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

The Osborne Brothers point the way forward on 1967’s Modern Sounds of Bluegrass Music.

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 A-side of a 45 (b/w “World of Unwanted“) released in June of 1966, was written by AaronDouble AAllan — inveterate songwriter, radio personality and a longtime MC of Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnics.

Hard Times 45 on Decca


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