Guitars, Cadillacs, and Hillbilly Music
Guitars, Cadillacs and Hillbilly Music is co-hosted by Johnny Dark (Robbie Grice) and Professor Hular Scheerhorn (Larry Klein). Bringing together many years of playing, listening to and collecting American music, the pair spotlights Americana music with a tilt towards country, rockabilly, gospel, Western swing, folk and bluegrass genres. The show is dedicated to an exploration of the ties and common origins of American popular music and features a vast library of hard to find or rarely heard music.
Robbie Grice, alias Johnny Dark, is an avid fan of American music, primarily the genres relating to Country music. He has an extensive collection of vinyl, CDs and digital recordings, which he began in 1963 with the first 45-RPM record he ever bought – Duane Eddy’s “Boss Guitar”. He plays guitar, banjo and mandolin and sings lead vocals in Flat Out Strangers, a roots country, gospel and rockabilly band that also features Larry Klein. He has published several songs and has appeared on various compilation albums both in America and abroad, as well as releasing the CD Flat Out Strangers: Live at Jake’s on Sycamore Records. He lives in Columbia with his beautiful wife and daughter. Robbie has taught high school English for over 20 years.
Larry Klein, alias Professor Hular Sheerhorn, has hosted ETV Radio’s The Bluegrass Sound for over 15 years. He also brings many years of experience playing, collecting and listening to American music. When Larry came to Columbia in 1987, a dream came true when he got the opportunity to meet and perform with his musical heroes Snuffy Jenkins and Pappy Sherrill along with the Hired Hands. Presently, Larry plays a Resophonic guitar and sings baritone with Bill Wells and The Blue Ridge Mountain Grass, as well as performing on various instruments with The Flat Out Strangers along with Robbie Grice. Larry has recorded with Bill Wells, Clarence Jackson, Pappy Sherrill and the Sherrill Family and The Flat Out Strangers and received the 2004 South Carolina Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Advocacy Award. He can often be found playing in one of the jam sessions around town.