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Anybody know these bluegrass bands?

Jerry Rasmussen 03 Sep 04 - 12:43 PM
Rabbi-Sol 03 Sep 04 - 12:57 PM
wysiwyg 03 Sep 04 - 01:04 PM
GUEST,John Hardly 03 Sep 04 - 01:51 PM
wysiwyg 03 Sep 04 - 02:07 PM
GUEST,Hootenanny 03 Sep 04 - 02:13 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 03 Sep 04 - 08:12 PM
Once Famous 03 Sep 04 - 09:25 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 03 Sep 04 - 09:31 PM
Peace 03 Sep 04 - 10:01 PM
RangerSteve 04 Sep 04 - 11:02 AM
GUEST 04 Sep 04 - 11:46 AM
GUEST,Arkie 04 Sep 04 - 12:04 PM
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Subject: Anybody know these bluegrass bands?
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 03 Sep 04 - 12:43 PM

I just picked up a two CD collection of bluegrass gospel titled Heaven Bound. There's a lot of good stuff on there, mostly by familiar bands like the Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scrugs and Jim and Jesse. For me, some of the most interesting tracks are by artists I'm not that familiar with (or have never heard of.)

Anyone know: The Easter Brothers? IIIrd Tyme Out? or The Isaacs? I ordered a CD by IIIrd Tyme Out (they have a great bass singer, which isn't all that common in the bluegrass I've heard,) and would like to find out more about them and the two other bands.

Anybody have their music, or heard them at a festival?

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Anybody know these bluegrass bands?
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 03 Sep 04 - 12:57 PM

I have heard IIIrd Tyme Out at a festival. They are teriffic. They are one of the top bands in the country today, right up there with the Johnson Mountain Boys, Tim & Mollie O'Brien, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, & Rhonda Vincent. If they appear anywhere in your vicinity I would strongly urge you to catch their act. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. SOL ZELLER


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Subject: RE: Anybody know these bluegrass bands?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Sep 04 - 01:04 PM

The Isaacs (family) I think do primarily gospel bluegrass. They've been featured on the Gaither Homecoming programs. Check the Gaither website and you might find a scheduled re-run of the one on them I saw last week. The family matriarch has a rather interesting and inspiring testimony about surviving the death camps in the Holocaust and later becoming a Christian after emigrating here. And then goes on to found a bluegrass gospel dynasty??!!??

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Anybody know these bluegrass bands?
From: GUEST,John Hardly
Date: 03 Sep 04 - 01:51 PM

IIIrd Tyme Out has won the bluegrass association's vocal group of the year award many years running ( Quicksilver won it back this past year). They lead vocal is formerly the lead vocal for the old Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, so if you have Quicksilver recordings from the 80's it sounds strikingly similar to IIIrd tyme out.

Isaacs are as WYSIWYG describes.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know these bluegrass bands?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Sep 04 - 02:07 PM

Knowing your interests, Jerry, also check out this:

MONROE CROSSING

Note that their lyrics and albums can be seen and heard online at that site. Lot of gospel in their mix. Good stuff. More info via Google.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Anybody know these bluegrass bands?
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 03 Sep 04 - 02:13 PM

Buy a copy or subscribe to Bluegrass Unlimited for all you could wish to know. they have an excellent question and answers column and are the longest surviving Bluegrass publication.

If you are looking for bluegrass artsists on CD, I can only once again reccommend County Sales in Virginia. They do have a web site.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know these bluegrass bands?
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 03 Sep 04 - 08:12 PM

Thanks for all the leads. I've never been deeply involved in bluegrass, although there are bans I've really enjoyed, and I've booked bluegrass bands for a festival and concert series I ran.
Maybe at some point, in another thread, we could get someone to give a definitive answer to "what is bluegrass." Or, maybe there's already been a thread. I listen to older bands like Wade Mainer and His Mountaineers back when they recorded on the King label, and they sure don't sound much the classic Monroe Brothers, or Flatt and Scruggs.

I certainly liked 3rd Time Out (despite the cute spelling of their name) the first time I heard a cut of theirs. Probably because I really love Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.

Thanks for the insight.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Anybody know these bluegrass bands?
From: Once Famous
Date: 03 Sep 04 - 09:25 PM

Jerry, I forgot who's quotation it was, but bluegrass is described as "folk music on overdrive."

I started out in folk, but was drawn into bluegrass for it's exciting and band style instrumentation and vocal harmonies, not to mention the themes of the songs.

Must be something about all of those "cabins."


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Subject: RE: Anybody know these bluegrass bands?
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 03 Sep 04 - 09:31 PM

I don't remember who said it either, Martin, but it's a good description. (Although Gid Tanner and His Skillet Lickers didn't exactly take it slow and easy.) I know there are people who think bluegrass is limited to the classic style of Bill Monroe or Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, but there is a much wider range of styles than that. Does it have to have banjo or mandolin to be bluegrass?

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Anybody know these bluegrass bands?
From: Peace
Date: 03 Sep 04 - 10:01 PM

TEB:

www.xtrememusician.com/info/artists/profiles/7964.html

www.musichristian.com/sys/search. php?search_string=Easter%20Brothers

www.rivergatetalent.com/easterbrothers.html


III Time Out:

www.iiirdtymeout.com/

www.cmt.com/artists/az/iiird_tyme_out/artist.jhtml


The Isaacs

www.theisaacs.com/


Hi you guys and gals. Hope something here helps. I am not up on bluegrass. Wish I could contribute more.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know these bluegrass bands?
From: RangerSteve
Date: 04 Sep 04 - 11:02 AM

County Sales has some Easter Bros. CD's for sale. County also notes that a band is either traditional BG, contemporary BG or progressive BG, which is helpful when you're not too familiar with the bands.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know these bluegrass bands?
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Sep 04 - 11:46 AM

Joe Isaacs, the patriarch of the Isaac clan, was a highly respected banjo player who had worked with one version of the Greenbrier Boys and other bluegrass bands before forming his first gospel group with his wife Lily. Lily Fishman had been part of the folk duo Lily and Marie. I believe that Joe may have died several years back. I know he was having some health problems. I have not really kept up with them but they performed in Mountain View several times in the past when Joe was with the group. Sonya Isaacs has been doing some solo work and may have a solo recording.

The Easter brothers were pretty well known on the bluegrass festival circuit in the U.S. Jeff Easter of Jeff and Sherry Easter is the son of one of the Easter brothers. Sherry, for those who may not know descended from the Lewis Family of bluegrass gospel fame. Jeff and Sherry could be considered stars of the present bluegrass gospel community and have also been on the Gaither Homecoming series. Sherry also sang with the powerhouse gospel lady group Heirloom. We have also been fortunate to have Jeff and Sherry Easter at the Folk Center in Mountain View. We never did manage to get the Easter Brothers.

While I do not know much about the Isaacs and the Easters I know even less about IIIrd Time Out, but have seen references to them as one of the most entertaining groups in bluegrass. I think their repertoire is much broader than gospel music, and I seem to remember that they recorded the beautiful "Rose Of My Heart" that was the subject of another thread.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know these bluegrass bands?
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 04 Sep 04 - 12:04 PM

I thought I signed in. The last guest is me.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know these bluegrass bands?
From: Mark Ross
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 12:38 AM

"Folk music in overdrive," that was Alan Lomax I believe.


Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Anybody know these bluegrass bands?
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 07:15 AM

A posting above from 2004 states that Joe Isaacs may have died "several years back".

Well, in 2006 Joe was in London, (U.K) and came along to a picking session at a pub here. I have photographs taken at the time.

I hope that Joe is still with us and keeping well

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Anybody know these bluegrass bands?
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 11:20 AM

Apparently Joe and his wife were divorced after 30 years of marriage, so he is no longer in The Isaacs, but he has released at least one solo album and is still with us as far as I know.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know these bluegrass bands?
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 12:15 PM

The Country gentlemen is still my favorite bluegrass band.


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