In 1958, at the height of their fame, the Everlys had the luxury of doing this album of traditional songs. They apply those gorgeous harmonies to Roving Gambler; Barbara Allen; Lightning Express; Long Time Gone , and more!
Released in 1958 at the height of their initial success, the Everly Brothers' second album abandons the rootsy rock & roll sound of hits like "Wake Up Little Susie" and "Bye Bye Love" in favor of the sort of traditional Appalachian ballads Phil and Don heard and played while growing up in Kentucky. Not surprisingly, the brothers' close-harmony singing style works perfectly with songs like "Down in the Willow Garden," "Barbara Allen," and "Roving Gambler." While there are no real "hits" here, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us
is a solid record full of heartfelt performances--only the most stonyhearted listener could fail to be moved by their rendition of Gene Autry's "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine." --Dan Epstein