The Country Gentlemen, 25 Years

Jon Weisberger

By Jon Weisberger

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

25 Years

The Country Gentlemen
Solid picking, inspired singing, urbane wit…this is bluegrass at its finest.

Washington, D.C.'s Country Gentlemen were in the vanguard of bluegrass'second generation, broadening the music's appeal to citified audiences with a deft blend of wide-ranging material, solid picking, inspired singing, urbane wit and sometimes zany stage antics. Though city boy mandolinist John Duffey and banjo phenom Eddie Adcock left strong stamps on the group — especially Duffey's ear for bluegrass obscurities and out-of-the-box material from the likes of Bob Dylan — the constant figure throughout the Gents'history was Charlie Waller, whose lead singing refracted the influence of his idol, Hank Snow, through a sensibility shaped by the first generation of bluegrass greats. The retrospective 25 Years includes many of the Gentlemen's most popular numbers from both the classic Duffey-Adcock years and later editions of the band that featured such luminaries as Doyle Lawson and banjo great Bill Emerson.