The Blue Sky Boys

The Blue Sky Boys (Bill and Earl Bolick)

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The Bluebird recording catalog of this classic brother duo has been pillaged and scattered into the hinterlands as if it was a moonshine still left unguarded, and let's hope that brothers Earl and Bill Bolick will forgive such a sordid comparison. This out-of-print two-record set is one of the best collections that has been culled from this material. Unlike many "two-fers" of this marketing period, the display space is not wasted and there is an informative and well-written essay as well as full information on all the recording sessions. There are practically three dozen separate ditties here, some of them, such as "Paper Boy," expressing morbid sentimentality on a level that defies description. Musicianship is also at a high level. The smoothness with which the brothers negotiate both the sung harmony parts and picked instrumental passages on a gospel tune such as "When Heaven Comes Down" shows why they continue to be a favorite of many country and old-timey enthusiasts.

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