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The Virginia Mountain Boys, Vol. 2: Bluegrass String Band

The Virginia Mountain Boys, Vol. 2: Bluegrass String Band

In the 1940s, fiddler and guitarist Glen Neaves formed the Virginia Mountain Boys, and the band performed in varying lineups through the next three decades. In many cases, the members of the band were the first in their families to play bluegrass rather than the older Appalachian string band styles they grew up with. However, the older music strongly influenced their choice of instrumentation and songs; for example, they eschewed the Dobro favored by other bands of the time and relied heavily on simple banjo picking, guitar picking, and hard-driving rhythm. Glen Neaves leads with lonesome, bittersweet singing and fiddle playing inspired by G. B. Grayson, a traditional mountain fiddler from North Carolina. Liner notes include full song lyrics and brief performer profiles with photos.

Track Listing

101
Lonesome Road Blues Virginia Mountain Boys 3:16
102
Knoxville Girl Virginia Mountain Boys 3:26
103
Nobody's Darling Virginia Mountain Boys 3:20
104
Lost Train Blues Virginia Mountain Boys 2:59
105
Love Me Darlin' Just Tonight Virginia Mountain Boys 2:48
106
I'm Glad My Wife's in Europe Virginia Mountain Boys 1:33
107
Red Rocking Chair Virginia Mountain Boys 1:58
108
Train 45 Virginia Mountain Boys 1:47
109
In the Pines Virginia Mountain Boys 3:00
201
White House Blues Virginia Mountain Boys 2:31
202
Clinch Mountain Breakdown Virginia Mountain Boys 3:32
203
Red and Green Signal Lights Virginia Mountain Boys 3:43
204
Poor Rambler Virginia Mountain Boys 3:01
205
Sunny Side of the Mountain Virginia Mountain Boys 1:49
206
John Hardy Virginia Mountain Boys 2:35
207
Little Frankie Baker Virginia Mountain Boys 2:04
208
Little Birdie Virginia Mountain Boys 2:47

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