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San Francisco - 1968

Vern & Ray with Herb Pedersen
San Francisco - 1968

Bluegrass musicians Vern Williams and Ray Park were both born in Arkansas but did not meet one another until they lived in California. In 1960, they formed what became northern California’s first bluegrass band, with Vern on mandolin and Ray on guitar and fiddle. This live recording from the 1968 folk music festival at San Francisco State College includes Herb Pedersen on banjo. The recording captures the sheer energy and enthusiasm of the band’s performance. They close the show with Ray playing fiddle on the bluegrass standard, “The Orange Blossom Special.”

Track Listing

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Band Intro Vern & Ray with Herb Pedersen 0:55
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20 Second Rag Vern & Ray with Herb Pedersen 0:59
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How Many Times Vern & Ray with Herb Pedersen 2:18
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Muleskinner Blues Vern & Ray with Herb Pedersen 2:20
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Sweet Fern Vern & Ray with Herb Pedersen 2:23
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Intro Vern & Ray with Herb Pedersen 1:06
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The Leather Britches Vern & Ray with Herb Pedersen 1:25
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I Wonder Where You Are Tonight Vern & Ray with Herb Pedersen 3:07
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Little Georgia Rose Vern & Ray with Herb Pedersen 2:34
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The Buckin' Mule Vern & Ray with Herb Pedersen 1:35
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The Bottle Let Me Down Vern & Ray with Herb Pedersen 3:15
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Ode to the Little Brown Shack Vern & Ray with Herb Pedersen 3:43
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Poor Ellen Smith Vern & Ray with Herb Pedersen 2:49
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Hard Times Vern & Ray with Herb Pedersen 1:45
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The Touch of God's Hand Vern & Ray with Herb Pedersen 2:35
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On My Mind Vern & Ray with Herb Pedersen 2:15
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Orange Blossom Special Vern & Ray with Herb Pedersen 2:19
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