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  • December28th

    Pickin’ at Skyland Resort

    The SunnySide Band performing at Skyland

    2011 has been a busy and fun-filled year for The SunnySide Band, and they can’t believe it is coming to a close.  The Band has done well with CD sales they’re happy to say, they have recooped their expences!  Some of the venues where SunnySide performed during the year were The Peaks of Otter in Bedford, Sherando Lakes, The Old Settlers Museum at Humpback Rocks on The Blue Ridge Parkway, Pippin Hill Winery, and they auditioned at Big Meadows Lodge and Skyland Resort on The Skyline Drive.  The audition was a huge success, and they found a perfect outlet for their old-time tunes and classic country music at The Lodge and The Resort for the summer and fall. 

    The Band is gearing up for another exciting year in 2012, and they hope it will include sharing their music with you.  The SunnySide Band would like to invite you to visit their Book Us page and leave your information.  They would also like to invite you to visit their Home page and their Music page and listen to a few of their favorite selections.  Happy New Year!

  • July27th

    Written by Harry “Mac” McClintock

    Carol Phillips

    Big Rock Candy Mountain is almost ready to be added to Carol Phillips’ (autoharp player with The SunnySide Band) repertoire.  This is another fine old time tune.  Harry “Mac” McClintock, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.) in the early 1900’s, claims authorship of this song.  McClintock, born in Knoxville, TN, ran away from home at age 14, joined a circus and travelled the country.  By 1925 he had a radio show on San Francisco’s KRFC, and he recorded cowboy and labor songs for Victor from 1927-31.  It tells of a bum’s vision of heaven.

    The SunnySide Band invites you to visit their Home page and their Music page and listen to some of the selections from their CD and then visit their Feedback page and leave them a comment.  The Band would also encourage you to visit their Gigs page to see where they will be performing next and come join the fun.  SunnySide would like to Bring the Mountain Sound to Your Ears, so they would encourage you to consider having them play for your next event–just visit their Book Us page and leave your information.

  • July25th

    My Favorite Song

    Carol Phillips 

    Gold Watch and Chain was recorded by The Original Carter Family in Camden, NJ on June 17, 1933, and it was also recorded by The SunnySide Band at BeArcade Music near Harrisonburg on September 4, 2010.        “It is my favorite song on our new CD.”  Carol Phillips

    If you would like to hear more songs by The SunnySide Band, they would encourage you to visit their Home page and their Music page, then visit their Feedback page and leave them a comment.  The Band would also invite you to visit their Gigs page to see where they will be performing next.  If you are considering having a gathering, SunnySide would enjoy Bringing the Mountain Sound to your Ears.  Just visit their Book Us page and leave your information.

  • June30th

    Playing for the Senior Citizens

    The SunnySide Band at the Stone Soup

    The SunnySide Band played for the Young at Heart Club in Unionville, VA today and what a responsive audience.   The music fit right in and so did the band members — they are all senior citizens too.  The Band did an all gospel music set today instead of their usual old time and classic country set.   CD sales went well and bookings are pending.  The Young at Heart members furnished a Salad Luncheon following the music performance.

    The SunnySide Band encourages you to visit their Gigs page to see where they will be performing next and to visit their Feedback page and leave them a comment.  The Band would like to invite you to visit their Home page and their Music page to listen to their style of music.   SunnySide would also like to meet you and play for your next event — just visit their Book Us page and leave your information.

  • May16th

    Ada Blenkhorn & J. Howard Entwisle (1899)

    Back Are You From Dixie

    “Early in Ada Blankhorn’s life, she was given the task of caring for an invalid nephew who always wanted his wheel chair to be pushed ‘down the sunny side of the street.’  His constant repetition of this phrase inspired her to write the gospel ‘Keep On The Sunny Side of Life.’ (Phil Kerr)  “We learned this song from A.P.’s uncle, Laish Carter, who was a music teacher.  We recorded it in 1928 in Camden, NJ.  After we recorded it and started singing it on the radio, we used it as our theme song.  A.P. has a gold record of this song on his tombstone.”  (Mother Maybelle Carter, of The Original Carter Family)

    To those of you who follow my daily blog, you will notice that once again my train has derailed.  I started writing about the events that inspired some of the songs that SunnySide‘s very own Betty Calvert sings  during each one of our performances, and then I jumped off in another direction.  Time to get back on track!  The SunnySide Band took it’s name from this song.  If you would like to hear Betty singing Keep on the Sunny Side, we invite you to visit our Music page and then if you like what you hear, we invite you to purchase one of our CD’s.  The Band would also like to invite you to visit our Feedback page and leave us a comment or two.  If you would like to have The SunnySide Band play for your next event, just visit our Book Us page and fill in the blanks.

  • April4th

    Pickin’ Without Jim and Betty

    Carol Phillips

    Just me and my autoharp visited Hughe’s Nursing Home today and entertained 16 elderly residents.  I went way back in the Roots Music Library and pulled out some songs like You Are My Sunshine, Clementine, Oh, Susannah, I’ve Been Working on the Railroad, and She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain.  The residents really came alive and sang every song with me.  The songs that The SunnySide Band recorded on their CD only go back to the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s.  Much more modern!!

    If you would like to hear some of the songs that The SunnySide Band recorded, we invite you to visit our Home page and our Music page.   While you’re visiting our Music page, we would like to encourage you to purchase one of our  CD’s, then you can listen to our Roots Music, our Classic Country, and our Gospel music whenever you want to.  We also invite you to visit our Gigs page to see where the band will be performing in the near future, and then we invite you to visit our Feedback page to leave us a comment and let us know how we’re doing.

  • March12th

    The Recreation Center

    Are You From Dixie

    Last night The SunnySide Band played at The Recreation Center in Fredericksburg, the home of The World Famous Hot Dog.  The house was packed with happy faces and happy feet enjoyed that Old Time and Classic Country Music.  I’m sure they were enjoying the hot dog’s too.  Betty’s daughter, Catherine joined us and dazzled the crowd with her fancy clogging steps.  She had the crowd standing on their feet.  The band left with happy faces too, my cheeks still hurt from smiling!

    The SunnySide Band invites you to visit our Home page and our Music page to hear what we enjoy doing most.  While you are visiting, we invite you to purchase one of our CD‘s and leave a comment on our Feedback page.

  • March9th

    Music without Jim and Betty

    Carol Phillips

    Today I packed my autoharp in my car and headed out by myself to entertain folks at an assisted living home.  I do this on a regular basis each month, so I’m pretty use to it.  I enjoy seeing the smiles on the faces of the residents when I sing old time mountain music, and I always include gospel music.  Today I included Irish songs — after all next week is St. Patrick’s Day!

    If you would like to hear some of that old time mountain music, I invite you to visit The SunnySide Band’s Home page or the Music page.  We also invite you to purchase one of our CD’s and leave a comment on our Feedback page.

  • March8th

    The Song-Catcher

    Posted in: Music

    The Birth of Royalties

    Are You From Dixie

    In August 1927 The Original Carter Family brought into the studio a collection of gospel music, folk songs, and Victorian parlor ballads, learned from a variety of sources.  Part of Ralph Peer’s strategy was to record songs that were in the public domain, so that they could be copyrighted.  A.P. Carter collected tunes from the mountians and valleys of southwestern Virginia and put his name of every one the family recorded; Peer published them, and the two split the royalties 50-50.

    If you would like to hear some of the songs that A.P. Carter collected, just visit The SunnySide Band’s Home page or our Music page.  We invite you to purchase one of our CD’s or feel free to leave your comment on our Feedback page.

  • March7th

    The Old Time Music Won Hands Down

    Stanardsville

    Back in the mid 70’s I realized that I liked Bluegrass music just a little more than I did country music, and I started going to Bluegrass Festivals.  I soon discovered that I couldn’t be content sitting and listening, I had to participate.  I bought me a 7-28 Martin and started doing what all the other folks were doing that attended festivals — pickin’ in the parking lot.  All the songs I knew were The Original Carter Family tunes or were other tunes from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, but I didn’t know there was a category called “old time music.”  I didn’t find out about this “old time music” or “roots” music as it is also called until about 1994, and now I prefer old time music instead of bluegrass.  Bluegrass definitely has its place and has a cult-like following, but it’s the Old Time Roots music that puts the pep in my step and the enthusiasm in my playing.  I also put down the guitar and picked up the autoharp.

    If you are interested in hearing The SunnySide Band deliver their enthusiasm, visit our Home page or our Music page and give us a listen or purchase our new CD.  We’re looking forward to hearing from you, and feel free to leave your comments on our Feedback page.