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Back Porch Bluegrass & Live!!! Almost!!! Import
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At the time of its release, "Back Porch Bluegrass" had indignant critics, convinced nobody could play a banjo or mandolin that fast with such precision, accusing Elektra of speeding up some of the tracks. They hadn't reckoned on Douglas Dillard and Dean Webb, whose virtuosity didn't need no stinkin' studio trickery. "Hickory Hollow," in particular, sounds like the Darlings jamming after partaking of some extra potent rabbit tobacco. The album is teeming with neglected gems, like the Andy Griffith-named "Doug's Tune" (heard on the show), a wildly infectious ditty featuring some tasty interplay between banjo Wunderkind Douglas and little brother Rodney on guitar. The icing on the cake is "Duelin' Banjo," a breakneck romp for banjo and mandolin that should make anybody with ears forget that Hollywood-ized "Deliverance" stuff.
Recorded at L.A.'s Mecca club, "Live!!! Almost!!!" finds The Dillards in top-notch form and points up the importance of Mitch Jayne to the group's success.Read more ›
Lots of the original songs here are still heard in picking parties around the country, and younger players like Sam Bush and New Grass Revival know and have played these songs. Especially on the west coast, banjo players wanted to play just like Doug, and after sleeping on his couch for a year in 1968, I could come pretty close. Anyway, this is seminal stuff, and I agree these guys had quite a bit to do with the formation of country rock.
I am hoping it was just a bad batch of CD's.
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I had only heard of this group recently. FANTASTIC Bluegrass music! I can't believe this was recorded in the early 60's! Timeless classic music. Read morePublished 8 months ago by dean kennedy
The Dillards make such pleasant sounding bluegrass music. We have loved them for years and are enjoying this release of their two best all in one cd.Published 12 months ago by Trudy
If you ever watched the Dillards on the Andy Griffith show, this will take you back. Great CD, good quality!Published 13 months ago by Barbara Pearce
If you like Andy Griffith you've seen the Dillards (The Darlings). This was a good representation.Published 22 months ago by Sue Staley
Loved these songs when I was in college back in the 60's; was so happy to get a CD copy!Published on October 11, 2013 by Thomas J. Pillion Jr.