Debut: The Drovers release WCCP radio show collection

Three decades after initially airing on Clemson’s WCCP radio, The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show are set to release over 30 songs from their original program.

Spanning throughout a period of almost five years, this collection is perhaps the most comprehensive selection of early-era Drover recordings ever made available.

Several bluegrass standards from Monroe, Carter & Tanner are all present as well as several outstanding originals by Drover’s front-man, Ed Campbell (AKA: Dr. Trundell, AKA: Grandpa) and these include “Autumn Time (In Caroline)”, “That Low Down Damp & Dusty Trail” & charming closer “The Mailbox Song”.

Following their last studio album (2004’s Dreamland) the group tragically lost the master tapes for another album and began to slowly fade back into the dimly lit corners of juke joints, creek beds, and cow pastures.

Then in 2017, a box containing nearly every episode of their long-cancelled radio show was unearthed.

These cherished recordings, captured by original bassist Rob Keller, document The Drovers in their youth and during an extremely creative time for the punk rock-turned-bluegrass band, hailing from Prater’s Creek, SC.

The Drovers took their name a few years prior to the Irish-rock band by the same name, the latter even opting to send Dr. Trundell and the gang a “cease & desist” letter thus prompting the original (and first) Drovers to address the situation by writing it into a 2-part skit feature episode of their show:

As time ticks on, for the better part of almost 40 years, the band continues to live up to their name, herding cattle and droving their way through trials, tribulations, Alzheimer’s and death.

The Drovers’ WCCP-AM collection is avaliable now on Gypsy Farm Records via youtube & bandcamp.

“The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show blows everything else away” – Creative Loafing

“They are to bluegrass what Neil Armstrong is to the moon” – Flagpole

“Speed bluegrass and church waltzes lovingly and brilliantly played” – MOJO

The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show with their “Hillbilly Doppler” (patent pending)

The Drovers play Spittoono Fest

GF corespondents tell us they had a great time this past weekend at the 38th annual Spittoono music festival in Central, SC.  The free event lasted all weekend and benefited several local charity organizations.

The whole shebang was kicked off by local upstate legends known as The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show and their original tune “I Had A Bad Day Today And Tomorrow Won’t Be No Better”

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We’d like to dedicate this moment of time to GF’s founding father – Clem Sayer as he continues to venture on ward, a-midst thee eternal tangle of the cosmos…or as he simply put it : “Pickin and Grinnin” –   Mar 14th 1938 — Feb 15 2011

His dog, “Duncan” passed away earlier this month on February the 8th 2015.

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STRANGE NIGHT AT ORANGE TWIN

Orange Twin Show July 2013

****************UPDATE***************** Show has been moved to 40 WATT club due to stormy weather

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Old time pickin circle: 5:00-7:00
The Orange Twin Family Band: 7:00
Art Rosenbaum: 8:00
The Shoal Creek Stranglers: 9:00
The Darnell Boys: 10:00
The Athens Cowboy Choir: 11:00

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Athens Cowboy Choir **UPDATE** Show has been moved to 40 WATT club due to stormy weather

SHOAL CREEK STRANGLERS / @ SSWAMP TONITE

Shoal Creek Stranglers

In a last minute surprise message that washed up on the banks of Shoal Creek just moments ago, a note read : “SCS to perform Tonight in Athens, GA at The Secret Swamp / 11pm – donate for the touring bands!”

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View / Share this video of the Stranglers performing “WHERE DO YOU GO WHEN YOU DIE?” last Saturday night at Bluegrass Express in Hartwell GA / Thanks Andrew for video