Red Mountain Yellowhammers
An Old-time String Band from Alabama
(formerly known as Red Mountain or Red Mountain White Trash)
The Red Mountain Yellowhammers play good-time old-time string band music. At festivals and clubs you'll hear them play high-energy dance tunes and old-timey blues, and sing songs from the earliest days of country music, when folks like the Carter Family and the Delmore Brothers were the stars. You're likely to hear a lot of impromptu humor as well.
Their expertise as a dance band has garnered them invitations to dance festivals across the country. At dances they dip into their large repertoire of powerful contra dance medleys and driving square dance tunes. They learned many of their tunes from older fiddlers in Alabama and Tennessee, and they play in a style that reflects the region in which they live.
Folks often describe the Yellowhammers as a wall of sound. Components of this sound are fiddle by Jim Cauthen, guitar by Joyce Cauthen, mandolin by Phil Foster, harmonica and banjo uke by Jamie Finley, and bass by Nancy Jackson.
To hear three of the band members discuss the band along with some of the Yellowhammers' music, listen to this audio postcard played on Birmingham public radio station WBHM in the August, 2009, edition of the local radio show Tapestry. You will hear the Red Mountain Yellowhammers referred to by their former names.