Charles Crutchfield created the Briarhoppers on March 1, 1934, when he was the bright, young announcer at WBT-Charlotte.
Clarence was the piano player for the Original Briarhoppers. He also played piano for the Carolina Theater in Charlotte and organ for a church in Charlotte. He also played in Charlotte clubs with a young singer, Billie Burton Daniel, who was also an original Briarhopper. Etters was known for his style, his knowledge of New York musicals, and his musical standards.
Big Bill Davis played bass and fiddle for the Briarhoppers. He retired at an early age but continued to perform music in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. At the time, he was also a member of the Charlotte Symphony and was the only person who could read music in the Briarhoppers. He rejoined the Briarhoppers on "The Fred Kirby Show." He continued to entertain until the year of his death.
Don White was an original member of the Briarhoppers, joining in 1934. He also performed with the Tennessee Ramblers, The Sage Riders, and was a duo with Fred Kirby.
Oct. 20, 1925
North Carolina, USA
Aug. 12, 1987
North Carolina, USA
Hank Warren was a fiddler for Doug Poole's (Charlie Poole's son) band, The Swingbillies, The Tennessee Ramblers, and the Briarhoppers. Hank was also the comedian of the group.
Along with Roy "Whitey" Grant, Hogan was a part of the longest-lived country music duo in American history.
Grady Cole was a famous radio personality on WBT and was one of the emcees during the Briarhoppers' live concerts.
Cecil Campbell is well known as the last band leader for the Tennessee Ramblers but was also a main member of the Briarhoppers with his steel guitar and banjo.
Dwight Moody took over the fiddle chair in 1996 and kept the band going in three different versions, the latest version being Dwight, David Deese, Whitey Grant, and Tom Warlick. He passed in July 2013, and is with his wife, Cathy, at Hickory Grove UMC, Charlotte, NC, in The Columbarium.