The Blue Sky Boys
|Tags:||bluegrass country folk|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
The Blue Sky Boys comprised Bill Bolick (William Bolick, 28 October 1917, Hickory, North Carolina, USA, d. 14 March 2008, Hickory, North Carolina, USA) and his brother Earl (b. 16 November 1919, Hickory, North Carolina, USA, d. 19 April 1998, Georgia, USA). The fourth and fifth of six children of religious parents, they learned many hymns and gospel songs as youngsters, but no other member of the family played an instrument. Bill first learned banjo and guitar from a neighbour and passed on both his knowledge and the instruments to Earl. He was given a mandolin but, preferring the guitar, he showed no interest in it. Bill taught himself to play and adopted it as his main instrument and appeared as vocalist with a local group on WWNC Asheville in 1935. Soon afterwards, the brothers joined fiddler Pappy Sherrill and appeared on radio as the Good Coffee Boys. Before long, they moved to WGST Atlanta, where they became the Blue Ridge Hillbillies. They first recorded for...