Country Gazette

Traitor in Our Midst

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The Country Gazette evolved as a sort of spin-off from the first edition of the Flying Burrito Brothers, with fiddler Byron Berline (doubling on mandolin), bassist Roger Bush, guitarist Kenny Wertz, and banjo player Alan Munde. Their debut record for United Artists mixed traditional bluegrass and country songs ("Lost Indian" and the Louvin Brothers' "I Wish You Knew"), a pair of rocker Gene Clark's songs ("Keep on Pushin'" and "Tried So Hard"), and original material. On a few tracks the group is augmented by the presence of guitarist Herb Pedersen, guitarist Chris Smith, and dobro player Skip Conover. The colorful album packaging is rather campy, but the music has held up very well in the decades which have followed, though the instrumentals are more memorable than the vocal numbers.

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