‘Cowboy Jubilee’ radio show gets a live, extended play Sunday
As he does every week, host Bill McCallie will head West with his “Cowboy Jubilee” radio show Sunday, Nov. 20.
But this outing is a little different. This week, instead of spinning discs and telling campfire stories from the WSMC-FM 90.5 studios, McCallie and his musical guests will be onstage at Hullander Farm playing to a live audience.
“Again this year, as in years past, Fletcher Bright and all his Dismembered Tennesseans will be there, including DT emeritus Ansley ‘Wabash Cannonball’ Moses,” McCallie says.
Other special guests are Roy Curry, a threetime national flatpicking champion, fiddler Meredith Goins and Bernard Tate, who’ll be “playing percussion after recently returning from a whirlwind tour through the Southern states,” McCallie says.
Guest vocalists this year will include James McGrew and Patrick Kelley on loan from the Possum Hunters Band.
McCallie will take the stage with his band, In Cahoots, featuring Mike Harris and Mike Parham.
McCallie says this is the 23rd year for the live show, which started just after his first year of broadcasting “Cowboy Jubilee.” The live show will be distilled into an hour of highlights for broadcast on WSMC sometime in December, McCallie says. Sunday’s radio broadcast will be a classic from 2010.
For most of its history, the “Cowboy Jubilee” live show emanated from the stage of Ackerman Auditorium at Southern Adventist University, where WSMC is based.
But the 250-seat venue had experienced standing- room- only growing pains for several years. So in 2015, the show moved to nearby Hullander Farm in Apison, a rustic venue that not only suits the show’s Western underpinnings but can accommodate closer to 400 guests.
An admission donation of $5 is requested for the Hunter Worley Foundation, which provides financial support, counseling and immediate funeral needs to families who have lost a child.
“Plus any additional donation is most appreciated,” McCallie says. “Last year, we raised a little over $900, and our goal this year is $1,500.”
A reception will follow in the lobby, with cider, pear preserves and the famously enormous “cathead” biscuits.