Personalities | The Bluegrass Cardinals | Bluegrass | Country

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1974–97)

When Kentucky’s Don Parmley (banjo, vocals, b. 1933) found himself in Los Angeles in the early 1960s, he subbed for Earl Scruggs on The Beverly Hillbillies. In 1974, he formed The Bluegrass Cardinals with his son David Parmley (vocals, guitar, b. 1943) and mandolinist Randy Graham. The two youngsters were such terrific singers that the group soon became a favourite on the bluegrass circuit, especially when it moved back East to Virginia in 1976. In 1993, David Parmley formed his own band, Continental Divide, where he was eventually rejoined by Graham.

Styles & Forms | Bluegrass | Country
Personalities | Hylo Brown | Bluegrass | Country

Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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