A Smithsonian Folkways reissue of a 1961 record from The Lilly Brothers. According to the liner notes, most bluegrass artists of the day were adapting their bluegrass music styles to the emerging trends in country music in order to stay commercially viable. The Lilly Brothers, on the other hand, stayed true to the old style bluegrass sound. The songs are very very old and the style is deep hillbilly. It’s nice to hear music this primitive performed in such a sincere spirit and I like the fact that the Lilly Brothers focus on the songs rather showing off their banjo picking virtuosity like so many bluegrass performers do.
Track Number / Title / Notes
3 / Forgotten Soldier Boy / about abandoned soldiers of WW1. Timely.
8 / Hide you in the blood /(of Jesus) / The don’t write gospel like this anymore.
13 / John Hardy / my favorite banjo riffs on the CD. Not complicated but unusual banjo chords.