Personalities | The Country Gentlemen | Bluegrass | Country
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1959–1990s)
After a few tentative starts, The Country Gentlemen settled on their classic line-up in 1959: Charlie Waller (vocals, guitar, 1935–2004), John Duffey (mandolin, vocals, 1934–96), Eddie Adcock (banjo, vocals, b. 1938) and Tom Gray (bass, b. 1941). They were all great bluegrass pickers, but Duffey’s urban brand of humour and the group’s taste for songwriters such as Bob Dylan and Paul Simon separated them from the pack. After the others left, Waller carried on the band and its sound with such notable partners as Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, Jimmy Gaudreau, Mike Auldridge, Bill Emerson and Doyle Lawson.
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