Al Hopkins and His Buckle Busters
- Years active
- 1924 - 1932
- United States
Old-time string band formed in Galax, Virginia, fronted by Al Hopkins. Their name was coined at their first Okeh recording session they were asked what they wanted to be called and they responded "we're nothing but a bunch of hillbillies from North Carolina and Virginia, call us anything". Disbanded in 1932 after Hopkins died in an automobile wreck.
NOTE: The band went by The Hill Billies moniker, however for copyright reasons, their Brunswick sides were billed as "Al Hopkins and His Buckle Busters" (the identical sides on Vocalion would say "The Hill Billies").
Members - Al Hopkins (piano), Joe Hopkins (guitar), Tony Alderman (fiddle), John Rector (banjo), and Charlie Bowman (fiddle).
Al Hopkins Piano
Charlie Bowman Fiddle (1925-1928)