Posted by Sloas Brothers Remembered on Saturday, July 20, 2013
Many years ago in the hills of eastern Kentucky was a group of brothers that were blessed with God Gifted Talent of playing good Old Time Bluegrass Music.
For many, many years these brothers stayed together, played together every chance they got, while each one worked at a public job to support their families. The group played under other names such as Dixie Play Boys, Indiana Boys, etc. The most common name they are known for is The Sloas Brothers. Through out the years there was time that some of the brothers just could not play at the events with them. However, they still got together as much as they could and jammed. Enjoyed their music playing as much as most people enjoy eating.Yes, they could have chosen to go on the road and would have made it, with the help of God. However, each of the brothers desired more to stay close to their families, as much as possible anyway.
Recently, Representative Rocky Adkins has brought back the recognition of this group, by naming upper 706 in Isonvile as "Sloas Brothers Memorial Highway". I personally would like to thank Rocky for his part in bringing this recognition. Upper Newcombe in Elliott County and Fannin Fork in Morgan County is the location where they were born and raised. All of them at one time or another owned a home on this route, as well as the Sloas Cemetery is located here.
Regretfully Uncle Kenny was called home not long after the signs were put in place. I Thank God that there was a picture taken of him with the sign the day it was put into place at the Crockett Post Office.
The family is very humbled by this small act of recognition of these brothers that were always willing to go to help a neighbor in need.
You see, they played more "benefit" shows and donated anything that may have came their way back too the benefit. Isonville Elementary School dedicated their 1985/86 year annual to The Sloas Brothers expressing their appreciation for all they had done to help the school with fund raisers of many types.
A very humble family to say the least.
Actually, the last performance by the group was on Dec. 12, 1987 at Isonville, Elementary School along with other groups. Regrettfully, after this night my daddy was called home.
The Sloas Brothers were sought after by many and they played several bluegrass shows. I thank God that I have a DVD of some of their performances.
Thank you Rocky for this wonderful tribute to a very special group of brothers!!!
They also had their own Radio show at WGOH Radio in Grayson, Kentucky.
The Sloas Brothers are also Kentucky Colonel honored by the State of Kentucky.
I will answer any questions I can.........I am also looking for any information.
Uncle Kenny was one of the greatest banjo players to ever live. He played his own unique style and was really wonderful at the overhanded or claw hammer style.....he picked up from his dad.
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