The Gillis Brothers - Down By The River

Tuesday 1st June 1993
The Gillis Brothers - Down By The River

STYLE: Country
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Harvest 301

Reviewed by Dave Brassington

As a lover of traditional bluegrass music, to come across a new band playing new material in such a solid style is a wonderful surprise! Gone are the days when a new young band had to do slavish interpretations of tunes associated with the bluegrass greats, Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, The Stanleys, Reno & Smiley, etc. Brothers Larry and John Gillis, with their "hard driving" bluegrass band - Owen Saunders on fiddle and Andy Dye on traditional string bass, are responsible for writing most of these fine original tunes. Both brothers take their turn at lead vocals with Larry being a mighty fine banjo and guitar player into the bargain! There are four very good instrumentals, "Wild Turkey", "Whistling Rufus", "Hell Broke Loose In Georgia" and "Ohoopee" and two gospel tracks.

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