The Country Gentlemen

On the Road

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Side one of this live LP was recorded at Antioch College on April 13, 1962, and side two done on January 6, 1963, at the Sacred Mushroom coffeehouse in Columbus, OH. This is a good representation of what the group's classic quartet lineup -- Eddie Adcock, Charlie Waller, John Duffey, and Tom Gray -- sounded like in the early '60s. The 13 songs include an assortment of country, folk, and gospel material, as well as the popular music standard "Heartaches" and the unexpected cover of Clarence "Frogman" Henry's 1950s rock'n'roll hit "Ain't Got No Home." Waller did Donald Duck vocals for part of this, and perhaps the mics didn't pick it up, but the absence of laughter from the audience indicates that this grating routine didn't go down that well. As for a quality pop-crossover cover, better was their cover of the country music hit "The Long Black Veil." The entire album is included on the 2001 Smithsonian Folkways CD reissue On the Road (and More), which adds six bonus tracks that are believed to have been recorded at Carnegie Hall on September 16, 1961.

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