TOSHIO WATANABE 'The Fiction Twins'

TOSHIO WATANABE 'The Fiction Twins'

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This unusual but nicely done CD is completely the work of one person: Toshio Watanabe plays mandolin, and guitar and sings both the lead and tenor parts on the 14 songs of this Japanese import. In addition, Mr. Watanabe has done the package layout, borrowing elements of the old Bluebird label that was home to groups like the Monroe Brothers, Blue Sky Boys, and Delmore Brothers, among others. 7 of the 14 songs are old Monroe Brothers favorites, with the others coming from the repertoires of the Morris Brothers, Louvin Brothers, Mainers and Charlie Monroe. Mr. Watanabe is well known in the USA, running a mail order service in Japan since the 1960s, and as a member of the Bluegrass 45, an excellent Bluegrass group that made quite an impression in the USA with their appearances at various early Bluegrass festivals like Berryville and Bean Blossom. Evidently the music of the early brother duets fostered an early love for American country & Bluegrass music, and he does justice to the fine songs that he has picked out: LITTLE RED SHOES, VALLEY OF PEACE, ALABAMA, IN MY DEAR OLD SOUTHERN HOME, WEEPING WILLOW TREE, LITTLE ANNIE, etc.

Track Listing:

  • MY LONG JOURNEY HOME
  • LITTLE RED SHOES
  • WEEPING WILLOW TREE
  • WILL THE ROSES BLOOM
  • ALABAMA
  • I'M THINKING TONIGHT OF THE OLD FOLKS
  • IN MY DEAR OLD SOUTHERN HOME
  • JUST A SONG OF OLD KENTUCKY
  • LITTLE ANNIE
  • JUST BECAUSE
  • VALLEY OF PEACE
  • MAPLE ON THE HILL
  • WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN
  • YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE