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STAGE HOGS 'A Tribute to the Hill Billies'

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The Hill Billies --fronted by Al Hopkins and also known as the Buckle Busters --were one of the first old-time string bands to record, and helped establish the "Hillbilly" name for what would become the basis for old-time and later "country & western" music. They recorded extensively for the Okeh, Brunswick and Vocalion labels, and were a successful act on the vaudeville stage in the mid to late 1920s. So, a tribute to this influential band is certainly in order, and the Old Blue label has done a nice job in grouping 5 good old-time musicians from the Galax, Va. area to give their versions of 22 tunes. The pickers include Eddie Bond, Kirk Sutphin, Kevin Fore, Tom Mylet and Snake Smith. Joe Wilson has contributed an excellent set of notes for this fine release. Tunes include BLACK EYED SUSIE, TEXAS GALS, WALKING IN THE PARLOR, CLUCK OLD HEN, CRIPPLE CREEK, SILLY BILL, JOHNSON BOYS, etc.