Matthews 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Bluegrass Fest!

The WBT Briarhoppers won't be there, but Tom Briarhopper and the Clover Feed & Seed Band will be performing at the Matthews 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Bluegrass Fest at Stumptown Park in Matthews, NC, on Saturday, November 7, 2009, beginning at 11AM. Celebrating its 10th year, Clover Feed & Seed is recognized by the Charlotte Observer and the Herald of Rock Hill as one of the main groups who brought bluegrass music back to the Metrolina area. Through their work, there are many jam sessions in the Mecklenburg/York County region and international music stars know this region due to CF&S.

I think Dwight Briarhopper will be there playing with a few bands and maybe we can get him and Trent on stage with CF&S! Come on out and see if that happens!

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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!