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Who Hillbilly-Music.com Round-Up for 2005
What Hillbilly-Music.com Salutes the Fans for Milestones Reached in 2005; Top Pages Visited in 2005
When January 29, 2006
Where Modesto, CA
Released January 29, 2006

Hillbilly-Music.com Web Site Activity Reaches Milestones in Number of Visitors and Pages Viewed

Top Pages Visited in 2005 Announced

Dusty Owens, DeZurik Sisters, Rosalie Allen, WLS National Barn Dance Top the Lists in 2005

Modesto, CA — Hillbilly-Music.com announced today that once again fans continue to seek and enjoy the traditional older form of country music that began as hillbilly music. We salute the fans for their continued support over the years as the site has grown.

The year of 2005 saw two significant milestones reached. Once again, the number of unique visitors to the web site continues to grow. In 2005, Hillbilly-Music.com saw an increase of nearly 50% (49.55%) in the number of visitors to the site when compared to activity 2004.

Earlier in 2005, Hillbilly-Music.com reached another plateau in its growth - fans visited the site and over 1,000,000 (yes, that's One Million) pages viewed. That number continues to grow as fans discover the site and spend time reading about the people, the music and their history. Our email's tell us that fans enjoy walking down memory lane remembering the people they grew up listening to. We also get email's from the younger generation as well telling us how much they enjoy reading about these people and their music.

The Hillbilly-Music.com web site has no demographics - we think the music crosses all generations and is there for all to enjoy - the people, their music and the history. Its our slogan, but in one sense its our focus as well.

We salute the disc jockeys on the air and on the web who mention our site, who find our site and let us know of their shows. We will continue to let fans know about those disc jockeys and shows who are playing the classical country music.

We would also like to express our appreciation to the journalists, authors and country music historians who help us when we make inquiries or provide us with information. It is a pleasure to work with such like-minded people who are unselfish in their assistance and sharing of knowledge and insight. Some of have been with us from the start when we created this vision for the site and stuck with us as it grew and evolved. Recalling the segment of an old television show, we offer you a heartfelt 'salute!' and thanks.

The new year is starting off promising. The web site has a new section to help the fans be a bit more a part of it - by helping us identify people in photos in our collection. The section, "Who is That" has seen good activity already and a couple of promising leads that may help us identify the people have been received.

The web site caters to the fans. The email's and letters we receive help us drive which writeups we do. We have seen an increasing number of inquiries for a catalog of the music or how they can buy the various tunes they're interested in. We continue to explore our options in this area to make it easy for the fans to do this, similar to the way we connect fans to the books listed in the library. Or we may need to explore other methods to get the music to the fans that want it.

And last, but not least, we salute those who made the history that we try and document on the web site. Many of the writeups the fans see on the web site are based on interviews and correspondence with the artists themselves. We also thank the families of the artists who graciously provide us with material and information about their relatives. We like to think of the web site as a friendly general store or your own family kitchen. You just never know who is going to stop by for a spell and tell you their part in the history of what we affectionately and respectfully call, hillbilly music.

The People.
The Music.
The History

P.O. Box 576245
Modesto, CA 95357-6245

Hillbilly-Music.com's Round-Up for 2005
Top Artist Pages Visited 2005

Dusty Owens
Tommy Riddle
Randy Atcher
Chuck Mayfield
Stoney Edwards
Ernest Tubb
Roy Acuff
Patsy Montana
Elton Britt
Carl Smith
Daddy Dick Richards
Eddie Cletro
Gene LaVerne
Uncle Bob Hardy
Cowboy Copas
Hank Williams
Jean Shepard
Texas Bill Strength
Little Jimmy Dickens
Hank Snow
Willie Nelson
Vernon Dalhart
Martha Carson
Jerry Byrd
Hawkshaw Hawkins

Top Groups Pages Visited 2005

DeZurik Sisters
Lonnie and Lottie
Soflin Sisters
Amburgey Sisters
Mitchell Sisters
Smile Sisters
Pell Brothers
Miccolis Sisters
Jacoby Brothers
Geezinslaw Brothers
The Sunshine Girls
Hank and Hiram
Cackle Sisters
Korn Kobblers
Dixie Playboys
Blue Sky Boys
Chuck Wagon Gang
Sons of the Pioneers
Colwell Brothers
Ray and Kay, the Banjo Kids
Jamup & Honey
Gid Tanner's Skillet Lickers
Akins Birmingham Boys
Junior Kentucky Briarhoppers

Top Disc Jockey Pages Visited 2005

Rosalie Allen
Carl (Squeakin' Deacon) Moore
Don Larkin
Bill Mack
Ken Berryhill
Charlie Douglas
Biff Collie
Ralph Emery
Porky Charbonneau
Johnny Western
Grant Turner
Ramblin' Lou Shriver
Joe Rumore
Uncle Len Ellis
George Menard
Skeets Yaney
Cottonseed Clark
Hi Roberts
Johnny HIcks
Dick Anderson
Lee Moore
Pete Hunter
Jim Reeves
Paul Simpkins
Pee Wee Reid

Top Program Pages Visited 2005

WLS National Barn Dance
WLW Midwestern Hayride
KWKH Louisiana Hayride
WWVA Original Jamboree
WSM Grand Ole Opry
WMMN Sagebrush Roundup
WSB Barn Dance
Renfro Valley Barn Dance
WAPI Alabama Hayloft Jamboree
WNAX Missouri Valley Barn Dance
KSTP Sunset Valley Barn Dance
KRLD Big D Jamboree
Hometown Jamboree
WRVA Old Dominion Barn Dance
Town Hall Party
WLW Boone county Jamboree
Hayloft Frolic
KWTO Ozark Jubilee
Brown County Jamboree
WHO Iowa Barn Dance Frolic
CHML Main Street Jamboree
Arizona Hayride
WCOP Hayloft Jamboree
WCHS Old Farm Hour
WAVY Tidewater Jamboree

Top News / Releases Pages Visited 2005

Hillbilly-Music.com In The Spotlight...
38 Bluegrass and Family Bands at 29th Old Time Festival...
'50s country Singer Goldie Hill Dies
Jerry Byrd, Steel Guitar Pioneer
Local Radio Host Offers Hard to Find Classics and History Lessons...
Steel Guitarist Hal Rugg Dies
Charley Pride and Wife Rozene Aiding Hurricane Katrina Victims
Pioneer 'Son' Spencer Dies at 75
America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame Thrives...
'Kiss An Angel Good Morning' writer dies...
Mack Magaha 'Dancing Fiddle Man', Dies
Country icon Merle Kilgore dies at age 70
Jimmy Martin Brought Fire To Bluegrass
2005 CMA Awards To Be Held in New York City
19th Annual International Country Music Conference
Martha Carson Dies...
Wallace Varner, 78, Musician
Legendary Guitarist, Hank Garland...
Sonny Day - Grand Ole Opry Musician
Penny Maxedon (Penny West)...
Omer L. (Shorty) Chesser of 'Hayloft Hoedown'...
August/September Events to Support Our Troops!
The Rodeo Girls and By Gone Days of Radio
One More Ride - Louisiana Hayride Cast Reunion

Top Library Pages Visited 2005

Bus Fare to Kentucky...
A Century of Country Music
Grand Ole Opry
Bluegrass Odessey
A History and Encyclopedia of Country...
Songs of the Cowboy
A Satisfied Mind
Fifty (50) Years Down a Country Road
Mountaineer Jamboree
Coal Miner's Daughter
In Close Harmony
Country - The Biggest Music in America
Among My Klediments
America's Music - The Roots of Country
A Good Natured Riot
Old Time Kentucky FIddle Tunes
Country Music - The Encyclopedia
Buddy Starcher Biography
A Story of the Grand Ole Opry
Still In Love With You - Story of Hank & Audrey...
Best Jokes Minnie Pearl Ever Told
Lone Star Swing
Classic Country
Workin' Man Blues
Sing a Sad Song - Life of Hank Williams
Not Just A Sound - The Story of WLW
Cajun Music...
Lefty Frizzell - The Honky Tonk Life...

Hillbilly Heaven Roll Call 2005

Time is no friend and continues its steady march and the familiar names leave the stages here for audiences in hillbilly heaven. But their music, history and memories will live on for us to enjoy. Remembering those who left us in 2005...

Jerry Byrd (1920-2005)
Shorty Chesser (1922-2005)
Vassar Clement (1925-2005)
Jimmie Crawford (1935-2005)
Sonny Day (?-2005)
Buddy Durham (?-2005)
Goldie Hill (1933-2005)
George Holesha (1922-2005)
Morrie Jones (1918-2005)
Merle Kilgore (1934-2005)
Bea Lilly (1921-2005)
Jimmy Martin (1927-2005)
Thomas Nayder (1921-2005)
Ben Peters (1933-2005)
Don Pierce (1919-2005)
Hal Rugg (1936-2005)
Fred Salak (1917-2005)
Robert (Sunny) Spencer (?-2005)
Big Bob Shaffer (?-2005)
Eddie Shuler (1913-2005)
Bill Simmons (1924-2005)
Art Stamper (1933-2005)
Rudy Thacker (1928-2005)
Rufus Thibodeaux (1934-2005)
Gurney Thomas (1913-2005)
Bobby Thompson (1937-2005)
Penny West (Maxedon) (1924-2005)
Leslie Wilburn (1925-2005)

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