The Sons Of The Pioneers, Symphonies Of The Sage

Ed Ward

By Ed Ward

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Here is the archetypal western group, all sweet harmonies, sentimental depictions of the Old West (all, conveniently, written long after it had passed), and catchy melodies. But the Sons also had a secret weapon: the Farr Brothers, Hugh and Karl on fiddle and guitar, respectively. The Farrs were two of the greatest swing performers never to play with Bob Wills or any of the other western swing bands, but this set of 1940 radio transcriptions — all recorded live — shows why the Sons were in demand both as recording artists and as musical relief in Hollywood westerns.