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EARL BROTHERS...comments on "BLUEGRASS TODAY.COM".."OUTLAW HILLBILLY"

Posted by RobertEarlDavis on Saturday, October 13, 2012

http://bluegrasstoday.com/outlaw-hillbilly-the-earl-brothers/

Ivor Trueman says:
September 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Thanks for this – they sound like a breath of fresh air! I checked some of their Youtube stuff & wound up

ordering a bundle of their CDs….

Incidentally, and perhaps rather strangely, Robert Earl Davis played at the first (multi-day) bluegrass festival at Fincastle ’65 (with the Virginia Gentlemen).

Robert Earl Davis says:
September 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Ivor …thanks for the comment…
yes you are right i did play at that festival..it was in Sept 1965 and i had just turned 16…we played at 6:30 on Saturday just before the Osborne brothers…i remember standing back stage and looking at sonny and Bobby thinking that “these guys are Really big ( they weighted a lot more back then)…and they had two girls with them that looked to be Twins/ big hair…well it was quite a sight!! and i remember it well..
thanks for bring it up …
regards
r
e

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Josh says:
October 7, 2012 at 12:52 am

I’ve been a long time fan of the Earl Brothers and own their albums. It’s great to hear new stuff and Outlaw Hillbilly may rank as the best the Earl Brothers have yet released. It’s great to hear Robert Earl Davis with tenor accompaniment from Thomas Willie. Very reminiscent of John McKelvey’s supporting vocals that made Whiskey, Women, and Death such a potent release. But I think what has leapt out at me is the new version of Hard Times Down the Road. Stripped down and keyed down, this new version is much more raw than the original, which I never did think was possible. But the standout performer on that song is the lil Jimmy Touzel’s electric bass. There’s bass riffs that erase any feeling that maybe a fiddle oughta be adding some comment in there. Terrific new version, Earl Brothers. Hope you guys tour near Kentucky way in the coming months.

Eric Tapp says:
October 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

Josh- I’d have to agree with you on all points. Outlaw Hillbilly is my favorite to date. You nailed it. I haven’t been able to explain what I’m hearing on this much more than I simply like it a lot. Did I mention I like this album a lot?


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Ivor Trueman says:
October 7, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Just got “Outlaw Hillbilly” (and the previous two albums)… normally I run a mile from electric bass, but the runs on ‘Hard Times Down The Road’ suit the song perfectly.

It’s kinda Ralph Stanley meets Roscoe Holcomb meets the Ramones.

Their stripped to the bone sound have been ideal for the ‘Lawless’ film soundtrack. It would’ve suited the ‘very raw and brutal and punky’ sound Nick Cave & Co. were aiming at for their tale of prohibition era bootleggers the Bondurant bros’.

Eric Tapp says:
October 7, 2012 at 6:23 pm

I’d have to agree completely with you Ivor. The Earl Bros. would have been a much better and authentic sound for “Lawless”.



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