The Kentucky Colonels

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Tags: bluegrass traditional bluegrass folk country Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Fêted as one of the finest ever bluegrass groups, the Kentucky Colonels evolved out of a family-based ensemble, the Three Little Country Boys. The White brothers (born Le Blanc), Roland (mandolin/vocals), Clarence White (Clarence LeBlanc, 7 June 1944, Lewiston, Maine, USA, d. 14 July 1973, Palmdale, California, USA; guitar/vocals) and Eric (bass/vocals), began performing during the mid-50s, but Billy Ray Latham (banjo) and LeRoy Mack (dobro) later joined the founding trio. The unit was then renamed the Country Boys. Roger Bush replaced Eric White in 1961, after which the quintet became known as the Kentucky Colonels. Their progress was undermined following Roland White’s induction into the army, although the group completed its debut album, The New Sounds Of Bluegrass America, in his absence.

The Colonels enjoyed their most prolific spell on his return. Fiddler Bobby Slone replaced LeRoy Mack and the revitalized quintet recorded...

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