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The Country Gentlemen

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 virtuoso instrumentals, the Gentlemen attracted a broad audience, ranging from traditional country/bluegrass fans to folk and soft rock lovers.

Formed in Washington, D.C., on July 4, 1957, the original lineup of the Country Gentlemen featured guitarist/vocalist Charlie Waller -- who has led the band through all of its numerous incarnations -- mandolinist/vocalist John Duffey, banjoist Bill Emerson, and bassist Tom Morgan. Waller had spent time with a number of country string bands in the early '50s, most notably Buzz Busby's band, the Bayou Boys, which also featured Emerson. After the Bayou Boys suffered a car crash in early 1957, Waller and Emerson put together a group to fulfill the band's regular spot at a Virginia venue while various members were recovering. That replacement band evolved into the County Gentlemen.

For the first two years of their existence, the Country Gentlemen went through numerous lineup changes. In 1959, they finally landed on a permanent lineup, with banjoist Eddie Adcock and bassist Tom Gray joining a band that already included Waller and Duffey. This lineup secured a contract with Starday Records and released a handful of singles, as well as one album, Traveling Dobro Blues. Following their Starday recordings, the group moved to Folkways, where they released three albums, including their breakthrough, Country Songs Old & New. After their stint at Folkways, the group moved to Mercury in 1963, where they released Folk Session Inside. The following year, they began a long association with Rebel Records.

During the '60s, the Country Gentlemen built up a dedicated fan base in America through constant touring. Although their lineup shifted rapidly -- following Gray's 1964 departure, they went through several of bassists before settling on Ed McGlothlin -- their sound pretty much stayed the same. At the end of the '60s, the core lineup began to splinter as Duffey left in 1969; he was replaced by Jimmy Gaudreau. In the following year, both Adcock and McGlothlin left the lineup. In 1971, the second classic lineup of the Country Gentlemen -- featuring Waller, a re-joined Bill Emerson, mandolinist Doyle Lawson, and bassist Bill Yates -- fell into place and stayed together for two years. For the next 20 years, various lineups of the Country Gentlemen, which were all led by Waller, remained popular on the bluegrass festival circuit. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & David Vinopal
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Vol. 4: Going Back To The Blue Ridge Mountains

1. Going Back To The Blue Ridge Mountains

2. Going To The Races

3. Azzuro Campana

4. Dark As A Dungeon

5. Stage Patter: Charlie And John

6. Copper Kettle

7. Billy In The Lowground

8. I Saw The Light

9. Tom Dooley #2

10. Brown Mt. Light

11. Stage Patter: Charlie

12. Electricity

13. Daybreak In Dixie

14. Mary Dear

15. Sad And Lonesome Day

16. Cripple Creek

17. Don't The Road Look Rough And Rocky

18. Muleskinner Blues

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Track List: Going Back To The Blue Ridge Mountains

1. Going Back To The Blue Ridge Mountains

2. Going To The Races

3. Azzuro Campana

4. Dark As A Dungeon

5. Copper Kettle

6. Billy In The Low Ground

7. I Saw The Light

8. Tom Dooley #2

9. Brown Mountain Light

10. Electricity

11. Daybreak In Dixie

12. Mary Dear

13. Sad And Lonesome Day

14. Cripple Creek

15. Don't This Road Look Rough And Rocky

16. Muleskinner Blues

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Track List: Joe's Last Train

1. Joe's Last Train

2. Ages And Ages Ago

3. In My Younger Days

4. Pamela Brown

5. Cryin' Holy

6. This Land Must Die

7. Bloody Mary Morning

8. Goin' Home

9. Texas Chili

10. Free As The Wind

11. Dixieland For Me

12. Lord Don't Leave Me Here

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Track List: Sugar Hill Collection

1. Come And Sit By The River

2. Meet Me Over On The Other Side

3. The Likes Of You

4. Darby's Castle

5. Sit Down Young Stranger

6. It's Just Like Heaven

7. For The First Time

8. South Elm Street

9. Blue Ridge Mountains Turning Green

10. The Lonely Dancer

11. Riverboat Fantasy

12. God's Coloring Book

13. River Bottom

14. Coal, Black Gold

15. The In Crowd

16. Electricity

17. I'm Lonesome Without You

18. Loving Her Was Easier Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again

19. Things In Life

20. Honey Don't

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Track List: Bluegrass At Carnegie Hall

1. I Know I've Lost You

2. Nobody's Business

3. Down Where The Still Waters Flow

4. Country Concert (Instrumental)

5. A Letter To Tom

6. Two Little Boys

7. These Men Of God

8. Red Rockin' Chair (1961 version)

9. I'll Never Marry

10. Willie Roy, The Crippled Boy

11. Sunrise (Instrumental)

12. Silence Of Tears

13. New Freedom Bell

14. The Church Back Home

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Track List: Folk Songs & Bluegrass

1. Train 45

2. Little Bessie

3. The Fields Have Turned Brown

4. They're At Rest Together

5. Strutting On The Strings

6. Rememberance Of You

7. Red Rocking Chair

8. Will The Circle Be Unbroken

9. Handsome Molly

10. Victim To The Tomb

11. Behind These Prison Walls Of Love

12. Wear A Red Rose

13. I'm Coming Back (But I Don't Know When)

14. Southbound

15. Come All Ye Tenderhearted

16. Standing In The Need Of Prayer

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Track List: 25 Years

1. Matterhorn

3. Two Little Boys

4. This World's No Place To Live

5. Girl From The North Country

6. 500 Miles

7. Aunt Dinah's Quilting Party

8. Copper Kettle

9. Helen

10. Little Bessie

11. Many A Mile

12. Come All Ye Tenderhearted

13. Teach Your Children

14. Where I'm Bound

15. Redwood Hill

16. Letter To Tom

17. Less Of Me

18. Devil's Little Angel

19. The Likes Of You

20. This Morning At Nine

21. Dixieland For Me

22. The Fields Have Turned Brown

23. Over The Hills To The Poorhouse

24. Come And Sit By The River

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Track List: The Award Winning Country Gentlemen

1. Walkin' Down The Line

2. Legend Of The Rebel Soldier

3. Redwood Hill

4. The Fields Have Turned Brown

5. C.G. Express

6. Little Bessie

7. Old Pine Tree

8. Hickory Hollow's Tramp

9. Country Roads

10. Secret Of The Waterfall

11. Breakin' It Down

12. Girl Behind The Bar

13. Get In Line Buddy

14. New Freedom Bell

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Track List: On The Road (And More)

1. Handsome Molly

2. The Sunny Side Of Life

3. Poor Ellen Smith

4. The Long Black Veil

5. Grandfather's Clock

6. Ain't Got No Home

7. Heartaches

8. Little Glass Of Wine

9. Walking In Jerusalem (Just Like John)

10. I Am A Pilgrim

11. A Letter To Tom

12. Rawhide

13. Blue Ridge Mountain Blues

14. I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow

15. A Letter To Tom

16. John Hardy

17. The Fields Have Turned Brown

18. These Men Of God

19. Little Sparrow

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Track List: Country Songs, Old And New

1. Roving Gambler

2. The Little Sparrow

3. Drifting Too Far

4. Weeping Willow

5. Tomorrow's My Wedding Day

6. The Story Of Charlie Lawson

7. Turkey Knob

8. Paul & Silas

9. Ellen Smith

10. The Long Black Veil

11. Honky Tonk Rag

12. Jesse James

13. Have Thine Own Way

14. A Good Woman's Love

15. The Double Eagle

16. Darling Alalee

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Track List: Classic Country Gents Reunion

1. Fare Thee Well

2. Stewball

3. I'll Be Here In The Morning

4. Champagne Breakdown

5. Here Today & Gone Tomorrow

6. Gonna Get There Soon

7. Hey Lala

8. Casey's Last Ride

9. Wild Side Of Life

10. Wait A Little Longer

11. Back Home In Indiana

12. Thinking Of You

13. Say Won't You Be Mine

Comments

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Great Music!
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Love their music...grea t !
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes. When your done push the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works.
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They got some good songs.
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sarahcsonka
This is creepy but it works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday. Repost this on 15 songs in 143 mins. If you don't you will have bad luck. When you are done press the space bar and your crush's name will appear in big letters.
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Uplifting!! Feel the Holy Ghost!!
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Joes last ride & bringing Mary home the sequel and did for get about the boys from indania
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A Beautiful Song, By A Great Bluegrass Band !! A Great Blessing Indeed !
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deedeelee29d b
They were great I grew up on there music
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Always loved their sound!
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First time ever. I like.
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Got into blue grass when I heard string cheese for the first time... then I saw them at uic in 06 and I can't listen to anything else now... I love when Sadie has her new dress on... also this Pandora has brought me ole crow.. I just love me a string band. I used to follow a string band around called ole zesty and the old time bootknockers . . .
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ethbarry
Loved them in Europe when I was 12 or 13 and everyone thought I was crazy for loving American bluegrass. Now I'm almost 60, live in the USA, became a US citizen and I still love them to pieces.
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They were a great group
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Love the Country Gentlemen and the Louvin Brothers gospel songs.
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Very great amazing bluegrass music!
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ganz1009
Great song!
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I don't know about God, but they sure do some great pickin' and a grinnin'.
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My grass is Blue what about you?
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You can allways tell when God has had his hand in something because it turns out perfect. Their music is sacred and we're blessed to get to listen to it.
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I didn't appreciate this kind of music when I was younger, NOW! I realise what I was missin
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kipb3
Bought my first house from Bill. Quite a picker.
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Duffy and Waller... doesn't get any better
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mandyhoover9 9
This is one of my favorites!!!
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great music my fvorite is rebel soldier on award winnig album good at this 150 anniv civil war bluegras rules
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http://www.p a n d o r a . c o m / m u s i c / a l b u m / c o u n t r y + g e n t l e m e n / v o l + 4 + g o i n g + b a c k + t o + b l u e + r i d g e + m o u n t a i n s
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slapshot1894
Great....... . . . . a s always.
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These guys were truly some of the best. John Duffys Harmony really put em on the map and them on to the Seldom Scene. Really miss his harmony in Bluegrass! no one has come close yeat.
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good for poppy city grass of that time period. none better than big mon and his boys though gary
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natalie85
Luckily I figured out how to operate my internet radio so I could enjoy these guys
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I like to liston to cal smith but I guess I don t umderstand how to operate the internet radio???
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slapshot1894
I agree with the last comment. They are the very, very best of the best. I've been lucky enough to see them often and every performance was better than the last........ . . . . . . . h a r d to do when you're already perfect.
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Only 5 comments to date? Incredible! To me The Country Gentlemen is the best that ever played the genre, bar none. Charlie's voice is golden and I hope his music continues to live on in popularity.
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Great group, great harmonies, great instrumentat i o n . I saw them many times in my younger days following the bluegrass circuit on weekends around the Carolinas and Virginia.
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nascar382448
char;ie was a friend of a friend indeed and one of the best of the best one of my favorite bluegrass singers and also gospel songs hated to see him go but GOD needed a singer in the band there
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kevinh08
great group that has been around forever
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i need to find a song about the sing call he was a friend of mine
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jgjg24
Charlie Waller has the golden voice of a bluegrass man, he was truly the Country Gentleman.

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