Cliff Waldron

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades: 1990s 2000s


4 April 1941, Jolo, West Virginia, USA. Playing guitar and mandolin and singing, Waldron joined the Southern Ramblers, playing bluegrass at local venues and on radio. In the early 60s, Waldron settled in Virginia and there and elsewhere found a larger audience for bluegrass. He played mandolin with the Page Valley Boys until the more popular Buzz Busby’s Bayou Boys ran into difficulties. That band’s banjo player, Bill Emerson, took over from Busby and brought in Waldron on guitar. At first, the band was named the Lee Highway Boys, then became known as Emerson And Waldron. Their repertoire centred upon traditional bluegrass but Emerson and Waldron were open to change. An early example of this was their rendition of ‘Fox On The Run’, with which they had considerable success (although Charlie Waller’s Country Gentlemen would do even better). This song, which had been a hit for Manfred Mann in the UK, became a bluegrass standard. Among other...

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