Known under the amusing but somewhat dusty stage name of "the Old Hired Hand," this performer's real forte was as a radio announcer. However, the loose blend of live radio production and music that dominated the classic days of country music, old-time, and early bluegrass radio broadcasting allowed him to develop an interesting persona that was half-disc jockey and half-frontman vocalist; although he also tended to incorporate someone with a smoother voice to act as the real lead singer. More important to bluegrass lovers, he presided over a loose aggregation of bluegrass pioneers based out of South Carolina through the '40s on his radio and recording projects. The combo often included the titanic tandem team of fiddler Homer "Pappy" Sherill and DeWitt "Snuffy" Jenkins, as well as guitarists and singers such as Leonard Stokes, Clyde Robbins, Floyd Lacewell, and Gene Ray. Whether Parker's influence was benign or heavy handed, the musical results cannot be denied. This influence includes the early Bluebird recordings, with their mysterious traces of what would eventually be considered bluegrass; and the wonderful country tunes of the later Deluxe days, such as the anthemic "Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar," often pulled out as a favorite track from the Rounder label's first volume in its Early Days of Bluegrass series.