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Early Years (1957-1958)
     

The Early Years (1957-1958)

by Bill Clifton
 
Bill Clifton was one of bluegrass' finest guitarists and also an underrated vocalist. He was especially gripping on slow, aching tunes like "Lonely Heart Blues" or gospel numbers like "I'm Living the Right Life Now" and "When You Kneel at Your Mother's Grave." Clifton's late-'50s singles were collected on this CD, featuring him working alongside such musicians as

Overview

Bill Clifton was one of bluegrass' finest guitarists and also an underrated vocalist. He was especially gripping on slow, aching tunes like "Lonely Heart Blues" or gospel numbers like "I'm Living the Right Life Now" and "When You Kneel at Your Mother's Grave." Clifton's late-'50s singles were collected on this CD, featuring him working alongside such musicians as Curley Lambert on mandolin and Johnny Clark on banjo, as well as fiddler Tommy Jackson, Ralph Stanley on banjo, and Gordon Terry on fiddle. These songs are light-years away from the polished, intricate newgrass and contemporary bluegrass sounds of the 1980s and '90s. The harmonies, leads, solos, and arrangements reflect simpler, more innocent times, but don't lack intensity or musical quality.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1994
Label:
Rounder Select
UPC:
0011661102125

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Performance Credits

Bill Clifton   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Ralph Stanley   Banjo
Benny Martin   Fiddle
Mike Seeger   Banjo,Autoharp
Gordon Terry   Fiddle
John Duffy   Dobro,Mandolin,Baritone (Vocal)
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Tommy Jackson   Fiddle,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Carl Nelson   Fiddle
Cal Newman   Fiddle,Vocals
Jim Self   Rhythm Guitar
Roy Self   Bass
Tommy Vaden   Fiddle
Joe Zinkan   Bass
John Clark   Banjo,Vocals
John Johnson   Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Self   Bass,Rhythm Guitar,Baritone (Vocal)
Johnny "Tub" Johnson   Rhythm Guitar
Curley Lambert   Mandolin,Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Bill Clifton   Producer
Mike Seeger   Engineer
Jack Tottle   Liner Notes
Scott Billington   Cover Design
Selby Coffeen   Engineer
Don Pierce   Producer
Traditional   Composer

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