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KALW Webcast Of 1960s-1970s Live of The Country Gentlemen

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Country Gentlemen Live in JapanLast Saturday evening Peter Thompson and Todd A. Gracyk aired 90 minutes of bluegrass music by The Country Gentlemen, recorded live in the 1960s and 1970s on Peter's radio program "Bluegrass Signal" (KALW San Francisco 91.7 FM every Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.). The station has posted the program until March 3rd for those unable to catch the original program.

The Country Gentlemen originated during the '50s as part of the Washington D.C. music scene. The Gents, as they were affectionately known, were best known during the early 1960s with Charlie Waller on guitar, John Duffey on mandolin and lead vocals, Eddie Adcock on banjo and Tom Gray on bass. The unique sound of John's vocals created an identifiable sound to The Country Gentlemen.

Other well known bluegrass artists have also been a part of the Gentlemen as the band evolved and continued to grow. These artists include Bill Emerson, Doyle Lawson, Jerry Douglas, James Bailey, Bill Yates, and Ricky Skaggs.

John Duffey, whose unique vocals created the Gentlemen sound, quit in 1969 but, it wasn't until the death of Charlie Waller that significant changes to the band were really required. Charlie's son, Randy, picked up the guitar and continued the group as Randy Waller & The Country Gentlemen.

The Country Gentlemen melded a sound of the old and new using traditional bluegrass instruments but, their music could really not be considered traditional in the pure sense of the term. The band's ability to reach new frontiers while maintaining tradition was the legacy that the band endured throughout its realm.

The show is archived until Saturday evening, March 3rd, on KALW's website. To stream it, mouse over the "Music" tab, click on "Local Music Player" and then click on "Bluegrass Signal". The music should then stream through on your computer.

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