I was born north of Birmingham,
While attending Northeast Missouri State University on a debate scholarship, I visited Philadelphia for a competition. I’ll never forget walking into a record store there and finding a Red, White and Bluegrass album with Grant and Ginger Boatwright. Grant was a little older than me and lived right down the road in Palmerdale,
My parents moved to Rocky Mount,
One morning after being gone on tour, Roger came in with a handful of money, tossed it in the air and said, “It just ain’t worth it.” I said, “Roger, you can't quit”, and then I quickly called Allen Mills and asked if I could take Roger’s place in the band. I filled in from 1979 to 1983 when divorce and two little boys took me off the road. Roger was eventually replaced by Steve Wilson. During my time with the Lost and Found band, we toured Europe; had a Public Television show, and put out two albums which produced some of the staples of bluegrass music to this day.
Since leaving bluegrass, I have drifted back to my folk and Southern rock roots, but I just had to include a remake of the Lost and Found’s classic, “Last Lonely Eagle” on my new project featuring the great Allen Mills, Gene Parker, and longtime violinist in George Strait’s Ace in the Hole band, Gene Elders.
Hosting my own television show, “Friends, Neighbors and Music”, on Cable 12 out of Franklin County, Virginia, I had the pleasure of working with some of the finest musicians around – Ronnie Bowman, Dan Tyminski, Tim Austin, to name a few. Somewhere during this time period, I recorded an album called “Blue Umbrella” with Steve Shively of Fairystone Music and later did a ‘grass thing called Savannah with another one of my heroes, Spider Gilliam, and sidekicks Lynwood Lunsford, Roy Norton, Herschel Sizemore and Timmy Peade.
I am so pleased longtime friend and internationally-known Sammy Shelor decided to help me out on this project, as well as my old buddy and one of the best meat-and-potatoes guitarists and bassists anywhere, Jimmie Blankenship, and his son, Chris Blankenship. Chris Blankenship, at 27, is one of those guys that come along once in a blue moon. Listen to his guitar phrasings on “A Good Time” and “Somebody to Sing To”. It’s way beyond his years. The Breedlove he played on “A Good Time” (which I had to hock to Sammy and Mark to help finish this project) was played in E flat without a capo. It’s just not right! Anyone considering recording anything should talk to Mountain Fever Studios in Willis, Virginia first. In the words of Allen Mills, “They will treat you so many ways, you’ll have to like one of them!”
The loss of two of my best friends in 2006, Mike Smith and Dempsey Young, prompted me to get in gear and finish a few ideas I had for songs. Sorry to the purists about jumping genres on this album, but hey, that’s just Bubba. Enjoy!
The Real Reason I Left the Road
At one point in time, I had the (not so) brilliant idea that we would all dress up as sumo wrestlers when we were performing for a Halloween party at Quail Run in 1983. The look on Allen and Little Roys' faces kind of says it all.
The illustrious Martha White
Yep, we were the guys that started the whole Hawaiin print shirt thing that has taken over the music world.
One of the best days anyone ever had at Mountain Fever Studios.