Gene Watson Peer’s Quote from Herb McCullough: July 2013

Gene Watson’s Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as ‘the singer’s singer’ – and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson’s Peers, who were contacted by The Gene Watson Fan Site, during 2013, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Herb McCullough, which he submitted to this site on Sunday 28 July 2013.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to Herb McCullough who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online ‘celebration of a Lone Star Hero’.

Herb McCullough

Herb McCullough
This quote was submitted on Sunday 28 July 2013.

‘I’m honored to provide a ‘Peer’s Quote’ for Gene.

Gene Watson: 'Love In The Hot Afternoon' (Capitol Records, 1975)
Gene Watson: 'Beautiful Country' (Capitol Records, 1977)
Gene Watson: 'Old Loves Never Die' (MCA Records, 1981)

With such a remarkably natural, emotional voice, Gene Watson could sing any ol’ song and touch lives, but he had the courage to sing ground-breaking songs like ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon‘, ‘Farewell Party‘ and ‘Fourteen Carat Mind‘, which goes to show Gene Watson is not only a talented, soulful singer, but a wise, soul-searching song-man and a true friend to songwriters as well’

Thank you, Herb McCullough, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Herb McCullough…

Herb McCullough

Herb McCullough was born Robert Herbert McCullough on Thursday 18 May 1944 in Dunedin, Florida and, at the time of the acquisition of this Gene Watson ‘Peer’s Quote’, in July 2013, was residing with his wife Joann in Dunellonn, Florida.

Herb McCullough’s family moved from Dunedin, a small town on Florida’s Gulf Coast, to Winter Haven, Florida when he was twelve years old.

Herb McCullough attended Dennison Junior High and graduated from Winter Haven High School in 1962.

Herb McCullough’s earliest musical influence was his mother, who Herb described as having been ‘a gifted whistler who sang her heart out for me, and for her own self’.

Herb McCullough played trumpet in the WHHS Band, but he had to hear everything before he could play it, because he couldn’t actually read music.

While attending high school, Herb McCullough hung out with classmates Jim Stafford, Jim Carlton, Kent LaVoie and Gram Parsons (Tuesday 5 November 1946 – Wednesday 19 September 1973).

Although he hung out with the local music types, Herb McCullough did not yet play an instrument, sing or write.

After graduating high school, Herb McCullough attended Winter Haven Business College for a while, then Polk Community College for a year; he also worked at various jobs as a welder, painter, electrician and mechanic to support his family.

Taking to the road meant he had to quit hangin’ out with the ‘pickers’, because they kept totally different hours, but Herb McCullough was still a big music fan and would always be filled with pride each time he heard of one of his former classmates’ musical accomplishments.


It was around 1968 that Herb McCullough heard Bobby Braddock being interviewed by local radio personality, Bunny Brown, on WINT 1360AM in Winter Haven, Florida.

Bobby Braddock was from nearby Auburndale in Florida and had played around the central Florida area for several years before moving to Nashville in 1964.

Herb McCullough was familiar with Bobby Braddock and knew of his songs.  Herb McCullough got so excited sitting and listening to Bobby talk about writing and living in Nashville, that he drove out to Dundee Road to the radio station and met him after the show.

Bobby Braddock was very cordial and encouraged Herb McCullough to try his hand at writing.  Thanks to Bobby Braddock, Herb McCullough went home and wrote his first song, followed by a second, and then a third.  It was at this time that Herb McCullough ran into his old school buddy, Jim Carlton, who had also been doing some writing.


As the 1960s wound down, Herb McCullough discovered motocross and his musical aspirations were relegated to the back burner.  Herb McCullough opened The Dirt Shop, a motorcycle dealership in Winter Haven and started to immerse himself into the world of dirt bike racing.

However, Herb McCullough’s love for music was still always evident in the strains of loud rock’n’roll music which blared from the pits at the motocross races, and from the shop.  Herb McCullough thanked ‘Racer Randy’ Terrell for always having the newest, coolest stuff playing, including Charlie Daniels (Wednesday 28 October 1936 – Monday 6 July 2020), JJ Cale (Monday 5 December 1938 – Friday 26 July 2013), Leon Russell (Thursday 2 April 1942 – Sunday 13 November 2016), Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 – Wednesday 13 February 2002), Tom T. Hall (Monday 25 May 1936 – Friday 20 August 2021), John Fogerty, Steppenwolf and Kris Kristofferson.

It was during this time that Herb McCullough would occasionally drive over to Clearwater to see Jim Stafford perform at The Glass Frog; Herb McCullough described Jim Stafford’s act as ‘awesome and inspiring!’

Herb McCullough hung out in all the songwriter hangouts and would mostly just listen, and write, not songs, but simple thoughts, words and phrases.

Herb McCullough hooked up with Wayne Renardson, a musician he’d known back in Florida.  Wayne Renardson loaned Herb McCullough an old classical guitar and showed him a few chords.  With the scribble from his little notebook and that old ‘gut string’ guitar, Herb McCullough started songwriting.


In 1974, when he was thirty years old, Herb McCullough moved from Winter Haven in Florida to Nashville and started writing songs.


In 1978, Herb McCullough signed his first exclusive songwriter publishing agreement as a staff writer for Honeytree Music.


Moe Bandy: 'It's A Cheating Situation' (Columbia Records, 1979)

In March 1979, Moe Bandy saw the release of ‘It’s A Cheating Situation’ (Columbia Records, 1979); the title track, which reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1979, featured exquisite harmony vocals from Janie Fricke.

The B-side of ‘It’s A Cheatin’ Situation’ was Herb McCullough’s ‘Try My Love On For Size’; this was the first in a long list of Herb McCullough songs which would be recorded by both major and independent artists.


In the latter half of 1979, Herb McCullough felt the need to be closer to his then teenaged children and moved back to central Florida, just north of Auburndale.

However, leaving Nashville, right after getting his second Moe Bandy cut, ‘Man of Means’, was something Herb McCullough’s publisher couldn’t understand.

Most of Herb McCullough’s music friends in Nashville thought he was giving up and a lot of people told him that his career was effectively over.


Moe Bandy: 'One of A Kind' (Columbia Records, 1979)

In December 1979, Moe Bandy saw the release of ‘One of A Kind’ (Columbia Records, 1979); the album included Herb McCullough’s ‘Man of Means’.

However, thanks to Len Walls and the staff at Central Sound Studio in Auburndale, Herb McCullough was introduced to a whole new music community.

Herb McCullough felt that the available players were comparable to the players in Nashville, but the environment was much more laid back; he liked the feeling of working and developing among friends.

Herb McCullough worked with the A-Team at Central Sound for about two years and one of the last songs that he demoed, ‘Hot Time In Old Town Tonight’, became his first Mel McDaniel (Sunday 6 September 1942 – Thursday 31 March 2011) cut when he moved back to Nashville in early 1982.


Mel McDaniel: 'Naturally Country' (Capitol Records, 1983)

Mel McDaniel (Sunday 6 September 1942 – Thursday 31 March 2011) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Hot Time In Old Town Tonight’ and included the track on ‘Naturally Country’ (Capitol Records, 1983).


In the years that followed, Herb McCullough’s songs were included on over one hundred recordings by a variety of artists, including Shawn Camp, John Anderson, Diamond Rio, Mark Chesnutt, Toni Price, Marie Osmond, Hal Ketchum (Thursday 9 April 1953 – Monday 23 November 2020), The Del McCoury Band, David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006) and Cyndi Lauper.


Herb McCullough is proud to have worked with some of Nashville’s finest songwriters and publishers.

1978 – 1980
Herb McCullough worked as a staff writer at for Honeytree Music

1980 – 1981
Herb McCullough worked for Ray Stevens‘ Music Single Song Agreements

1982 – 1984
Herb McCullough worked as a staff writer for Welk Music Group

1984 – 1990
Herb McCullough worked as a writer and publisher at Earthrock Music

1990 – 1993
Herb McCullough worked at Patrick Joseph / Warner Chappel Single Song Agreements

1993 – 2000
Herb McCullough worked as a staff writer and co-publisher at Forerunner Music Group, which was co-owned by Allen Reynolds, Jim Rooney, Mark Miller and Terrell Tye, all of whom worked for many years with ‘Cowboy’ Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 – Thursday 8 August 2013).


Between 2000, and the acquisition of this Gene Watson ‘Peer’s Quote’, in July 2013, Herb McCullough worked as a writer and publisher at Walden Holler Music.


After twenty-five years of active involvement in the music business, Herb McCullough ‘dropped out’ to pursue other creative interests.

Since Herb McCullough continued to write songs (for pleasure), he maintained his affiliation with BMI; his considerable catalogue of songs (Walden Holler Music) is currently represented by Matt Lindsey Music.


Some of Herb McCullough’s co-writers included Shawn Camp, Taylor Dunn, David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006), Jim Rushing, Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 – Wednesday 30 March 2011), Rattlesnake Annie, Larry Cordle, George Marinelli, Gwil Owen, Steve Bogard, Tony Arata, Joy Lynn White, Jim RooneyHal Ketchum (Thursday 9 April 1953 – Monday 23 November 2020) and Davis Raines.


Over the years, Herb McCullough’s songs have been included on nearly seventy recordings by a variety of artists, including Shawn Camp, John Anderson, Diamond Rio, Mark Chesnutt, Toni Price, Marie Osmond, Hal Ketchum (Thursday 9 April 1953 – Monday 23 November 2020), Seldom Scene, David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006) and Cyndi Lauper.


Moe Bandy: 'It's A Cheating Situation' (Columbia Records, 1979)

Moe Bandy recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Try My Love On For Size’ and included the track on ‘It’s A Cheating Situation’ (Columbia Records, 1979).


Moe Bandy: 'One of A Kind' (Columbia Records, 1979)

Moe Bandy recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Man of Means’ and included the track on ‘One of A Kind’ (Columbia Records, 1979).


Clifford Russell: 'Clifford Russell' (Sugartree Records, 1982)

Clifford Russell recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘I Believe A Man Can Fly’ and included the track on ‘Clifford Russell’ (Sugartree Records, 1982).

Clifford Russell: 'Clifford Russell' (Sugartree Records, 1982)

Clifford Russell recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘He Finally Made Up Her Mind’ and included the track on ‘Clifford Russell’ (Sugartree Records, 1982).


Mel McDaniel: 'Naturally Country' (Capitol Records, 1983)

Mel McDaniel (Sunday 6 September 1942 – Thursday 31 March 2011) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Hot Time In Old Town Tonight’ and included the track on ‘Naturally Country’ (Capitol Records, 1983).


Page Wilson: 'Road Tired, Wired & Ready' (Signal Mountain Records, 1983)

Page Wilson (1955 – Tuesday 15 March 2011) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Gypsy’ and included the track on ‘Road Tired, Wired & Ready’ (Signal Mountain Records, 1983).


Mel McDaniel: 'Oklahoma Wind' (Capitol Records, 1984)

Mel McDaniel (Sunday 6 September 1942 – Thursday 31 March 2011) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Born To The Night’ and included the track on ‘Oklahoma Wind’ (Capitol Records, 1984).


Mel McDaniel: 'Let It Roll' (Capitol Records, 1984)

Mel McDaniel (Sunday 6 September 1942 – Thursday 31 March 2011) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘My Ol’ Four Wheel Drive’ (co-written with Sean McCullough) and included the track on ‘Let It Roll’ (Capitol Records, 1984).


Mel McDaniel: 'Stand Up' (Capitol Records, 1985)

Mel McDaniel (Sunday 6 September 1942 – Thursday 31 March 2011) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Make It With The Blues’ and included the track on ‘Stand Up’ (Capitol Records, 1985).


John Schneider: 'A Memory Like You' (MCA Records, 1985)

John Schneider recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘He Finally Made Up Her Mind’ and included the track on ‘A Memory Like You’ (MCA Records, 1985).


Victoria Shaw

In 1986, Victoria Shaw recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘New Love’; the track was released, as a non-album single, on MPB Records.


Kelita Haverland: 'New Love' (written by Herb McCullough) (RCA Canada Records, 1986)

In 1986, Kelita Haverland recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘New Love’; the track was released, as a non-album single, on RCA Canada Records.


Marie Osmond: 'I Only Wanted You' (Capitol Records, 1986 / Curb Records, 1990)

Marie Osmond recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘New Love’ (co-written with David Erwin) and included the track on ‘I Only Wanted You’ (Capitol Records, 1986 / Curb Records, 1990).


Moe Bandy: 'You Haven't Heard The Last of Me' (MCA Records, 1987)

Moe Bandy recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Ridin’ Her Memory Down’ and included the track on ‘You Haven’t Heard The Last of Me’ (MCA Records, 1987).


T.G. Sheppard: 'One For The Money' (Columbia Records, 1987)

T.G. Sheppard recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Let’s Do It Again’ and included the track on ‘One For The Money’ (Columbia Records, 1987).


John Anderson: 'John Anderson 10' (MCA Records, 1988)

John Anderson recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Down In The Orange Grove’, which was co-written with John Anderson and Lionel Alton Delmore (Tuesday 19 March 1940 – Monday 20 May 2002), and included the track on ‘John Anderson 10’ (MCA Records, 1988); the track reached No.68 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1988.


The Sanders: 'Into Every Life' (Airborne Records, 1989)

The Sanders recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Starry Lullaby’, which was co-written with David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006), and included the track on ‘Into Every Life’ (Airborne Records, 1988).


David Schnaufer: 'Dulcimer Player Deluxe' (SFL Records, 1989)

David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Twilight Eyes’ (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on ‘Dulcimer Player Deluxe’ (SFL Records, 1989).

David Schnaufer: 'Dulcimer Player Deluxe' (SFL Records, 1989)

David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Mr. Snow’ (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on ‘Dulcimer Player Deluxe’ (SFL Records, 1989).

David Schnaufer: 'Dulcimer Player Deluxe' (SFL Records, 1989)

David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘When Silence Was Golden’ (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on ‘Dulcimer Player Deluxe’ (SFL Records, 1989).

David Schnaufer: 'Dulcimer Player Deluxe' (SFL Records, 1989)

David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Starry Lullaby’ (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on ‘Dulcimer Player Deluxe’ (SFL Records, 1989).

David Schnaufer: 'Dulcimer Player Deluxe' (SFL Records, 1989)

David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘The Way You Move The Air’ (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on ‘Dulcimer Player Deluxe’ (SFL Records, 1989).

David Schnaufer: 'Dulcimer Player Deluxe' (SFL Records, 1989)

David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘O Pony’ (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on ‘Dulcimer Player Deluxe’ (SFL Records, 1989).


Mark Chesnutt: 'Too Cold At Home' (MCA Records, 1990)

Mark Chesnutt recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Hey You There In The Mirror’ (co-written with Jim Rushing) and included the track on ‘Too Cold At Home’ (MCA Records, 1990).


Diamond Rio: 'Diamond Rio' (Arista Records, 1991)

Diamond Rio recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘It’s Gone’ (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on ‘Diamond Rio’ (Arista Records, 1991).


Highway 101 recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Big City Bound’ (co-written with Joy Lynn White) and included the track on ‘Bing, Bang, Boom’ (Warner Bros. Records, 1991).


Joy Lynn White (photo courtesy of Deone Jahnke)

In 1992, Joy Lynn White recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Maybe In Mayberry’; the track was released, as a non-album single, on Columbia Records in 1992. (photo cortesy of deonejahnke.com)


Larry Cordle, Glen Duncan & Lonesome Standard Time: 'Larry Cordle, Glen Duncan & Lonesome Standard Time' (Sugar Hill Records, 1992)

Larry Cordle, Glen Duncan & Lonesome Standard Time recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Old River Rock’ and included the track on ‘Larry Cordle, Glen Duncan & Lonesome Standard Time’ (Sugar Hill Records, 1992).


David Schnaufer: 'Dulcimer Sessions' (SFL Records, 1992)

David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Wait A Minute’ (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on ‘Dulcimer Sessions’ (SFL Records, 1992); the track, which was recorded as a dulcimer / violin duet, featured Mark O’Connor.


Toni Price: 'Toni Price: Live at Antone's' (Toni Price Records, 1992)

Toni Price recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Run, Run, Run’ and included the track on ‘Toni Price: Live at Antone’s’ (Toni Price Records, 1992).


Shawn Camp: 'Shawn Camp' (Warner Reprise Records, 1993)

Shawn Camp recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘K-I-S-S-I-N-G’ (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on ‘Shawn Camp’ (Warner Reprise Records, 1993).

Shawn Camp: 'Shawn Camp' (Warner Reprise Records, 1993)

Shawn Camp recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘One of Them Days’ (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on ‘Shawn Camp’ (Warner Reprise Records, 1993).


David Parmley: 'Southern Heritage' (Rebel Records, 1993)

David Parmley recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Grandpa Getcha Guitar’ and included the track on ‘Southern Heritage’ (Rebel Records, 1993).


Auldridge, Reid & Coleman (Mike, Lou & Michael): 'High Time' (Sugar Hill Records, 1993)

Auldridge, Reid and Coleman – Mike Auldridge (Friday 30 December 1938 – Saturday 29 December 2012), Lou Reid & Michael Coleman – recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘It’s Gone’ (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on ‘High Time’ (Sugar Hill Records, 1993).


Seldom Scene: 'Like We Used To Be' (Sugar Hill Records, 1994)

Seldom Scene recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Grandpa Getcha Guitar’ (co-witten with Jim Rushing) and included the track on ‘Like We Used To Be’ (Sugar Hill Records, 1994).


Hal Ketchum: 'Every Little Word' (Curb Records, 1994)

Hal Ketchum (Thursday 9 April 1953 – Monday 23 November 2020) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘No Easy Road’, which was co-written with Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 – Wednesday 30 March 2011), and included the track on ‘Every Little Word’ (Curb Records, 1994).


Mae Robertson & Don Jackson: 'All Through The Night' (Lyric Partners Records, 1994)

Mae Robertson & Don Jackson recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Starry Lullaby’, which was co-written with David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006), and included the track on ‘All Through The Night’ (Lyric Partners Records, 1994).


Toni Price: 'Hey!' (Texas Music Group / Lone Star Records, 1995)

Toni Price recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘New York City, 23rd of July’ and included the track on ‘Hey!’ (Texas Music Group / Lone Star Records, 1995).


Rhett Akins: 'Somebody New' (Decca Nashville Records, 1996)

Rhett Akins recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘K-I-S-S-I-N-G’ (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on ‘Somebody New’ (Decca Nashville Records, 1996).


Harley Allen: 'Another River' (Mercury Records / Polygram Records, 1996)

Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 – Wednesday 30 March 2011) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Out Of My Hands’ and included the track on ‘Another River’ (Mercury Records, 1996).

Harley Allen: 'Another River' (Mercury Records / Polygram Records, 1996)

Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 – Wednesday 30 March 2011) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Love Ain’t Supposed To Hurt’ and included the track on ‘Another River’ (Mercury Records, 1996).


Hobo Jim: 'The Wilderness Way' (Hobo Jim Music, 1996)

Hobo Jim recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Educated Man’ and included the track on ‘The Wilderness Way’ (Hobo Jim Music, 1996).


Toni Price: 'Threadgill's Supper Session: Second Helpings' (Texas Music Group / Lone Star Records, 1996)

Toni Price recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Sarah’, which was co-written with David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006), and included the track on ‘Threadgill’s Supper Session: Second Helpings’ (Texas Music Group / Lone Star Records, 1996).


Toni Price: 'Sol Power' (Texas Music Group Records, 1997)

Toni Price recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Sarah’, which was co-written with David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006), and included the track on ‘Sol Power’ (Texas Music Group Records, 1997).

Toni Price: 'Sol Power' (Texas Music Group Records, 1997)

Toni Price recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Run, Run, Run’ and included the track on ‘Sol Power’ (Texas Music Group Records, 1997).

Toni Price: 'Sol Power' (Texas Music Group Records, 1997)

Toni Price recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Blue Sky Lonely’ and included the track on ‘Sol Power’ (Texas Music Group Records, 1997).


Ruby Lovett: 'Ruby Lovett' (Curb Records, 1998)

Ruby Lovett recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘One of Them’s Yours’ (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on ‘Ruby Lovett’ (Curb Records, 1998); the track was a duet with Ken Mellons.


Laura Theodore: 'We're Only Human' (Etherean Records, 1998)

Laura Theodore recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Dream Within A Dream’ and included the track on ‘We’re Only Human’ (Etherean Records, 1998).


Wade Hayes: 'Highways & Heartaches' (Monument Records, 2000)

Wade Hayes recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘You Just Keep On’ (co-written with Shawn Camp and Taylor Dunn) and included the track on ‘Highways & Heartaches’ (Monument Records, 2000).


Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike: 'Turtle Wings' (Rebel Records / Bellbuckle Records, 2000)

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Oh, Mandolin’ and included the track on ‘Turtle Wings’ (Rebel Records / Bellbuckle Records, 2000).


David Schnaufer: 'Delcimore' (Collecting Dust Records, 2000)

David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Twilight Eyes’ (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on ‘Delcimore’ (Collecting Dust Records, 2000); the track featured a guest vocal from Cyndi Lauper.


Sean Keane: 'The Man That I Am' (Grapevine Ireland Records, 2000)

Sean Keane recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Point of View’ and included the track on ‘The Man That I Am’ (Grapevine Ireland Records, 2000).


John Anderson: 'Nobody's Got It All' (Columbia Records, 2001)

John Anderson recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Baby’s Gone Home To Mama’ (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on ‘Nobody’s Got It All’ (Columbia Records, 2001).


Shawn Camp: 'Lucky Silver Dollar' (Skeeterbit Records, 2001)

Shawn Camp recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Baby’s Gone Home To Mama’ (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on ‘Lucky Silver Dollar’ (Skeeterbit Records, 2001).

Shawn Camp: 'Lucky Silver Dollar' (Skeeterbit Records, 2001)

Shawn Camp recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Fallen Star Saloon’ (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on ‘Lucky Silver Dollar’ (Skeeterbit Records, 2001).


Tracy Sands: 'Enchanted' (Tracy Sands Independent Release, 2001)

Tracy Sands recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Twilight Eyes’, which was co-written with David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006), and included the track on ‘Enchanted’ (Tracy Sands Independent Release, 2001).


Del McCoury Band: 'Del & The Boys' (Ceili Music Records, 2001)

Del McCoury Band recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘The Man With The Travelin’ Tear Drop Blues’ and included the track on ‘Del & The Boys’ (Ceili Music Records, 2001).


Carl Chambers recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘He Finally Made Up Her Mind’ (co-written with Carl Chambers) and included the track on ‘The Cowboy’s Not A Boy Anymore’ (1 Off Records, 2001).


John Blosser recorded Herb McCullough’s Twilight Eyes’, which was co-written with David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006), and included the track on ‘Coyote Dulcimer’ (Self Release, 2001); the track featured a guest vocal from Tracy Sands.


Jim Rooney & Rooney's Irregulars: 'My Own Ignorant Way' (Jim Rooney Production, 2002)a

Jim Rooney & Rooney’s Irregulars recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Hello Baby It’s You’ and included the track on ‘My Own Ignorant Way’ (Jim Rooney Production, 2002).

Jim Rooney & Rooney's Irregulars: 'My Own Ignorant Way' (Jim Rooney Production, 2002)a

Jim Rooney & Rooney’s Irregulars recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Devil’s Level’ and included the track on ‘My Own Ignorant Way’ (Jim Rooney Productions, 2002).

Jim Rooney & Rooney's Irregulars: 'My Own Ignorant Way' (Jim Rooney Production, 2002)a

Jim Rooney & Rooney’s Irregulars recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Point of View’ and included the track on ‘My Own Ignorant Way’ (Jim Rooney Productions, 2002).


Rattlesnake Annie: 'I Ride Alone' (Rattlesnake Records, 2002)

Rattlesnake Annie recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Woman Of Waltzes’ and included the track on ‘I Ride Alone’ (Rattlesnake Records, 2002).


Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike: 'No Summer Storm' (Rebel Records / Bellbuckle Records, 2002)

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘See Where It Goes’ and included the track on ‘No Summer Storm’ (Rebel Records / Bellbuckle Records, 2002).

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike: 'No Summer Storm' (Rebel Records / Bellbuckle Records, 2002)

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Sarah’ and included the track on ‘No Summer Storm’ (Rebel Records / Bellbuckle Records, 2002).


David Schnaufer: 'Uncle Dulcimer' (Unknown Label, 2002)

David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘The Way You Move The Air’ (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on ‘Uncle Dulcimer’ (Unknown Label, 2002).

David Schnaufer: 'Uncle Dulcimer' (Unknown Label, 2002)

David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Sarah’ (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on ‘Uncle Dulcimer’ (Unknown Label, 2002).

David Schnaufer: 'Uncle Dulcimer' (Unknown Label, 2002)

David Schnaufer (Monday 28 September 1952 – Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Starry Lullaby’ (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on ‘Uncle Dulcimer’ (Unknown Label, 2002).


Barry & Holly Tashian: 'At Home' (Copper Creek Records, 2002)

Barry & Holly Tashian recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Lonesome Highway Blues’ and included the track on ‘At Home’ (Copper Creek Records, 2002).


Starlings, TN: 'The Leaper's Fork' (Chicken Ranch Records, 2002)

Starlings, TN recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Sarah’ and included the track on ‘The Leaper’s Fork’ (Chicken Ranch Records, 2002).


Josh Turner: 'Your Man' (MCA Records, 2006)

Josh Turner recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Baby’s Gone Home To Mama’ (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on ‘Your Man’ (MCA Records, 2006).


Don Rigsby & Midnight Call: 'Hillbilly Heartache' (Rebel Records, 2006)

Don Rigsby & Midnight Call recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Hillbilly Heartache’ (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on ‘Hillbilly Heartache’ (Rebel Records, 2006).


Herb McCullough (Thursday 18 May 1944 - Tuesday 5 May 2015)
Herb McCullough
Thursday 18 May 1944 – Tuesday 5 May 2015

On Tuesday 5 May 2015, Herb McCullough passed away at his home in Dunnellon, Florida; he was 70 years old.

Herb McCullough was survived by his wife, Joann, his daughter Christie Williams and his son Sean McCullough.


On Monday 11 May 2015, as per his request, Herb McCullough was cremated.


On Saturday 16 May 2015, a celebration of Herb McCullough’s life was held at Dunnellon, Florida Funeral Home.


Note from Joann McCullough (received on Tuesday 4 August 2015)
‘To those of you who knew Herb the past few years, you’ll know how important being a hospice volunteer, sharing his music and providing companionship to those in their final days, was to him.

Herb McCullough (Thursday 18 May 1944 - Tuesday 5 May 2015)

He volunteered for over seven years and declared it was his most important contribution. He was Marion County’s ‘poster boy’ for recruitment – thousands of flyers went out – much to his embarrassment. His photo was plastered everywhere for a short time. Here it is. I love his smile!’


Joann and Herb McCullough
Joann and Herb McCullough

Lonesome River Band: 'Mayhayley's House' (Mountain Home Music Company, 2017)

Lonesome River Band recorded Herb McCullough’s ‘Hickory Hollow Times & County News’ (co-written with Matt Lindsey) and included the track on ‘Mayhayley’s House’ (Mountain Home Music Company, 2017).


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