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BLUE SKY BOYS The Sunny Side Of Life (5-CD)

The Sunny Side Of Life (5-CD)
 
 
 

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BLUE SKY BOYS: The Sunny Side Of Life (5-CD)

5-CD box (LP-size) with 76-page hardcover book, 123 tracks. Playing time approx. 348 mns.

Bill and Earl Bolick, popularly known as the Blue Sky Boys, stood at the center of one of country music’s greatest vocal traditions, that of the Brother Duet. These 5 CDs contain the Blue Sky Boys’ complete recordings for Bluebird and RCA Victor from 1936 – 1950. -- To many, they were the best. Their impeccable, precise, and poignant harmonies, accompanied usually by only a guitar and mandolin, won them a host of fans in their own day and have captivated listeners who discovered them in the wake of the 1960s folk revival. The Blue Sky Boys performed the most interesting body of songs of any act in the 1930s and 1940s. Folklorists seized upon their material back in the early 1960s, and their songs are still recorded. Their storehouse of traditional ballads, mournful Victorian parlor songs, shape-note gospel hymns, and sentimental minstrel tunes have always appealed to fans who value the traditional roots of country music, and who appreciate the vital ways in which the Bolick Brothers carried the music and the tradition forward. Songs such as Midnight On The Stormy Deep, The Knoxville Girl, Sunny Side Of Life, Are You From Dixie?, and Mary Of The Wild Moor are still sung, and the Blue Sky Boys’ wonderful duet singing still influences bluegrass and country music. Their influence can be heard directly or indirectly in The Everly Brothers, The Louvin Brothers, Ray and Ina Patterson, Everett and Bea Lilly, Don Reno,
Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Charlie Moore, Tom Gray of the original Country Gentlemen, Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice, and Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard …most of whom openly acknowledge their indebtedness to the Blue Sky Boys. Even Johnny Cash recorded a Blue Sky Boys song, Mary Of The Wild Moor, on his recent American Recordings CD'.

'No country music act was more popular on radio during the prewar years than the Blue Sky Boys, and another generation learned of their music during the folk revival of the early 1960s when they made a few appearances on college campuses and at folk festivals. Still others have heard them in our own time on random CD reissues. This, though, is the first time that all of the Blue Sky Boys’ music recorded for Bluebird and Victor Records has been gathered in one place. Bill C. Malone, author of 'Country Music USA'.

Nearly all of the 123 recordings are making their first appearance on CD. The sound has been digitally restored by Juergen Crasser without damaging the integrity or purity of the original recordings. The metal part transfers were done by Seth Winner. The 76-page hardcover book contains a full-length, newly-researched Blue Sky Boys biography by country music’s preeminent historian, Bill C. Malone, plus all known photographs of the original Blue Sky Boys, including those from Bill Bolick’s personal photo collection.

5-CD box (LP-size) with 76-page hardcover book, 123 tracks. Playing time approx. 348 mns


 

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Artikeleigenschaften von BLUE SKY BOYS: The Sunny Side Of Life (5-CD)

  • Interpret: BLUE SKY BOYS

  • Albumtitel: The Sunny Side Of Life (5-CD)

  • Format Box set
  • Genre Country

  • Music Genre Country Music
  • Music Style Oldtime Country 1920s / 30s / 40s
  • Music Sub-Genre 010 Oldtime Country 1920/30/40s
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Title The Sunny Side Of Life 5-CD-Box & BOOK
  • Release date 2003
  • Label BEAR FAMILY RECORDS

  • Price code EK
  • SubGenre Country - Traditional Country

  • EAN: 4000127159519

  • weight in Kg 2.400
 
 

Artist description "Blue Sky Boys"

The Blue Sky Boys   The Sunny Side Of Life

Bill Bolick, geb. 28. 10. 1917 in Hickory - North Carolina Earl Bolick, geb. 16. 11. 1919 in Hickory - North Carolina Record Labels: RCA, Starday, Capitol, Rounder, County Die Blue Sky Boys, William A. Bolick (Gesang, Mandoline) und Earl A. Bolick (Gesang, Gitarre) waren neben den Monroe Brothers in den 30er und 40er Jahren das interessanteste und beste Duo jener Zeit. Sie sangen Traditionelles und Selbst komponiertes, Songs, die oftmals die harte Arbeit auf den Baumwollfeldern reflektierten. 1935 begannen die Blue Sky Boys als Duo bei lokalen Radiostationen, 1936 folgten die ersten Schallplattenaufnahmen für RCA. Den Höhepunkt ihrer Popularität erreichten sie Ende der 30er und Anfang der 40er Jahre. Nach dem Kriege folgten weitere Schallplattenaufnahmen, doch die Zeiten hatten sich geändert. Das Publikum verstand die Musik der Bolicks nicht mehr und diese fanden sich in einer veränderten Szene nicht mehr zurecht. 1951 ging jeder der beiden in einen anderen Beruf. Die Musikerkarriere war zu Ende bis sie in den 60er Jahren wiederentdeckt wurden. Neue Platten wurden eingespielt, und die Folk Clubs und Folk Festivals standen ihnen offen. Beide jedoch blieben in ihren alten Berufen und betrieben das Musikgeschäft nur noch nebenbei. Ihren hohen Standard und ihren unverkennbaren Stil haben sie bis zuletzt beibehalten.

 

It's hard to believe that the Bolick Brothers were only sixteen and eighteen years old when they made their first records in 1936. We hear their boyish, innocent voices singing with a wisdom and maturity far beyond their years, songs about tragic love, murder, and suicide. They went on to fashion a sound and style of harmony unlike any ever heard before in country music, qualities that have remained unmatched. Over a career that, except for four years of military service during World War II, extended until 1951, Bill and Earl Bolick bequeathed a legacy of such songs as The Sunny Side Of Life, Why Not Confess, Kentucky, and Behind These Prison Walls Of Love that are still sung by bluegrass and old-time country musicians today. A wonderful achievement for a duet that went into professional music essentially because the $10 a week they received for their first gig was better than the $3.50 or less that was available for menial jobs back home!

Originally named Bolch, the Bolicks were heirs to the German migration that came down out of Pennsylvania over the Great Wagon Road into the Piedmont South in the late eighteenth century. Descendants of those migrants still live in the southern Piedmont, which extends from western Maryland to northwestern Georgia. Bill and Earl's ancestors settled in Catawba County, a region of heavy German concentration, and Bill now lives very near to the place where he was born. Serious, disciplined, and often austere in conduct, these people were mostly Lutherans, but Mennonites and various pietistic groups also thrived among the migrants who ventured south. Most became farmers, and evidence of their efficient husbandry can still be seen in the region. Over time, however, just as many in the area around Hickory became workers in the furniture or cotton mills. Hickory in fact still prides itself in being the furniture capital of America.

The Piedmont, that broad geographical expanse that lies between the coastal plain and the mountains, was a region of social, economic, and ethnic diversity. A medley of people, mostly English, Welsh, Scots -Irish, and Huguenot French came in from the east and north where they met and intermarried with the Germans. Lutherans, Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, dissenting sects, and Holiness people established churches and set out to convert the region, but found more often than not that believers moved very easily from one group to another. Although the mountains can be seen looming in the West, and have always exerted a romantic fascination for people everywhere, the Piedmont has had its own special history. Comprising about 35% of the state, the North Carolina Piedmont long remained rural, but in the late nineteenth century became a diversified region of farming, milling, lumbering, and railroad activity. It was a meeting ground for agricultural and industrial enterprises, and for rural and urban folkways. In short, it was the region where the Old South confronted the New, a crossroads or intersection of change. Railroads came; towns and cities appeared along the 'fall line,' that imaginary line that marked the place where water from the western rivers rushed over the falls on the way to the coast. Rural people, mostly from agricultural backgrounds, came into the emerging cities from nearby hinterlands and from the mountains to work in the tobacco, cotton, and furniture mills 

These newcomers came in contact with, and usually embraced, town ways —ready-made clothes, new fashions, labor-saving commodities, department stores, vaudeville and movie houses, and innovations in technology. Automobiles became increasingly available after World War I, and radio stations began to appear in such towns as Danville, Roanoke, Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Greenville, and Columbia, booming their signals through the surrounding countryside, down along the Atlantic Coast, and sometimes well into the mountains (musicians of course also went to nearby stations in Atlanta, Asheville, Bristol and other towns that were contiguous to the Piedmont). Fledgling musicians flocked to the stations from all over the rural Southeast during the twenties and Depression years, sharing their songs and styles with each other, and building networks of personal appearances through their broadcasts. The Piedmont, in short, was one of the historic but often overlooked birthplaces of American country music.

Bill Bolick was born in West Hickory, North Carolina on October 29, 1917, and Earl on November 16, 1919, to Garland and Annie Elizabeth Hallman Bolick. Bill and Earl were the fourth and fifth children in a family of four boys and two girls. Mom Hallman came from a farm 'out in the sticks' in the adjoining county of Caldwell, but went to work in a cotton mill when she was about nine years old. She in fact even met her future husband, Garland, in the Ivey Mill where he was working at the age of twelve or thirteen. She once told her son Bill that conditions in the mill and mill village were no worse than they had been out in the country, and that she had worked in the fields as a small girl. Garland Bolick, who grew up in Catawba County, left the mills much earlier than did his wife, and worked for a short time in the furniture industry, largely in the pay of Hickory's most prominent industrial proprietor, George Ivey. Almost everyone in West Hickory worked for Mr. Ivey, who was the owner of an iron foundry, the Southern Desk Company, maker of school and church furniture, and the cotton textile mill where Garland and Annie Elizabeth had met. By the time Bill and Earl were born, Garland had found employment in the local post office, a position that carried greater respectability and a measure of economic security than would have been scarcely possible for a mill worker. The Bolicks in fact were one of the few families in their area of North Carolina who owned a telephone, radio, and automobile.

 

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