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RIP Everett Lilly
May 10, 2012 3:47 AM   Subscribe

Everett Lilly, founding member and mandolin player for the Lilly Brothers, has died. The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover (on banjo) had a longtime residence in Boston in the 1960s at the Hillbilly Ranch. Although the band disbanded and moved back to West Virginia following the death of Everett's son in an accident, their influence on the folk revival was substantial. Here is their classic rendition of "Sinner You Better Get Ready" from their 1961 Folkways album Bluegrass at the Roots. Everett's mandolin is upfront and sweet. RIP
posted by OmieWise (7 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by Renoroc at 4:24 AM on May 10, 2012


Hadn't heard of them til now. Thanks, OmieWise.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:52 AM on May 10, 2012


Their version of Sinner, etc is immaculate but it's always confused me a little bit, seemed a little too tame. a little happier and less terrorfied then it should be. That was always my problem with the folk revival of the 60s, pure pressed and elegant.
posted by PinkMoose at 6:44 AM on May 10, 2012


I was once fortunate enough to take a class on the history of country music that was taught by Bill Malone, the best and most important historian of country music (and a very nice fella). Needless to say, he has impeccable taste in country music. His opinion is that The Lilly Brothers were the best of them all -- better even than The Delmore Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, everyone. He is not wrong. Take a listen if you haven't already.

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posted by Dr. Wu at 7:07 AM on May 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


Their version of Sinner, etc is immaculate but it's always confused me a little bit, seemed a little too tame. a little happier and less terrorfied then it should be. That was always my problem with the folk revival of the 60s, pure pressed and elegant.

The Lilly Brothers were not "folk revival" in the way you mean. They influenced the folk revival. They were whence it sprung.
posted by OmieWise at 11:14 AM on May 10, 2012


Sorry, I messed up the "Bill Malone" link, above; this is the right one.
posted by Dr. Wu at 12:05 PM on May 10, 2012


I meant that I think that some of the problems with the folk revival came from working through the influence of the Lily's, (who i like quite a bit, and who i am not trying to shit on post death), obvs. they are not part of the folk revival.
posted by PinkMoose at 12:41 PM on May 10, 2012


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