The Everly Brothers: Don Everly, Phil Everly (vocals, guitar).
Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Nashville, Tennessee between April 13 & 17, 1958. Includes original release liner notes by Hugh Cherry.
The Everly Brothers are probably best remembered for their early days. As Phil and Don Everly matured, their voices, quite naturally, lost some of the innocence and boyish charm heard on their 1950s recordings, but thankfully, that magnificent period in their careers is captured on this collection of folk classics.
On SONGS OUR DADDY TAUGHT US, the boys perform 12 tunes inspired by their father, guitarist Ike Everly, who, in his day, was considered one of the finest mountain musicians in Kentucky. (Merle Travis was a big fan of the senior Everly.) Concentrating on Appalachian folk tunes, the brothers perform in a stripped-down context, with only their beautiful, silky tenor voices and the strum of a soft acoustic guitar. The album features timeless renditions of "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine," a song made famous by Gene Autry, and "Kentucky," an endearing homage to the Everlys' home state. In addition, three traditional songs on this outing were tastefully arranged by the elder Everly, namely "Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet," "Barbara Allen," and "Put My Little Shoes Away."