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Thread #164148   Message #3924674
Posted By: GUEST,MVS
15-May-18 - 11:17 AM
Thread Name: Remembering Art Thieme
Subject: RE: Remembering Art Thieme
I regret like hell never taking the chance to tell him (assuming he wasn't aware of it already) that his "Cottage Cheese" was a major radio hit in the 70s on what I like to call the First Alt-Country Station, WKKW in Bridgeport, WV. Station played great scads of bluegrass, newgrass, outlaw, and what I call Mountain Stage (others say "Americana"), during the last 4 or 5 years of the decade. They even had a live bluegrass show for a while, with a local band, and I won tickets to a festival at (Walker's Field? near Parkersburg WV) on the air in 1978. Station was sold a year or two later, and new management turned it Top 10 Nashville crap. The amazing collection of records former manager Chris Boyles (+RIP) had assembled was donated to a "record-smashing" competition at a local festival, where you vied for breaking the biggest stack of LPs in one chunk. The winner got to paint a mustache on the Mona Lisa.

"Cottage Cheese" got airplay minimum of 5 or 6 times a day for weeks, most of it by request. First time I ever heard of Art Thieme. They also played some of his music, not just the jokes (but the joke was the hit), and when I stumbled upon a copy of the album I bought it, which I still have.