|Tags:||bluegrass under 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
A country and gospel group formed in 1953, comprising Russell Easter (Russell Lee Easter, 22 April 1930, Mount Airy, North Carolina, USA; banjo, guitar, vocals), James Easter (b. James Madison Easter, 24 April 1933, Mount Airy, North Carolina, USA; guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Ed Easter (b. Edward Franklin Easter, 28 March 1934, Mount Airy, North Carolina, USA; mandolin, banjo, vocals). They grew up greatly influenced by bluegrass music, in particular that of a gospel nature. Russell Easter first formed a band in 1947, and was later joined by his siblings. In 1953, with one other musician, they began to perform as the Green Valley Quartet and regularly played stations in Mount Airy and Danville. Turning more and more to bluegrass gospel music, they built their reputation throughout the 60s, playing various radio and television programmes. In 1960, they recorded for both Commandant and King. In 1968, when they recorded an acoustic album for County, the group (by...