Personalities | Blood Oranges | Alt. Country & The Bluegrass Revival
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1990s)
Blood Oranges never sold many records, but they made two terrific albums (1990’s Corn River and 1994’s The Crying Tree) thanks to some smart songwriting, a savvy mix of bluegrass and British folk-rock and the contrast between fizzy male vocals and melancholy female vocals. The band was founded by Jimmy Ryan (vocals, mandolin, b. 1959), guitarist Mark Spencer and Cheri Knight in Boston in 1987, but drifted apart in 1995. Ryan formed such bands as Wooden Leg, Sunday’s Well, The Pale Brothers and Hayride. Knight released two solo albums, including 1998’s The Northeast Kingdom, co-produced by Steve Earle.
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