Squirrel Hunting with
and Paul "Moon" Mullins
In the late '50s, the Stanley Brothers moved South, basing their act in Live Oak, Florida. Their fiddle player at the time was Paul "Moon" Mullins, later a radio personality
and father of Longview banjo player, Joe Mullins. One time the band had a couple days off. Carter and Moon decided they would go squirrel hunting. Just to make things more
interesting, they made a $10 wager as to which of them would get the most squirrels.
Carter had an expensive shotgun and was confident he would win. So confident he didn't bother to take $10 when they left for the trip. Meanwhile, Moon didn't even have a gun of
his own and managed to borrow one.
As it turned out, Moon bagged more squirrels that Cater. Since Carter didn't have $10 to settle the bet, he gave Moon his Bulova wristwatch instead. It's a nice watch. Moon
treasured his prize and years later had it restored. When his son, Joe, got married in June 1987, he wore Carter's old Bulova with pride at the wedding.
A Mountain Music Storybook
by Jeffrey Fox and Janice Wallen
illustrated by Nathan Bray
154 pages, paperback with illustrations
Over 50 stories by and about Appalachian musicians and their music. Nearly half of the stories involve Ralph and Carter and Clinch Mountain Boys past and present. The book also
includes a challenging trivia quiz. If you share an enthusiasm for the mountain music and storytelling, we encourage you to check it out.