ of Chicago; Notre Dame; Berea College; Harvard; Appalachian State; Duke; UNC-Chapel Hill; UNC-Greensboro; UNC-Charlotte; Colombia Univ; Fordham Univ; Canegie Mellon; Brigham Young; University of Toronto; British Library in UK; Bayerische Staatbibliothek-Germany.

The Warlicks knew that the book would be more of a scholarly book with meager sales than a hot-selling tell-all book. Even though this represents only 72 books, consider the possible population who now has access to the WBT Briarhoppers' history! That is too cool.

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The Legendary Briarhoppers!

In 1934, a potential advertiser called WBT's Charles Crutchfield to ask if the station had a hillbilly band to help advertise its products. Telling a fib, Crutch said "Yes," which led to the birth of the Briarhoppers. The name comes from WBT announcer Bill Bivens who, during a hunting trip with Crutch, was startled by a rabbit jumping out of a thicket, and Bill yelled, "Look at that briarhopper!" At that moment, Crutch found the name for his hillbilly band.

The original band members were Johnny McAllister, Big Bill Davis, Don White, Thorpe Westerfield, Clarence Etters, and Jane Bartlett. The last original 1934 Briarhopper, Don White, died in 2003. Billie Burton Daniel, who joined the group in 1936, is happy and well in Wilmington, NC. Since that time, The Briarhoppers' fans are/were Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs (who filled in on banjo a few times), Curly Seckler, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and many other entertainment stars.

In keeping with the tradition, the band kept going through the years by adding new musicians to those who left the station or who died. Today, Alana Flowers and Tom Warlick head the band with their stage show including the old Briarhopper songs, new songs, and the original scripted commercials of Peruna, Kolor-Bak, Zymole Trokeys, and Radio Girl Perfume! Enjoy this site and learn about the Briarhoppers' storied past and the bright future that is ahead. Don't turn that dial...Hit's Briarhopper Time!