Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Blue Sky Boys - Presenting

Bill and Earl Bolick were the Blue Sky boys, a country/bluegrass duets who performed up until 1951
but were convinced to reform and record this album in 1965 by members of the then-current folk revival movement. With a sounds reminiscent of the Stanley Brothers, Monroe Brothers and the Louvin Brothers, this team was never as well known, but still produced quality music with an excellent blend of harmonies - most songs are sung in harmony ala the Louvins - and instruments - guitar and mandolin, also like the Louvins.

The material here is mostly traditional songs, cuh as "Corina, Corina", "Midnight Special", "Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet", Jack O'Diamonds" (pretty different from the other versions I have heard), "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and more. "Oh Marry in Time" stands out for me as it has the line (and melody) that was later used by Simon and Garfunkel with "and then she'll be a true love of mine".

Really good stuff - there is a lot available from this duo so I will certainly be picking up more.