Red Mountain Yellowhammers Blurbs

What folks say about the Red Mountain Yellowhammers:

*  A nice review of "Throw the Old Cow Over the Fence" by the California Bluegrass Association.

Throw the Old Cow Over the Fence reviewed by Bluegrass Unlimited - January 2010:

RED MOUNTAIN (now the Red Mountain Yellowhammers)
Whoop It Up! 104.

This is the first recording from Alabama’s Red Mountain old-time string band to come along in several years (BU, June ’02). Now with a shortened name, the group is still cranking out their own unique brand of traditional music. The generous 21 selections come from various sources from the Alabama/Mississippi/Tennessee area including the Delmore Brothers (“Back To Birmingham”), the Stripling Brothers (“California Blues” and “The Big Footed Man In The Sandy Lot”), Sam McCracken (“Old Man And Woman Quarrelling”), among others. The title song comes from Dr. Humphrey Bate and his Possum Hunters, who were early members of the Grand Ole Opry. “Throw The Old Cow Over The Fence” is dynamic old-time string band entertainment at its finest and another success for Red Mountain. (Red Mountain, 1452 Milner Crescent, Birmingham, AL 35205,"- Bluegrass Unlimited - January 2010

* "Totally groove-enhancing, dance-entrancing music. Each tune is lively, vibrant, and played with such spirit and exuberance, it’s a thrill just to sense their energy and enthusiasm. Definitely worth seeking out. "-DIRTY LINEN, magazine CD Review of Fire in the Dumpster, Oct/Nov ’96

* "This band is southern old-time with a special wild flare. They are considered Alabama’s premier old-time band and have performed at the Atlanta dance weekend and throughout the east. Dancers enjoy their driving tunes, solid rhythms, and variety of tunes. Jamie Finley on harmonica adds a wailing bluesy sound which adds twist and color to old-time tradition."--From flyer for Endless Summer Dance Weekend, Tallahassee, FL

* "They have a firm, stately ensemble sound that is creative yet works entirely within a traditional framework: in places they are reminiscent of a couple of the fine early Arkansas string bands, with a richly textured sound that includes two fiddles, harp, guitar, mandolin, autoharp and a very well played acoustic bass.—Review of Chickens Don’t Roost Too High in County Sales Newsletter, Jan.-Feb. 1999

* "The group sprang up organically at neighborhood get-togethers, much like the Squirrel Nut Zippers, then went on to release an album called Fire in the Dumpster. Red Mountain White Trash has a playful sense of humor, lots of talent and a brand-new CD on its resume.—Mary Colurso, The Birmingham News, Dec. 1999.

* "They put a grin on your face, even when you’re not dancing, so I can only imagine the beaming faces at one of their dances." –Kerry Blech, Victory Music Review, January 1999.

* "I’m going to start this review in top gear by saying that I haven’t been so excited by a new release by living musicians since…a friend asked me to listen to this new record by a group called The Highwoods String Band. It’s sorta deju vu, all over again…This is a big, powerful group that puts out a wonderful, somewhat unconventional sound that has been described as a "wall of sound." The analogy falls short; this music is more than a two-dimensional wall. It is a moving, rocking, sometimes undulating, sometimes sentimental sound that rarely falls short of excellent.""-Review of Chickens Don'’ Roost Too High by Bob Woodcock in The Old-Time Herald, Summer 1999.

* "Red Mountain White Trash is an old-time string band from Alabama. They put on a show that layers traditional fiddle tune and old time country and blues in the best tradition of The Skillet Lickers and The Highwoods String band. Add to that a masters course in the fiddlers and their tunes of Alabama, excellent musicianship and vocal harmonies and you are beginning to get the picture. These folks are tight. We saw them in concert and later had the great pleasure of meeting them and picking a bit after the show. Wonderful folks, wonderful music." — Review of Folklore Society of Greater Washington, DC, concert, posted by Chance Shiver at

* "If the band had its tongue planted firmly in its cheek over the name, it had its feet planted firmly in the 1920s and ’30s, when some wild and wooly music indeed was being made in Alabama and the rural South.  The Trash’s songbag is filled with old-time ballads about God and the Devil, drinking songs, sinfully joyous fiddle music, and mean white blues. They’ve played all over the country, earning accolades everywhere for fire and flare. Maybe that’s what had some of the audience whooping."--Ben Windham, Tuscaloosa News review of Sweet Bama and performance at City Stages.  (To read rest of review, click here)

* "This crazy band has brought great pleasure to a wee house in Scotland. You folks have conveyed the essence of Alabama to a Scotsman. I love 'Sweet Bama' and play it endlessly."--E-mail from Mike (The Crazy Bogman) aka Michael Murphy 

* "Your show (WorkPlay, Jan. 17, '04):  A wonderful and varied collections of tunes performed by good  friends who love the music and who play with great skill and a genuine sense of humor and affection for the people in the audience.  I left with a great big smile on my face."--Duncan Blair, friend and fellow musician.

* "radio 'fedra' is so thankful for "sweet bama" album! there is a lot of nice songs, good playing & singing. our audience like it ! you was our "guests" in show called "promophone" (bio+music+contact+press...etc). we use to play every day at last one your song in our broadcast. just go ahead and make plan to visit my country :)     sincerely, dragan stajic, Serbia

* "My philosophy is that the caller can act as a brake or a lubricant to the dancers enjoyment, but all locomotion is provided by the band. We can only drive as hard or energetically as the band has steam to go. And with the Trash, it's a 6 engine train, full steam ahead from the first dance -better watch those curves! I appreciate your drive, your readiness, and your big smiles!" --Seth Tepfer, Atlanta dance caller

* We just received the three cd's today and boy was it worth it. I have been playing them in the office and got a bit of a dance going. They are just wonderful examples of "Old-Time String Band" music. Our show "Southern Style" will be playing them to a very large appreciative Melbourne audience over the coming weeks.  We here are thrilled to say a big Aussie welcome to "The Red Mountain White Trash" and "Flying Jenny." 

* "Hey Ya'll: This morning on my way to work I popped in the Fire in the Dumpster CD and found myself smiling all 20 miles!! Oh to be visiting with all of you all on this chilly morning!! What fun!! My smile has not stopped--as my head/heart have been remembering lovely times spent together over the years!! Thank you for putting these fun memories into music!!" --Donna Andrews, dancer and old-time musician

* "My dad is in the other room recovering from his 30th and -- we  hope -- final radiation treatment. I am cleaning his house in celebration (whoopee) to the sounds of Sweet Bama: The Red Mountain White Trash. Very inspiring!" -- Sherry Stripling, daughter of Lee Stripling.


Mentone Cannonball Blues

By Teresa Moore, Houston, TX

I'm really glad I had the chance
To be in Alabama for the Mentone dance!
The entire weekend was one big "bash"
But the best part of all was meeting the "Trash"!

The "White Trash" have a terrific sound.
"Red Mountain's" the best string band around.
Their name may change, but not their tunes -
They'll always sing about possums and coons.

I got to jam with Joyce and Jim
And chat a while with the rest of them.
The tunes they played in the big dance hall
Had dancers swinging from wall to wall.

The dancers twirled from neck to neck
And many of them got in a wreck.
But even at times when their steps failed
The Mentone Cannonball was not derailed!

I'm sorry I won't wake up tomorrow
To "Trash", "Freight Hoppers" and Beth Malaro,
But I'm prepared when I need an escape
'Cause I've got the bands and Beth on tape.

2010 by Teresa Moore


First, let me just say there is such beauty and joy in listening to a band that has played together for years. 

The UK has The Stones. 

Alabama has The Trash. 

Need I say more?  

    From Charlie Hartness, Jan. 2013