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Adcock, Gaudreau, Waller & Gray

The Country Gentlemen Reunion Band – 2008 (RadioTherapy)

Reviewed by Larry Stephens

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Back when rock-'n'-roll was about to destroy country and bluegrass music a few bluegrass bands persevered. One of those was the Country Gentlemen. While viewed as a "not quite bluegrass" band in those years, they went on to become an icon in the bluegrass world. Veterans include the likes of Jimmy Gaudreau, Eddie Adcock and Tom Gray. The consistent thread through the decades was Charlie Waller, who passed away in 2004. Waller had one of the most recognizable voices in bluegrass: clear, unwavering, always on key. He passed that on to his son, Randy, who now heads up the Gents.

This CD reunites these four musicians, each a star in his own circle of bluegrass music. If you're a fan of the Gents, the opening song, Randall Hylton's "Widow of the Glade," will send chills down your spine. The classic sounds of the Country Gentlemen are alive again.

Producers Eddie and Martha Adcock picked a variety of songs from the late Hylton to standards like "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Some Old Day." They reach out to country music with "Sundown and Sorrow" and "White Line Fever" and give one of the best renditions of "Grave In The Valley" you'll ever hear. Without question this is a great CD. It will leave you asking, "When is the next one due out?"