‘Cow­boy Ju­bilee’ ra­dio show gets a live, ex­tended play Sun­day

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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.

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