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On The Air

by The Shivers

On the air, a complete radio 'broadcast', is one part early country music, one part bluegrass and one part vaudeville, as the shivers bring homespun musical comedy back to stage and radio audiences.
Genre: Country: Old-Timey
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1. Intro and Theme: Are You From Dixie?
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2. Smartness
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3. Brown's Ferry Blues
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4. Cannonball Blues
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5. Eight More Miles to Louisville
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6. Bluebirds are Singing
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7. Aunt Flory and the Aliens
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8. Shady Grove
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9. A Word From Our Sponsor
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10. Foggy Mountain Top
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11. County Fair
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12. Crow Black Chicken
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13. Peach Picking Time in Georgia
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14. Out and Theme
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THE SHIVERS -- Old Time Country Music
and Comedy
"And now for something completely different." One part early country music, one part Bluegrass and one part vaudeville, the Shivers are George Burns and Gracie Allen gone country. But not the country of today, rather they have gone back to a time when the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, the Delmore Brothers and Charlie Poole trod the boards with Will Rodgers and Uncle Dave Macon and comedy was a big part of the show.
The Shivers bring variety musical comedy back to the stage. Those folks who can remember Jack Benny and Fred Allen, The Bickersons and Abbott and Costello, and, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, will recognize it at once. But the genuine humanness of this old fashioned comedy has a broader appeal, and reaches younger audiences as well.
The Shivers
Chance is veteran performer whose voice and guitar have traveled the many roads of roots music, beginning with and now returning to the Bluegrass and Old Time music of his family from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Susette brings her love of Carter-style singing and vocal harmonies from her church choir experience, in addition to her autoharp and banjo styles, to the Shiver's music, recreating an authentic old time sound.
On the Air -- Old Time Country Music and Comedy Radio Hour
On The Air is a complete radio program, from the moment the announcer says, "Good evening ladies and gentlemen," to the closing moments of the theme song, "Are You From Dixie". Set in "Honeyville, the little village that time forgot," the commercials, sketches, and songs introduce the audience to the imaginary family and townsfolk, and the comedy and music of their lives.

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Joe Hickerson

“Chance and Susette Shiver, have issued a new CD, THE SHIVERS ON THE AIR, and I
Chance and Susette Shiver, have issued a new CD, THE SHIVERS ON THE AIR, and I am happy to declaim: IT IS GREAT! But, what is it? Is it a neat selection of well-performed old-time country songs? It is indeed that. Or is it a delightfully funny old-time radio program? It is certainly that too. Well, to tell the truth, it is both!

Chance and Susette have joined together with fellow musicians Scottie Giambusso, Robert Spates, and Robbie Robinson, radio announcer Michael Scanlan, and producer/engineer Bob Hitchcock to record a well-paced, old-time rural radio program complete with mock commercials, hilarious dialogues, and great songs, with appropriate live audience responses. The selection and performances are all good. My current favorites are "Cannonball Blues" (great guitar work and play), "Crow Black Chicken" (makes me hungry), the story of Aunt Flory's abduction by aliens (they returned her to earth after she cooked them a meal), and the commercial about the wind-up vacuum cleaner, the Honeyville Hummer ("It really sucks!"). And Susette's vocal on "Foggy Mountain Top" reminds me very much of one of the Kossoy Sisters (but I can't tell which one).

All in all, and in a word: "It's Great Music and Great Fun!" and "Don't Miss It If You Can!"

Joe Hickerson, retired Head of the Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture.
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