Terry Gilkyson


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Terry Gilkyson and his Easy Riders were important forefathers of the commercial folk movement, although they never realized any significant benefit from that role. Curiously, the cover of Rollin' pictures four members, but only Gilkyson, Richard Dehr, and Frank Miller are credited. This 1960 album sounds a bit like the Weavers' early '60s Vanguard recordings but with a greater pop orientation; "Love Is a Golden Ring" could almost be a '50s teen ballad, and "The Lights of Town" is a rewrite of "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore." Gilkyson's famous song "The Cry of the Wild Goose" is revisited, and "Ride Away Vaquero" is in the same vein as the Kingston Trio's "Coplas." Rollin' is neither strictly "traditional" nor fully chart-oriented, but falls somewhere in between.