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Category: Bluegrass

King Truck Driver Bluegrass 45

Fans of truck-driving country music take note:  The Stanley Brothers would record “Prayer of a Truck Driver’s Son” on September 20, 1965 in Cincinnati — a song issued by King as a B-side for “Never Again” in July, 1966: According to Gary B. Reid in The Music of The Stanley Brothers:

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"Baby You Done Flubbed Your Dub With Me"
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Rare & Unissued King Tracks II

R  A  R  E       K  I  N  G       T  R  A  C  K  S * Merle Travis — along with Grandpa Jones — would inaugurate King Records in 1943 as the first two musical artists to record for Syd Nathan.  But because both musicians were under contract to

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“Bye Bye”: Faded Rural America

My father-in-law, Jim, is a folk music enthusiast whose music collection, I noticed, includes John Hartford‘s groundbreaking ‘hippie-grass’ album Aereo-Plain from 1971, his first for Warner Brothers.  Somehow I got the notion that “Bye Bye” — John Hartford’s standout track from 1972 Warner Brothers 2-LP sampler Days of Wine and

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The Stonemans (or is it Stonemen?)

The grammarian in me finds it unbelievably difficult to refer to the legendary bluegrass family dynasty as “The Stonemans” – I keep wanting to say “The Stonemen.”  Surely, I’m not the only person who wrestles with this conundrum? Image of The Stoneman Family courtesy of Discogs Ernest “Pop” Stoneman‘s musical

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Lester Flatt Can’t Tell the Boys from the Girls

WFMU Rock & Soul Ichiban‘s Greg G hilariously pairs this Dear Abby snippet against this streaming audio clip of Lester Flatt’s wry jab at hippie hairstyles: “I Can’t Tell the Boys from the Girls”     Lester Flatt     1971 “I Can’t Tell the Boys From the Girls” – the A-side

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“Kentucky Ridgerunner”: The High Lonesome Remix

I was half distracted driving through southwestern Ohio when I first heard the title track of Lester Flatt’s Kentucky Ridgerunner album on a community radio station.  The song definitely caught my ear, however, so I made a point of acquiring this album from 1972 – the first of three that

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“Hard Times”: Working Man’s Blue(gras)s

The Osbourne Brothers point the way forward on 1967‘s Modern Sounds of Bluegrass. “Hard Times” – a working man’s blues dressed in modern bluegrass threads – speaks directly to the classic struggle between labor and management: Hard Times – The Osborne Brothers [Pssst:  Click the triangle above to play “Hard

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