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Album Review

While readers sometimes grow tired of listening to critics wax poetic about "the way things used to be," there's — on occasion — a good reason for it. Take the reissue of Good Time Blues by the Boys from Indiana, for instance. These songs, originally released in the mid-'70s, offer an easy side-by-side comparison with recent bluegrass recordings, and it's very rare, indeed, to find a current offering with this much traditional bluegrass soul. Interestingly, the music that completes this compilation was recorded in the midst of a progressive bluegrass revival, and there were probably many — at the time — who doubted the resilience of traditional (think Bill Monroe) bluegrass. Band regulars include vocalist and writer Aubrey Holt, bassist Jerry Holt, Dobro player Harley Gabbard, banjoist Noah Crase, and fiddler Paul Mullins. As the title of the collection suggests, the Boys from Indiana never forget the "blues" portion of bluegrass, turning out fine takes of "Feeling Blue," "The Girl in the Blue Velvet Band," and the title cut. The only negative comment about this collection is that it's 36 minutes long, which represents just a small portion of the four albums drawn from. The 14 songs and instrumentals on Good Time Blues are nonetheless top-notch, and the collection does an excellent job reminding listeners what authentic bluegrass actually sounds like. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi


Formed: 1973

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

From their inception in 1973, the Boys from Indiana remained one of the most original bluegrass bands on the festival circuit. The core of the band was comprised of the three Holt brothers: guitarist/bassist/vocalist Aubrey, bassist/vocalist Jerry, and bassist/guitarist/vocalist/mandolin player Tommy. Born and raised in rural Indiana, the brothers were surrounded by traditional music for most of their lives, and were influenced by Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and Hank Williams. Aubrey formed his...
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