Thursday, March 23, 2006

John Duffey - a true Country Gentleman

I've written about the late, great John Duffey in this space before. Co-founder of two of the most influencial bands in modern bluegrass music, the Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene, Duffey's unmistakable voice and mandolin playing were earmarks of both bands. At a time when most bluegrass bands wore identical uniforms and cowboy hats (I never have figured that out) and stood rigid in a semi-circle around a single microphone, the flamboyant Duffey was full of infectious energy and antics on stage. His choice of music was not the standard bluegrass fare either, performing jazz, pop and rock tunes with a bluegrass zeal.

The WASHINGTON POST said of Duffey on Dec. 11, 1996, the day after his death from a heart attack, "Mr. Duffey was a large and imposing man with a precise and soulfully expressive voice, and his singing was invariably moving. But he also had an engaging, irrepressible and sometimes off-the-wall style of stage chatter and a superb sense of timing that could break up an audience with a one-liner."

In his forty years in the bluegrass music, John was unique and fortunate to have been the catalyst in forming two landmark bands.

The Country Gentlemen - Bringing Mary Home.mp3

John Duffey - Let Me Be Your Friend.mp3

John Duffey - The Boatman.mp3

John Duffey - Life Is Like A Mountain Railway.mp3


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seldom Scene had some super songs. Thanks

March 24, 2006 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

Great picks again, Ed. You've done well this week; if you make it to the Irish Festival, I'll buy you a Guinness or Harp

March 24, 2006 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ed,
Fast or slow, bluegrass and folk speak to me in a very special way. Great selections as usual!

March 24, 2006 7:22 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Thanks for the kind words folks.

March 26, 2006 7:12 AM  

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