Hillbillies Can Be The Nicest Folks

 In 2010, I suggested an act for our local Memorial Day celebration here: Katy Days. The group I suggested was The Ozark Alliance from Salem Missouri. For you city folks, Salem is deep in the Ozarks, south of Rolla and nestled in the hills of the Mark Twain National Forest.  The Vaughn family (Ozark Alliance) are really, really into trains and train history. Dennis Vaughn’s family were railroaders, so they jumped at the chance to play at a railroad themed festival.

 Salem also happens to be the home of The Dillards. If you haven’t heard of them, perhaps you’ve heard of “the Darlin family” from The Andy Griffith Show? Well, the Dillards played the part of the Darlin boys. All baby boomers grew up watching the Darlins and Earnest T. Bass.

  That being cleared up, the story is really about the Vaughn family.  They have been good friends with the Dillards for many years, and informed me that the silent, slack-jawed attitude of the “Darlin boys” WAS NOT AN ACT! Now ain’t that a hoot? In any case, Rodney Dillard has always encouraged and helped the Vaughns in their bluegrass music, and in fact did a song with them. The song is titled: “There Goes The Neighborhood”, and is a comedy about living in Branson Missouri in the 1980’s when wealthy city folks moved in.

Sorry for the sound quality on the live Dillards performance. On youtube, you get what you can, If you would like a HQ copy of The Ozark Alliance featuring Rodney Dillard, singing the song above, just drop me a line!

P.S. Your humble host is a descendant of the Bransons.



Filed under AMERICANA, Bluegrass Music, History, Humor, Missouri, Music, Ozarks, Trains

7 responses to “Hillbillies Can Be The Nicest Folks

  1. That’s an interesting piece of hillbilly trivia!

    the silent, slack-jawed attitude of the “Darlin boys” WAS NOT AN ACT!

    Neither was Earnest T. Bass…LOL

    A Proud Ozarkian!

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  3. ninjanurse

    Country or city, great minds think alike. There’s an urban version of ‘There Goes the Neighborhood’ that goes–
    “The whites are movin’ in, they’ll bring their next of kin”
    That’s by The Busboys, I posted the lyrics here–

    And I linked to your post with the Dillards– something to give me a laugh before work.

  4. My roots don’t exactly go into that part of the country, but the music from that part of the country sure likes my roots. Interesting stuff and I love the music.

  5. good blog enjoyed this one xxjen

  6. I can’t seem to raise The Ozark Alliance (the Vaughn family).
    Their website is no longer up. Must have quit performing, I guess.
    To hear some of their tunes, use this link:

  7. It’s actually a nice and useful piece of information. I’m happy that you simply
    shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us informed like this.
    Thank you for sharing.

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