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Album Review

The fourth volume in a series of radio transcriptions, this installment collects 31 tracks from 1946-47 including comedy skits, advertisements, themes and introductions. Excellent liner notes by the surviving Blue Sky Boy, Bill Bollick, comment track-by-track on the origins of the songs. A few fiddle breakdowns are included in addition to the usual vocal duos and trios on remakes of their RCA recordings as well as tunes they never otherwise recorded. The Blue Sky Boys were in their commercial prime around the time of these recordings, and this disc is a must for fans of their influential close harmonies, especially as the world waits for an anthology of their classic 1940s Victor Bluebird sides.


Formed: 1936 in Hickory, NC

Genre: Country

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s

In the '30s, brother duets were common in country music: Among the better known were the Monroes, the Delmores, the Dixons, and the Carlisles. Bill and Earl Bolick, who in 1936 were ready to make their first recording, followed their producer's suggestion that they should be different by avoiding the word "brother." From "Blue Ridge Mountains, Land of the Sky" they took two words and named their act. But the Bolicks would have been different without the new name. Their intricate yet simple harmonies,...
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