Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Double Decker String Band

This has been a great year for new releases in both the Old time and Bluegrass fields. I, for one am glad to see this new interest in Old Time music.

I'd venture to bet that most of the riders on the Bus are familiar with the Double Decker String Band. Bill Schmidt, Craig Johnson, Bruce Hutton and John Beam have been playing some of the best revival string band music since 1977. The Double Decker String Band has a long string of albums on a long list of labels, unfortunately most of them are out-of-print now. This year they released "The Rest Is Yet To Come" on Tim Brown's 5-String Productions.

The Double Decker String Band learned the old tunes from 78s by such artists as the Georgia Yellow Hammers, Carter Brothers and Son, and the Alabama Shieks. Even though Old Time music was nearly extinct as many live radio shows featuring it faded off the airwaves in the 1950s and '60s, bands such as the Highwoods String Band, the New Lost City Ramblers, and the Double Decker String Band were gathering a new following. The Double Decker String Band has been consistent favorites at festivals over the years. It has been a few years since they entered the studio for a new recording. "The Rest Is Yet To Come" is the long awaited new album from a band that has upheld the tradition for the past thirty years.


Double Decker String Band - Lawdy, Lawdy Blues.mp3

Double Decker String Band - Who's Been Giving You Corn.mp3


Buy "The Rest Is Yet To Come" at 5-String Productions, CD Baby, Elderly, or County Sales

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