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Bluegrass Jamborees with the Tall Timber Boys
Fast pickin', bad jokes, and fiddlin' women

Courtesy of Phil Williams, we have a series of live "Bluegrass Jamborees" with the Tall Timber Boys (and one "gal type fiddle player") broadcast Thursday nights during the Spring and Summer of 1968. For any of you missing fingers, that's 48 years ago. There are more than the usual number of typos in the 1968 program guides making it sometimes difficult to figure out when these programs were aired. But we do know who the performers are: Paul Wiley, banjo; Vivian Williams, fiddle; Phil Williams, mandolin; Barney Munger, bass; Loren Wohlgemuth, guitar; and Chuck Green, announcer.

The Tall Timber Boys on KOMO

In the 1970's Phil Williams did an "old timey" music show with John Burke, on occasion substituted for Tiny Freeman, produced a series of programs with Darrel McMichael of Seattle Folklore Society concerts, regularly brought the Tall Timber String Band up to KRAB for fund raising marathons, and was eventually sentenced to a couple of terms on the Jack Straw Board of Directors.

Tall Timber String Band in KRAB Music Studio

The above photo was found in the Jan 1975 program guide. Taken in the KRAB Fire House music studio, it may be on the occasion of KRAB's 12th Anniversary, Dec 13, 1974, when Phil Andrus assembled a number of musicians who had previously performed on KRAB. With the assistane of Vivian Williams, Phil Andrus and Hank Bradley the following have been identified in the photo (left to right) Rich Levine, guitar; Nancy Schenk Kalionze, bass; Phil Williams, with a fiddle; Barbara Lamb, fiddle; Hank Bradley, banjo; Vivian Williams, piano; Frank Ferrel, fiddle; and Jody Stecher, mandolin(?). If this was recorded, we have not found the tape.

For Phil Williams's personal account of Northwest bluegrass history, see the Voyager Records web site.

If these kinds of music interest you, please also see these other pages

Bluegrass - The Penultimate KRABgrass Apr 7, 1984 - a memorial to Tiny Freeman

Bluegrass to KRABgrass - American Traditional

KRABgrass with Dennis Flannigan

The Folk Show with Phil Andrus


May 30, 1968 - The Tall Timber Boys - Recorded live in Phil and Vivian's basement for KRAB

How Mountain Girls Can Love, Love Come Home, Sun's Gonna Shine, Big Sandy River, When the Bluebird's Sing Again, Lord Have Mercy, Salt Creek, Katie Daly, Someday We'll Meet Again

Listen now Listen Now - Tall Timber Boys recorded live for KRAB - KRAB May 30, 1968 (29:55)

Recording courtesy of Phil Williams, PW0002 (CD)


Jun 13, 1968 - The Tall Timber Boys - Recorded live in Phil and Vivian's basement for KRAB

The Tall Timber Boys in live concert at KRAB, playing blue grass and mountain music

As always, opens with Foggy Mountain Breakdown. This month closes with a couple of bonus numbers. Hey Phil, are these from the Weiser, Idaho National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest?

Listen now Listen Now - Tall Timber Boys recorded live for KRAB - KRAB Jun 13, 1968 (37:26)

Recording courtesy of Phil Williams, PW0002 (CD)


Jun 27, 1968 - The Tall Timber Boys - Recorded live in Phil and Vivian's basement for KRAB

The Tall Timber Boys - bluegrass Real treat tonight, Adam Otis playing the bluegrass harmonica, and Chuck Greene singing Truck Drivin' Man.

Tonight something is in the water: Adam Otis, back from the Peace Corps, joins in on a bluegrass harmonica, and Charlie Greene sings a couple of numbers.

Listen Now - Tall Timber Boys recorded live for KRAB - KRAB Jun 27, 1968 (31:06)

Recording courtesy of Phil Williams, PW0003 (CD)


Jul 11, 1968 - The Tall Timber Boys - Recorded live in Phil and Vivian's basement for KRAB

THE TALL TIMBER BOYS, the local bluegrass band that comes in live and takes over the station with banjo, guitars and enthusiasm

Listen Now - Tall Timber Boys recorded live for KRAB - KRAB Jul 11, 1968 (31:53)

Recording courtesy of Phil Williams, PW0003 (CD)


Jul 25, 1968 - The Tall Timber Boys - Recorded live in Phil and Vivian's basement for KRAB

THE TALL TIMBER BOYS. Vivian Williams playing violin, Phil Williams, mandolin, Barnie Munger, bass. Paul Wiley, 5-string banjo, Loren Wohlgemuth, guitar and Charlie Greene, MC.

Listen Now - Tall Timber Boys recorded live for KRAB - KRAB Jul 25, 1968 (30:38)

Recording courtesy of Phil Williams, PW0001 (CD)


Aug 8, 1968 - The Tall Timber Boys - Recorded live in Phil and Vivian's basement for KRAB

THE TALL TIMBER BOYS SHOW, A Bluegrass Jamboree. This week playing Uncle Penn, Footprints in the Snow, Cotton-Eyed Joe, Columbus Stockade Blues, Lee's March, Just Because and others including their Flatt and Scruggs theme, Foggy Mountain Breakdown. A local group in concert.

Listen Now - Tall Timber Boys recorded live for KRAB - KRAB Aug 8, 1968 (31:42)

Recording courtesy of Phil Williams, PW0001 (CD)


Sep 19, 1968 - The Tall Timber Boys - Recorded live in Phil and Vivian's basement for KRAB

Barefoot Nelly, Missing Someone, Dooley, No Longer a Sweetheart of Mine, Old Joe Clark, Footprints in the Snow, Shenandoah Valley, Don't the Road Look Rough and Rocky, Little White Washed Chimney, Salty Dog Blues

Listen Now - Tall Timber Boys recorded live for KRAB - KRAB Sep 19, 1968 (31:43)

Recording courtesy of Phil Williams, PW0004 (CD)


Oct 3, 1968 - The Tall Timber Boys - Recorded live in Phil and Vivian's basement for KRAB

THE TALL TIMBER BOYS. The local bluegrass group performs.

Listen Now - Tall Timber Boys recorded live for KRAB - KRAB Oct 3, 1968 (31:01)

Recording courtesy of Phil Williams, PW0004 (CD)


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