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banjer5 - Posted - 08/18/2008:  14:25:37


When I first got into banjo I went to a festival in Louisiana and Hubert Davis was on the talent lineup. He played good banjo in a style of Ralph Stanley. After the show was over and I was trying to get my camper hooked up unsucessfully, he came over and offered his help. That is how bluegrass was at one time. I'll never forget him, a true gentleman.

Fast Freddy the engineer says: Throttle in RUN 8 and highball, then don''t look back, something might be gainin'' on ya. 73,s de K5BGZ

percyfam - Posted - 08/18/2008:  18:08:21


Fred: Was the festival in Walker, La. just outside of Baton Rouge in the mid 70's? Growing up in Baton Rouge my first real taste of bluegrass was at those festivals held at the Old South Jamboree in Walker. Hubert played there a few times with his group "The Seasoned Travelers' which included his wife and daughter. Hubert played with Bill Monroe in the 50's and was the banjo player on the 12/31/54 recording of "Wheel Hoss". He was also the banjo player I believe on the original recording of "Cheyenne" and played that tune often during his sets. He played a great sounding Gibson Bowtie if I recall correctly and was a very nice man and a strong, hard-driving banjo picker.
Coincidentally, at one of the festivals in Walker where I saw Hubert and his group I also saw Alan Shelton playing with the Myers Brothers, Alan Munde playing banjo with Jimmy Martin as well as Sam Bush and Tony Rice with the Bluegrass Aliance. The following year Sam returned with his new group, the Newgrass Revival, with Courtney Johnson, Ebo Walker and Curtis Burch. The year that Newgrass appeared Lonnie Pierce had Garland Shuping and Chuck Nation playing with him in the Bluegrass Alliance.
Those were fun festivals - small but with plenty of great pickers both on and off stage. Thanks for reviving some fond memories.

Hereford Percy



Edited by - percyfam on 08/18/2008 18:09:17

Arthur Hatfield - Posted - 08/18/2008:  18:48:46


Hubert was a great banjo player and a good fellow to go with it. I played a few shows with Hubert and the Seasons Travelers in the late 80's. I was never a member of his band but he played in Bowling Green,Ky. a few weeks in a row on Sunday afternoons at the KOA campground and didnt bring a fiddle player and I filled in for his regular fiddle player at the time, Mack Bennett.

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banjer5 - Posted - 08/18/2008:  20:00:18


Yes, Hereford it was Walker, Louisiana and I have great memories of that time. Yes Alan Munde was with Jimmy Martin and Courtney Johnson was with the Newgrass Revivial. I think I O.D. on bluegrass right there.

Fast Freddy the engineer says: Throttle in RUN 8 and highball, then don''t look back, something might be gainin'' on ya. 73,s de K5BGZ

SandyR - Posted - 08/18/2008:  22:13:58


Always liked Hubert's banjo playing a lot, both with the Season Travelers (still have their good LP) and his classic sides with Bill, and he was friendly. I thought he was pretty solidly in the Scruggs-style tradition, picking-wise.

Glenn Tate - Posted - 08/19/2008:  08:05:18


Fred,

I have some old Hubert Davis albums, and he was one of my early inspirations for playing the banjo. I never got to see him in person, but he was a solid banjo picker. Along the same line, did any of you ever hear of Bob Johnson. It was his "Twelve Shades of Bluegrass" album, that set me on fire to learn the banjo back in the late 60's.

Glenn


lovedembones - Posted - 08/19/2008:  08:53:26


Hubert was one of my all time favorite banjo players and persons.

He taught me a lot about the banjo and was always very kind and patient. His music and his humor has been very much missed for many years.

Hey, Percyfam, I lived in Baton Rouge for a number of years, and thoroughly enjoyed the Myers Brothers each of the few times I got to see them.

Lovedembones

SWGAgirl - Posted - 01/04/2009:  07:33:44


Hubert Davis and the Season Travellers were THE BEST bluegrass group I have ever seen!! I went to college in Nashville in the early 80's and used to go to a place called the Wind in the Willows. That's where I first heard him.........and it became a weekend haunt for my friends and me. Later we followed them to the Bluegrass Inn. In addition to being an awesome musician- he was also hilarious. He knew his audience, and when I'd come in- if he saw me -he'd frequently start playing Fox on the Run (b/c that was my favorite song). He lived in my hometown in Ga for a short time.

I remember his wife Ruby and daughter Shelby Jean and a Dobro player named Gene........and they were all wonderful musicians, They definitely enriched my life, and I will never forget them. Wish they had a CD- I used to have an album- but it is long gone. Anyone know if any Cd's were ever made?

banjostan - Posted - 01/04/2009:  08:41:00


I use'd to work for and live'ed with hubert davis for year's when i was in my early teens. i would collect money and sell cassett tape's at the door. and then i play'ed bass with hubert while shelbyjean was pregnant at the bluegrass inn and i also play'ed bass with them at the cannery on 8th avenue south .he also would show me how to play different lick's on the banjo .when shelby jean was expecting her babies . hubert and ruby where like a mon and dad for me . hubert sold me a banjo with a marty lahanan neck in it..it had his name in the mastertone block. that he sold to me for 25 dollar's a week 'and he also gave me an old chevy station wagon they were real nice everyday people.i can remember people standing in long lines to get in to see him play and i used to play banjo and bass in the bluegrass inn with a group call'ed the misty mt. boy's just think vanderbilt and peabody colleage's around you their were pleanty of people so their was lots of fun but hubert's banjo at the time was a parts banjo with hearts&flowers inlay with fiddle cut peghead sorry to ramble on but hubert was good to me. by the way we are here 5 night's a week tuesday.... wendsday...thursday...friday...and saturday night....


Edited by - banjostan on 01/04/2009 12:20:08

george t kelly - Posted - 01/04/2009:  09:50:18


In 1951-1952 Hubert play banjo with Hack Johnson and TheTennessean's. As good as any band you hear today.Radio station wptf in Raleigh n c called it the farm hour show. Hubert lived in the Danville VA area . Hubert did not show up to play every day. Hack would get young Alan Shelton to fill in. Shelton replaced Davis and later on moved to Nashville .

SWGAgirl - Posted - 01/04/2009:  10:44:47


banjostan- What years did you play bass for Hubert? That's right!!!!!!!...............he'd say Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.................SATURDAY NIGHT............eeeeervey week that rolls around...................right here at the Bluegrass Inn......... and then they'd play the Martha White song.

I remember seeing that banjo with the hearts in it. (I was one of those Vandy students you spoke of. :)

Hubert and Ruby were jewels to be sure. Hearing them play so many times was a gift I'll treasure always. Glad to have found this thread. It's fun remembering this.

banjostan - Posted - 01/04/2009:  12:17:53


I want to say around 1980 or 81 the first time. maybe 83 the 2nd time. do you remember mike ..shelby's husband we are great freinds he played mandolin and also do you remember steve the policeman who sat at the door also. i remember sitting their for hours recording cassett tape's from lp's and making lables do you remember the joke could you us we could here you?

Ebanjo - Posted - 01/04/2009:  17:41:00


I never knew Hubert, but heard him play. I knew his brother Pee Wee and his son Jeff. Hubert sounded more like Earl Scruggs than he did
Ralph Stanley to my ears.
Eric Ellis

myfavefive - Posted - 01/04/2009:  17:43:46


I saw him first in the early 80s in Nashville and the Season Travelers were playing good straight ahead bluegrass and his banjo playing was textbook.

BTW, Mike Compton used to play mandolin with the band some years before that

Tom

SWGAgirl - Posted - 01/04/2009:  18:12:23


Well -I went to Wind in the Willows and then Bluegrass Inn from 1979-1983 so I'm sure I saw YOU play then, banjostan! Small world. I do remember Mike the mandolin player and Steve the policeman at the door- (but not by name- tried to keep out of trouble ya know!)

Yes I remember that joke..........and I loved how Hubert and Ruby would sing Honky Tonk Angels- and she'd have that reply to him. I loved all of Hubert's funny faces and antics................but mainly I loved how talented every one of the musicians in the band was............and how EASY they made it look when it's NOT! I could listen for hours- it was pure joy.

Wish I could get my hands on an album or cassette- I think the name of the album was Harvest.

clio - Posted - 05/29/2009:  06:53:36


Yank my doodle, it's a dandy.

Charley wild - Posted - 05/29/2009:  15:18:17


I saw Hubert and his band in Nashville in the mid-70's. It was a bar down on Broadway somewhere. One night I was the entire audience! True! I asked him if I could set up a still camera on a back table and shoot some black and white. He was okay with it. I sat right in front of the stage and had the to band to myself. His wife was playing guitar and his daughter was on bass. They had a young fiddler who sounded a lot like Kenny Baker. And a dobro player who'd name I've forgotten. I'd chat with them on breaks. They were true professionals! They played their sets just like it was a full house. They played all my requests. It was great! He played a lot like Earl as I recall. I still have those photos. It's a great memory.

"Marriage is somtimes a temporary thing but a good divorce can last forever"
Oscar Wilde

SandyR - Posted - 05/29/2009:  17:09:10


Fiddler: James Bryan? Dobro player: Gene Bush? Just some wild guesses. Any chance you could post the black-and-whites for us?

Charley wild - Posted - 05/29/2009:  17:56:22


quote:
Originally posted by Sandy Rothman

Fiddler: James Bryan? Dobro player: Gene Bush? Just some wild guesses. Any chance you could post the black-and-whites for us?




Sandy, James Bryan is correct! I'd forgotten. Didn't he play for Bill after this time? This was about '74 to '76. I don't recall the dobro players's name, it might have been Gene Bush. We chatted and found out that we had a mutual friend who lived about a mile from me back in Michigan. They had gone to school together. I'll PM you about the photos.

"Marriage is somtimes a temporary thing but a good divorce can last forever"
Oscar Wilde

GeeKay - Posted - 08/11/2009:  09:02:29


Just happened to run across this (gotta love the internet!).
I used to see them too! I still have a vinyl album - probably in good shape. Maybe I can get a cd made for someone if that's legal (if there aren't any available?)
Hubert was awesome. Recognized me and my girl (at the time). When I told him I was moving away, he told me I'd never get anywhere, if I kept moving. He turned out to be right in my case. No one mentioned their awesome harp player! He wore a custom made ammo belt lookin thing for all his harps, and often played 2 at a time!
- G

Later!

- G

The Old Timer - Posted - 08/11/2009:  09:36:24


I was lucky enough to write a bio article on Mike Compton for Bluegrass Unlimited many years ago. Mike gave Hubert huge props as a teacher, band leader and Scruggs-style banjo picker, saying the repertoire was highly into Flatt & Scruggs numbers. He said Hubert was the closest to Earl he ever heard.

Hubert was the banjo picker on Monroe's original Wheel Hoss, Dec. 31, 1954. Same session produced Cheyenne, Roanoke and You'll Find Her Name Written There. Not a bad day's work of banjo pickin'!, especially if you only get one session as a Blue Grass Boy.

The Old Timer.
"Early Cuyler plays Gibson guitars."

mike gregory - Posted - 08/11/2009:  19:21:14


Well, darn! Went to Youtube, to see if there were any old film clips.
Turns out that there's some bucketball player, and some Academy Award nominee, but no banjo player.

jaderhold - Posted - 08/11/2009:  19:39:32


Hubert was a great player. He and his wife, daughter, and James Bryan made some really good music. Used to hear them at the old Shoal Creek Music Park, in Lavonia, Georgia in the early to mid 70's.
He had Earl's stuff down, and had quite entertaining stage manners. I have often wondered whatever happened to his banjo. As far as I know it was an old flat head.

ghassell - Posted - 08/12/2009:  12:40:42


GeeKay, that harp player was a hoot. He would blow the Orange Blossom Special and his whole body would shake. The crowd would go nuts... I grew up in Nashville and frequently saw Hubert at Wind in the Willows and the Bluegrass Inn. After I moved away, I always returned to see them. The last time, Hubert and band were playing down on 2nd Ave. He appeared to be quite ill and died not too long afterward. But even then he visited with me and said he appreciated me coming out. Great guy. I was thinking of him last week. For no real reason, I could hear plainly in my memory: 'Buns! My wife has the best buns! And do you know how come she has the best buns? Because she uses only Martha White Flour." And off they would go... Great, great times.

richardbailey - Posted - 08/12/2009:  21:34:25


Hubert, Ruby, and Shelby Jean took me(and countless others) under their wing after I moved to Nashville. They were a great family, he was a great banjo player. When he was too sick to play toward the end of his life, myself and Greg Davis filled in for him at the Bluegrass Inn. Between the sets I'd go in the back room and sit with him and he'd quiz me on why I'd play certain breaks the way I did( I wouldn't use a capo in the key of C). I was in the band that played at Ruby's funeral.
They were the real deal in every way. I miss them.
Richard Bailey

GeeKay - Posted - 08/12/2009:  21:42:14


ghassell: Thanks for the nice update/words. I think I'm getting misty. I must dig out that album tonight! About when did Hubert pass?
Now I'm REALLY gonna test the internet: The girl I always went with (to the Blugrass Inn) was Jill Corbin from Murfreesboro. Anyone know her?

Later!

- G

ghassell - Posted - 08/14/2009:  18:53:19


On my home office I have an autographed and framed copy of the Harvest LP cover. Mike Compton is one of the signatures, along with Hubert, Ruby and Shelby, Greg Kennedy and Richard Hoffman.

I loved Hubert and he is a big reason why I love bluegrass and play the banjo today. About four years ago, I wrote a magazine article about why I play the banjo, and I traced a line back to Hubert:

"As a teenager in Nashville, my favorite nightclub in those years of Disco Hell didn't have a mirror ball hanging from the ceiling. It had an old banjo player named Hubert Davis, whose band kept a musical tradition alive in the age of double-knit polyester."

Did anyone else stand up and put their hand over their heart when Hubert played Dixie?

And welcome on here Richard Bailey. Love the picking with the Steeldrivers. Come on down here to Houston sometime, please.

tincup - Posted - 09/07/2009:  10:42:40


Wow, thanks for the great memories, folks!! I was going my record collection and came across my HDAST albums, and immediately reeled back to the day. Thought I'd check on-line and found this post.

I followed them for years through the early 70's and early 80's at the Bluegrass Inn, and Wind in the Willows, when they went on their world tour.... Pretty much the years Richard Hoffman, Gene Bush, and Mike Compton played with them. - What great times! -

Hubert Died on May 4th, 1992, and was buried at the Spring Hill Cemetery, in Nashville, TN. - A very sad day.

I believe the holstered Harp player was Waylon Wood... Man, he was red hot!

Stand and cover my heart when they played Dixie? - Heck yeah!! (Still do.)

A couple of my favorite Hubertisms were when he would identify an out of town visitor and welcome them to the United States... Or recognize a regular (guy) in the audience, and tell every one he has a different wife every time he comes in here." He used the same lines for years, but could always pull it off.

Good times, indeed!





Edited by - tincup on 09/07/2009 10:55:13

tincup - Posted - 09/07/2009:  10:56:53


Anyone remember Mike Compton's glass eye gag?

banjodr - Posted - 09/08/2009:  15:59:36


Ah the Wind and the Willows and the Bluegrass Inn now those were the days. Hubert Davis and the Seasoned Travelers were the best

Stay Tuned! gDGBD

thumpic2003 - Posted - 09/09/2009:  09:04:06


I used to play with a man named Avery Hester, he talked about Hubert Davis a lot, i think he may have played with him some, Does anyone remember Avery, he was a guitar picker and sounded a lot like Lester Flatt.

555Glenn - Posted - 09/09/2009:  09:06:59


Yes I remember him. He had a club in Nashville called The Bluegrass In. I played the old one and the new one. He was a great guy and I went to his furnerial.


Check Out www.TheBluegrassAcademy.com


555Glenn - Posted - 09/09/2009:  09:07:00


Yes I remember him. He had a club in Nashville called The Bluegrass In. I played the old one and the new one. He was a great guy and I went to his furnerial.


Check Out www.TheBluegrassAcademy.com


jbalch - Posted - 09/09/2009:  09:20:33


I only saw Hubert a few times. I remember really enjoying his playing and show. He made a big impact on bluegrass fans here in Middle Tennessee.

Way back in the late 1970s, I played a gig at University of the South (Sewanee). A couple of us in that band would swap back-and-forth playing banjo. It did not matter who was playing banjo...the (very intoxicated) crowd constantly yelled: "HUBERT...HUBERT...play Fox on the Run...HUBERT" We really confused them when we switched instruments...they would then yell: "HUBERT, HUBERT...where did you go... HUBERT...OH there you are..play Fox on The Run HUBERT" We both took it as a great complement!


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bftownes - Posted - 03/16/2010:  19:19:55


Hey! I was the bartender at the Wind in the Willows! I know this is an old thread but had to comment.

I was introduced to Hubert and Rubie while a student at David Lipscomb College. Went there every Thursday night after Business Law. A few years after graduating I decided I no longer wanted to be an accountant and became a pseudo-biker. Had a great time at the Wind in the Willows. Met Uncle Josh Graves.

My favorite memories are of Richard Hoffman on the fiddle.

Any one have any info on Richard Hoffman, Shelby Jean, Gene Bush or Mike Compton?

I also took fiddle lessons from a Japanese guy named Shige (Sheegay). I think his whole name was Noburo Morishege.

quote:
Originally posted by ghassell

On my home office I have an autographed and framed copy of the Harvest LP cover. Mike Compton is one of the signatures, along with Hubert, Ruby and Shelby, Greg Kennedy and Richard Hoffman.

I loved Hubert and he is a big reason why I love bluegrass and play the banjo today. About four years ago, I wrote a magazine article about why I play the banjo, and I traced a line back to Hubert:

"As a teenager in Nashville, my favorite nightclub in those years of Disco Hell didn't have a mirror ball hanging from the ceiling. It had an old banjo player named Hubert Davis, whose band kept a musical tradition alive in the age of double-knit polyester."

Did anyone else stand up and put their hand over their heart when Hubert played Dixie?

And welcome on here Richard Bailey. Love the picking with the Steeldrivers. Come on down here to Houston sometime, please.



banjostan - Posted - 03/16/2010:  19:38:39


hubert told me one day while i was playing his banjo it was a parts banjo



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