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  • January19th

    January 23, 2013

    Dinah's Christmas Party (5)

    The SunnySide Band has been invited back to entertain the Young at Heart Senior Club on January 23, at 10:30am.  The Young at Heart Club meets in the East Orange Ruritan Building at the intersection of Route 20 and Route 522 in Orange, Va, and everyone over 55 is invited.  There will be a soup and chili lunch provided after the performance.  The SunnySide Band will recreate the sing-along songs of the 1800’s as well as the songs of The Original Carter Family who recorded from 1927 to 1941 with just an acoustic guitar, autoharp and upright bass.  The Band plans to get some toes a’tappin’!

    The SunnySide Band would encourage you to visit their Music page and listen to a few of their favorite selections and then visit their Gigs page to see where they will be performing next.  They just may be in your area next!

  • January7th

    Dinah Ansley’s Afton Mountain Home

    The SunnySide Band in Waynesboro, VA

    A Grand Time was had by all at the Breaking Up Christmas Gathering at Dinah Ansley’s lovely Afton Mountain Home yesterday.  There were Dulcimer pluckers, Banjo pluckers, acoustic guitar pluckers, autoharp pluckers and up-right bass pluckers all in a big huddle just enjoying making old-time mountain music.  I almost forgot — there was some “flat-footin’” going on too!  Can’t wait for the next get-to-gather.

    The SunnySide Band would like to invite you to visit their Music page and listen to a few of their favorite selections, then visit their Gigs page to see where they will be performing next.  If you are planning an event, The Band would encourage you to have them come and share their energetic music with your guests — just visit our Book Us page!

  • June5th

    We Hit a Deer on the Way

    The SunnySide Band performing at Skyland

    Betty Calvert, the upright bass player and Carol Phillips, the autoharp player with The SunnySide Band left Carol’s house about 5:45pm on the way to Big Meadows Lodge New Market Taproom and got about 10 miles up the road when a deer jumped right in front of their pick-up truck.  The impact took out the whole front of the truck and needless to say didn’t do anything good for the poor deer.  She died a few minutes later.  After filing an accident report, Betty and Carol went back home, unloaded all the sound system from the pick-up and put it back into Betty’s car and headed for the mountains again.  They arrived at 8:45pm, set up and started playing at 9pm, right on time.  What a night!

  • April12th

    Friday, April 13, 2012

    SunnySide Band

    Jim Lilly, the acoustic guitar picker with The SunnySide Band either has the flu or Lyme disease.  The doctor is not sure which, so he gave him three weeks of penicillin to be on the safe side.  He ate some soup today and kept it down, and his temperature is down to 100.  Needless to say, he does NOT feel up to driving two hours over to Fredericksburg, stand and play three hours, and then drive back two hours to Elkton.  Betty Calvert, upright bass player with The SunnySide Band just had a Root Canal this morning, need I say more!!  The Band is going to cancel their Friday night performance at The Recreation Center, 213 William Street, Fredericksburg.  Sorry!  May will be a better month!!

  • June6th

    Stephen C. Foster / 1855

    Jim Lilly

    This old time tune was written by Stephen Foster and published in 1855.  Apparently, it was based partly on fragments he heard from the family housekeeper, Olivia Pise, who learned it in the black church where she worshipped.  Although it was not one of Foster’s more successful compositions, it was, in fact, one of his favorites.  In his last days he could often be found singing Hard Times Come Again No More.

    Jim Lilly, the acoustic guitar player with The SunnySide Band is only slightly improved today — he’s got a long way to go.  He is talking about skipping Friday night at The Recreation Center in Fredericksburg, so he can make The Peaks of Otter Gig on Saturday night down in Bedford, VA.  Betty Calvert, the upright bass player and Carol Phillips, the autoharp player will really need to do some fancy foot-work as well as hand-work to pull this off.  An upright bass and an autoharp — wonder what that will sound like??  To be on the safe side,  SunnySide would encourage you to visit their Gigs page to make sure they don’t have to cancel out on Friday night.

  • May30th

    How did he get across?

    Carol Phillips Autoharp

    Well, Jim Lilly, acoustic guitar player with The SunnySide Band decided, and rightly so, that The Band needed to add some instrumentals to their repertoire.  He felt that old Bonaparte needed to get to the other side of the Rhine.  It seems that Betty Calvert, the upright bass player, who had been “Moonlighting” with the Afton Amblers in Waynesboro all ready knew old Bonaparte well–that just left me, Carol Phillips, the autoharp player to walk the plank.  Jim is such a sweetie!  He recorded Bonaparte’s Crossing, and I’ve been rowing all day.  Now we’re on the other side and it’s smooth sailing from now on.

    If you want to hear Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine, you will need to come to the next performance of The SunnySide Band, just visit our Gigs page to check out where that might be.  SunnySide would also like to invite you to visit their Music page and listen to some of their most favorite old time tunes, and then visit their Feedback page and leave them a comment (like our dear friend and fan Michael Upchurch did).  We appreciate the comments, that let’s us know that there’s somebody out there.  The SunnySide Band is a fun-loving, music-loving group, and they would like to play for your next fun-filled party, just visit our Book Us page and leave your information.  We’ll be knocking on your door!

  • May26th

    A. P. Carter / 1929

    Betty Calvert

    One of the most popular lost and unrequited love songs of all time, this song entered country music tradition in 1929 when it was recorded and made famous by The Original Carter Family.  The tune is practically the same as a number of later songs, including “Great Speckled Bird,” “Wild Side of Life,” and “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.”  — Dorothy Horstman

    Betty Calvert, the upright bass player with The SunnySide Band, does a super job of singing this old time tune, and Carol Phillips, the autoharp player sings harmony with her.  SunnySide would like to invite you to listen to some of their other old time tunes, and you can do this by visiting their Music page.  The Band would like for you to visit their Feedback page and leave them a comment about their songs and the Website.  The SunnySide Band loves parties and food, so they would encourage you to have them play for your next big event.  It’s easy to do, just visit their Book Us page and leave your information.

  • May12th

    A Harlan Howard song / 1959

    Jim Lilly's Guitar

    “I was in the Army as a paratrooper for three years.  Everything was done by the numbers.  We even ran by the numbers and had to count cadence.  Back when I wrote this song, I was writing 8 or 10 songs at a time.  I had used several terms and expressions that are used almost exclusively in the service.  I was really just fooling around with words and seeing if I could take this Army expression and put it into a love song.  That’s the game songwriters play.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it don’t.  In this case it did.”  Harlan Howard

    Heartaches by the Number is another classic country song that Betty Calvert, upright bass player with The SunnySide Band, likes to performThe Band would like to invite you to visit their Home page and their Music page to listen to some of their other favorite songs, then they would encourage you to visit their Feedback page and leave them a comment.  SunnySide would like to play for your next event, so just visit their Contact page and fill in the blanks.

  • May11th

    Faded Love

    Posted in: Music

    Song written by John and Bob Wills in 1950

    Carol Phillips' Grandfather's fiddle

    Here is the inspiration for another classic country song that Betty Calvert, the upright bass player with The SunnySide Band, gets alot of requests to sing.  “I came from a family of fiddlers, and this song was originally an old fiddle tune that had been in the family for years.  My father John Wills taught me the tune, and it was just a matter of putting words to it.  My younger brother Billy Jack helped me with the words.”  Bob Wills

    The SunnySide Band almost always includes this song in their performance, if you would like to hear Betty sing it, just visit their Gigs page to see where they will be performing next and come join us.  The Band invites you to visit their Home page and their Music page to hear them sing some of their other favorite tunes.  The SunnySide Band would also like to encourage you to visit their Feedback page and leave them a comment, and then consider having them play for your next event.  Just visit their Contact page and fill in the blanks.

  • May10th

    A Grandpa Jones Song

    Are You From Dixie 

    I think it is interesting to know what inspires someone to write a song, and this blog is about the birth of Eight More Miles to Louisville, another one of The SunnySide Band’s upright bass player, Betty Calvert’s most requested songs.  Grandpa Jones said, “I wrote this song back around 1941.  At that time Alton and Rabon Delmore had recorded a song entitled ‘Fifteen Miles from Birmingham.’  There is no similarity between the two songs, of course, but that’s where I got the idea.”

    The SunnySide Band recorded this song on their CD, and they invite you to visit their Music page and give the song a listen.  The Band also invites you to visit their Gigs page to see where they will be performing next and then visit their Feedback page and let them know what you think.  The SunnySide Band would like to share their music with you and play for your next event–just visit their Contact page and fill in the blanks.