Homer Drye, aka Homer A. Briarhopper, will be posthumously inducted into the Carolinas Country/Bluegrass/Gospel Hall of Fame later in 2008. The Hall of Fame is currently sited at the Mineral Springs Music Barn, Mineral Springs, NC. Homer started out in the music business in 1936 when he joined the Original WBT Briarhoppers. In 1940/1941, Homer went to Raleigh and started a musical legacy and cemented his position as a consummate entertainer. We will have more data on his induction as the date nears. Congrats to the Drye family, which includes his son Tim (who played drums in his dad's band and who supplied this picture), nephew and musician Larry Mangum, and Homer's sister, Kate Mangum (who taught Randy Travis how to play the gee-tar). An amazing family indeed!
Three people are still thankfully around from Homer's BHopper days: Billie Burton Daniel (Little Billie Briarhopper); Martin Schopp (Tex Martin who also played with the Tennessee Ramblers); and Newell Hathcock (who briefly played fiddle for the BHoppers before following Homer to Raleigh). Fiddlin' Dwight Briarhopper Moody had the pleasure of being in Homer A. Briarhopper's band for many years and had the pleasure to record him on Lamon Records in the 1960s, much of which you can read about in Dwight's book.