Country Gazette

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Formed in 1971, this bluegrass ensemble was rooted in several Los Angeles-based outfits. The original line-up included three ex-members of Dillard And Clark, Byron Berline (6 July 1944, Caldwell, Kansas, USA; fiddle, vocals), Billy Ray Latham (banjo, vocals) and Roger Bush (bass), who were initially joined by guitarist Herb Pedersen (b. 27 April 1944, Berkeley, California, USA). The latter was then replaced by Alan Munde (b. 4 November 1946, Norman, Oklahoma, USA). Within months of its inception, Country Gazette was absorbed into a revue combining elements of the rapidly dissolving Flying Burrito Brothers. Wertz, Bush and Berline appeared on the unit’s Last Of The Red Hot Burritos selection, before reconvening to complete their own band’s debut, Traitor In Our Midst. Although the founding trio each took sabbaticals from their creation, they, plus Munde, were its nucleus. Former Kentucky Colonels member Roland White joined the band in 1975, and remained...

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