Takin' Bluegrass to New England
The Lilly Brothers, Everett and Bea Lilly, were raised in the rural community of Clear Creek, near Beckley, West Virginia. Raised on the popular brother duets of the 1930s, the Lilly brothers first performed together as the Lonesome Holler Boys. Around 1938 they were invited to perform on the Old Farm Hour on WCHS radio in Charleston.
While they enjoyed a local popularity it was their move to Boston in 1952 that would set them on a path to musical history. The move to Boston was at the request of a friend, Tex Logan. With Don Stover, on banjo, making a foursome, the Lilly Brothers and Don Stover played at the famous Hillbilly Ranch in Boston and toured all over New England. They were one of the first real, professional bluegrass bands to perform regularly in the Northeast and can be credited with bringing an appreciation for Bluegrass to the folks of New England.