background check

Harold Boothe  (aka: hbsongs, uncle h & the hatbox band) grew up in south Alabama.  At the age of 6 and with the assistance  of a tornado, the family moved from the Blue Springs Community into the town of Opp.  Mention Opp, Alabama in a conversation and most folks have heard of it because of :  1. Rattlesnake Rodeo   2. Grand ole Opry star Lew Childre   3. You go through there on the way to Panama City   4. Roughass railroad tracks.

One of his earliest musical memories is of his grandmother playing guitar tuned in "vassapoo", using a pocket knife to chord.  Other family members, inluding his mother and brother, played and sang, so it was just the thing to do.  The tv provided Porter Waggoner and Jim & Jesse... Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Mac Davis and others had  shows that provided a variety of musical styles.   Besides music around the house, Daddy was a truck driver, so the 8 track in the truck provided Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Rodriguez, Ray Price, Faron Young...along with Hank Williams, who was known to haunt the area in his day.

Later major influences include Dan Fogelberg, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Bob Frank, Todd Rundgren, and fellow Oppian, Hal Lynch.

Most recently his inspirations have been legendary songwriter Curly Putman and an awesome cajun writer/picker by the name of Ronnie Fruge.

Harold remembers writing songs as early as the age of 10 and still writes's a part of life.

                          Damn Near to Birmingham

Lake Frank Jackson-Opp, Alabama   12/22/09
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