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The Country Gentlemen Sing and Play Folk Songs and Bluegrass

The Country Gentlemen Sing and Play Folk Songs and Bluegrass

Originally released in 1961, Folk Songs and Bluegrass was the first album by the band known retrospectively as “The Classic” Country Gentlemen: Charlie Waller (guitar), John Duffey (mandolin), Eddie Adcock (banjo), and Tom Gray (bass). Together they created a unique sound, expanding musical horizons and attracting new audiences. They rightfully earned the band their reputation as the originators of progressive bluegrass.

This album bears many of the hallmarks of their distinctive sound, such as a cutting-edge repertoire bolstered by a variety of instrumental and vocal techniques. For example, listen to Gray’s dynamic bass on “Little Bessie” and the group’s striking trio harmonies on “Remembrance of You.”

These sixteen classic performances were digitally remastered and reissued in 1991, accompanied by song texts and new notes by folklorist Neil V. Rosenberg.

Track Listing

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Train 45 The Country Gentlemen 2:29
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102
Little Bessie The Country Gentlemen 3:30
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103
The Fields Have Turned Brown The Country Gentlemen 3:04
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104
They're at Rest Together The Country Gentlemen 3:00
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105
Strutting on the Strings The Country Gentlemen 2:31
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106
Remembrance of You The Country Gentlemen 2:53
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107
Red Rocking Chair The Country Gentlemen 2:04
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108
Will the Circle Be Unbroken The Country Gentlemen 2:55
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201
Handsome Molly The Country Gentlemen 2:29
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202
Victim to the Tomb The Country Gentlemen 3:42
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203
Behind These Prison Walls of Love The Country Gentlemen 3:00
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204
Wear a Red Rose The Country Gentlemen 2:10
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205
I'm Coming Back The Country Gentlemen 3:07
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206
Southbound The Country Gentlemen 2:03
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207
Come All Ye Tender Hearted The Country Gentlemen 3:13
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Standing in the Need of Prayer The Country Gentlemen 1:54
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