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  • Harvest House Performing Arts Venue 247 Boone Heights Drive Boone, NC, 28607 United States (map)

Craver, Watson, Hicks and Newberry
Harvest House Performing Arts Venue, Boone
7:30PM, Saturday, August 6, 2016

Bill Hicks and Jim Watson, along with Tommy Thompson founded the Red Clay Ramblers in 1972. Mike Craver joined in 1973. 


For the next decade these talented musicians toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia and Africa; acted and played in two Off-Broadway shows (DIAMOND STUDS, & Sam Shepard's A LIE OF THE MIND)-- and released 8 albums on the Flying Fish and Sugar Hill labels. In the early 80s, Watson, Craver and Thompson released a highly acclaimed album of Carter Family songs titled MEETING IN THE AIR. 

Co-founder and banjo player Tommy Thompson passed away in early 2003, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Bill and Jim and Mike had all left the band by 1986, but they still get together and play music, these days joined by Joe Newberry on banjo and vocals.

This concert is supported by the following private and business sponsors: The Ned Trivette Family; Dr. E. Frank and Tara Hancock; Lynn Hubbard; and The Estate of Joe Shannon. Additional support is provided by the Watauga County Arts Council, the North Carolina Art Council, and The Anne and Alex Bernhardt Foundation – a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation. Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music is also proud to be included as a site on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina (