The Country Gentlemen
|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||bluegrass country folk americana banjo|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
This bluegrass group were first established in Washington, DC, USA, on 4 July 1957. Over the years, the various line-ups became popular at major folk and bluegrass festivals. When national interest waned somewhat in bluegrass music in the late 60s, the group still managed to exist and were never afraid to use material from a wide variety of writers and genres. When interest in bluegrass revived in the 70s, they were one of the first groups to appear at major venues such as Bean Blossom, Indiana.
The group was founded by Charlie Waller (19 January 1935, Jointerville, Texas, USA, d. 18 August 2004, Gordonsville, Virginia, USA; guitar/vocals), John Duffey (b. 4 March 1934, Washington DC, USA; guitar/vocals), Bill Emerson (b. William Hundley Emerson, 22 January 1938, Washington, DC, USA; banjo) and Tom Morgan (bass). Emerson was replaced for a short time by Pete Kuykendall (a disc jockey and record collector who played as Pete Roberts), who, in...