The Geezinslaws

The Kooky World of the Geezinlaw Brothers

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The Geezinslaws became moderately popular country music song parodists and humorists in the late '60s and beyond, but they started out as a country-folk outfit trying to capitalize on the folk craze in the early '60s. The Kooky World of the Geezinlaw Brothers is their first album, recorded live in Chicago with a mixture of spoken humor, straight performances, and humorous songs that will all seem very familiar to commercial folk buffs. The group leads with a straightforward rendition of "Cotton Fields" before satirizing "Sally Was a Good Old Girl" and offering up a banjo solo ("He's Been Workin' on the Banjo"). There is a little political and pop culture humor ("Billy Sol Estes," "They're Rioting in Africa") that is very much in line with the conventions of the folk boom. Hillbilly versions of "Unchained Melody," "Till There Was You" (from The Music Man), and Cole Porter's "Night and Day" are supposed to be funny, but Homer & Jethro were better able to make that joke succeed. "Charming Betsy," on the other hand, is pure hillbilly and works well. The Geezinslaws reappeared a few years later with a series of superior albums on Capitol Records. The Kooky World of the Geezinlaw Brothers is a formative early effort on which they hadn't yet found their angle.

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