The McPeak Brothers, from Wytheville, Va.., were in their prime in the 1970s, at a time when it was a lot harder to make a living from Bluegrass music that it is today. Though greatly appreciated by all who saw and heard them sing, Dewey, Larry, and Mike McPeak survived with various local day jobs, and only got known musically on a regional basis. This wonderful "Best Of" album replaces a long out of print Rebel CD as well as the 2 COUNTY LPs and one REBEL LP that this collection is drawn from. (No less an authority than Sonny Osborne was impressed enough to get the McPeaks a contract with RCA Victor). The McPeak Brothers were ahead of their time in selecting great material from a variety of sources (Michael Martin Murphey, Dallas Frazier, Merle Haggard and Pete Goble, etc.) In our opinion this is one of the most successful contemporary Bluegrass albums ever, with every song a gem. Their masterpieces include THE LAST TIME, SIMON CRUTCHFIELD'S GRAVE, LOST RIVER, STEEL RAILS, SHELLEY'S WINTER LOVE, OLD BLUE TOMORROW, BEND IN THE RIVER and PREACHIN' UP A STORM. For those who appreciate top-flight vocal trios, this gem of a record is highly RECCOMMENDED $ 10.00
"The McPeak Brothers were an unmatched vocal trio based out of the Wytheville, Virginia area. Their music was always performed with a sense of such ease as Larry, Dewey and Mike's impeccable family harmonies seemed to steer the band towards their great song selections. They were masters at performing vocally strong ballads like Ernest Tubb's You Won't Ever Forget Me, Merle Haggard's Shelly's Winter Love and Simon Crutchfield's Grave, but they were not limited in their abilities. All the same, the McPeak Brothers could play driving bluegrass and sing it in such a unique way. Take a close listen to the instrumentation and vocals on the songs "Lost River" and "Back to Dixie".
The brothers' harmony was treated as the focus and the main instrument of the band while the great instrumentation by fiddler Gene Elders and Lonesome River Band alumni Jeff Midkiff and Rickie Simpkins provided the perfect back up to already perfect vocals. Southwestern Virginia is home to a wide range of musical styles and great talents, and the McPeak Brothers are some of the very best! I know once you listen to Yesteryears: The Best of the McPeak Brothers you will fall in love with their unique approach to bluegrass the same way I did!" - Jesse