About The Group
The nephew of the fiddler of the Georgia Ramblers - Deacon (Clayton Yount) donated pictures for our use on the site to tell the story of this group that as far as we know to date, played in the Erie and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania areas. This page will at first be primarily a pictoral history of the band.
The leader appears to be Wrangler Joe (Kirkland) as we have found numerous classified ads for personal appearnaces for the group at the Pal-O-Mine Gardens in Canadohta Lake, Pennsylvania in the late 1940s through mid 1950s.
Early country music magazines show the act was playing at radio station WERC (now WRIE) in Erie, Pennsylvania.
James McQuiston (nephew of Deacon) shared some of his memories of who was a part of the Georgia Ramblers group over the years. He stated that there were three people that seemed to be a part of the group all through the various iterations of group personnel changes. Wrangler Joe Kirkland, Cousin Jim, Deacon (Clayton Yount).
The group included three different female performers over the years: Lil Sis Gentile, Gentle Annie (caller) and Irene (who played accordion)
Others in the band included Smoky Kelly on guitar; Howard and Wilson Maits (father / son))' Eddoe Runser on accordion, another guy named Alex on accordion, another named Russ on steel guitar and Gene Perry on electric guitar/
Mr. McQuiston indicated that his mom (93 years old at the time) told him that she was somehow enticed to go on stage and sing "Deep In The Heart of Texas" with the Missouri Fox Hunters famed group.
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