Monday, May 08, 2006

Johnson Mountain Boys

It was the 1980s. Bluegrass music had taken a turn to the more progressive side thanks to bands like the Seldom Scene expanding the genre's repertoire with folk and pop songs. And then there were those folks in Colorado, Sam Bush, David Grisman and friends blending in some jazz, ragtime, and who knows what all.

A few young fellows from the suburbs of Washington, D.C. got together to play "traditional" bluegrass. They even performed wearing their identical western uniforms complete with cowboy hats, in the style of Monroe and the Stanleys.

Dudley Connell on guitar, banjo and vocals, banjoist Richie Underwood, mandolinist David McLaughlin, fiddler Eddie Stubbs, and Larry Robbins on bass. The Johnson Mountain Boys were loyal to a sound and stage presence from a couple of decades earlier. Their return to a style that was fast fading, won them a loyal following. They became big draws on the festival circuit. The band's personnel changed a few times over the decade, but the sound remained true and consistent.

Johnson Mountain Boys - Carolina Mountain Home.mp3

Johnson Mountain Boys - Goodbye To The Blues.mp3

All of the Johnson Mountain Boys recordings are available from Rounder Records


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now if this doesn’t get your toes to a tappen there is something wrong with you.
Good Job Ed.


May 09, 2006 6:15 AM  
Blogger countrygrrl said...

wow my all time fave heh haw fantabby dooby bluegrass band. they never cease to amaze me with their speed and again!!

May 10, 2006 12:51 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

The Johnson Mtn Boys reconstitute the band every year and travel the festival circuit.
Next time you're on this side of the big water Countrygrrl, try to catch 'em if you can.

May 10, 2006 2:30 PM  

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