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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Blue Sky Boys day

The Blue Sky Boys were, along with the Monroe Brothers, the Delmores and maybe Cliff & Bill Carlisle, the "hottest" brother duo act of the 1930s. Born in rural North Carolina, Bill and Earl Bolick grew up in poverty and came in touch with music very early. They learned the old hymns and traditional songs from the family and began to play mandolin and guitar. During the early 1930s, Bill and Earl started their professional career as musicians and played in various bands. At WBT in Charlotte, NC, they hooked up with fiddler Homer Sherrill and appeared regularly on WBT's saturday night program "Crazy Barn Dance". After moving to Atlanta, Sherrill and the brothers split up. Bill and Earl took up the name "Blue Sky Boys", under which both now played on radio and personal appereances. In 1936, they were signed to RCA Victor and recorded more than 100 songs during the next years. Although they began to record later than the Monroes, the Delmores, the Carlisles, the Sheltons and many other acts, their popularity grew all over the south and soon the Blue Sky Boys became the most popular old-time duo of the era. The Second World War interrupted their career, for both were drafted to the US Army. After the war, the record company wanted them to go with the times - the folk music field had changed dramatically. Artists like Ernest Tubb or Bob Wills, who had more urban sounds than the brothers, dominated the country music scene and so the Blue Sky Boys held their last session for RCA in 1950. However, their biggest hit "Kentucky" came from that period and sold about 500.000 copies. A few years, they were out of business, but resumed their career during the folk revival in the 1960s and recorded several albums. Earl died in 1998, while Bill passed away in 2008.

Two songs:
1. Sunny Side of Life
2. There'll Come a Time

1 comment:

Kegan said...

So glad I bought this box set; unfortunately, I'm currently missing disc 3 at the moment, but there's a torrent out there somewhere, and I snagged that instead - saved me the trouble of ripping the CDs one by one.

Great duo, definitely.