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The Delmore Brothers: early C&W pioneers.
November 7, 2007 3:10 AM   Subscribe

The Delmore Brothers, hailing from north Alabama and active from 1926 to 1952, were an early country and western duo that married effortlessly relaxed (but very polished) harmonies with soulful country-boogie blues. Bob Dylan said of them: "The Delmore Brothers, God, I really loved them! I think they've influenced every harmony I've ever tried to sing." They're sure worth some listens, y'all.
posted by flapjax at midnite (13 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
And here's the Wikipedia page, just for good measure.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:12 AM on November 7, 2007


flapjax, I owe you a beer for this. Or, would you prefer sake?
posted by chuckdarwin at 3:18 AM on November 7, 2007


Hey, thanks, chuckdarwin! I'll take you up on the beer, like, say, a nice English ale. I'm not a sake guy. Ain't those Delmores great?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:21 AM on November 7, 2007


Yeah, I think that song is asking, nay, BEGGING to be covered.

*buys flapjax a pint of Bucking Fastard*
posted by chuckdarwin at 3:23 AM on November 7, 2007


It's all about theyodeling. With apologies to Slim Whitman and Mike Johnson.
posted by greenskpr at 4:25 AM on November 7, 2007


I really do hear some Dylan in their phrasings and harmony. Very cool flapjax. Y'all have the Delmore Brothers, we have the Carter Family;)

(sorry hungover - sentences hard to form, ha Slim Whitman.)
posted by vronsky at 5:34 AM on November 7, 2007


One of my prized possesions is the original vinyl of the Browns Ferry Four's greatest hits. Delmore Bros...Merle Travis...and Grandpa Jones singing gospel harmony stuff

As a lifelong fan/player of old timey music I call for an official Flapjaxfilter for all the cool stuff he has posted here.
posted by timsteil at 5:37 AM on November 7, 2007


that 9 pound hammer, it's a little too heavy, honey for my size...
posted by vronsky at 5:41 AM on November 7, 2007


Fifty Miles To Travel is a collection of D.B. acetates impeccably mastered for CD. Sounds like they are in the room with you.
posted by omnidrew at 7:17 AM on November 7, 2007


Flapjax. If you're ever in Nashville, there will be a beer waiting for you at Layla's pub on 3rd and West End. Thank you again.
posted by einer at 7:41 AM on November 7, 2007


there will be a beer waiting for you at Layla's pub on 3rd and West End.

Einer: do you mean Jim and Leila's by any chance? I knew them before they moved to Nashville. Alsmost got in a band with them once.
posted by timsteil at 8:26 AM on November 7, 2007


I just added you as a muse.
posted by roll truck roll at 11:39 AM on November 7, 2007


I just added you as a muse.
posted by vronsky at 11:41 AM on November 7, 2007


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