My first exposure to Charlie Faircloth was on late ’70s, when I’d put my hands on the fabulous hillbilly tapes of Bert Martins. Things like “Coffee, Cigarettes and Tears”, “Mississipi River Blues” made me wanting for more.
It was however not before recently that I’d began to gather all available material about him, and I’ve been lucky. So here it is the result of my researches. It’s how I intend to pay homage to a relatively unknown hillbilly artist.

Biography (as from

Charlie ‘Peanut’ Faircloth was known as a zany disc-jockey from Macon, Georgia (1946) over WNEX. His efforts weren’t just limited to the usual duties of staff announcer and spinning records. He emceed several programs. Among others, he was on « Farm Frolics », designed for the early morning risers of the day. Another was called « Hillbilly Hit Parade » show. In between he would call the plays for « Peanut’s Salon Concert » – a daily show which featured the top tun of the day in Macon. On Saturday nights, he could be heard ot as they wrote « …really lets loose » on a sow called « Heaps of Corn », which had its share of comedy. Saturday also meant that Peanut and his band, « The Georgia Crackers «  (nothing to do with the ’30’s old-time combo,, neither with the Newman brothers, which included the soon-to-be King recording star Bob Newman).
Peanut recorded for Decca in 1950 in Nashville. And if it wasn’t enough, he was a writer for Hill & Range Publishing Company.
In 1951, he was D.-Jaying for WRDV in Augusta (Ga.) and in 1956 for WAPO in Chattanooga (TN.)

He died in 2010.

Charlie ‘Peanut’ Faircloth: an appreciation (by editor)

The Decca session (Nashville, April 5, 1950)
Faircloth (vo, rh.gtr), ld gtr, p, steel, b (probably an house band)

Fast bopper, steel solo

Mississipi River Blues. The original song had been done by Jimmie Rodgers in 1929, then by Big Bill Broonzy in 1934. Without doubt, Faircloth had heard both versions.

medium paced hillbilly blues, some yodel. rinky dink piano solo

I'll Sail My Ship Alone (Decca 46237B)

by Charlie 'Peanut' Faircloth

Moon Mullican had a million seller in 1950 and everybody wanted to have his version of this song, Red Sovine, Ferlin Husky, Skeets McDonald among others. Faircloth’s version is not bad at all: medium to slow tempo, classic honky tonk instrumentation.

Faircloth’s last song cut bt Decca, “F-O-O-L-I-S-H Me” is a fast ditty with a lot of steel.

During the next years Faircloth did D. Jaying in M-Georgia first, then having relocated in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he issued a disc on the microscopic H-R-H label, # 502 in 1956. A side is a good Country-rocker, some say Rockabilly, “It’s Always Time For Love”, while the B-side was a slowie “I Know How Lonesome An Old Lonesome Can Be”. The record was issued with the name “Peanut” Faircloth And The Hot Roasted Hillbillies” and indeed sent nowhere.

Later on, except for two occasions, Peanut Faircloth never released any new records. One was issued on The Tres Bien label # 12 (Chattanooga, TN label) in 1983:”Cho choo Spit Tune”, a revamp of the ever-popular Billy Briggs’ “Chew Tobacco Rag” (Imperial and Colmbia, 1950), the other on Bibletone # 1514: “I Know The Lord Will Stand By me” (date unknown, New York label).

The magic of Internet still works. Peanut’s son posted on Youtube two important documents. The first was a recording of a show done early ’60s at the Turner Club (Peanut being drummer): one side fast fiddle tune, then a good slow, towards a version of Joe Turner’s “Shake, Rattle And Roll”.The second ws an long interview given in 1999 covering his entire career. Finally a recording (studio cut?) “The Kind Of Love I Can’t Forget” with the banjoist Randall Franks. And that was the last tune of Faircloth: he died in 2010.

Sources: mainly from Internet. Of great help were Ronald Keppner (78-Ron) for the Decca files; HBR Allan Turner for H-R-H sides. Many thanks to both of them!