Arhoolie Records has a surprise release for today. Original 1965 recordings from the legendary Blue Sky Boys. Classic country brother duets by Bill & Earle Bolick. These songs are appearing for the first time on CD from the 1976 LP by the John Edwards Memorial Foundation. From the era of the beginnings of bluegrass the guitar and mandolin of the Blue Sky Boys is a refreshing new sound from the past.
Not only does the CD hold the 12 wonderful tracks but, the 30 page booklet that came with the original LP release is embedded onto the CD in PDF Format. In the booklet, Bill talks about the influence of Bill Monroe's making the mandolin popular during the day and how he came to play the instrument.
Throughout the history of country music, there have been only a handful of acts which have possessed a unique and unforgettable style - whose music has a certain "sound" which pervades all their material and becomes their trademark. Among those in this class are the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys and two brothers from North Carolina - Bill and Earl Bolick.
Born in hickory, NC (Bill in 1917 and Earl in 1919), the Bolicks began performing while still in their teens. While there were many "brother duets" in country music at the time, Bill and Earl stood out with a style that was all their own. Their superb duet singing, supported by Earl's solid guitar work and Bill's unique ability to provide a third harmony part on the mandolin, produced the unmistakable "Blue Grass Boys sound."
The book covers the history of the brothers, their discography, lyrics and some music annotations for the songs on this album. The combined historic music and writings provides an indepth look at this duo.
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