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Country Gentlemen

This photograph portrays a very early configuration of one of the smoothest bluegrass bands that ever toured. Originating in the Washington, D. C. area, the Country Gentlemen started, auspiciously, on July 4, 1957, as a last minute replacement for Buzz Busby’s Bayou Boys when several members of that band were injured in a car accident. After some early changes in the makeup of the group, they continued to perform together for more than forty-five years, the permanent lineup of the band having become known as the “classic” Country Gentlemen.

Studio portrait/New York



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