|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||bluegrass country folk instrumental americana banjo bluegrass virtuoso|
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William Hundley Emerson, 22 January 1938, Washington, DC, USA. Emerson first played guitar at the age of 17 but a year later, he adopted the banjo as his main instrument. In 1957, he played with Buzz Busby And The Bayou Boys, before he and Charlie Waller formed the Country Gentlemen, with whom he played until late in 1958. After spells with the Stoneman Family and Bill Harrell, he joined Jimmy Martins Sunny Mountain Boys. In 1964, he briefly played with Red Allen, during which time he also recorded albums as Bill Emerson And The Virginia Mountaineers, before rejoining Martin in 1965. In 1967/8, Emerson and Cliff Waldron led the Lee Highway Boys, who were later renamed New Shades Of Grass. In 1970, he replaced Eddie Adcock in the Country Gentlemen and recorded several successful albums with the group. In 1972, as the group were leaving a venue, shots were fired at them from a passing car and Emerson was wounded in the arm. In 1973, he joined the US Navy Band...