Prairie Bluegrass -- Early Days of Bluegrass
CAT # 18964-1011-2
1. Opening Theme (Buckin' Mule) 2. Blue Eyed Darling 3:03 3. Girl in the Blue Velvet Band 2:39 4. Harley's Breakdown 2:23 5. Thinking About You 3:10 6. Station Break 7. Toy Heart 3:12 8. Billy in the Low Ground 1:49 9. Little Birdie 3:18 10. Red Rocking Chair 2:48 11. Stoney Point 1:22 12. Station Break 13. In Despair 2:15 14. High Cost of Living 15. I Am a Pilgrim 2:05 16. Home Sweet Home 1:57 17. Closing Theme 18. When First Unto This Country 2:18 19. Barbara Allen 2:24 20. Walk On Boy 2:27 21. John Henry 2:08 22. Harbor of Love 3:18
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The three Bray Brothers, Nate, Francis and Harley, and guitarist/vocalist Red Cravens began making music together as enthusiastic young disciples of early bluegrass masters Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs. After a summer spent playing and jamming at Monroe's Bean Blossom Jamboree, the four musicians moved to an apartment at 419 West Main in Urbana, Illinois, where they set up an impromptu recording studio to tape radio shows for WHOW in Clinton, Illinois. The fresh and exciting music made for these broadcasts during 1961 and 1962, featuring Nate's mandolin and lead vocals, are presented on this album. Said John Hartford (who plays fiddle on 'Harley's Breakdown'), 'Hillbilly music fans in central Illinois were lucky then.'
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