Personalities | The Lilly Brothers | Bluegrass | Country

(Vocal/instrumental duo, 1938–80)

Boston became an unlikely hotbed of bluegrass and old-time music, thanks in large part to The Lilly Brothers – West Virginia’s Mitchell Burt ‘Bea’ Lilly (vocals, guitar, 1921–2005) and Charles Everett Lilly (vocals, mandolin, b. 1924). They moved there in 1952 and played at a city bar called the Hillbilly Ranch for the next 18 years. Living so far from the south-east, the centre of bluegrass activity, The Lilly Brothers were under-recorded and under-appreciated, but they inspired a whole generation of Boston bluegrass fans.

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


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