The WBT Briarhoppers at the Darin and Brooke Aldridge Fest in Cherryville on 4/14/12!

Thanks to Erin Flowers, we have this picture of the WBT Briarhoppers at the Darin and Brooke Aldridge Festival in Cherryville, NC!  With a two-set performance, we were able to include commercials for Kolor-Bak, Peruna, and Radio Girl Perfume.  We were proud and happy to have Donnie Little on stage with us, especially when we performed (for the first time in over 70 years within the Briarhoppers) "Take Me In Your Lifeboat," plus all of the other songs and lead guitar he did!  We had a great time and thanks to the Aldridges for the opportunity and thanks to the many fans who came up after our gig to talk about the old times and the new times to come!

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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!