The Blue Sky Boys

There'll Come a Time/Can't You Hear That Nightbird Crying?

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The Blue Sky Boys' records are, to modern ears, among the most effortlessly listenable of the early country recordings because of the Bolick brothers' sublime close harmony singing. Their arresting style was cited as an influence by the Louvin Brothers and the Everly Brothers, and although they weren't as commercially successful, they certainly belong in the pantheon of '20s and '30s hillbilly stars with Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. There'll Come a Time/Can't You Hear That Nightbird Crying? collects 21 sides from the duo's earliest Bluebird 78's, with track-by-track commentary by Bill Bolick in the liner notes. The sound quality is excellent, and the program seems to be a complete chronicle of the Blue Sky Boys' two 1936 recording sessions. The odd number of tracks is because one of their 78s from this period had a Dixon Brothers track on the flip side.

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