Scottsville Squirrel Barkers Biography

This historically important bluegrass band - also known as the Kentucky Mountain Boys - was formed in 1958 by patrons of a San Diego club, the Blue Guitar. Its proprietor, Ed Douglas, played bass in the founding line-up alongside Larry Murray (guitar/vocals), Kenny Wertz (guitar/banjo), Gary Carr (guitar) and Chris Hillman (mandolin/vocals). They remained active for four years, during which time Bernie Leadon replaced Wertz. This version of the Barkers was featured on 1962’s Blue Grass Favorites, which was distributed solely in local supermarkets. The quintet broke up soon after its release. Hillman teamed with Rex and Vern Gosdin in the Hillmen, before rejoining Murray in the Green Grass Group. He later became a founder member of the Byrds, while Murray and Leadon were reunited in Hearts And Flowers. Wertz, meanwhile, resurfaced in Country Gazette.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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