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The Award Winning Country Gentlemen

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Album Review

Not only does Award Winning Country Gentlemen culminate a major shift in direction for the Country Gentlemen, it is also quite possibly their finest album. Charlie Waller had to reassemble the group in the early '70s, bringing in a new lineup — including mandolinist Doyle Lawson, bassist Bill Yates and banjoist Bill Emerson — that helped move the Country Gentlemen even further into contemporary music. On Award Winning, the band covers songs by rock and folk songwriters like Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot, bringing a bluegrass attitude and instrumentation to the contemporary numbers. The result is a stunning record, with a great selection of songs and simply stunning musicianship.

Biography

Formed: 04 July 1957 in Washington DC

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The Country Gentlemen expanded the definition of "bluegrass" — they were progressive bluegrass before the term existed. The Gentlemen came along with the first wave of the folk music revival in the late '50s and quickly made a name for themselves as a band that could not only play traditional material straight, but also brought Bob Dylan and contemporary country material into the genre. Because of their exceptional singing and...
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