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