The Everly Brothers
Jim & Jesse: 1952-1955
Close Harmony
The Louvin Brothers

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Close Harmony is one of the most distinctive sounds in traditional country. The term refers to the keening two (occasionally three) part harmonies that acts like the Louvin Brothers and the Delmore Brothers popularized. The sound of close harmony grew out of the high, lonesome sound of bluegrass, yet most close-harmony songs were closer to traditional country than bluegrass. During the late '40s and early '50s, close-harmony acts became quite popular, thanks to a string of brother acts. The Louvin Brothers, perhaps the definitive close-harmony group, became popular at the end of the era. Their popularity was impeded by the emergence of rock & roll, which cut the country audience dramatically. Ironically, close-harmony acts in general -- and the Louvins in particular -- were an influence on the harmony style of the Everly Brothers, who happened to write the template for rock & roll harmonies with their late '50s singles. The Everlys' influence was as apparent in the Beatles as the Louvins were in the Everlys, and that is just one testament to the depth and influence of close harmony.

Close Harmony Artists Highlights

The Everly Brothers
The Everly Brothers
The Louvin Brothers
The Louvin Brothers
Jim & Jesse
Jim & Jesse
Gillian Welch
Gillian Welch
Bill Monroe
Bill Monroe
The Whitstein Brothers
The Whitstein Brothers

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Close Harmony Album Highlights

Jim & Jesse: 1952-1955
Jim & Jesse
Jim & Jesse: 1952-1955
Close Harmony
The Louvin Brothers
Close Harmony
Freight Train Boogie
The Delmore Brothers
Freight Train Boogie
The Essential Bluegrass Album
Osborne Brothers
The Essential Bluegrass ...
When I Stop Dreaming: The Best of the Louvin Brothers
The Louvin Brothers
When I Stop Dreaming: The ...
The Harrow & the Harvest
Gillian Welch
The Harrow & the Harvest

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Close Harmony Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
New Mule Skinner Blues Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
Keep on the Sunny Side The Carter Family
All I Have to Do Is Dream The Everly Brothers
Family Bible Osborne Brothers / Mac Wiseman
Pretty Polly The Stanley Brothers
The Great Atomic Power The Louvin Brothers
I'll Remember You Love in My Prayers Ralph Stanley
Rip It Up The Everly Brothers
Hello Stranger The Carter Family
In the Shadow of the Pines The Carter Family

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