November 6th Trivia Question

This Contest is Closed
The winner is George Nasca


What is Carlton Haney MOST famous for?

A. He managed/booked Bill Monroe for awhile and tried to court Bill’s daughter
B. He managed/booked Reno & Smiley for awhile
C. He produced/booked major country music “package road shows” and nearly always included bluegrass bands in the program
D. In 1965 he created the first multi-day weekend bluegrass festival featuring most of the top bluegrass bands, at a horse farm in Fincastle VA, and continued to produce many bluegrass festivals for many years – setting the pattern.
E. He created and published a bluegrass magazine called “Muleskinner”
F. He was a RIVETING public speaker on the subject of Bill Monroe and “blue grass music”
G. He was a philosopher of the Pythagorean school
H. All of the above

ANSWER is “D” or, if nobody submits “D”, “H” will also work. The question is “MOST famous”, so although he did all those things, he is MOST famous for creating and furthering the bluegrass festival

Additional Bowden Comments
This just shows that late entries can win! George wins with THE answer “MOST famous for”, D. Carlton invented the bluegrass festival and set the pattern that all use.

Congrats to our winner this week! And thanks to all the respondents for your kind attention. Of course, all the multiple choice answers offered were true. But Calton left his mark on blue-grass history by conceiving and creating the first weekend multi-band bluegrass festival. Here are some recent comments by banjoist Sonny Osborne in his column on the Bluegrass Today website:

If not for Carlton Haney, the time period from about 1960 to the late ’80s would have been many more hungry days for us without the bluegrass festivals, ‘twould have been a different era than it was. So, like Earl, Rudy, Benny, Monroe, and more who used their “talent” to create something, so did Carlton. He booked The Brothers at Luray Virginia, Maybe 1962-63…and between shows we went to a restaurant and Carlton sat there and told us of his idea of booking every bluegrass band and have it happen at Berryville, or Culpeper…We laughed at his plan, told him that they would kill one another.

In those days there was jealousy galore between bands…the haves and the have nots. The haves were few and far between. BUT THEN…Friday, September 3-4-5, 1965, Fincastle, Virginia…The first Bluegrass Festival happened and Carlton was the dude that made it happen.

So, we, as musicians who create music, the same happened with the festival. We create, others replicate. Carlton Haney created, and VOILA, within a few summers there was a festival everywhere. The Carlton Haney idea gave us all a lucrative business in which we could survive, and the more creative would thrive.

Dick Bowden

Dick Bowden recently retired after a 45 year career in the paper industry, and moved from Connecticut to Big Indian NY (Ulster County) where he ekes out a precarious existence as a groundskeeper. Dick has been performing bluegrass music on banjo and guitar since 1966 in his home state of Maine, throughout New England, and internationally with The Case Brothers - Martin & Gibson. He has performed for HVBA with the Old Time Bluegrass Singers, and also sent in a squadron of Dick Bowden's Flying Circus. Most recently Dick has played Dobro (tm) with the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band. Dick has written many articles for Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass magazine) and HVBA.

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