The Kentucky Colonels

Live in Stereo

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The Kentucky Colonels existed as a group for approximately seven years, though with only two members who appeared on every recording, brothers Clarence White on guitar and Roland White on mandolin. Banjo player Billy Ray Latham and bassist Roger Bush round out the group, with everyone contributing vocals. The music from this 1965 concert in Vancouver has better sound than some of the earlier live releases, with a typical set blending uptempo intricate instrumentals and traditional bluegrass vocal favorites, along with deliberately corny novelty numbers and a few brief jokes traded back and forth between Latham and Bush. The intricate solos by the White Brothers are incredible (especially “Alabama Jubilee" and “Bluegrass Breakdown"), while the vocal harmonies are enjoyable as well. Sadly, this CD seems to have lapsed from print, as the Sierra label claimed an exclusive contract to release any recordings by the Kentucky Colonels and represented Clarence's widow. Currently, the CD commands a premium when it turns up for sale and it is unclear as to whether Sierra will eventually obtain the master tapes to reissue it.

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