Three miles south of cash
Gave a little chuckle when I realized I still had my headphones on.
Born into a musical family in Dewitt, Arkansas, January 24, 1930, Floyd and Lloyd Armstrong were destined to become performers themselves. Their mother, Lois, played piano, ukulele, and autoharp and for a few years worked with Edna Durfee on KLRA, Little Rock, as 'The Sunshine Girls'. The twins began their professional careers in 1935 when they did a gospel number, Walking Arm in Arm with Jesus, on a kiddies' show over KARK, Little Rock, and they soon became regulars on the station's Boy's Club Saturday morning talent show.
During their school years the twins performed with several Little Rock groups including James Evans and the Dixie Mountaineers. They also won plenty of competitions, but rarely won any prize money. It was the Depression after all. Floyd recalled "We won hounds, sacks of groceries, whatever there was but we didn't win much cash in those days, because there wasn't much cash around."
In 1946 the Twins went into the music business full time. The family moved to California, there the boys worked with Merle Travis, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and other country music stars of the day.
The Armstrong Twins were popular on border radio stations that could be heard over the entire North American continent, but they never really pursued much of a recording career, preferring live performances and radio. They tired of show business in 1969 and left the stage. Lloyd earning his living as a mechanic and Floyd as a carpenter.
Then, in 1979, the great ethnomusicologist Chris Strachwitz, discovered some of their old recordings and reissued them on his Arhoolie label. Floyd and Lloyd met with Strachwitz at the Folk Centre in Mount View, Arkansas and agreed to record a new album. "Just Country Boys" was released in August, 1980 and proved they had lost none of their musical abilities.