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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Tall Timber Man - Harley Gabbard

Understand Your Man
Full Album
The Tall Timber Man
Harley Gabbard
Vetco Records 3006
Jewel Recording Studios - Cincinnati, Ohio
Queen City Album, Inc. - Cincinnati, Ohio

From the back cover: Harley Gabbard was born in West Harrison, Indiana, a small town on the Ohio, Indiana line, December 31, 1935. He started playing the guitar when he was 13 years old. One year later he played his first show and along with his buddy, Ray Swales, won a gallon of ice cream and $3.00 for doing "Columbus Stockade Blues". Since that time Harley Gabbard has done a lot of picking' and singing' and has traveled a lot of miles while doing so.

Harley has been playing dobro for 10 years now and a lot of people have heard and commented on his fine style. He has worked and traveled extensively with the famous Osborne Brothers, worked the Grand Ole Opry with them endearing himself to countless listeners throughout the United States.

WWVA, where the worlds famous Wheeling West Virginia Jamboree takes place every Saturday night has also been a frequent stopping place for Harley.

Blue Grass festivals with the Goins Brothers has taken him many miles and given him the opportunity to work before large audiences.

Some of Harley's first shows were played with me (Jimmie Skinner) and he cut his first record at the Jimmie Skinner Music Center

This was quite a fete, he dropped a quarter in the machine and in no time at all he became a recording artist. The record was a paper disc which Harley proudly carried home with hime.

Folsum Prison Blues
Nine Pound Hammer
Doodling On The Dobro
Nobody's Darling But Mine
Long Black Veil
Dreams Of My Heart
Poppa Played The Dobro
I Still Miss Some One
Ring Of Fire
Doing My Time
Understand Your Man


  1. I've been looking for this album for years, particularly the song Doodling On The Dobro. I'd be the happiest person alive if you could post a recording of that song.

  2. Harley Gabbard Vetco 5023. I would appreciate it if you could re-upload this one, unfortunately I missed it


    1. Thanks for pointing out the broken links which I've fixed. Files load and play in most, but not all browsers. – Mark


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