The Monroe Brothers

The Monroe Brothers, Vol. 2: Just a Song of Old Kentucky

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Although the Monroe Brothers initially made their name singing gospel, Vol. 2 of Rounder's series features mostly secular material. All 15 sides (including a few on Vol. 1) were recorded during two "quick and dirty" sessions in June and October 1936, most of them in a single take. Still, the playing is tight and the material generally excellent, highlighted by "Where Is My Sailor Boy?" (also known as "What Does the Deep Sea Say?") and Monroe's first recording of "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms." "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," heard here in its original 1912 incarnation, might prove to be a revelatory listen for anyone familiar only with A.P. Carter's adaptation.

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