Thoroughly modern Gents
The Country Gentlemen were without argument, one of the most influential bands in Bluegrass. Although the personnel changes were hard to keep up with over the years, it was the core of Charlie Waller and John Duffy that gave the Country Gents their unique sound.
While it is well known that John Duffy spent long hours at the Library of Congress researching the old and overlooked tunes of the past, one of the things that their fans looked forward to was their treatment of current popular music of the day. The traditional bluegrass bands of the era stuck to the old standards or wrote their own music based on the old standards. It was the Folk Revival and authenticity counted. The Country Gentlemen were not afraid to take the music of the radio and give it their own sound.
written by Paul Hampton and Hal David and recorded in 1961 by Don Gibson
written and recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
written and recorded by John Prine